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With acting, if a friend asked me to be in a movie or TV show, there’s a lot of things on my résumé I did without reading them or knowing what they were. I just said I’d do that because a friend wrote it, directed, produced, acted in it. With directing, I’m sticking to my guns, not that a lot of people are begging me to direct.
It seems that every movie is a remake of something that was better when it was first released in a foreign language, as a 1960s TV show, or even as a comic book. Now you’ve got theme park rides as the source material of movies. The only things left are breakfast cereal mascots. In our lifetime, we will see Johnny Depp playing Captain Crunch.
It’s also one thing to see a celebrity or some kind of character on a TV show being gay. It’s a totally different thing when you know your husband… not your husband, but your brother or your friend or the dude you hung out in high school was gay. I mean, that is what changes people’s minds, what changes people’s minds.
And we’ve read scary books and watched scary movies and TV shows together. He’s met monsters, ghouls, and demons on the page and on the screen. There’s nothing like watching Anaconda with your best friend or lying in bed next to your mother reading Roald Dahl, because that way you get to explore dark stuff safely. You get to laugh with it, to step out on the vampire’s dance floor and take him for a spin, and then step back into your life. When you make friends with fear, it can’t rule you.
And so as a director, as a leader, and myself as a director and a leader, I kind of try to make sure that we hold onto the vision and kind of corral it, but by the time you finish whatever the project is, a TV show, a series, a movie, a stage show, it should be a product of what all those people can do, and therefore, it can never be what you imagined it would be in the beginning.
We’re not encouraging idols other than on the TV show, you know and that’s the wrong way to do it. If we had become famous from a contest show we’d be embarrassed in my generation. But if that’s the benchmark then I thought well young people who want to be filmmakers, or musicians, or whatever are screwed. But maybe they’re not because what they’re doing is they’re creating their own thing.