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"It pisses me off to think that we’re conditioned to push away bad feelings and to think that anything that’s uncomfortable is something to be avoided. When things are really bad nowadays, I recognize the value in it because it’s me filling my quota— it’s going to make my joy more intense later."

- Fiona Apple

7 June 2012 Music Fiona Apple Pitchfork Interview

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"I have a real interest in pushing some of the limits of things that studios don’t want to make. Because I can. I won’t be able to at some point in the near future. But right now I can, and while I can, I want to do it. So when you’re eighty years old and they ask you what you did, you can go, "When I had the keys to the car, I drove it as fast as I could and as hard as I could. I took it to places that the owner didn’t really want me to take it."

That’s a fun thing to do. Understanding that at some point they’re going to come back and repossess the car. I don’t mind that. I just want to be able to say we gave it a shot when we had the time.”

- George Clooney

In which the Cloon Dog breaks down a version of how I’d like to live my life. This is one of my favorite “interviews” i’ve read in awhile, as I respond to a lot of what he says [buying his house(s), friends]. I saw him a few weeks ago at a Descendants screening. I wasn’t much impressed by the film and I didn’t get a thrill out of seeing him amongst a group. However, it’d be a thrill to just shoot the shit with him one on one. I’d ask nothing but some drinks and conversation.

27 December 2011 Interview George Clooney Life Esquire Celebs

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"That’s why we made the movie. I’d secretly had this feeling I wanted the film not to be about driving fast or stunts but about a guy driving round listening to music because that’s the only way he could feel. That wasn’t in the script but that’s what Nicolas felt, too. We kept chasing that moment. How was it that two wildly different guys were sharing the same dream? We both connected to the idea that driving can be an existential experience and you can put your persona and identity aside because you’re not really being watched. We were both interested in using the car as a vehicle to take you into the driver’s subconscious.

For me, the driver is a guy who watched too many movies. It wasn’t just that these people were attracted to each other, it was more like to the fairytale analogy: he was her knight and he was there to rescue her, not to get her in the sack. He was confusing his life for all the films he had seen, all the heroes he wanted to be.”

- Ryan Gosling on Drive

28 September 2011 The Guardian Drive Ryan Gosling Film Interview Magazine Nicolas Winding Refn

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"I wouldn’t be surprised if there is some Oscar talk around this. I don’t know, maybe I’m just biting off what some guy from Channel 7 thought," he said with a chuckle. "But sooner or later, people are gonna say, ‘Wait a minute, just because they are for the working class doesn’t mean they’re not great.’"

- Vin Diesel

11 May 2011 Film Fast Five Vin Diesel LA Times Interview

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"If I’m not going to see movies, why do I want to be in movies? I’m not going to see them, and unless it’s about keeping your fame up there … and I’m not addicted to it like 99 percent of every actor in Hollywood, even our 65-year-old so-called legends are so addicted to remaining stars that they’re in the kind of movies that would not be toilet paper in their classics. I don’t have to name them."

- Jason Patric (via Vulture)

16 March 2011 Jason Patric Vulture Film Interview Actor Movies Cinema

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Jack Nicholson on:

  • Women‘I would never complain about my life, even though I really would like to have a mate. It’s not like I’m starved for company – I have a few very good lady friends – but there’s only a certain amount of times a woman wants to see you and never go out for dinner. I got tired of arguing with women about going to have dinners, so I hired somebody to cook. The food is better at my house.’
  • Love‘I’ve had everything a man could ask for, but I don’t know if anyone could say I’m successful with affairs of the heart. I don’t know why. I would love that one last real romance. But I’m not very realistic about it happening. What I can’t deny is my yearning. ‘I’ve been in love in my life, but it always starts with obsession that lasts exactly 18 months and then it changes. If I’d known and been prepared for that, I may have been able to orchestrate the whole relationship thing better. But when I’m with someone I’ve often defied every one of my conventions. I’ve been so struck I’ve said, “Come on, let’s go, let’s get married.” But no woman has ever recognised what I say as being legitimate. They think of my reputation, Jack the Jumper. I’m damned by what people think. Now I think I have a gap I won’t ever cross.’
  • Parenting‘They’re great. I was never what you call a hands-on sort of father, but I’m lucky my kids have turned out the way they have. Parenthood is all about being in the lap of the gods. All you can do is your best.’
  • Weed‘I don’t tend to say this publicly, but we can see it’s a curative thing. The narcotics industry is also enormous. It funds terrorism and – this is a huge problem in America – fuels the foreign gangs. More than 85 per cent of men incarcerated in America are on drug-related offences. It costs $40,000 a year for every prisoner. If they were really serious about the economy there would be a sensible discussion about legalisation.’
  • Death‘One of the toughest parts of ageing is losing your friends. At first it starts quietly, then pretty soon it’s every month, and you can’t help but think, “When is that bell going to go off for me?” And on top of that you feel this constant loss. At this time of life, you feel just a sword’s point from death. It’s frightening – who wants to face God and the clear white light? I know I definitely don’t. Yet.’
  • Anjelica Huston - ‘The reality was that I was annihilated emotionally by the separation from Anjelica. That was probably the toughest period of my life. I may have made a mistake, but I don’t want to go back and correct it. I would rather deal with it.’’
  • Partying'It’s funny, because he’d already left the party before I arrived… But contrary to opinion, however sated I got, I always looked after myself. I’ve woken up in trees, I’ve woken up almost hanging off cliffs, but I’ve always known how to sort myself out. Keith would stay up seven nights in a row. I stayed up late, but I slept in late, too. I always believed in taking care of myself. There was always a discipline within my partying structure. I’ve never kept a camera waiting, and in all my career I only missed one day of work, on The Shining. I put my back out.
  • Aging - ‘I’m definitely still wild at heart. But I’ve struck bio-gravity. I can’t hit on women in public any more. I didn’t decide this; it just doesn’t feel right at my age. If men are honest, everything they do and everywhere they go is for a chance to see women. There were points in my life where I felt oddly irresistible to women. I’m not in that state now and that makes me sad. But I also believe that a lot of the improvements in my character have come through ageing and the diminishing of powers. It’s all a balancing act; you just have to get used to the ride.’
  • Acting‘I don’t want to be treated like the Medusa or the Lincoln Memorial. I hate it. People have an idea of me which is not the reality. On set I’m an actor like every other actor. Most times, for every part I play, I can think of other actors who would be better. I worry from the moment I take a job. I worry about how I’m going to do it, if I can do it. I try to work out what I have to do on set and how I do that. I get extremely anxious. I panic. I can’t get it. It happens every time, and I get myself into this state, and then I walk on set and the director says, “Roll”, and all of a sudden all of it disappears and it’s all happening, and I relax and I’m doing what I do and I’m not even thinking about it. And I relax up until the moment they yell “Cut”.’
  • Los Angeles‘I had a very late eureka experience not so long ago. I was up around where I live and I looked out at the blue skies and the clouds and I realised that this was paradise.’ He leans back in his seat, stubs out his cigarette and gives a final Nicholson chuckle. ‘And that’s something pretty big to hang on to.’
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1 February 2011 Jack Nicholson Daily Mail Interview

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Quint: Congratulations on the movie. I was just talking with Jesse [Eisenberg] about the opening scene of the movie and we were heaping praise on to you.

Aaron Sorkin: That was nice. The praise goes to Jesse, Rooney (Mara), and David (Fincher). Listen, intuitively this is an odd couple marriage of writer and director because David is peerless as a visual director and I write people talking in rooms as evidenced by that first scene in the movie. (Laughs) David Fincher is going to start off with a nine page scene of two people talking at a table. Nobody is inching backwards. Nothing like that is happening!

First of all, David did bring a great visual style to it and secondly he was incredibly patient with the scene. You never felt like he was starting to get anxious that “Oh no, they are just sitting there and talking for nine pages,” but best of all he got these great performances from these young actors and one of the ways he did that was by doing a huge number of takes. On that first scene alone from 99 takes, we all begged him “Come on, do one more and make it an even 100,” but we did 99 takes. It wasn’t because the first 98 were no good, it was because he was trying to tire them out which knocks the acting out of them a little bit and they start to casualize all of this language.

- Aaron Sorkin on The Social Network

**Extra Credit: W Magazine Interview with Sorkin

7 October 2010 Aaron Sorkin David Fincher The Social Network Movies Film Writing Interview

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Sex Advice from Danny McBride

Q: What’s the best way to pick up Danny McBride?

A: With a tall shot of tequila and some tasty tacos. That’s the way right to my heart.

 

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30 September 2010 Danny McBride Nerve Interview Sex

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