I had been a kid that moved so much, I didn't have a lot of friends. Theater really represented camaraderie.
You're in a profession in which absolutely everybody is telling you their opinion, which is different. That's one of the reasons George Lucas never directed again.
I associate my motion picture career more with being unhappy and scared, or being under the gun, than with anything pleasant.
I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated. The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.
They needed someone to write a script of The Great Gatsby very quickly for the movie they were making. I took this job so I'd be sure to have some dough to support my family.
Frank Capra was a prop man, I think. John Ford was a prop man. It was a little bit of a father and son thing, and you kind of worked your way up.
In kindergarten that used to be my job, to tell them fairytales. I liked Hans Christian Andersen, and the Grimm fairy tales, all the classic fairy tales.
I was the kind of kid that had some talents or ability, but it never came out in school.
When I do a novel, I don't really use the script, I use the book; when I did Apocalypse Now, I used Heart of Darkness. Novels usually have so much rich material.
Ten Days That Shook The World, by Eisenstein, I went to see it, and I was so impressed with this film, so impressed with what cinema could do.
Roger Corman exploited all of the young people who worked for him, but he really gave you responsibility and opportunity. So it was kind of a fair deal.
When I was going for my graduate degree, I decided I was going to make a feature film as my thesis. That's what I was famous for-that I had my thesis film be a feature film, which was 'You're a Big Boy Now.'
Most Italians who came to this country are very patriotic. There was this exciting possibility that if you worked real hard, and you loved something, you could become successful.
I wrote the script of Patton. I had this very bizarre opening where he stands up in front of an American flag and gives this speech. Ultimately, I was fired. When the script was done, they hired another writer and that script was forgotten.
We had access to too much money, too much equipment, and little by little, we went insane.
I liked to work in a shop down in the basement and invent things and build gadgets.
I don't think there's any artist of any value who doesn't doubt what they're doing.
Usually, the stuff that's your best idea or work is going to be attacked the most.
I landed a job with Roger Corman. The job was to write the English dialogue for a Russian science fiction picture. I didn't speak any Russian. He didn't care whether I could understand what they were saying; he wanted me to make up dialogue.
George Lucas doesn't have the most physical stamina. He was so unhappy making Star Wars that he just vowed he'd never do it again.
I had a number of teachers who hated me. I didn't do well in school.
Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
You ought to love what you're doing because, especially in a movie, over time you really will start to hate it.
I became quite successful very young, and it was mainly because I was so enthusiastic and I just worked so hard at it.
Art depends on luck and talent.
I had a heartbreaking experience when I was 9. I always wanted to be a guard. The most wonderful girl in the world was a guard. When I got polio and then went back to school, they made me a guard. A teacher took away my guard button.
I thought I wanted to be a playwright because I was interested in stories and telling stories.
It's ironic that at age 32, at probably the greatest moment of my career, with The Godfather having such an enormous success, I wasn't even aware of it, because I was somewhere else under the deadline again.
My film is not a movie; it's not about Vietnam. It is Vietnam.
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