You only find yourself when you disobey. Disobedience is the beginning of responsibility, I think.
So I have 8 to 10 screenplays written and unproduced. And frankly, some of them are my favorite stories. I have a Western version of The Count Of Monte Cristo where the count has a clockwork hand. I have a screenplay called Mephisto's Bridge about a Faustian deal with the devil. I love them all.
Power revealed is power sacrificed. The truly powerful exert their influence in ways unseen, unfelt. Some would say that a thing visible is a thing vulnerable.
The saddest journey in the world is the one that follows a precise itinerary. Then you're not a traveler. You're a f@@king tourist.
There are two levels of vampirism: one is the regular vampire, which is just like it has always been; and then there's the super vampires, which are a new breed we've created.
Genius is the true mystery, and at its edge--the abyss.
Well, the first thing is that I love monsters, I identify with monsters.
I'd grab the camera and tell people what to do, and when I was 14, someone told me that it was called directing.
I think there is a very quiet power in things that are not on screen.
Hellboy is the first movie where both ends of the spectrum are combined.
It's only in modern times that we have come to glorify vampirism.
They're getting more and more experience on what to expect, and the Hellboy audience is such a faithful and fanatic audience as I am, and you have to really be very open about what you do.
(seeing character with a wig which the producer insisted he try in a delete scene): Look, that is Peter Frankfurt's fucking doing! Explain yourself! Look at that fucker! It's fucking Michael Bolton!
Success is fucking up on your own terms.
For eight years I did effects for other movies until I got my movie made.