I'm betting that in two years I'll be talking to you about a film that I shot on an iPhone. It's absolutely coming, I have no doubt in my mind.
Actors are con men and con men are actors.
Spielberg gave us three takes before saying anything to us. Since then, I do that, three takes, to let the actors find their rhythm.
The con movie is a little bit different where maybe we tell you what we're going to do but it never goes down the way you expect because there's so much double-crossing and cheats and lies going on along the whole way.
'Brothers McMullen' would not be picked up for theatrical distribution now.
But at a certain point, you have to take your influence and find your own voice if you want to become a relevant artist.
I mean the cool thing about the movies is that you get to try on these different personalities and different styles.
I'm always aware of who my core audiences are and I serve that niche.
That's my advice for indie filmmakers: Marry a supermodel.
You make a movie for 9k for the freedom it allows you.
It's so hard to raise money for independent films and the fact of the matter is that the bigger my star or whatever is, as a result of doing bigger pictures, the easier it is for me to get money for my own projects.
Newlyweds shooting budget: 5k for actors, 2k insurance, 2k food and drink. 9k in the can. We only shot 12 days. That's how to make an independent film.
And at no point did making 'Brothers McMullen' feel like work or hardship. It was really just a matter of 11 days of fun over the course of 8 months.
But the longer I'm in the business, you see a lot of times these screenplays have been rewritten 5 times and you're not really offending an author.
I feel Irish-Americans are the forgotten minority group. Nobody else is making films about them.
I suffer from Irish-Catholic guilt. Guilt is a good reality check. It keeps that 'do what makes you happy' thing in check.
I was a kid who went to film school and fell into acting.
I'd been offered TV series over the years and never had any interest in doing television. I'm not a TV guy.
Quite honestly, it's too tough to get your movies made and then also to get out there and sell them.
So you got the cool New Yorkers, and then there are the less-than-cool New Yorkers.