Everything’s changed. The technology is the big thing changing now, the way movies like ‘Alice’ or ‘Avatar’ are made. And technology on the other side, the audience side. Word spreads so fast now on a movie, with the Internet, and piracy is something coming down the line like in the music industry.
I was practically born and raised at 20th Century Fox studio, started to work there selling papers when I was around seven years old, and every summer vacation from school I would work in a various department at the studio. So I was an old-timer when I was 15.
I think we simply all like to project ourselves into somebody else – somebody who is better-looking, richer, smarter. It’s comforting. It’s escapism, and that, of course, is what the movies are supposed to be all about. Ultimately, I think it’s just part of human nature to pretend.
The technology is really where all of the changes have taken place, but the fundamentals of a good story being the basis of every good picture, and really the only basis still remains the rule, more so today, I think, because we’ve unfortunately weaned an audience from birth to kind of mindless movies.
When you’re doing a film, it’s your film and it’s, you know, your blood and – is in it along with everybody else’s, and it’s the greatest picture ever made when you’re shooting it. It’s only after the critics and then the public say you were wrong that you realize that you were wrong.
In the studios days, the public’s perception of movie stars was much different, because the stars were so much less exposed. This made them seem more special, more unearthly. Today they’re no longer perceived as different – they’ve become human, so to speak.
These last few years, working with Tim Burton, it’s been the best time I’ve ever had.