I'll rebel against powers and principalities, all the time. Always, I will.
I am always looking for that nuance, that moment of truth, and you can't really do that fast.
I think my job is to try and be as honest as I can with what is in my mind and how I feel - I think that's what you're supposed to do, if you're a good writer. So I try to do that. I know I do that. I do do that.
It felt like the first thing, but when I first started out, I got a job adapting a book by Russell Banks called 'Rule Of The Bone.' I didn't do a very good job. I didn't really know what I was doing in general, let alone how to adapt a book.
Clinton used to like to get out of the White House a lot. He would take night trips to McDonald's, and stuff like that. I think he wanted to get out of the house.
No matter how many times you do it, you don't get used to the sadness - for me at least - of coming to the end of a film.
Acting is the hardest job in the entire world. By far. Harder than ditch digging.
Screenwriting is like ironing. You move forward a little bit and go back and smooth things out.
I don't get a sense of American pride. I just get a sense that everyone is here, battling the same thing - that around the world everybody's after the same thing, just some minor piece of happiness each day.
Film school is a complete con, because the information is there if you want it.
I remember being taught in school that you would underline things that you liked. I remember just underlining everything as a kid, thinking, 'This has all gotta be important!' I would just underline the whole thing!
No, really. Just do it. You have some kind of weird reasons that are okay.
You have to be a brat in order to carve out your parameters, and you have to be a monster to anyone who gets in your way. But sometimes it's difficult to know when that's necessary and when you're just being a baby, throwing your rattle from the cage.
It's a gamble you take, the risk of alienating an audience. But there's a theory - sometimes it's better to confuse them for five minutes than let them get ahead of you for 10 seconds.
There's a lot for screenwriters to steal from songwriters, in terms of getting to the point.
So with 'There Will Be Blood,' I didn't even really feel like I was adapting a book. I was just desperate to find stuff to write.
I'm completely aware of the fact that I'm a control freak.
I don't think it's a director's job to peek behind the curtain too much.
My writing has a lot to do with who I am, and what my life is like, and my relationships to people.
I have a feeling, one of those gut feelings, that I'll make pretty good movies the rest of my life.
My older sister was at the cusp of new wave, and I had older brothers from my father's first marriage who were rock 'n' roll guys, so I was exposed to a lot of popular culture.
As I have got older and become a father, there's less and less time for films.
Well I'd really love to work with Robert De Niro, because he's still the most talented actor out there.
But I'd be lying if I didn't say that every time you go to make a film, you're desperate to either do it better than you did it last time or to not repeat yourself.