Sir Ridley Scott is a British Academy Award Nominated and Golden Globe, Emmy Award and BAFTA Award winning film director and producer known for his stylish visuals and an obsession for detail. His films include Alien, Blade Runner, Thelma & Louise, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down, Matchstick Men, Kingdom of Heaven, and American Gangster. His brother is fellow film director Tony Scott.
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Life isn't black and white. It's a million gray areas, don't you find?
If I have to, I'll go and direct theater and talk till the cows come home.
And I maintain good relationships with all the studios so I've never been bullied into any cut, frankly.
I think movies are getting dumber, actually. Where it used to be 50/50 and it's 3% good and 97% stupid.
Cast is everything.
People say I pay too much attention to the look of a movie but for God's sake, I'm not producing a Radio 4 Play for Today, I'm making a movie that people are going to look at.
Some people like to do everything always the same thing. That's another way: To do the same thing.
Do what you haven't done is the key, I think.
I do a pretty good job at casting actually.
In my view, the only way to see a film remains the way the filmmaker intended: inside a large movie theater with great sound and pristine picture.
Nowadays, everything's evolved into superheroes and it's boring.
If I see one more superhero movie I'm going to shoot myself.
That's a heavy word, but picking up a newspaper every day, how can you not despair at what's happening in the world, and how we're represented as human beings? The disappointments and corruption are dismaying at every level. And the biggest source of evil is of course religion... Everyone are tearing each other apart in the name of their personal god. And the irony is, by definition, they're probably worshipping the same god.
I get so used to working with writers that my prime occupation is development.
I want to make films about the human condition, what we're doing to the world or ourselves.
But Gladiator is one of my favourite adventures because I really loved going into the world. I loved creating the world to the degree where you could almost smell it.
There's a little thing on your shoulder called intuition and it whispers in your ear. Everyone has that, there is a voice telling you to do something. Most people ignore it - but you must listen to it. I do it every day, all day.
There is an access to... people can now afford very high quality technology, where you can have a very good reproduction of a large picture on a large screen at home. People go out less. There's all kinds of reasons. I don't know that it's going to stay that way but, I think also, we've got to start making better movies.
The whole process of making movies and writing screenplays is visceral and intuitive.
When you're doing a big movie, you're gone for 10 months to a year.
Scaring someone's the hardest thing to do, and that's why most of scary movies are not scary. They're sick, but not scary. There's a lot of sickness out there, of people who then sit there and watch it, which I think is absolutely dismaying.
Blade Runner was the godfather of all these fantastic movies that occur today.
What's frustrating is that we're short of really great writing and great ideas. Blade Runner was full of them.
I think going into space would be like going deep into the ocean, like 5,000 meters down. When you go down that far, it's just awfully black. There's not much there except mud and some particles. I imagine space would be a similar thing. The only difference is you're hoping to bump into some sort of intelligent extraterritorial being.
My career seems to be a career of non-specific subjects which are all over the place.
MPC, Moving Picture Company, they're really excellent, they did the majority of the effects.
I spend a lot of my time just developing material;
or the company does. That material can come from a book, can come from a newspaper, can come from a discussion and sometimes it can come from a script that got passed over and is floating around.
You've got to be able to know someone really well to be able to have a row and then also walk away from it and not have it matter, especially in this business. That doesn't mean to say we have many rows but I think the nearest thing to a row would be just flatly disagreeing with something .
I think one of the successes of Gladiator is how we manage to turn on a dime the character from one thing to another where you believe he is one thing and he is something very different.
If we had written Tristan in the true vernacular the audience would have been very small. It wouldn't have even been Shakespearean. It would have been so Celtic you wouldn't understand what was going on.
What you do, is you gradually become more and more experienced, and more and more realistic about dramatic tolerance, i.e. about how long the play should be.
I was a very earnest, hard working boy at school, but my parents were distressed because I was always bottom of the class. But I wasn't dilatory, I worked like crazy.
I like my wine and vodka, but that doesn't mean I fall about drunk. I know my limits.
I do like to make films with a political theme, but sometimes it's nice simply to make people laugh. That's the hardest thing to do in fact.
I'm just trying to think what other sequels there were.
There was the James Bond movies and not many. I think sequels have become a recent idea of franchising.
I think moviemakers are dramatists.
I also love Australian movies. I love Muriel's Wedding - I've seen in six times. Baz Luhrmann's best movie is strictly ballroom... without question.
Some actors - you work with them once and don't even think about working with them again.
Everyone sniggered because I was going to do a sandal and toga movie.
But I knew exactly how to do it and I know how to make Robin Hood.
The time it would take me to write a screenplay it would take me the time to make two films. I would rather make the movies and I'm a better moviemaker than I a would be writer.
That's part of the policy: To keep switching gears.
I watched Someone to Watch Over Me the other night.
I thought it was a really good movie. It's a great movie.
I think there's nothing worse than inertia.
You can inert and study your navel and gradually you'll fall off the chair. I think the key is to keep flying.
I always say to people when I'm trying to get something going, bringing on other producers or other directors, "You can think of 95 reasons why not to make a movie. You've got to address why you want to make the movie and get it done. Just do it." I tend to live by that rule.
Films like Harry Potter and Narnia, I'm sure they'll do another one.
The biggest audience of course is the youngsters.
Audiences are less intrigued, honestly, by battle.
They're more intrigued by human relations. If you're making a film about the trappings of the period, and you're forgetting that human relationships are the most engaging part of the storytelling process, then you're in trouble.
You step forward and make it real for a start.
You choose a sensible moment in history. Funnily enough, England was bankrupt and the moment is the death of Richard The Lionheart... Richard takes an arrow in the neck collecting a small debt from a small castle on his way home from the Crusades because he's penniless.
It doesn't matter how much faith you have or don't have [in aliens].
I just don't buy the idea that we're alone. There's got to be some form of life out there.
A good year for me is when me and my family are in good health.
I'm just lucky to have good years doing something I like to do.
And anyway, it's only movies. to stop me I think they'll ahve to shoot me in the head.
Blade Runner appears regularly, two or three times a year in various shapes and forms of science fiction. It set the pace for what is essentially urban science fiction, urban future and it's why I've never re-visited that area because I feel I've done it.
It goes back a long way. I wanted to make Tristan + Isolde as my second movie. My first movie was The Duellists. And I was standing in a very romantic part of France looking around me thinking, "My God, this would be perfect for Tristan," and to cut a long story short it never happened because I did Alien instead.
Digital is a different world because you are sitting at home and a hi tech piece of equipment today is within reach of most people, so they are watching a pretty hi tech version of whatever you've done.