The filmmaker’s got to make it his story and the actors have got to make it their story.
There’s nothing as exciting as a comeback – seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.
Acting is like playing, while directing is really fun, sort of like an orgy.
Although I’m not Christian, I was raised Christian. I’m an atheist, with a slight Buddhist leaning. I’ve got a very strong sense of morality – it’s just a different morality than the loud voices of the Christian morality…. I can’t tell you how many films I’ve turned down because there was an absence of morality. And I don’t mean that from any sort of Judeo-Christian-Muslim point of view. I’m not saying they’re wrong and can’t be made. But, fundamentally, I’m such a humanist that I can’t bear to make films that make us feel humanity is more dark than it is light.
I’m quite intuitive about what I pick. Often it’s to do with what I’ve just done and how I’m feeling.
I think family movies have gotten so rich in this country.
I’m so motivated to collaborate with people and help them realize the kind of collective vision.
People going into the cities for the opportunities and the towns are getting older, no young people.
A Golden Globe is a mood-altering substance, there’s no doubt about that.
I found it an interesting portrait of a marriage in exploring notions of how one partner supports the other, whilst not jeopardizing the greater good – which is the family.
Although I’m not Christian, I was raised Christian. I’m an atheist, with a slight Buddhist leaning. I’ve got a very strong sense of morality.
But just playing the partner of someone famous, I had a lot more freedom.
There`s a good sense of fun and lack of sarcasm in the Texans, maybe a little earnestness which is kind of why I found it quite Australian.
I’m pretty ruthless about that; I think when you sign over your story, you sign over your story.
I’m developing some screenplays at the moment with my Australian producer.
Why movies are so powerful is because you are right in there and you stay in there until they want you to come out, and then you’ve really gone somewhere.
I just don’t see where I could possibly fit in directing a feature.
I grew up on cricket and I think Australian kids are getting so Americanized.
I think a big part of our attraction to sport movies are the stories contained within the sports.
You know Texas is – even more now that Enron has bit the dust – it’s held up on the back of small businesses.
I think baseball – the baseball genre – is this mitt, to use a double pun there, to catch a whole bunch of themes.
We grew up as kids watching those movies and we were exposed to themes of civil rights, unfairness, bigotry and fathers struggling against the kind of mob of the town, so you remember how you felt as a kid being taken seriously, that you are part of the human drama.