You know Stephen says in the movies no one ever goes to the bathroom. They shave they brush their teeth. He goes right at this sort of funny taboo we have about the bathroom and he turned it into this nightmare you know your worst fear of what’s in there.
What you hope for like Unforgiven did a lot to give you a chance to do it again sometime.
I want everything I do to have humor in it because it seems to me that all of life has that.
I mean I really liked those guys and the experience of doing Raiders was really good for me but I did not really want to be involved – I only did Jedi as I really owed George a favor.
I haven’t seen Clones which has been during this period when I haven’t seen much of anything but I did see Phantom Menace and see my feelings about it – see first of all I think that when you make a lot of movies your attitude about the movies changes.
I didn’t really want to do another sequel. I go to those movies and I just sort of enjoy them like a viewer.
I loved Alien and I loved Carrie and I loved The Exorcist – those were big movies for me. They were just brilliantly done and unusual and they all took horror to some new place.
I mean the trouble with some of the kind of relationship movies I’ve done is there’s only so many ways you can shoot a conversation. I was really tired of talking heads.
I really liked Carrie a lot. That was one of Brian De Palma’s best movies.
The kind of pace that you want to use in a Western – just to acknowledge the land in the distance that everyone has to travel and the way things develop sort of slowly – it’s almost the antithetical of what’s currently going on in the movies you know.
The movies that made me want to make movies were action movies and thrillers and Kurosawa films you know where you have an opportunity every day to shoot it in an unusual way. I was looking for something like that.