People must not think that all bad in man which is unleashed, the moment you impose censorship disappears from man.
Because I just loved to spend two years of my life in the company of Andy Kaufman and other characters.
When I came for the first time to the United States, visiting, I was absolutely fascinated by New York.
Well, I wouldn't say that this experience had any influence on my decision to do this film about Andy, because Andy was apolitical. Andy was never political.
The worst evil is - and that's the product of censorship - is the self-censorship, because that twists spines, that destroys my character because I have to think something else and say something else, I have to always control myself.
First of all, to defend my work, I had to believe that I am doing a totally silly, stupid, innocent comedy.
And also they were absolutely brilliant in one way, you know: they knew how effective is not to punish somebody who is guilty; what Communist Party members could afford to do was mind-boggling: they could do practically anything they wanted - steal, you know, lie, whatever.
Memories are doing funny things to us.
Humor was not important only for me, humor was important for this nation for centuries, to survive, you know.
I remember in 1968 when we were in Cannes, in the festival, and we were supposed to be there 10 days, and the second day the festival collapsed because the French, you know, film-makers raised the red flag in the festival and ended the festival.
You know, 20 years... the films of television when it started, the literature, radio in communist countries, they're clean as a whistle; there was no violence, no sex, no drugs, nothing.