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Neil LaBute
March 19, 1963 -
Nationality: American
Category: Director
Subcategory: American Director

But even with a character like Cary who is relatively outlandish, at the end of the movie he's in a place where I wouldn't have expected him to be - taking on the responsibility of a woman who is pregnant and who used to be his best friend's wife.


I think the more the actor lets you know what he thinks of the character, the less the audience cares - like a comedian who laughs at his own jokes.


We humans are a fairly barbarous bunch.


I make movies I want to see.


I think Christine and Chad are on the opposite extremes of the spectrum. Christine is a model victim, and Chad is a model perpetrator, and Howard is closer to the middle.


I was always looking for the most dramatic emphasis.


And I've got some screenplays and plays ready to dip into when I need to.


People have perhaps gotten to the point where for the most part movies are a just bit of escape.


Without In The Company of Men, I could still be teaching, so who knows if this would've existed.


I would be more frightened as a writer if people thought my movies were like science fiction.


I will say that the idea of a woman being deceptive came from that original discussion with critics and reporters about if woman could do that kind of thing. Evelyn, herself, grew out of the discussions about how capable women are of deceit and lying and manipulation.


People think my work is therapeutic. I don't see it that way. It's not like I'm saving money from a weekly therapy visit by writing down my life.


Everyone has a story.


You start as an audience member and create a world you're interested in, and then you move into the telling of those stories, bringing what has interested you as an audience member.


In a relationship you have to open yourself up.


I wanted to tell a story that interested me as much in the telling as in the watching.


But for me, it feels like a natural extension of what I've been doing: exploring relationships. Here you have two relationships and we can explore how difficult it is for people to be together.


Unrequited love is always a great thing.


We live in a disposable society. It's easier to throw things out than to fix them. We even give it a name - we call it recycling.


I'm more than open to hope, but I think men and women have a difficult time dealing with each other and often take the low road.


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