Clint. He needs no introduction. Here’s his top quotes, some of which are surprising.
‘I tried being reasonable, I didn’t like it.’
‘Every movie I make teaches me something. That’s why I keep making them.’
‘I don’t believe in pessimism. If something doesn’t come up the way you want, forge ahead. If you think it’s going to rain, it will.’
‘Actors know, with me they aren’t going to be allowed to rehearse a scene for a couple of hours and then get away with doing 25 takes before we get it right. So they come with their full bag of tricks.’
‘If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.’
‘In my career as a director, there’s always been some point where you get halfway through it, or three-quarters, and you go: ‘What is this thing all about, and why am I telling the story? Does anybody really care about seeing this?’ At that time you have to say: ‘OK, forget that and just go ahead.’
‘I’ve always felt that if I examine myself too much, I’ll find out what I know and don’t know, and I’ll burst the bubble. I’ve gotten so lucky relying on my animal instincts, I’d rather keep a little bit of the animal alive.’
‘My old drama coach used to say, ‘Don’t just do something, stand there.’ Gary Cooper wasn’t afraid to do nothing.’
‘You have to steal a lot. You have to have a criminal mentality to be a film director.’
‘Everybody accuses me of moving fast when I direct a picture. I don’t move fast, but I just keep moving.’
‘Some people feel that the world owes them a living.’
‘There are two kinds of people in this world. ‘I’ people and ‘we’ people. I’ve always tried to be a ‘we’ person.’
‘You hear about actors being late and all that sort of stuff, but you never find that with an actor who’s directed, because an actor who’s directed understands all the problems your production is going through.’
Onwards and upwards!