There's nothing quite as good as folding up into a book and shutting the world outside.If I pick the right one I can be beautiful, or fall in love, or live happily ever after. Maybe even all three.— Bill Condon
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I think that finding a way into somebody's life that's sort of off from a side angle can tell you more about that person than a greatest hits approach.
Kinsey would identify himself with Galileo in moments of feelings of persecution.
It is interesting to be here and to see that for certain actors they have to live in a way that you think of nobody living anymore except for in small towns. They have such elaborate double lives.
The thing I've noticed about life is that it just keeps coming at you.
And it can be a real bummer. What you need to remember is that you're not alone. You've got friends and family. That's how we get by. We talk and share and eat cake and giggle in the dark, even when we're scared - no, especially when we're scared.
It's an odd thing to go to New York to shoot a movie that is set in Indiana.
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I wanted to make connections between Whale's past and present.
But the imposition of morality onto science, - where it does not belong - has become rampant in recent years.
We knew that there was a certain kind of interest in Whale among a genre crowd.
Kinsey thought that Freud in his own way was as dangerous as the Catholic Church.
Our relationships, relationships between adults, how all those pieces fit together - that's the most complicated thing we all face.
From its inception by Michael Bennett, 'Dreamgirls' has always been an epic story with an ensemble cast. I didn't change that. The screen version remains, really, a group story.
There's no question that Whale's movies are classics. They were wonderful, and successful.
In Hollywood through the 50s, there were black, English, and Middle European housekeepers and maids.
When it comes to two of the big social earthquakes in the last fifty years - which are the gay movement and the women's movement - I think there is a direct line from Kinsey to those.
First of all, just knowing people who grew up in the movie business at that time, no one had Mexican maids.
Kinsey kick started a lot in shocking people with how much homosexual activity there is.
Kinsey was six foot five, and he had this leader of men quality.
I had a couple of movies that I was passionately involved with that I could never get made. 'Richard Pryor,' I wrote for - gosh - over a year. That was close to getting made for two-and-a-half years after that. We're still pushing it, you know. It is weird. Suddenly you wake up and it's like, 'God, five years have gone by.
A scientist is an unlikely character to put at the center of a movie.
And Kinsey thought that anybody who defined themselves based on their sexual acts was limiting themselves.
Kinsey was trying to study sex scientifically, get rid of the overlay of culture and religion.
No piece of writing is ever finished. It’s just due.
But you really - I always think that a director has got to adapt to whatever the needs of the actor are. You know, so if you take someone like Eddie Murphy, who is not a big fan of rehearsal. You know he comes out of stand-up. He comes - it's all about capturing the moment - in the moment, you know.
I'm a horrible public speaker.
Problems emerge and some people try to sweep them under the rug.
Sometimes words just don't get you there.
.. don't let you say all the stuff from deep in your heart, stuff that no dictionary has a name for.
There were moments on the set when the depth of the cast of 'Dreamgirls' was almost overwhelming to me.
That day I think we really saw each other for the first time.
I mean, saw beyond the bag of bones on the outside. You take away her pretty and my plain and what you get underneath is about the same: a couple of lost girls looking to be found.
My idea of a beach holiday is going to New York for two weeks, just going and hanging out.
I know a little more about Kinsey than I know about sex because that is his subject not mine.
Because his basic idea that he got from the study of gall wasps is that everyone's sexuality is unique.
While that wasn't first and foremost in my mind, you can't get into this without being struck, on one side, by how far we've come, and then the other side, by how little things have changed.
I think it would be fun to write about movies again.
I do think that's so much a part of what being a director is - in working with actors - to really try and be sensitive to what each actor needs to get to where he wants to be.
Kinsey himself collected absolutely everything.
For me, someone like the Eddie Murphy character doesn't live anywhere;
he lives on a stage and when he's not on the stage he's on a bus getting to the next stage. You don't really want to see him at home, or all those things you can do in the movie.
One of the people that became a major source was Clarence Tripp who worked with Kinsey.
Actually, I loved Chucky. It's one of the strangest movies I've ever seen.
I really think the biopic thing so rarely works, because people's lives don't have a dramatic shape that can be satisfying.
We made connections between the monsters created by war and the monsters he created, the typical outcast that Whale was attracted to, and the monster in himself, that's inside all of us.
I don't think 'Twilight' should be approached like 'Batman.
' Because it is an invented kind of world, especially this one, I think it's got to be done with a sense of enjoyment to it I guess more than anything. So I never thought of anything as making fun of it, but kind of reveling in the melodrama of it. It's a melodrama.