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''I believe life is a creative process. You or me or anybody, we create ourselves, and our identities, and our experiences. Every day, every moment. Now.''
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''The ability to balance a thorough plan with spontaneity is right at the crux of being a good director. If you're too married to your plan, your movie will end up stilted. If you don't have a thorough enough plan, and are only going on whim, your movie might end up without a strong, singular voice. That applies to how you approach a whole life.''
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A Man of Many Hats
''I do love acting, even though I've always aspired to do additional things. I was always interested. I was always fascinated with the whole thing. From the first time, I'd see all these people, and they all have particular jobs, and they all have to be doing it right in order for us to make this big thing. I had to do my part, too. And I was really intent on doing it right, but I've always been curious about all the other things going on. There's so much.''
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Every Step Counts
''I have, for all my adult life, thought about how can I build towards getting to make what I want to make. Along the way I got to participate in things I'm really really proud of. Those weren't mere steps along the way. Even more conventional movies like Premium Rush or G.I. Joe, they were both inspiring to me in different ways. G.I. Joe had this crazy mask that I got to put on. Premium Rush was a fun way to do an action movie. There's always something that makes me excited to do it.''
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''I don't have any regrets. I don't let myself. There's no use in it. Has my life gone exactly how I wanted it to go? No. There are things I wish were different. But I'm not going to regret it. There's no use in it.''
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''Even pretty young, 10 or 11, I'd be messing around with friends, making videos and dubbing the footage on the VCR. I figured out, if I run a cable from my DiscMan to the other channel of the VCR I can put Spin Doctors on the soundtrack.'' [Laughs] What kind of movies did he make? ''Usually really goofy ones. Spoofing a commercial or a movie. There was often a fight. Most of them end in a brawl.''
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On Don Jon
''The message Don Jon is trying to bring to light — and make fun of — is reducing people, especially women, to nothing but a sex object. It happens in music videos, TV shows, movies, and magazines, and so many commercials use sex to sell their products. Whether it's rated-X, or rated PG, or approved by the FCC for general audiences to sell Doritos, the message is the same.''
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