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

I didn't choose BYU, I like to think it chose me.


And with Aaron, I'd have to find a reason not to work with him.


Just in the past few years - since I've been making movies, which isn't a very long time - you now have a culture that is fascinated and informed about the box office in a way that sometimes filmmakers weren't even.


There is a lot of absurdity sometimes, not just in Mormonism but often in other religions that want to pretend that no bad happens in their church, rather than taking care of what bad does happen.


My business is can I create a world that's possible and could happen? I think that's the only thing that I have to do, and I think that I have done that each time.


Everyone has a little bit of Howard and Chad in them. I think there's Christine in all men as well.


My best male friend is my best friend until he crosses me. We're all protective of the self.


With In the Company of Men, the misogynist label stuck early and firmly. In the end, it probably did hurt the film a bit, because getting women into the theaters was difficult.


I was very careful to cast guys who were very good-looking and very fit and who had a certain sense of privilege about them, because with that sense of privilege comes contempt.


If we put the camera on ourselves, our friends and neighbors, we'll come up with some scary stuff.


Relationships in general make people a bit nervous. It's about trust. Do I trust you enough to go there?


I see bits and pieces of me in all the characters in my films.


I wanted to make these people real, not like they were in a painting. Like these are people who don't know they're in a period movie. Those concerns are incredibly immediate.


First I would probably place men at the bottom of the food chain. On a grander scale, I would say they're reacting to change. Feminism has got to be part of that.


I have a healthy view of what one can do with art.


Everybody has the ability to be manipulative, to be hateful and deceitful.


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