Most Inspirational Movies Quotes Of All Time

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I wanted to escape Small Town U.S.A. To dismiss the boundaries, to explore. My life experience came from watching movies, TV, and reading books and magazines. When your culture comes from watching TV everyday, you’re bombarded with images of things that seem cool, places that seem interesting, people who have jobs and careers and opportunities.

Live theater to me is much more free than the movies or television.

I grew up when I was 15 when I had my first opportunity in movies. I watched every great movie for a year and a half, and since then I’ve asked myself how I can emulate such artistry. That’s really my motivation. I want to do something as good as my heroes have done.

I think I’ve been lucky enough not to have to do movie after movie after movie for financial reasons, so I’ve been able to live life and also make movies. I didn’t have to grind them out. I could go long periods where I was living life rather than tripping over cables.

Some people ask why people would go into a dark room to be scared. I say they are already scared, and they need to have that fear manipulated and massaged. I think of horror movies as the disturbed dreams of a society.

When my mother got home from work, she would take me to the movies. It was her way of getting out, and she would take me with her. I’d go home and act all the parts. It had a tremendous influence on my becoming an actor.

Maybe I was just born in the wrong era, man. I’m a bit of a throwback to the days of black and white movies. Those guys back then, they had a certain kind of directness about them. A lot of the screenplays, the plots were very simplistic – they gave rise to a type of anti-hero that maybe I suit better.

I don’t tend to watch TV. I’m like a Netflix junkie. I watch a lot of documentaries and movies on Netflix. I like ‘Downton Abbey.’

I’ve always been optimistic. And I have a feeling that it happened because of going to all those movies with my grandmother in the ’40s because there was no cynicism.

Listen, I think movies serve many different purposes, from those movies that are frivolous and just an entertainment, to movies that just go to exploring the complexities of the human soul. Everything is valid if it’s done with honesty and dignity, and I actually do both of those types of movies in my career.

The two Hindi movies that I did were not marketed well, and so not many people came to watch the film, hence the audience doesn’t know much about me. I am a newcomer, and I cannot sell a film on my own. There has to be a backing in terms of producers.

When I did ‘Bird,’ it was a surprise to some people, first because I wasn’t in it and second because most of the films I’d been doing were cop movies or westerns or adventure films, so to be doing one about Charlie Parker, who was a great influence on American music, was a great thrill for me.

Men want a battle to fight, an adventure to live, and a beauty to rescue. That is what is written in their hearts. That is what little boys play at. That is what men’s movies are about. You just see it. It is undeniable.

I really care about this stuff, I care about movies, and you just have to be strong and don’t be stupid; freedom of choice is a big responsibility, and I’m lucky enough not to have to just take any movie to pay the rent, so there’s no need to be greedy.

The secret to film is that it’s an illusion.

If the boy and girl walk off into the sunset hand-in-hand in the last scene, it adds 10 million to the box office.

A film is – or should be – more like music than like fiction. It should be a progression of moods and feelings. The theme, what’s behind the emotion, the meaning, all that comes later.

We all need illusions. That’s why we love movies.

I like something where I can really use my imagination and be an active participant in the construction of the monster and usually that’s in the world of the supernatural or the world of the fantastic, so that’s why those kinds of stories about demons and the supernatural appeal to me or maybe I’m really interested in that subject.

I drove from Naples to the Amalfi coast in an Alpha Romeo 1969 Spider, which was lovely. There have been lots of movies made down there, and I felt a bit like James Bond – the driving is quite hairy. The locals have mopeds, but you wouldn’t catch me on a bike on those roads. A tank would be safer!

Pick up a camera. Shoot something. No matter how small, no matter how cheesy, no matter whether your friends and your sister star in it. Put your name on it as director. Now you’re a director. Everything after that you’re just negotiating your budget and your fee.

If you play a role, you want to familiarize yourself with that person’s world. If I were playing an airline pilot or a doctor, I’d probably want to hang out with a doctor or an airplane pilot for a while, ask some questions. You don’t get to hang out the kings. They don’t help consult on movies. So your resources are, by necessity, secondary.

Everyone is using the Internet for almost everything – trailers, ads, movies, and short films. This is the only thing that will reach everybody in the world.

It’s simple: You get a part. You play a part. You play it well. You do your work and you go home. And what is wonderful about movies is that once they’re done, they belong to the people. Once you make it, it’s what they see. That’s where my head is at.

I think the whole stigma of ‘black movies’ is slowly being lost. When you look at movies like ’12 Years A Slave,’ to ‘The Butler,’ to ‘The Best Man,’ to ‘Ride Along,’ to even ‘Think Like a Man’ from last year – these movies are just good movies.

Nobody should come to the movies unless he believes in heroes.

If you want a happy ending, that depends, of course, on where you stop your story.

Television and movies were our biggest teachers. When we came to the United States, the Vietnam War was just ratcheting up. And so the Asian faces that I saw on the news, they were the face of the enemy. Asian men, particularly, were either small, ineffective, or they were evil. And those messages were deeply, deeply embedded in me for many years.

I like zombie movies. I like ‘The Walking Dead;’ I like the metaphor of it, simply because when we go with the zombie concept – if you’re bitten by a zombie, you don’t transform into something else like a vampire or a werewolf or whatever. You become something that’s not you.

A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.

Movies can’t ruin books. They can only ruin movies.

You know, I put my little brother in the movies and he’s still in the pictures. My mother makes me put him in the pictures.

One of the problems with science fiction, which is probably one of the reasons why I haven’t done one for many, many years, is the fact that everything is used up. Every type of spacesuit is used up, every type of spacecraft is vaguely familiar, the corridors are similar, and the planets are similar.

If dreams are like movies, then memories are films about ghosts.

People say sometimes that I’m distracted. I’m not distracted. I’m being smart. I’m capitalizing while the iron is hot. That’s why I’m trying to do movies. I do the podcast. I do a radio show. I work on FOX. I have a gym; I have a lot of things going on. That’s because when I’m done, I want to be set up.

Like all kids who want to be in action movies, I want to jump out of a speeding car, shoot guns, slide out the side in slow motion like a John Woo movie.

I used to want to be a movie star so I wouldn’t have to live in trailers anymore. And now that I make movies, I spend a lot of my life living in trailers.

A film is never really good unless the camera is an eye in the head of a poet.

I just think that sports movies have such a built-in visceral, rooting interest, an epic win or lose redemptive quality. When they get it right, it can make for a really rousing movie experience.

Photoshop makes things look beautiful just as you have special effects in movies. It’s just a part of life.

At the heart of every really good Christmas movie is the threat, I suppose, to Christmas. Something is wrong with Christmas, in all of these movies. In ‘The Polar Express,’ there’s a kid that doesn’t really believe, and that’s the threat to Christmas. In ‘Santa Claus: The Movie,’ jealousy and greed are threatening to overrun his Christmas.

Between the theme parks and the movies, the Disney iconography was probably the first set of archetypes that I was exposed to. Walt was able to expose me as a child to the full array of emotions, including fear and sorrow. Those movies and attractions haunted my dreams and made a deep impression on me as a child.

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

I never was that boy who loved gangster films, but when I was growing up, I was obsessed with the detective Dick Tracy. It was one of my favourite movies as a kid, and he really inspired me. I would have loved to be part of that golden age of Hollywood in the 1940s. It made me want to become an actor.

Movies are a big part of our Indian culture.

I don’t want to speak for my movies; you could say my movies are just completely silly and dumb, but in the case of ‘Idiocracy’ and ‘Borat,’ without a doubt there is a really subversive and sophisticated assault on American culture.

A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.

I’m obsessed with the power of music and image together. There’s also something about music videos that are incredibly glamorous – there’s a fetishistic aesthetic to them that you don’t really see in movies in the same way.

I don’t control the movies that are offered to me, but I make choices based on certain parameters.

Advertising is a racket, like the movies and the brokerage business. You cannot be honest without admitting that its constructive contribution to humanity is exactly minus zero.

You take somebody that cries their goddam eyes out over phoney stuff in the movies, and nine times out of ten they’re mean bastards at heart.

Dolls, perhaps more than any other object, demonstrate just how thin the line between love and fear, comfort and horror, can be. They are objects of love and sources of reassurance for children, coveted prizes for collectors, sources of terror and horror in numerous movies, television shows, books, and stories.

I guess you can look at Fleetwood Mac as the ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ movies and my solo career as indie films.

My favorite thing of all time is a New York City weekend when there’s a blizzard. Everything gets really quiet, and everyone goes to the movies and the park.

‘Sunset Boulevard’ – the story of Hollywood movies draped on a depressing sex affair – is an uncompromising study of American decadence displaying a sad, worn, methodical beauty few films have had since the late twenties.

I never think it’s right to chew gum in front of other people, but a lot of times I’ll come in for a meeting chewing gum and I’ll forget I’m chewing it. Then you don’t want to swallow it because it stays in your system for seven years or something, so I’ve asked to throw it away. I’ve started to wonder if that’s why I didn’t get certain movies.

I missed out on everything. Sometimes on the street I see teenagers hanging out and going to the movies, going to concerts, and I get so jealous.

I keep telling people I’ll make movies until I’m fifty and then I’ll go and do something else. I’m going to be a professional gentleman of leisure.

Making movies is not rocket science. It’s about relationships and communication and strangers coming together to see if they can get along harmoniously, productively, and creatively. That’s a challenge. When it works, it’s fantastic and will lift you up. When it doesn’t work, it’s almost just as fascinating.

Football games are on TV, and it doesn’t affect stadium attendance at all. It’s the same with movies. People who really love movies and like to go out on a Saturday night will go to the movie theater.

I love kids that come to shows, little kids coming up to you with braces; like, some kid came up to me in a parking lot outside a show in Santa Cruz – he was about 14 or 15 – and he said, ‘Y’know, I love ‘The Basketball Diaries,’ but I hope your next book of poetry isn’t gonna be as academic as ‘Living at the Movies’ was.’

The key to making good movies is to pay attention to the transition between scenes.

I always wish the hotels were like they are in movies and TV shows, where if you’re in Paris, right outside your window is the Eiffel Tower. In Egypt, the pyramids are right there. In the movies, every hotel has a monument right outside your window. My hotel rooms overlook the garbage dumpster in the back alley.

Back 20 years ago, there was a division between movie actors and TV actors. That’s kind of gone away. People who have had a lot of success in movies in the past now want to be on TV. There used to be much more of a quality division between TV and movies, and that’s kind of not the case anymore.

Film spectators are quiet vampires.

America had, for one thing, lived in anarchy for – until much more recently than Europe. We had the Wild West, where the cliche of the cowboy movies was the nearest sheriff is 90 miles away, and so you had to pack a gun and defend yourself.

In films, I didn’t crave the type of attention I had sort of stumbled into in my music career. And I do not audition well. I’m really not good at it. Early on, I did movies like ‘Alpha Dog’ and ‘Black Snake Moan’ because the directors didn’t ask me to audition.

I only make movies to finance my fishing.

A cinema villain essentially needs a moustache so he can twiddle with it gleefully as he cooks up his next nasty plan.

I secretly enjoy being alone – hiking alone, skiing alone, walking along the beach alone, going to movies alone. Do not get me wrong, I like sharing my life with other people, but sometimes I really enjoy being as alone as possible.

I turned down ‘Harry Potter’ and ‘Spider-Man,’ two movies that I knew would be phenomenally successful, because I had already made movies like that before and they offered no challenge to me. I don’t need my ego to be reminded.

Talking about dreams is like talking about movies, since the cinema uses the language of dreams; years can pass in a second, and you can hop from one place to another. It’s a language made of image. And in the real cinema, every object and every light means something, as in a dream.

I find ‘Edward Scissorhands’ a very inspiring movie – it’s one of the first movies about bullying, in a way – about being treated unkindly for being different.

Filmmaking is a chance to live many lifetimes.

For me, real life is hard work. Making movies is like a vacation for my soul.

If I can, I love staying in pajamas all day and watching movies and eating good food.

He was a very strict father, which in a way has helped me to become who I am today. He never pampered me, as he wanted me to live a normal life. No film magazines were allowed at home, and we weren’t allowed to watch any movies.

I’ve had an amazing life, but I think I was born with a little bit of sadness in me. I’ve always been attracted to those things, whether it’s sad movies, sad music… when you’re sad, you feel everything in a greater way than you do when you’re happy.

I make movies in order to make things understood, not to be shocking.

Movies are open doors, and at every door, I change character and life.

My movies are painfully personal, but I’m never trying to let you know how personal they are. It’s my job to make it be personal, and also to disguise that so only I or the people who know me know how personal it is. ‘Kill Bill’ is a very personal movie.

Not everybody goes to movies to get their life changed.

Sometimes music, movies and books are the only things that let us feel like someone else feels like we do.

All my friends were in college when I was making ‘Superbad.’ We were drinking beer and watching movies and eating pizza. It wasn’t like I was going to nice restaurants or anything like that, and I lived like a frat guy. Eventually it was time to grow up, be healthy and be responsible. You can’t live like a kid forever, you know?

Mirrors are the essence of movies.

When I was a boy, I always saw myself as a hero in comic books and in movies. I grew up believing this dream.

Life is more than sunglasses and hit movies. Reality – that’s the main event.

I’m used to watching old movies of myself.

I always shoot my movies with score as certainly part of the dialogue. Music is dialogue. People don’t think about it that way, but music is actually dialogue. And sometimes music is the final, finished, additional dialogue. Music can be one of the final characters in the film.

‘How to Train Your Dragon,’ the first one, was a film I’d seen prior to being approached for the sequel. I don’t often watch family animated movies, but it’s one that I loved and thought was really well done: beautifully crafted storytelling.

My grandmother and I would go see movies, and we’d come back to the apartment – we had a one-room apartment in Hollywood – and I would kind of lock myself in this little dressing room area with a cracked mirror on the door and act out what I had just seen.

Christmas for me is all about spending time with my family. I cherish any chance we have to spend all day together making gingerbread houses, baking cookies, or sitting around and watching movies.

Sex is a doorway to something so powerful and mystical, but movies usually depict it in a completely flat way.

For me, to do a reality show is like sending myself to actor’s graveyard. I feel like I should wait and create my own projects… do independent movies before I would have to go and do reality shows. Or produce one and come up with one on my own!

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.

I’d watch old movies with Judy Garland, Shirley Temple and Bette Davis and long to be part of that glamorous world. A lot of that glamour is gone now. In my own small way, I hope I’m bringing some of it back. But it would be great if I could inspire women to dress up.

The director Sofia Coppola’s new comic melodrama, ‘Lost in Translation,’ thoroughly and touchingly connects the dots between three standards of yearning in movies: David Lean’s ‘Brief Encounter,’ Richard Linklater’s ‘Before Sunrise’ and Wong Kar-wai’s ‘In the Mood for Love.’

Making movies is a way of understanding myself and the world.

My dream role would probably be a psycho killer, because the whole thing I love about movies is that you get to do things you could never do in real life, and that would be my way of vicariously experiencing being a psycho killer. Also, it’s incredibly romantic.

I read tons of books, listen to music non-stop, watch as many movies as possible, catch a play when I can, art shows, concerts, bar talks – I just try to engage in art, which to me is everywhere, as often as I can because narrative lives in it all.

A filmmaker has almost the same freedom as a novelist has when he buys himself some paper.

I realized this is what God has dealt me, and I should be thankful considering all that’s happened to me in my life, but MS caused the movies to stop – stop dead – and I miss it.

Our trials and our times of pain get the most recognition, but ‘Straight Outta Compton’ speaks to triumph. When it’s doubtful, when nobody is on your side, when your back is against the wall, you triumph and make it through. Showing growth through movies promotes growth.

Movies like ‘Chef’ are not really box-office monsters in the summertime and don’t really fit into Hollywood’s business model any longer. Even if ‘Chef’ is successful, it will be successful in the context of what it is. There’s a limited upside to a film that’s so small, but there’s also limited exposure for the people who backed me.

When I was a kid, the only way I saw movies was from the back seat of my family’s car at the drive-in.

You have to give people permission to laugh. That’s why they would always cut to the banana peel in the Laurel and Hardy movies.

‘The Princess Bride’ is one of my favorite movies of all time.

The problem with romantic comedies is you know the ending by the poster. So they’re not movies you can keep doing over and over again expect satisfaction somehow.

Oh, I love horror movies, yeah.

For me, horror movies are a real escape.

I never thought I’d land in pictures with a face like mine.

Streaming TV shows, movies, and other types of video over the Internet to all manner of devices, once a fringe habit, is now a squarely mainstream practice. Even people still paying for cable or satellite service often also have Netflix or Hulu accounts.

Even in India the Hindi film industry might be the best known but there are movies made in other regional languages in India, be it Tamil or Bengali. Those experiences too are different from the ones in Bombay.

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.

When we go to see comedians or funny movies, they don’t address the wall behind them; they face us. This is why a game’s first job is to entertain through gameplay and secondarily through humor, drama, or other traditional entertainment devices. The humor has to be a gentleman. I mean, it needs to be squeezed in around the game.

I just wear very nice pyjamas. When I’m at home, I love to watch movies and relax because when I’m modeling, I’m always travelling. When I’m not working I don’t put much make up, but I do love nail polish for that little bit of fun colour.

When I was a kid, Disney was one of my gods. I just loved movies like ‘Snow White’ and ‘Pinocchio.’

Cancer taught me to stop saving things for a special occasion. Every day is special. You don’t have to get cancer to start living life to the fullest. My post-cancer philosophy? No wasted time. No ugly clothes. No boring movies.

The most amazing thing for me is that every single person who sees a movie, not necessarily one of my movies, brings a whole set of unique experiences. Now, through careful manipulation and good storytelling, you can get everybody to clap at the same time, to hopefully laugh at the same time, and to be afraid at the same time.

Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.

I wasn’t a fanboy of horror. I didn’t grow up on horror movies. I grew up loving all movies. I still love all movies, but I particularly love scary movies – as much for the culture around them as the movies themselves.

I don’t care about movies. I tend to play badminton once a week.

We just compare our lifestyle to movies so you can relate to them. When I say, ‘I bought a carpet from Aladdin so I could finesse and do magic,’ that means I had to get me a new whip or I had to get me something in disguise to work my magic, to finesse, to get out of here.

The most honest form of filmmaking is to make a film for yourself.

I wanted to do another movie that could make us laugh and cry and feel good about the world. I wanted to do something else that could make us smile. This is a time when we need to smile more and Hollywood movies are supposed to do that for people in difficult times.

I can understand the validity of showing people the ugliness of the world, but I also think there is a place for movies to leave people with a sense of hope.

My favorite thing about movies is the ending, and so all my favorite movies have really great endings.

Being sad and being depressed are two different things. Also, people going through depression don’t look so, while someone sad will look sad. The most common reaction is, ‘How can you be depressed? You have everything going for you. You are the supposed number one heroine and have a plush home, car, movies… What else do you want?’

There’s always room out there for the hand-drawn image. I personally like the imperfection of hand drawing as opposed to the slick look of computer animation. But you can do good stuff either way. The Pixar movies are amazing in what they do, but there’s plenty of independent animators who are doing really amazing things as well.

I remember saying goodbye to my father the night he left to join the Navy. He didn’t have to. He was older than other servicemen and had a family to support but he wanted to be a part of the fight against fascism, not just make movies about it. I admired this about him.

I’m kind of a homebody. I like to sit at home and watch movies and eat good food.

I’m not into superhero movies, but I love cartoons. Tweety bird is my favourite.

I don’t really like scary movies. I don’t seek them out. I’m very sensitive and impressionable. I’m the kind of person who will sleep with the light on for a week if I get really scared.

The elements that create glamour are not specific styles – bias-cut gowns or lacquered furniture – but more general qualities: grace, mystery, transcendence. To the right audience, Halle Berry is more glamorous commanding the elements as Storm in the X-Men movies than she is walking the red carpet in a designer gown.

I crave working on those small independent movies because I love going to see those myself.

It is painful to watch children trying to show off for parents who are engrossed in their cell phones. Children are nostalgic for the ‘good old days’ when parents used to read to them without the cell phone by their side or watch football games or Disney movies without having the BlackBerry handy.

The reviewers tear me apart. I bleed. I’m a favorite target. They go along for six months looking at movies, praying for rain, and then a new Sandra Dee movie comes out, and their eyes open, and they lick their lips. Before they’ve ever seen it.

My favorite movies of all times is ‘Doctor Zhivago,’ and I love ‘Gone With the Wind.’ I’d love to play some Southern belle or something where I owned a plantation.

Signing up for ‘It Follows,’ I didn’t have any idea it was going to turn out the way it did, but seeing it, the music and the feel of it definitely was pretty amazing, getting that kind of throwback feel to classic horror movies.

Cinema is the most beautiful fraud in the world.

I’m a spoilt brat. I thought I was just going to walk in and make movies. But I’d been my own boss for so long that all of a sudden to be facing a roomful of people who were niggling over every little scene… I just thought I’d go back and draw my comics and have a happy life.

I was dirt-poor. I could barely hold down a job. Eventually, though, I started getting small parts on shows like ‘Smallville,’ ‘Supernatural’… and lots of really bad sci-fi movies. I was running around the woods in wolf contacts, covered in fake blood made out of pancake syrup, roaring.

I don’t want to do anything and everything. I want to be a brand that, every time I leverage my name, I want people to feel sure that it’s going to be something good – so whether it be my movies, my perfume, my restaurant, my musical, it’ll be good work, good food and good everything.

In cartoons, in movies, time passes differently. There are flashbacks and flashfowards.

I grew up on all of the great spy movies and TV series of the Sixties – not just Bond, but Derek Flint and the Avengers and Modesty Blaise and the Man from UNCLE and on and on. Every time I sit down to work on Cinderella, I’m writing a love letter to all of those characters.

I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries.

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood.

I did four movies where I gained, like, fifty pounds. I had curly hair, and I had all of this facial hair. I had put on all this weight for these movies, and I did four or five of them back-to-back. Then I cut the weight and I got fit again. I cut my beard and I took away the mustache, and people were like, ‘What are you doing?’

I go to the movies at least five times a week, and after a while everything becomes a blur to me.

I always loved clothes. I grew up in a blue-collar family, but I loved old movies and seeing all those dashing leading men.

My favorite holiday memory was sitting at home all day in my pajamas during winter break for school watching a bunch of old Christmas movies like ‘Jack Frost’ and ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer’ with my siblings and parents.

Michael Jackson is an accidental civil rights leader – an accidental pioneer. He broke ground and barriers in so many different realms in artistry, in pictures, in movies, in music, you name it.

With ‘Girls’… I feel like there’s an impulse to try to make it look better or neater or more perfect, and when I watch theater, television, movies, it’s always the imperfection I’m always more attracted to.

I like to go out if there’s a party or go to the movies, but I just like hanging out with my buddies and having a good time.

Cinema should make you forget you are sitting in a theater.

I actually cried during ‘Titanic’. It was one of the few movies I’ve seen in the theater multiple times.

Movies become art after editing. Instead of just reproducing reality, they juxtapose images of it. That implies expression; that’s art.

Most of us do not consciously look at movies.

It took Simone a long time to understand why people want Daddy’s autograph. I’d tell her, and my wife would tell her, too, ‘People see Daddy in the movies, and they are excited to meet him.’ But she couldn’t really grasp it.

It’s a great feeling to think that I can be a friend to so many people through my movies.

Steven Spielberg is unique. I feel that the kinds of movies he loves are the same kinds of movies that the big mass audience loves. He’s very fortunate because he can do the things he naturally likes the best, and he’s been very successful.

I wasn’t a huge fan of superhero movies before I watched ‘Wonder Woman.’ That was a really cool film – I really like all the stunts.

I love the movies, and when I go to see a movie that’s been made from one of my books, I know that it isn’t going to be exactly like my novel because a lot of other people have interpreted it. But I also know it has an idea that I’ll like because that idea occurred to me, and I spent a year, or a year and a half of my life working on it.

I don’t like gratuitous violence. I don’t like the ‘Saw’ movies. I don’t like the ‘Hostel’ movies. I don’t like anything that is violence for violence’s sake.

I just love movies, so suddenly, you’re political about movies, and that’s dark. It’s just not fun when something you love becomes calculated.

Right now I just want to chill for a while. Take a hiatus from all the craziness. To clean my house, see my family. Just see some movies and pick some strawberries.

Acting is not about being famous, it’s about exploring the human soul.

There is a heavy Mexican Catholic streak in my movies, and a huge Mexican sense of melodrama. Everything is overwrought, and there’s a sense of acceptance of the fantastic in my films, which is innately Mexican. So when people ask, ‘How can you define the Mexican-ness of your films?’ I go, ‘How can I not?’ It’s all I am.

If you look at Indian movies, every time they wanted an exotic locale, they would have a dance number in Kashmir. Kashmir was India’s fairyland. Indians went there because in a hot country you go to a cold place. People would be entranced by the sight of snow.

I never thought about how I didn’t have a cell phone or I’m in 2011. I was just so happy to be able to be a character in the 30s and there are these actresses that I really liked in the 40s, 50s and 60s in American movies that I’ve seen since I was a little girl. But you don’t really think like that when you prepare for a role.

A lot of movies about artificial intelligence envision that AI’s will be very intelligent but missing some key emotional qualities of humans and therefore turn out to be very dangerous.

Make them laugh, make them cry, and hack to laughter. What do people go to the theatre for? An emotional exercise. I am a servant of the people. I have never forgotten that.

Television is chewing gum for the eyes.

I grew up thinking that I would become a fighter pilot and was fascinated by aircrafts as I had grown up around that. But my father encouraged me to not become an Air Force person, given the varied interests I had, be it books, movies, sports or fighter flying.

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

I lost my front tooth in rugby league when a fat guy from Bellevue Hill kicked me in the face as I got up from a tackle to mark him. I made this decision not to cap the tooth because I thought it was false. But I didn’t make any movies as a teenager, and I had a very hard time with girls and stuff.

‘That’s What She Said’ is not Hollywood’s standard picture of women: preternaturally gorgeous, wedding obsessed, boy crazy, fashion focused, sexed up ‘girl’ women. These are real women, comically portrayed, who are trying to wrestle with the very expectations of womanhood that Hollywood movies set up.

All that running around in my underwear put money in my pockets. I can focus on working in interesting movies without having to worry about supporting myself.

Jesus is a half-naked guy, hanging, nailed to a cross, and then people wear that around their neck, and then those are the people that are upset about violence in movies.

If there’s specific resistance to women making movies, I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons: I can’t change my gender, and I refuse to stop making movies.

It seems to me that one thing people do over and over again is try to figure out how to get married, stay married, fall in love, how to rekindle all this stuff. It seems to me to be a pretty eternal theme so I don’t know if you can get typecast from making movies about men relating to women. It seems to be what is going on on the planet a lot.

Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out.

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