Tim Burton Quotes (18 Quotes)


    He's basically a great character actor in a leading man's body. He's always kept that integrity. To me, it's something I find that's really amazing in this business.

    I happened to be listening to David Bowie's 'Heroes,' ... That, and a colleague in Austria was teaching heroism to Americans - how we spend lots of time discussing heroism.

    When we were growing up and saw a Ray Harryhausen movie, we were interested in how it was done. But thank God we got to go through the magic of seeing it before we knew how it was done. You were able to get this beautiful, pure, visceral response to something without knowing too much about it.

    People might say 'oh its too dark and scary' for children but you could say that about 'Nightmare before Christmas' also. People say their dog even liked watching 'Nightmare Before Christmas'. So this is for animals, children, whoever.

    We're trying to make employees more conscious of what they are buying.


    When I saw Carlos's drawings, they reminded me a little of the way I draw. They showed that you could make appealing human characters.

    Movies are like an expensive form of therapy for me.

    It's almost the best cast I think I've ever worked with. The voices are so distinctive, they really nailed their characters. ... For me, in this particular case, it almost becomes more like a live-action movie, because their voices are so strong.

    Jack Nicholson is a textbook actor who's very intuitive. He is absolutely brilliant at going as far as you can go, always pushing to the edge, but still making it seem real.

    People told me I couldn't kill Nicholson, so I cast him in two roles and killed him off twice.

    One person's crazyness is another person's reality.

    I've always been more comfortable making my decisions from the subconscious level, or more emotionally, because I find it is more truthful to me, Intellectually, I don't think like that because I get uncomfortable. I'm more wary of my intellectual mind, of becoming delusional if I think of it too much.

    I am not a dark person and I don't consider myself dark.

    I have a problem when people say something's real or not real, or normal or abnormal. The meaning of those words for me is very personal and subjective. I've always been confused and never had a clearcut understanding of the meaning of those kinds of words.

    If I had a choice about going to a meeting at a studio or changing a nappy, I'd choose the nappy.

    Each time I've worked with Johnny, he's something different. He's interested in being a character and not necessarily interested in his persona, and I find it very exciting to work with actors like that. He's really willing to take risks that don't have to do with image or money. And each time is just different and better. It's great to find people like that you can communicate with on an almost subconscious level.

    There's a roughness and a surprising nature to most B movies that you don't get in classic films-something more immediate. I never chose those movies to leave impressions in my brain, they just did.

    I don't know what it was, maybe the movie theaters in my immediate surrounding neighbourhood in Burbank, but I never saw what would be considered A movies.


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