I think that Peter Jennings is the only decent one of the big three.
A pitfall of making a comedy with a studio-and it's also an American cultural thing-is that I get tired of being encouraged to go always for laughs.
You just never know when you're living in a golden age.
You would own the negative after seven years. The company would actually own the film. It's kind of a financial and moral thing about owning your own creative work.
That's how I like to do it with actors, have them really go for it and I'll tell them when it's too much. It's always easier to bring it back then to push it further.
To be fair-not that I really care about being fair to anyone, ever-but to be fair, I'm sure that same ratio of bad films to good probably exists in every studio.
[asked which wine he would drink to celebrate] We're having some tequila.
But it's just that the whole country is making generally lousy films these days and has been for quite a while. That's the big problem that we all have to think about.
Hollywood films have become a cesspool of formula and it's up to us to try to change it... I feel like a preacher! But it's really true. I feel personally responsible for the future of American cinema. Me personally.
I mean, look, I love movies, not just the ones I make... In fact, I don't like the movies I make very much.
I think cynicism is more enduring than sentimentality.
I think a badly crafted, great idea for a new film with a ton of spelling mistakes is just 100 times better than a well-crafted stale script.