In doing the screenplay for 'Good Night, and Good Luck,' the most important thing for me was to constantly go back to wherever the opposition would argue. So I had to keep reading all the books and articles about why McCarthy is such a good guy.
I can't give you 150 takes. I can't even give you 30 different ways of doing it! I don't have the talent or the range for it.
I don't believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately, you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It's a mean thing, life.
It's possible for me to make a bad movie out of a good script, but I can't make a good movie from a bad script.
I'm kind of comfortable with getting older because it's better than the other option, which is being dead. So I'll take getting older.
There's a funny thing about fame. The truth is you run as fast as you can towards it because it's everything you want. Not just the fame but what it represents, meaning work, meaning opportunity. And then you get there, and it's shocking how immediately you become enveloped in this world that is incredibly restricting.