I lived in a small town. It was 2,000 people in Canada. A little river that went through it and we swam in the - you know, there was a lot of water around. Niagara Falls was about four or five miles away.
The only compelling reason for me to have done that film was a sense of pride of authorship. Well, dammit, I did the first one and I did the second one and it's my creation and I should do the third one." But ultimately, that's a stupid reason to spend a year, year and a half of your life in hell to make a big movie. I'd rather spend a year of my life in hell to make something new, which is what I will be doing." - (about his reason to decline Terminator 3)
(When he was the new hot screenwriter in the mid-1980s) "I haven't paid for lunch in two weeks."
I love short trips to New York; to me it is the finest three-day town on earth.
My mother was a housewife but she was also an artist. My father was an electrical engineer.
I do an awful lot of scuba diving. I love to be on the ocean, under the ocean. I live next to the ocean.
I actually started as a model builder and quickly progressed into production design, which made sense because I could draw and paint. But I kept watching that guy over there who was moving the actors around and setting up the shots.
You have to not listen to the nay sayers because there will be many and often they'll be much more qualified than you and cause you to sort of doubt yourself.
I certainly didn't think of myself as gifted. The standards for being gifted in my environment were if you were good in Little League or if you were good in football.
There are many talented people who haven't fulfilled their dreams because they over thought it, or they were too cautious, and were unwilling to make the leap of faith.
(on how he came up with the idea of "The Terminator") "I would see these images of a metallic death figure rising Phoenix-like out of fire, I woke up and grabbed a pencil and paper and started writing. When I originally got the idea for Terminator, I was sick, I was broke, I was in Rome, I had no way to get home and I could barely speak the language. I was surrounded by people I could not get help from. I felt very alienated and so it was very easy for me to imagine a machine with a gun. At the point of the greatest alienation in my life, it was easy to create the character."
(on Robert Patrick's casting as the T-1000 in 'Terminator 2: Judgement Day') "I wanted someone who was extremely fast and agile. If the T-800 is a human Panzer tank, then the T-1000 is a Porsche."
You know, in the film making business no one ever gives you anything.
Basically because I had told the story. To make Terminator 3 was to make a 3. - (about his reason to decline Terminator 3)
What are you gonna do, talk the alien to death?
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