Growing up in northern California has had a big influence on my love and respect for the outdoors. When I lived in Oakland we would think nothing of driving to Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz one day and then driving to the foothills of the Sierras the next day.
From now on we live in a world where man has walked on the Moon. It’s not a miracle we just decided to go.
Everybody has something that chews them up and for me that thing was always loneliness. The cinema has the power to make you not feel lonely even when you are.
At the end of the day it’s got to be a good movie it’s got to be a funny movie and it’s got to make people think ‘Hey I couldn’t have spent my time any better.’
As long as you as an individual… can convince yourself that in order to move forward as best you can you have to be optimistic you can be described as ‘one of the faithful’ one of those people who can say ‘Well look something’s going to happen! Let’s just keep trying. Let’s not give up.
As a young man even if I was going to see a play or a film by myself I didn’t feel like I was alone. There was something that was unfolding up there that brought me into it. And I recognised that. For those two hours it made me feel like I belonged to something really good.
It’s just as hard… staying happily married as it is doing movies.
I’ve made over 20 movies and 5 of them are good.
The nature of the movies is different than it was five years ago and they’re all driven by the possibilities of CGI which means you can make anything happen on screen that you can possibly desire.
If you look at romantic comedies as pieces of commerce the audience is looking for wish fulfillment.
You cannot look up at the night sky on the Planet Earth and not wonder what it’s like to be up there amongst the stars. And I always look up at the moon and see it as the single most romantic place within the cosmos.
If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. It’s the hard that makes it great.
Truth is I’ll never know all there is to know about you just as you will never know all there is to know about me. Humans are by nature too complicated to be understood fully. So we can choose either to approach our fellow human beings with suspicion or to approach them with an open mind a dash of optimism and a great deal of candour.
But look I was born in 1956 the peak year for births in US history. I think I’m very representative of many of the thought processes my generation have been through and by and large people of my age have had their imprint planted on the consciousness of western society for a long time.
The year I was born 1956 was the peak year for babies being born and there are more people essentially our age than anybody else. We could crush these new generations if we decided too.