“That’s part of your problem, you haven’t seen enough movies. All of life’s riddles are answered in the movies.”
“Actors don't like to play coma. They feel it limits their range.”
"Dialogue is cheap in Hollywood."
“Show business is dog-eat-dog. It’s worse than dog-eat-dog, it’s dog-doesn’t-return-other-dog’s-phone-calls.”
“I've seen detergents leave a better film than this.”
"Movie stars are like gods and goddesses. When one fades another promptly takes its place because the human race requires that the Pantheon always be filled."
"I am tired of the movies. Look at them – all those glamorous people having adventures, hogging it all, gobbling the whole thing up. You know what happens? People go to the movies instead of moving. Hollywood characters are supposed to have all the adventure for everybody in America while everybody in America sits in a dark room and watches them have it."
“I’ve always made it a rule never to do anything in my own home that I wouldn’t do in front of a camera and never to do anything in front of the camera that I wouldn’t do at home.”
“To direct a picture, a man needs humility. Do you have humility?”
"Life, every now and then, behaves as though it had seen too many bad movies, when everything fits too well - the beginning, the middle, the end. Fade in, fade out."