If you don’t have the story and the unfolding of the trajectory of the saga it’s like getting in a car and not having any gas.
When I was 14 I felt very rundown I had a home to go to but I felt like I was 60 or something older than I feel now. And I don’t know if it’s something that happens at 14 or whether it was adolescence or whether I was gay or closeted gay or whatever it was I felt that.
Gay marriage is the last bastion of to me… as a legal ceremonial sentimental and religious side it’s one of the last steps. Retaining your job being one of the earlier steps like not getting kicked out of your job because you’re gay.
I hadn’t made a big-budget film and in Hollywood there’s a sort of man and boys situation. You’re a man you make $80 million movies! As if it’s harder to make an $80 million movie. Well I guess businesswise it is because you have more executives to argue with.
I had never had a positive leading character – somebody that wasn’t an antihero or who wasn’t more of a guy that you’re supposed to be on the side of.
The dark comedies tend to be in a non-releasable area. There can be romantic comedies. There can be dramas. But there’s no ‘dark comedy’ inbox for the advertising.
The things that inform student culture are created and controlled by the unseen culture the sociological aspects of our climbing culture our ‘me’ generation our yuppie culture our SUVs or you know shopping culture our war culture.
Death Valley is really wide-open – it’s bigger than Rhode Island – and it’s less a part of California than an ungoverned territory so there’s lots of weird cops-and-robbers stuff going on.
Even when you’re making a movie about life death is a presence and I guess it’s part of my dramatic viewpoint. I’m not sure why exactly.
Even when you’re making a movie about life death is a presence and I guess it’s part of my dramatic viewpoint. I’m not sure why exactly. Maybe I’m drawn to it as a story element.
I’ve told people who have just started to make a film that the one thing you might experience is this feeling that everybody is conspiring against you because you’re not necessarily able to tell what’s real and what’s not.
With ‘Good Will Hunting’ Miramax made certain the recruited audience wasn’t expecting to laugh at Robin Williams like they normally do. From my limited experience you can really blow test screenings by conducting them in the wrong way.
Because I didn’t have brothers I was always interested in the kids down the street that had four brothers in their family so I became one of them – but it was not my family.
If I’m diagnosed with cancer I might become despondent but someone young might not and they might need connections with somebody outside their circle of family because their family is so despondent.
My family moved a lot as a kid. We started in Colorado where I lived for five years. We moved to Chicago for two years to San Francisco for one year Connecticut for seven Oregon for a couple years and then I went to school.
There is a common theme though in the stories I have told which are usually associations of characters or families that are formed outside of a family circle.