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Richard Donner
April 24, 1930 -
Nationality: American
Category: Director
Subcategory: American Director

I had life threats, because people accused me of approaching Brando as God and his son was Jesus. I literally had people saying my blood would run in the streets for doing that.


In motion pictures, the actor rules. The camera served the actor.


I'm open to comments. I'm open to objective points of view, because I've been very narrow and very subjective.


If you had the opportunity and some talent, there was no way you couldn't progress, because it was an open market. There was the advertising world, and there was the documentary world.


It was the beginning of film for television. So we had all of these great opportunities. Northwestern was probably the only major film school of its kind at the time that was graduating anybody important.


First cuts are a bitch for a director, because it's been so many months and you put your trust in your editor and you're going to see your film assembled for the first time. You look at it and go, This is terrible. I hate it.


When you make a film, you like to run it with an audience. They tell you you're narrow-minded or subjective, or that seems too long, or that doesn't work.


People say, You paid your dues, but I never paid any dues. It's always been a great trip.


It's only been a couple of times in my life that I've really locked horns with actors. It did not hurt the films, it just hurt the moment of the filmmaking.


With The Omen, I really felt I wasn't in control. It was panic.


I was painting sets, working in editorial as an assistant, driving their trucks, lying that I knew how to drive a truck, and doing commercials and documentaries.


Superman was never previewed because the producers didn't trust Warners with the film.


It was just the thrill of a lifetime. Brando and Hackman were two of my heroes.


I realized what you could do in motion pictures by surrounding yourself with geniuses.


Some actors just won't bend, and then it's a bitch. You either fight or find ways of putting your words in their mouth and letting them say it back at you.


I was tweaked by the idea of Superman immediately.


How was I going to make a man fly? How was I going to convince the public that an actor could fly?


That's how you get a performance - they put trust in you.


When when my first feature opportunity came along, I wasn't prepared, but we did it in about 17 days.


I was an actor... or, at least, I was trying to be an actor.


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