I never really wanted to be an actor. And that was the beginning of it, I began to write things down and eventually became a writer on a television show.
Some actors are supposed to be very difficult, but I've not found that to be the situation. All I try to do is create an atmosphere that seems comfortable enough, that it removes tension and everyone feels free.
You have a movie and it proves itself and then certain things happen.
A View From the Bridge
What's tomorrow going to be like?
Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future
Personally and professionally, we had a great relationship. It was just a perfect fit. He shared a similar sensitivity. There was an inherent shorthand from 'Diner' on.
They're intimidating the networks and levying these fines, so the networks are not sure of what they can or can't do.
It's finding those nonsensical pieces of conversation that we all do all the time. We do all the time. When we're talking on the telephone, there are arguments with people who agree when they both think that they disagree.
A lot of time mistakes are very interesting - you look for the behaviour that's not the one you expect.
Well it was sent to me, well because almost everything that is written in Baltimore is sent to me. And David Simon, who was a writer for the Baltimore Sun, spent one year following the homicide squad in Baltimore and he chronicled that period of time.
When I began to think about the head of the family, the storyteller, the rise of television which became the new storyteller, the break-up of the American family as an idea and then Avalon came.
Apparently nobody really read it, it was a cheap movie, it fit their schedule in terms of things so fine, let the guy make that high school comedy. I used to work with Mel Brooks so they figured oh it's going to be one of those really silly movies and that's how it got made.
The interesting thing about movies, it's not always - y'know, you have to have structure etc and all those things, but an audience responds, in many ways, we walk away and certain things stay in our heads that are memorable.
I got a chance to work with Mel Brooks on two of his films: Silent Movie and High Anxiety.