” I knew that in Hollywood they tend to pigeonhole talent, and when you experience a little success in one genre, their instinct is to keep you in that box. “


” I was a little hesitant at first because there’s so many ways you can get ‘Straight Outta Compton’ wrong. You know, it’s such a great story, it’s such a classic tale. I was a little nervous ’cause it’s like a very narrow road to success with that type of story – you got to get it right – but when I read it, I was pleasantly surprised. “


” Straight Outta Compton’ is my first biopic, my first period piece, and I got a chance to kind of get out there like some of my idols, you know, like Scorsese, Spielberg, Spike Lee, the guys who came before me. You know, I’m feeling good about it. “


” Everybody comes to film differently, everybody has different backgrounds. Just find whatever your lane is naturally. Don’t try to force yourself into someone else’s vision or try to tell a story that you’re not passionate about. “


” Success is really about your mindset. “


” I take nothing away from my existence in the ‘hood, because it sharpened my instincts. We had a different way of living that developed our survival instincts, and I use those to this day when I make films. You can’t buy that. “


” You have to enjoy yourself when you go to the movies. People don’t want to spend their hard earned money to simply go see a history lesson. “


” When you start directing movies at the age of 24, you’re just a kid, you don’t necessarily even have the experiences to add to the story. You’re working off of instinct and raw emotions and raw talent, and hopefully it’s the same trajectory as growing as a person. “


” I always direct next to the camera and watch my actors, and so you can see the small things that you can’t see on the small screen but you can definitely see on the big screen. “


” When you look at someone good like J.J. Abrams who gives you the spectacle and great action set pieces but also gives you character and great story and plotting and narrative, I think it’s my job – and my intention – to do both. “


” No matter where you came from, you can be inspired. “



All 11 F. Gary Gray Quotes about You in picture


I knew that in Hollywood they tend to pigeonhole talent, and when you experience a little success in one genre, their instinct is to keep you in that box.
I was a little hesitant at first because there


Straight Outta Compton
Everybody comes to film differently, everybody has different backgrounds. Just find whatever your lane is naturally. Don
Success is really about your mindset.
I take nothing away from my existence in the
You have to enjoy yourself when you go to the movies. People don
When you start directing movies at the age of 24, you
I always direct next to the camera and watch my actors, and so you can see the small things that you can
When you look at someone good like J.J. Abrams who gives you the spectacle and great action set pieces but also gives you character and great story and plotting and narrative, I think it
No matter where you came from, you can be inspired.
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