I was wondering about this, Fellini had a massive one, but that lead to 8 1/2 so maybe ego’s a good thing.
Although Seth MacFarline also counts now he’s made that Ted film..
Although he doesn’t generally come across as such, and I don’t believe him to be, M. Night Shyamalan’s role in Lady in the Water. I have heard some pretty good explanations against my interpretation, but it really seems to me he wrote himself as a Christ like figure in his own movie. It’s just a mind boggling decision to me.
james cameron, michael bay, quentin tarantino, lars von trier
I don’t like M Night Shyamalan really. in fact i think he is pretty much a hack but it’s hard to believe he wasn’t taking the piss with that role in L.I.T.W, esp since he had been accused of being pretentious and self regarding by some critics much earlier.
Oh shit yes, I should of mentioned M Night, his ego’s so big it’s pretty much sucked up everything he’s done post-Unbreakable
Tommy Wiseau. Christopher Nolan. James Cameron. Tarantino.
I would say at least 85% of all directors working in film industry have it. However, having an ego is actually important and useful in making decisions and getting things done when working on films. Now, having a big ego is a completely different thing and can get you in a trouble eventually.
And Tarantino, even though I like him, could qualify for this as well.
a film set is a small-contained hierarchy w/ director at the top. it engenders egomania. If you are extremely commercially successful – like Nolan or Cameron – then you add a fawning element as studios will do anything to be in business with you. Hard for that not to go to your head.
M Night’s ego with regards to Lady in the Water is well-documented in a book called The Man Who heard Voices. fun read.
All of them.
It goes without saying: David O Russell:
In Hal Needham’s autobiography Stuntman, he singles out Peter Bogdanovich as the douchiest director he ever worked with. The director played by Richard Kline in Needham’s Hooper is a send-up of Bogdanovich.
Agree with everyone mentioned thus far, except Nolan. I’ve watched/read several interviews with the man; don’t get a trace of ego.
And am I the only one who finds Tarantino’s ego hilariously entertaining and almost charming? Probably.
Ridley Scott or James Cameron I’d say
I think to be a filmmaker, be it in Hollywood or not, a certain excess of ego in some aspects of creating is quite necessary, but so is the counterbalance of trance-like unconsciousness.
surprised no-one’s said Oliver Stone yet…
spike lee, john singleton, tyler perry, the wayans brothers… oh wait, biggest EGO? nevermind…
a bit stupid
the ego is inseparable from the artist, but here, most of those named, are not artists. you are talking about a mechanical brains with a money obsession, this is very different and is evidence in his mode of expression, in his “what?” ultimately.
The ego of baker
The ego of a pawnbroker boss
The ego of a banker
The ego of a hustler
No, having an ego is having an unhealthy belief and respect for yourself, an obsession with chasing money is different. Genius words though pal
I know what you mean but i think it is an erroneous definition
Art is an expression of the ego
“having an ego?” Everyone has ego, conscious or unconscious (hi to my dogs). We don’t speak about symbiosis.
But… well, the ants don’t have it then… well, well…nor bees. Architectural species
I’ve heard some truly shocking stories about PETER GREENAWAY.
He thinks he is GOD. Everyone else, even his fans, he treats like rubbish.
He is the most condescending, superior, human being ever to have walked on the earth, apparently. His attitude is self-important to the most ridiculous degree, apparently. He’s the only person in the world I would actually consider spitting on. He’s an absolute monster.
Rainer Werner Fassbinder?
surprised nobody has mentioned godard
James Cameron and Terrence Malik, definitely.. Maybe Michael Haneke and Steve McQueen? I don’t think von Trier and Tarantino have large egos.
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The difference with PETER GREENAWAY is that he would spit on all the other directors, too. And he’d laugh at how inferior they were, compared to himself. GREENAWAY takes the cake. He’s the worst of the worst.
Has no-one ever heard of Greenaway’s belief in himself as the most superior human mind that ever was? He deseves everyone’s contempt. In fact, this should be taught and accepted as fact: “Greenaway is a complete ass, and it is everyone’s duty to tell him so.” His sense of self-importance should be punishable by forced incarceration in an institution for mentally unsound humans. He is the epitome of the worst aspects of human pride and vanity. And for what? I say. What makes his oeuvre better than those of 100 other directors?
Ever watched a Greenaway film?
No one has mentioned William Friedkin yet. Weird.