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I really didn't think I was going to like it, that it was only for girls. I was shocked by its sense of observation and its careful study. It felt very modern and very fresh.
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So much of today's film culture, in England and America, is based on lies, really. The industry is very ambitious, and success has become such an opium, people start from the wrong place they forget sometimes that the core of what we do is storytelling. It serves a need, a purpose for the individual and society to pull us together in shared experience and help us realize we're not alone in that experience.
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It wasn't that originally I didn't want her. I think she's being too modest. I thought she may be too beautiful to play Elizabeth. I kind of had the idea that Elizabeth should be a little plainer. So I met a number of people for the role.
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It only makes sense if they're young, because they're having these feelings and misunderstandings for the first time, ... I didn't want to make the '40-Year-Old Virgin.'
Joe Wright

It doesn't really work. The most important thing I did was that I wanted to cast all the actors at the right ages. I wanted to cast them at the ages that Austen wrote them. It seemed to me that these are young people experiencing these emotions for the first time.
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