You don't know whether chimps are going to kill you or kiss you. They're very open on some levels and much more evil in a certain way.
(commenting on the demolition of the Landmark casino in Las Vegas for the film Mars Attacks! (1996)) "It was like watching something die."
(genres) "I had never really done something that was more of a horror film, and it's funny, because those are the kind of movies that I like probably more than any other genre. The script had images in it that I liked ."
(memories) "I remember when I was younger, I had these two windows in my room, nice windows that looked out onto the lawn, and for some reason my parents walled them up and gave me this little slit window that I had to climb up on a desk to see out of. To this day I never asked them why; I should ask them."
Anybody who knows me knows I would never read a comic book. And I certainly would never read anything written by Kevin Smith.
(the approach you have to take in movies) " . . . you always have to feel like it's gonna be the greatest, even if it's a . . . you know . . . piece of crap."
(Talking about the Batman characters): "These are some of the wildest characters in comics and yet, they seem the most real to me."
(About working with Jack Nicholson on Batman (1989)) "By the time Jack walks onto the set, he feels very clear and strong about the character. So when you're shooting it's great, because that's when you toy around with the levels of how broad to go."
(on the stress of delivering a summer movie in an era when release dates are often set by studios before a script is finished) It's like you're a runner and they beat the shit out of you and break your legs right before you're supposed to race, and then they say, 'Now go win the race.'
(on picking screenplays) I wouldn't know a good script if it bit me in the face.
It is unfortunate that Disney closed down its drawn-animation unit. I find it quite upsetting, because they made a few drawn movies that weren't successful and they went, 'Well, that is dead, so we have to go to computers.' They forget that the reason that they have been successful is because Pixar (whose films Disney distributes) makes good movies. Success is the real reason people try to copy things in Hollywood. Someday someone will do a beautiful cell- animation film that connects with people and then someone will say, 'We have to go and do that again.' The number-one priority should be that the story and the medium are compatible.
I've always been misrepresented. You know, I could dress in a clown costume and laugh with the happy people but they'd still say I'm a dark personality.
I grew up watching things like The Brain That Wouldn't Die (1962) on Saturday afternoon television. There's a guy with his arm ripped off and blood smeared all over the wall. I never saw it as negative. I find that stuff, when it's not rooted in reality, to be cathartic.
I've always loved the idea of fairy tales, but somehow I never managed to completely connect with them. What interests me is taking those classic images and themes and trying to contemporize them a bit. I believe folk tales and fairy tales have some sort of psychological foundation that makes that possible.
I always liked strange characters.
Register to update information, save favorites, post photos, news stories and comments.