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Taylor Hackford Quotes


Taylor Edwin Hackford is an American film director.
(1944 - )

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An actor has to embody a role.
 

And it's a question of how far we're willing to go in order to let the ego shine, in order to let that beacon penetrate not only the local scene but the world.
 

Because when you have millions of people with this kind of need for gratification, and the culture is saying that it's possible for everyone to satisfy all of their needs and desires all of the time, there are obviously going to be clashes - clashes of ego.
 

But a writer's contribution is literary and a film is not literary. When you take that stuff off the page, and cast the people who are going to fit into those roles, that's what being a director is.
 

But the process of making a film is not glamorous. Certainly not my films.
 

But, unfortunately, sometimes that affirmation creates a sense that you deserve special treatment and recognition in areas where you're not so talented.
 

I also know what looks good before the camera, how to move the camera, and how to get a story on the screen.
 

I feel very comfortable shooting music, and I think you can see that.
 

I make films about working class people.
 

I really believe you can predict when someone has a great attitude, a real well of talent.
 

I try to get the best performance an actor can give.
 

I'm not in front of the camera, they are. I encourage them; I build up as much of their confidence and ego as possible. They've got to take control; I can't act it out.
 

If people are worried about the size of their trailers, I kind of say their priorities are off.
 

It isn't glamorous until after the film is finished, and you are at the premiere and getting your picture on the cover of magazines.
 

It was the era of Tab Hunter and Rock Hudson; they all had a certain look.
 

It's much easier to work with an unknown.
 

It's very clearly stated in the film: You make your own choices, and what you're always fighting is ego.
 

Look at Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster: It's an incredible performance.
 

Music has always been an important thing to me in my life and understand I've worked in the music business.
[Music]
 

My creative partner is a writer, and he's got an executive producing credit on this film. We've made three films together and I would never underestimate the impact of a writer.
 


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