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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.

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.

Acting is the hardest job in the entire world. By far. Harder than ditch digging.

I don't think it's a director's job to peek behind the curtain too much.

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.

I'll rebel against powers and principalities, all the time. Always, I will.

I've never been a fan of whimsical or confusing storytelling.

My dad was this sort of avant-garde guy who did all kinds of weird things. He was a true original and anybody who met him never forgot him.

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.

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.

How do I respond to criticism? Critically. I listen to all criticism critically.

I am always looking for that nuance, that moment of truth, and you can't really do that fast.

No, really. Just do it. You have some kind of weird reasons that are okay.

Screenwriting is like ironing. You move forward a little bit and go back and smooth things out.

As I have got older and become a father, there's less and less time for films.

Crazy is so hard to play, there's nothing you can really tell an actor.

Film school is a complete con, because the information is there if you want it.

I actually enjoyed the struggles that we had trying to shape 'Blood', to get the pacing right, the rhythm of it.

I didn't have any desire I might have had 10 years ago to shoot every single word that I wrote.

I don't miss scenes at all the way that I used to miss them when I was younger making a film. It's actually quite fun to get rid of them now.