William Monahan Quotes

Top 51 wise famous quotes and sayings by William Monahan

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William Monahan quotes: When I was young I was only thinking of writing, and whatever was going on was unreal and comparatively unimportant. When I was young I was only thinking of writing, and whatever was going on was unreal and comparatively unimportant.
William Monahan quotes: If you write a screenplay that gets circulated, you have a bigger readership than any literary novelist. And it's an educated audience as well. If you write a screenplay that gets circulated, you have a bigger readership than any literary novelist. And it's an educated audience as well.
William Monahan quotes: If you're playing around with a film, you're just playing around with it. But if it has to go into theaters, you get yourself into gear and finish it. If you're playing around with a film, you're just playing around with it. But if it has to go into theaters, you get yourself into gear and finish it.
William Monahan quotes: I don't like scripts leaking. On the other hand, the more real attention a script gets, the better. I don't like scripts leaking. On the other hand, the more real attention a script gets, the better.
William Monahan quotes: You know a shooter when you see it. At least the creative people do. If a picture isn't obvious in the first draft you're kind of screwed. You know a shooter when you see it. At least the creative people do. If a picture isn't obvious in the first draft you're kind of screwed.
William Monahan quotes: I'm interested in stories about human beings. I don't care where or when they are set. I'm interested in stories about human beings. I don't care where or when they are set.
William Monahan quotes: I love editorial and sound and music, and I was working with the best people, so you learn a lot. I love editorial and sound and music, and I was working with the best people, so you learn a lot.
William Monahan quotes: I think that gambling is a synthetic experience and that if you have any balls you gamble with your life. I have. So can everybody else. I think that gambling is a synthetic experience and that if you have any balls you gamble with your life. I have. So can everybody else.
William Monahan quotes: I never viewed screen drama as a vulgar form, or a lesser one, and I've never written it left-handed. I never viewed screen drama as a vulgar form, or a lesser one, and I've never written it left-handed.
William Monahan quotes: The thing about movies is if somebody has an idea that works, it's in, and I say that as a screenwriter as well as a director. The thing about movies is if somebody has an idea that works, it's in, and I say that as a screenwriter as well as a director.
William Monahan quotes: I was particularly anxious that I shoot the tires out of the class system. All it is these days is a hobby of certain masochists, and certain sadists. I was particularly anxious that I shoot the tires out of the class system. All it is these days is a hobby of certain masochists, and certain sadists.
William Monahan quotes: I'm not a precious text protector, or anything like that, you know, because it's a much more vital form than that. You have to rock. I'm not a precious text protector, or anything like that, you know, because it's a much more vital form than that. You have to rock.
William Monahan quotes: If you decide to do Hamlet in a funny hat staged in a ruined factory, it doesn't make you Shakespeare. If you decide to do Hamlet in a funny hat staged in a ruined factory, it doesn't make you Shakespeare.
William Monahan quotes: Wisdom is not having illusions, especially anything in your own mind that elevates you above others. Wisdom is not having illusions, especially anything in your own mind that elevates you above others.
William Monahan quotes: Look at what people are trying to conceal, and you'll see that they're revealing everything. Look at what people are trying to conceal, and you'll see that they're revealing everything.
William Monahan quotes: For some reason, I seem to work well with actors. I love working with them. For some reason, I seem to work well with actors. I love working with them.
William Monahan quotes: I never work until I have a deadline. You have to fit so much in a given day that you just don't get serious until you know when the deadline I never work until I have a deadline. You have to fit so much in a given day that you just don't get serious until you know when the deadline is.
William Monahan quotes: Most films go out like skydivers who have had their chutes packed by a committee of blind schizophrenics. Most films go out like skydivers who have had their chutes packed by a committee of blind schizophrenics.
William Monahan quotes: I think probably everybody works most on the beginning and the ending. I think probably everybody works most on the beginning and the ending.
William Monahan quotes: Whatever you cut when there's no deadline isn't really a cut. You're just pushing colors around. Whatever you cut when there's no deadline isn't really a cut. You're just pushing colors around.
William Monahan quotes: Casting is always subject to availabilities. Casting is always subject to availabilities.
William Monahan quotes: It wasn't just British gangster films that really did for me as a kid, personally, it was British films in general. It wasn't just British gangster films that really did for me as a kid, personally, it was British films in general.
William Monahan quotes: I'm a homebody, as many writers are, and need to be by myself, and I like to be by the Atlantic Ocean. I'm a homebody, as many writers are, and need to be by myself, and I like to be by the Atlantic Ocean.
William Monahan quotes: You never know what people are going to go and see. You never know what people are going to go and see.
William Monahan quotes: London matters to me because it's the center of what I do for a living and has been since Tudor times. London matters to me because it's the center of what I do for a living and has been since Tudor times.
William Monahan quotes: Get Carter is a classic, but it did nothing in the United States. It came out on a double bill with a Frank Sinatra western. Get Carter is a classic, but it did nothing in the United States. It came out on a double bill with a Frank Sinatra western.
William Monahan quotes: You don't write for actors. Actors come for characters you've made up. You don't write for actors. Actors come for characters you've made up.
William Monahan quotes: I learned my job from English dramatists. Tennessee Williams was no good for me, New York stuff was no good to me. I learned my job from English dramatists. Tennessee Williams was no good for me, New York stuff was no good to me.
William Monahan quotes: When I'm shooting, as much as writing, I see edited footage in my mind, so I work that way, and it's economical. When I'm shooting, as much as writing, I see edited footage in my mind, so I work that way, and it's economical.
William Monahan quotes: You evolve in the ways in which you are precious. When you are the director, you are also continuing to write on the floor as you go along. You evolve in the ways in which you are precious. When you are the director, you are also continuing to write on the floor as you go along.
William Monahan quotes: My gratitude to Ridley [Scott] isn't anything new. I named one of my kids after him. But he's a very important person to me. My gratitude to Ridley [Scott] isn't anything new. I named one of my kids after him. But he's a very important person to me.
William Monahan quotes: I never write with particular actors in mind. I never write with particular actors in mind.