Joel Coen Quotes


32 Joel Coen quotes:



"The architecture of a story can be a little bit different if it's a true story."
"Barton Fink got written very quickly, in about three weeks. I don't know what that means."
"Billy Bob and Fran are very well known actors, but aren't the kind of movie stars in the sense that George Clooney and Brad Pitt are."
"I always admired Stanley Kubrick for the fact that he managed to beat the system somehow. I think he kind of had it all figured out."
"I couldn't have been happier with the relationship we had with Disney, it couldn't have been easier."
"I guess it beats throwing trash for a living."
"I guess there's a certain amount of poking fun at certain characters, but that's because there is something amusing about them or about the way they behave, so I guess you can say that that's poking fun at the character. But the character is your own invention, so who cares?"
"I'd be perfectly happy never to have to answer anything again about how I work with Ethan, or whether we have arguments, or... you know what I mean? I've been answering those questions for 20 years. I suppose it's interesting to people."
"I've never really understood that. It's a funny thing; people sometimes accuse us of condescending to our characters somehow-that to me is kind of inexplicable."
"If the material is challenging, it forces you to challenge yourself when handling it."
"It's a funny thing because you look at the careers of other filmmakers, and you see them sort of slow down, and you realize, maybe this becomes harder to do as you get older. That's sort of a cautionary thing. I hope it doesn't happen to me."
"It's almost like a genre rule: Don't Open The Box."
"Maybe our telling of the story wasn't as clear as it should have been, but I don't think that's true. In terms of understanding the story, it comes across."
"Maybe there should be less of a mystique around making movies. I just don't think that there's any real mystery there."
"No, we don't have an obsession with kidnapping. We just follow the story wherever it leads us, and if it leads us to kidnapping, well there we are!"
"Other kinds of movie stars, it's a different thing, they bring their persona to the part and that's what people like to see, and they are not really transforming in terms of their character."
"People that have been interested in our work for awhile... those are the last people you want to disappoint."
"Some people come out going, I don't get it. And I don't quite know what they're trying to get, what they're struggling for. We have had the reaction where people leave the movie sort of uncomfortable and befuddled. Although that wasn't our intention."
"The characters are the result of two things-first, we elaborate them into fairly well-defined people through their dialogue, then they happen all over again, when the actor interprets them."
"The point at which we worked with some of these actors, they weren't really stars yet. Nicolas Cage was not a big star when we did Raising Arizona. A lot of these people were also virtually unknown, too, when we worked with them first."



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