Brian Helgeland Quotes

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Brian Helgeland Quotes

I worked as hard to write the worst film of the year as I did to write the best film of the year.
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I always think any circumstances can be funny. Not that I'm irresponsible, but when things go wrong, I always come up with a joke or think of something funny to say.

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It's as boring to see a completely evil villain as it is to see a completely good guy.

— Brian Helgeland

You can write anything you want on paper, like blowing up the bridge on the River Kwai, but when you actually have to do that as a director, it's not the same. Ninety percent of directing is not creative - it's putting the theoretical into the practical world.

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I think 'Cool Hand Luke' was probably the first movie in which I was aware of the writing as its own separate thing. It was that speech when the guy reads Paul Newman the riot act. The speech about going in the box.

— Brian Helgeland

If you write an original, it's like you went in and dug a well, and you hit oil. But an adaptation, it's like the oil well's on fire, and they bring you in to put the fire out and get it working again - or something like that.

— Brian Helgeland

The studio is spending great amounts of money, and they want some insurance they will get money back. They go for the middle of the road, broad in appeal. It's restrictive. It's a constant struggle, but if you give in, you're just making cottage cheese, and that's the end of it.

— Brian Helgeland

I write R-rated action dramas, and every year that goes by, that gets to be a smaller and smaller world you have to work in. You have to think of how to get the studio excited and sell them something.

— Brian Helgeland

Movie dialogue is movie dialogue. It can sound real, but no one speaks that way.

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In exchange for ten years of being on top, I'm gonna end up in prison or I'm gonna end up dead, and there's something fascinating about that.

— Brian Helgeland

I know a lot of directors have a whole staff of people trying to find their next film for them. I always just end up writing mine.

— Brian Helgeland

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