” Think about ‘GoodFellas’: It could be a textbook on how not to write a screenplay. It leans on voice-over at the beginning, then abandons it for a while, then the character just talks right into the camera at the end. That structure is so unusual that you don’t have any sense of what’s going to happen next. “


” I’ve made up little mantras for myself, catchphrases from a screenwriting book that doesn’t exist. One is ‘Write the movie you’d pay to go see.’ Another is ‘Never let a character tell me something that the camera can show me. “


” Plot is just not my gift. I’m fascinated with complex characters, and that doesn’t mix well with complex plots. And by the way, when the plot is simple, you can move one piece around and make it feel fresh. Hell or High Water’s a good example: I don’t tell you why the brothers are robbing the bank. “


” You know that saying, ‘You broke it, you bought it’? With horses, if you don’t make sure it’s a good fit… they tend to break you. “


” My job is not to give you all the answers. My job is to ask the questions. “


” I think film cannot only teleport you to places you don’t know, but it can help you see people you thought were one way and in fact are another. They can allow us to examine ourselves. “


” How can you tell your kid, ‘You can be anything you want to be,’ if you’re not trying to do the same? “


” Every writer has written a spec. It’s the first thing you write, and it basically stands as a means of, ‘Here’s an example of how I tell stories.’ It’s almost like a business card. “


” I thought of Jeff Bridges in ‘Hell or High Water’ and Ben Foster, and I kept trying very hard not to, because you’re terrified you’re going to write this thing that then feeds specifically to this one person that then won’t do it. “


” I’m a big believer in,’If anyone can understand my politics, I’ve failed.’ If you can get a sense of which side of the fence I’m on, then I’m not doing a service. I’m preaching, and that’s not my job. “


” If you’re going to make a sequel to ‘Sicario’, you have to – you know, you’ve got to go beat a brand new path. “


” ‘Sicario’ was successful, but it was successful because Denis and the producers were, you know, they were very lean. It was very lean filmmaking. “



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