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To me the director's job is to leave it in better shape than you found it, literally.

Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.

There are three major social issues that this country is struggling with: education, poverty, and drugs. Two of them we talk about, and one of them we don't.

A movie that costs only $1.6 million doesn't have to be a cultural event to turn a profit.

Another thing that really excites me: I'd like to do multiple versions of the same film.

But my sense in talking to people when I travel is that the film business is not that dissimilar from a lot of other businesses.

I don't consider myself to be particularly gifted in the way that other filmmakers are gifted.

I had more fun making Traffic than either of the Ocean's films.

I like to make all kinds of movies. I'd do 'Ocean's Thirteen' with the right script.

I love caper films.

I think I'm good at amplifying an actor's strengths, and minimizing their weaknesses. And they all have strengths and weaknesses.

I'm very comfortable with failure. I'm very comfortable being the guy who disappoints people.

In Full Frontal and K Street, I learned to take advantage of the mobility that digital provides.

Making a film that's supposed to be fun to watch is really hard - that's the weird irony of it.

Maybe I'll paint, do photography, just something else. I can see that.

Reality shows are all the rage on TV at the moment, but that's not reality, it's just another aesthetic form of fiction.

The key is, if you're not monkeying around with the script, then everything usually goes pretty well.

The ought to be a worldwide cultural taskforce that just stops you when you have ideas like combining The Red Desert with an armored car heist movie.

When a film like Chris Nolan's Memento cannot get picked up, to me independent film is over. It's dead.

When things go right it's hard to figure out why, but when things go wrong it's really easy.