A reversal is just anything that's a surprise. It's a way of keeping the audience interested.

— Tony Gilroy

The most useful Tony Gilroy quotes that are guaranted to improve your brain

Ambiguity depletes as your budget rises.

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Everyone I know who used to be in the intelligence community is moving into the corporate world.

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What you need to know to direct a movie is [of] such great variety.

I've worked with people who were maestros, who know everything. I've worked with people who were empty and lost, who had no clue what they were doing. You wouldn't hire them to paint your apartment. And then there's everything in-between. There's no list of skills you have to have to sit in that chair.

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No one can help you write. No one can teach you how to write.

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I like emotions, but I really don't like sentimentality, and I don't like when things break their spell.

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I don't like to be crazy on different levels all of the time.

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The writing is really hard. You're alone. It really pulls it out of you. You pull it out of your head. But when you're a director, you're shopping - you're picking this actor, you're picking this scene. It's like the most intense kinetic high-speed shopping of all time. You sit in a chair and it will all come rushing at you like a wind tunnel.

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Once a film costs a certain amount of money, things have to round off.

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I can't imagine directing from someone else's script.

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You have to know human behaviour … And the quality of your writing is absolutely capped at your understanding of human behaviour. You’ll never write above what you know about people.

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I spend a lot of time in a sort of free state when I'm writing in the beginning and sketching.

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You change or you hide your head in the sand.

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About Tony Gilroy

Quotes 31 sayings
Profession Screenwriter
Birthday September 11, 1956

Fear changes everything. We're animals, and when we get afraid we act like animals. I'm not exempt from that.

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I like knowing where I am in action sequences if I'm supposed to.

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I never really like it when other writers talk about coming in behind people and rewriting.

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You just try to find something that interests you, and particular something that interests you that's gonna consume you the way that these big movies just really eat you up.

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The people in the Philippines are so extraordinarily nice.

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I've never taken a job on anything I didn't want to do.

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Different people work different ways.

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I think what I've recognized over the years is that I'm very, very bingey, extremely bingey when it comes to writing.

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I don't remember writing anything until I wrote my college application.

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But what I didn't recognize when I was much younger was this sort of.

..when you're on, when you're really on, go at it.

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I have written a bunch of scripts that have not gotten produced, much more so early in my career than later.

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I used to be, when I was young, I used to be extremely regular and very organized.

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If you think about it, episodic filmmaking has not been something that people have really done.

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I love IMAX when it works right.

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No one should feel sorry for a successful screenwriter.

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I prefer writing originals.

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I worked for a lot of directors.

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Developing films with directors, developing films with actors, is a poor percentage play for a screenwriter.

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