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I would rather just do the things I want to do.
– Stanley Tucci
I wanted to be an actor when I was a kid.
Even The Impostors, as silly as it is, is a very intimate film, in a way.
Big Night and The Impostors are both things that I wrote.
But usually I’ll wake up and start writing about nine o’clock. I’ll probably write for about three hours, and I’ll do that over the next month and a half.
I was always attracted to the past as a kid.
I’m a control freak. Totally.
The thing is, I’m a very practical filmmaker.
I’d read Up in the Old Hotel, and I wanted to do something with Mitchell’s stuff for a long time.
I like to use all of myself, and acting wasn’t doing that.
I mean, Scorsese’s a genius, and that’s one way of shooting.
Like Joseph Mitchell, I would scour the streets of New York and find little pieces of what other people think of as junk – and collect it.
I write in the mornings. During my down time.
The majority of directors I’ve worked with didn’t know how to talk to actors.
I have consciously not taken the role of a gangster, which has been offered to me far too many times.
As a director, I also get to sit and watch actors and learn from them in a way that I don’t get to do when I’m just acting.
I was dissatisfied just being an actor.
I make time to write.
It’s more interesting because you get to research the history of the period, and all the different aesthetic elements that make a film, particularly this film, so stunning.
The constraints of melodrama can be a great blessing, because they demand that all the characters involved – as absurd and extreme as they may initially seem – must stay utterly rooted in their own reality, or the whole project collapses.
People wear shorts to the Broadway theater. There should be a law against that.
As a director you have to be careful you don’t over-design the film. You have to be careful that the period aspect does not take over.
I’m not interested in wasting money on a project.
I don’t like to move the camera that much anyway.
You gotta make the movie you want to make.
I didn’t know you had to change diapers so often. I couldn’t believe it – we must change them 10 times a day – each. So that’s 20 diapers a piece a day.