I had life threats, because people accused me of approaching Brando as God and his son was Jesus. I literally had people saying my blood would run in the streets for doing that.
I think what some people are doing with effects is starting to get silly. It's overused.
People say, You paid your dues, but I never paid any dues. It's always been a great trip.
It's only been a couple of times in my life that I've really locked horns with actors. It did not hurt the films, it just hurt the moment of the filmmaking.
It was the beginning of film for television. So we had all of these great opportunities. Northwestern was probably the only major film school of its kind at the time that was graduating anybody important.
How was I going to make a man fly? How was I going to convince the public that an actor could fly?
I've always wanted to do a Crichton book. I really love his writing.
It's developing a relationship with actors that makes it work.
When you make a film, you like to run it with an audience. They tell you you're narrow-minded or subjective, or that seems too long, or that doesn't work.
Superman was never previewed because the producers didn't trust Warners with the film.
That's how you get a performance - they put trust in you.
If you had the opportunity and some talent, there was no way you couldn't progress, because it was an open market. There was the advertising world, and there was the documentary world.
When when my first feature opportunity came along, I wasn't prepared, but we did it in about 17 days.
In motion pictures, the actor rules. The camera served the actor.
It was just the thrill of a lifetime. Brando and Hackman were two of my heroes.