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30 quotations by Neil LaBute

QuoteYou start as an audience member and create a world you're interested in, and then you move into the telling of those stories, bringing what has interested you as an audience member.Quote

QuoteWith 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.Quote

QuoteUnrequited love is always a great thing.Quote

QuoteThere 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.Quote

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

QuotePeople think my work is therapeutic. I don't see it that way. It's not like I'm saving money from a weekly therapy visit by writing down my life.Quote

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

QuoteJust 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.Quote

QuoteIt's just often more interesting to write about one or more people who are being awful to other people because it makes for exciting, dramatic fare.Quote

QuoteIn a relationship you have to open yourself up.Quote

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

QuoteI would be more frightened as a writer if people thought my movies were like science fiction.Quote

QuoteI will say that the idea of a woman being deceptive came from that original discussion with critics and reporters about if woman could do that kind of thing. Evelyn, herself, grew out of the discussions about how capable women are of deceit and lying and manipulation.Quote

QuoteI 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.Quote

QuoteI wanted to tell a story that interested me as much in the telling as in the watching.Quote

QuoteI 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.Quote

QuoteI think the more the actor lets you know what he thinks of the character, the less the audience cares - like a comedian who laughs at his own jokes.Quote

QuoteI think people are capable of everything I've written. Would they ever do it? I don't know and really don't care, because that's not my business.Quote

QuoteI think Christine and Chad are on the opposite extremes of the spectrum. Christine is a model victim, and Chad is a model perpetrator, and Howard is closer to the middle.Quote

QuoteI still am somewhat guarded with my feelings. A lot of writers find it much easier to express themselves on paper. That hasn't changed.Quote

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

QuoteI make movies I want to see.Quote

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

QuoteI don't see my career as this steady building to a point, it's just a path that wanders for me to do whatever I'm interested in doing.Quote

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

QuoteEveryone has a story.Quote

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

QuoteEverybody has the ability to be manipulative, to be hateful and deceitful.Quote

QuoteBut for me, it feels like a natural extension of what I've been doing: exploring relationships. Here you have two relationships and we can explore how difficult it is for people to be together.Quote

QuoteAnd I've got some screenplays and plays ready to dip into when I need to.Quote