[About producing movie trailers for Roger Corman] "We did all kinds of things in trailers to help sell films. We had a famous exploding helicopter shot from one of those Filipino productions that we'd cut in every time a trailer was too dull because that was always exciting."
“I don’t think it’s possible for special effects to overwhelm the story if it is a strong story. There are too many films that have been made where special effects are holding up a lousy story, or poor performances or poor direction. But as long as the direction is solid and the concept of the film is solid, special effects can’t do anything but enhance.”
“When the wind blows straight to my chest, against me, I have plenty of energy. When the wind blows from my back, that energy disappears. During the period of tight censorship, we struggled with all our might to get our voice heard. But now that everything’s allowed, the strive has vanished. It’s like one French writer once said: an artist must always be a little hungry. Right?”
“Comedy is a dangerous business. If people find something funny you’re okay. But the moment you do something that’s meant to be funny and someone doesn’t find it funny, they become angry. It’s almost as if they resent the fact that you tried to make them laugh and failed.”
“I wanted to invent some kind of American dance that was danced to the music that I grew up on: Cole Porter and Rodgers and Hart and Irving Berlin. So I evolved a style that certainly didn’t catch on right away.”