Being behind the camera is where I feel comfortable. I’ve found something that I feel I, as ‘Michael,’ can be as confident in as ‘Johnny’ was on the stage. It’s great being part of the creative process. You’re right at the start of an idea, and you get to see it all the way through...
There are some who start their retirement long before they stop working.
Two questions form the foundation of all novels: “What if?” and “What next?” (A third question, “What now?”, is one the author asks himself every 10 minutes or so; but it’s more a cry than a question.) Every novel begins with the speculative question, What if “X” happened? That’s how you start.
Today is tomorrow of yesterday.. a better day.. to start with.
No one wants to stay in the tabloids. But it’s actually not a terrible place to start.
‘Miracle at St. Anna.’ I was challenged by Spike Lee. When he offered me the film, he looked me square in the eye and said, ‘You start this film off and you end this film. I don’t want a dry eye in the theatre. Can you pull that off?’ He was dead serious.
The moment kids start to lie is the moment storytelling begins. They are talking about things they didn’t see. It’s amazing. It’s a wonderful moment. Parents should celebrate. ‘Hurray! My boy finally started to lie!’ All right! It calls for celebration.
I think the further away you get from completing a book, the more responses you see to it from readers, the more your own tastes and opinions shift and the more you start to see things you could have written differently in the detail, or done differently on the broader scale of plot and character.
If I had to start over, I’d pursue photography – probably to the exclusion of acting.
When you hear someone criticize a policy on the other side, that’s fine. But when you start hearing motive-mongering and demonization, stand up to it just as you would if it were something that was racist or sexist. If we avoid the demonization, disagreements can be positive.
Once you start asking questions, innocence is gone.
Inaugurals conventionally start with a history lesson and finish with a prayer.