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There's something really appealing about the simplicity of black-and-white images.
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Supermarket tabloids and celebrity gossip shows are not just innocently shallow entertainment, but a fundamental part of a much larger movement that involves apathy, greed and hierarchy.
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Storytelling in general is a communal act. Throughout human history, people would gather around, whether by the fire or at a tavern, and tell stories. One person would chime in, then another, maybe someone would repeat a story they heard already but with a different spin. It's a collective process.
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I think some of the best actors ever were little kids.
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I just like to do work that inspires me, and I don't pay any attention to whether it's a high- or low-budget movie.
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There's no royalty in America, so people deify actors.
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The Internet is allowing us to get back to what's really more natural, which is that storytelling is a shared thing. It's our natural way to be communal.
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Sometimes what someone else does is really not what you expected them to do, which to be honest, sometimes doesn't work.
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Even today, in our progressive times, in most movies that come out, the men have to have biceps and the women have to be thin or something.
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The spiral in a snail's shell is the same mathematically as the spiral in the Milky Way galaxy, and it's also the same mathematically as the spirals in our DNA. It's the same ratio that you'll find in very basic music that transcends cultures all over the world.
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Every day I've got to be thankful that I am alive, and you never know - the cliche is, I guess, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow, so you'd better be at peace with whatever you got going at the moment.
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When I started editing on my home computer, I said to myself, 'Well, I could be at home studying for a class or I could be at home editing a video.'
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Actors didn't use to be celebrities. A hundred years ago, they put the theaters next to the brothels.
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I would like to do a musical, if I could find a cool one. A song-and-dance role is closer to me personally than other characters I play.
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If you're going to put yourself above everybody else, you might end up alone.
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The thing about Occupy is that the sentiment the movement embodies is timeless: Don't be greedy, share.
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I have a really terrible sense of direction.
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I don't blame folks for not wanting to put me in their movies or whatever. I understand if their audiences had an association with me.
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As soon as you are trying to be funny or dramatic, that's when things start feeling fake and boring.
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The most valiant thing you can do as an artist is inspire someone else to be creative.
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Celebrity doesn't have anything to do with art or craft. It's about being rich and thinking that you're better than everybody else.
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That is very different from how it used to be in the 20th century. Media was very one way. There's a small little industry. It broadcasted its message and everyone else in the world just had to listen. Now the internet is allowing what used to be a monologue to become a dialogue. I think that's healthy and actually restoring a more natural way.
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There's an absolute prejudice that good movies are dramas and comedies are more dismissable. But I couldn't disagree more.
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I mean, movies in general tend to sort of portray time, space and identity as these very solid things. Time moves forward. Space is what it is. You are you, and you're always you.
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I think, honestly, that the word 'indie' is a false gimmick. 'Independent' used to mean a movie that was financed outside corporate Hollywood, but a lot of what gets called independent these days is totally produced within that system. And there's nothing wrong with that.
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I like making little videos and little records. I've always loved video cameras and four-track cassette recorders, still cameras, anything.
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The career stuff is for business people.
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Normally you read a screenplay - and I read a lot of them - and the characters don't feel like people. They feel like plot devices or cliches or stereotypes.
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When I was a teenager, if anyone recognized me for anything I did, it would ruin my day. I couldn't handle it. It was some sort of neurotic phobia. I guess I was paranoid that people would treat me differently, or in an unfair way, because of my job.
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Hollywood has the idea that movies have to be dumb. But especially movies for or about teenagers have to be really dumb!
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My dad never blew anything up, but he probably had friends who did. He and my mom have always preached that the pen is mightier than a Molotov cocktail.
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Ummm... well, the only thing I want to do is stuff with people who care about what they're doing, which sounds obvious, but it's really not.
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The media's about to become a lot more effective.
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When I was a teenager I loved acting, but I really just loved it for myself. I didn't like the fact that anyone else saw the work I was doing. When I moved to New York, I started to realize that I wanted people to see the stuff that I was doing, and I wanted it to mean something to them.
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When I'm on set, I do whatever I can to find my focus.
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The movies I watch and the music I listen to and the books I read - those are important to me. It's very important to me, and I don't know what I would do without those things.
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Comedy takes a very specific technique, specific skills.
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The only thing I want to do is stuff with people who care about what they're doing.
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I think that anybody who says 'This is the one way to go about being an actor' has probably not done a lot of professional work before.
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It's less about what you do and more about who you are doing it with.
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One thing that stays pretty consistent for all my jobs is, I listen to a lot of music while I'm working.
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A lot of the motivation for doing the 'Make 'Em Laugh' on SNL was because I had just finished shooting 'Inception,' where there were zero-gravity scenes and I got into really good shape and was training and did all these stunts. Coming off of that, that instilled me with the confidence to do 'Make 'Em Laugh.'
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I think the dual existence thing is a regular pastime for all human beings, and for that matter anything in this universe.
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I hate cars.
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I was studying for the SAT's and learning lines.
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I didn't really like doing commercials.
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Most scripts are bad. I read a lot of them.
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I never intended to only do dark, serious things.
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I was a sort of serious little dude - snobby.
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I was just watching baby videos of me and I was obviously an exhibitionist.
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Making checklists of things you're looking for in a person is the numero uno thing you can do to guarantee you'll be alone forever.
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Press is basically a created story. It's all just stories.
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While I'm not a celebrity, it's such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors.
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I stopped getting nervous a long time ago, so any time I do get nervous, which is rare - about work, anyway - I always take that as a really good sign.
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Quality isn't about where the money came from or which company gets to put their name on the thing. What matters is who made the movie and why they made it.
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I was such a big Dustin Hoffman fan when I was young.
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Movies are different from real life.
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Normally, it's difficult for me to watch a movie that I'm in.
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To be honest, I sort of feel like 'movie actor' isn't of this time. I love it. But it's a 20th-century art form.
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I didn't want to just work within Hollywood when I started a production company. I wanted to be able to collaborate with great artists from all over the world.
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If the goal is to get the best artists, actors, and filmmakers in the world to create the best movies, Hollywood does a decent job. And I think no one would disagree with me that it also makes a ton of bad movies and employs a bunch of hacks.
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To me, a sex scene in a movie generally means a gratuitous scene that doesn't serve the story but gives a kind of excuse - we've got these two actors, we want to see them naked, so let's bring in the music and the soft light.
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A lot of people, most people who are working, they do it for money. And I'm not saying there's anything wrong with that. It so happens that I made a lot of money already, so I don't have to worry that much about it. I wouldn't fault anybody for doing it for the money, but it doesn't interest me right now.
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When I was 20, I went to Paris and tried to meet French women. It didn't work.
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On some level, we as human beings can be who we want to be.
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My personal belief is that everything is always happening all at once.
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It's a pretty intuitive process, picking the projects that I want to get involved with.
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The whole concept of celebrity pisses me off. While I'm not a celebrity, it's such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors.
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My advantage is that I know the system. Big budgets don't impress me. They might've done when I was 13, but I've been working since I was 6.
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At the heart of the movie, to me, is there's these two characters that can have one horrible, traumatic experience but react to it in opposite ways and it shows how different people see things differently. Well, today, there's a president in my country that doesn't understand that and he thinks that if you don't see it exactly his way, you're wrong and evil. And that's not the way the world works. There can be one event but everybody who sees it sees it a little different or sees it a lot different and that's what the movies about and that's what damn "Dubya" needs to understand. Or let him not understand it and go about his ways and go back to his ranch and never bother us again.
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I don't blame the people for the fact that so many movies are bad. I think there's a corrupt, perverted, lazy and sloppy attitude that's pervasive in the movie business. The whole entertainment business is kind of crumbling around us.
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Success is not important to me, nor are power or money. If the script feels good, then I'm in. It's that simple.
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One of the hardest things about playing a soldier is kinda acknowledging that I've never done, and might never do anything that brave.
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"The Lookout" was by far the hardest thing I've ever done. Partially because both "Brick" and "Mysterious Skin" were four to five week shoots, and "The Lookout" was nine or 10. So there's the marathon aspect, as well as the fact that Chris Pratt is having a harder go of it than either of the other two characters ever did. You know, waking up in the morning is difficult for him. Putting a sentence together is difficult for him. Getting dressed properly, driving a car, all these things. He can do them fine, but it's just much harder than it is for a normal person, so I had to try to make it hard for myself somehow. So it was challenging.
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All that violence is there to tell a story that comes from an honest and genuine place, and that's what's important.
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I've played the smart kid, the funny one, the nice sweet one, even the angry one, but never the sexy one.
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It's a very ritualized practice: First they say 'rolling' and then they say 'speed' and then they say 'marker,' and they clap the marker, then the camera says 'set,' then the director says 'action.' I've heard that sequence of words ever since I was 6 years old. It's powerful. I need that.
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That's what life is: repetitive routines. It's a matter of finding the balance between deviating from those patterns and knowing when to repeat them.
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The traditional Hollywood sentiment is contempt for the audience. I've heard executives say, 'Audiences are stupid, kids are stupid,' but that's not going to fly anymore. I think Obama is great evidence of that. This is maybe a sort of pretentious parallel to draw, but it's the same with how love stories are told in movies. 500 Days of Summer wouldn't have made sense in our parents' generation. It reminds me so much of 2009.
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Most love stories that are told in Hollywood are just bullshit, and everyone knows it. You go there expecting to be sold a bill of goods that you know is wrong. And sometimes you go anyway, like if a girl drags you or something.
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I've had a select set of really beautiful, powerful, psychedelic experiences on certain drugs but I never got into just doing it at a party: 'Oh let's get f-ed up and drop acid'. That's so retarded and disrespectful to your body and the drug itself. Mushrooms, acid and ecstasy can offer you a new perspective. They can also offer you nothing.
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I just feel really lucky to get to do what I do and I love it. I love acting, I love making movies and that's why I do it. This is a job which I try to get involved with as much as I can. The movies I watch are being made by film lovers. That's the thing about "Uncertainty". All that "Uncertainty" has going for it is the film itself. We don't have an advertisement budget or something; it's really just made by people who love movies for people who love movies. ... I'm happy to get to talk to someone like you who obviously really loves movies for the movies themselves because some of the other ways that tend to putting audiences into a movie have less to do with an actual movie and more to do with all sort of other marketing.
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Hesher is easily one of the most fun parts I've ever gotten to play, because he is really liberated from a lot of the anxieties and stresses that we all carry around. So to play the part right, I have to do that, and it was liberating.
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I'm lucky enough, I made money on television when I was young, so I don't have to do parts to support myself. I just do stuff because it'll be fun and challenge me.
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My favorite kinds of actors are the chameleons, like Daniel Day-Lewis or Peter Sellers, people like that. To me, the highest compliment you can pay to an actor is, "Man, I didn't recognize you". So yeah, "Hesher" is really different from "Tom" in "(500) Days of Summer"" and you know, that's what keeps it spicy for me.
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I just love to act. It's my favorite thing to do in the world, and what keeps it interesting to me is the creative challenge. So different kinds of characters, that's what I just love to do.
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Acting's really difficult to talk about. If you could talk about it so easily then you wouldn't have to act.
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Look, I've met some nice guys who take pictures like that. I don't want to demonize anybody. But I do think that this notion that certain people are in a higher class than other people is unhealthy. We would be healthier as a people if we quit paying attention to that kind of bullshit and paid more attention to more pertinent things and more beautiful things.
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I spent a lot of time - most of my days - thinking about what it would be like to be facing death while I was shooting "50/50". But to be honest, I think about that all the time anyway.
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I'm sure luck has a lot to do with it, I wouldn't deny that. For a while, after ["Third Rock From the Sun"] no one wanted to hire me to do anything but a TV show, and I didn't really want to do that again. I'm grateful to a few filmmakers who took a chance on me, like Gregg Araki, who made "Mysterious Skin," or Rian Johnson, who made "Brick." These are guys who were able to see that I could play these other roles. I really owe them all my subsequent opportunities.
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There is a quote that I think is attributed to Nelson Mandela. He said that our light is more frightening than our darkness because if you look at the darkness within yourself, you can make excuses and shirk the responsibility of having to do anything, and say, 'Well, I'm not capable'. But if you recognize the powerful light that is in yourself, that we all have within ourselves, that's scary because with that light comes a certain responsibility to live up to it and do something. I love that quote. I think about it a lot.
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I'v always loved watching. I spent my whole life on sets. I started working when I was six. I always paid a lot of attention to what directors have done and what everyone else has done: what they are doing over here in the camera department or how they put together the set or what the script supervisor is up to, all these notes that they take, how is it, what is that. I really like being part of that team, being a part of something larger.
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We had a fucking great time every day working on that movie. I felt as though I'd transferred in for senior year and had a graduation celebration. You felt a huge sense of accomplishment and closure. Everyone on that movie did such good, dignified work. No one came to phone it in or just cash a check.
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I wouldn't say I was a normal kid. I'd say I was a lucky little kid, because unfortunately it's not normal to have extraordinarily good parents who love and support you. I played baseball, did gymnastics, took piano lessons and started acting as just another one of the things I did. I wasn't pressured into it. But it was acting I loved. I had a really cool acting teacher who taught us how to become a character, to be realistic and feel those feelings, so I hated being expected to behave like an idiot in TV commercials because they seem to think that's what sells toys or whatever.
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Being on TV when I was a teenager in high school was way harder than anything I've experienced since. It prepared me for what it is to work in pop culture. I've learned I have basically two different interactions with people. I love when someone approaches me and tells me they've seen me in something that made them feel something and that they connected to it. That's part of why I do it. The other interaction is with people who really don't care about the movies or anything like that. They just sort of buy into the fame thing, and that feels icky to me.
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I remember on Beethoven we weren't allowed to pet the dog because it would have distracted him. For a dog lover that was disappointing and weird.
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I find that humor is often times the best way to get at substantial themes and questions - but to do so in a really entertaining and engaging way. Something everybody can connect to. Take 'Dr. Strangelove': one of my favorite movies of all time. And it's dealing with very serious issues. But it's hilarious.
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T0 me what's important is not the budget of the movie or where the money came from, whether it came from Warner Brothers or Voltage Pictures. What's important for me is the intention of the filmmaker and the spirit on set and what the movie's about and why we are all making it.
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If you want to talk about an immoral movie, those are the movies that are just blindly re enforcing these cliches of love at first sight, first kiss..get married and ride off together into the sunset. It's systematically ruining people's lives.
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The thing Chris (Nolan) has in common with all the filmmakers I've loved - Rian Johnson, Steven Spielberg, Marc Webb - is that they have a thorough plan, but are also open to spontaneity. That happens all day as a director. Someone tells you things have changed, and you have to answer it. Spielberg is one of the great imitated filmmakers.
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