I am, in fact, Superman. Every morning I wake up and go into a telephone booth and change my costume, and then go to work.
There has been one defining production for me in each decade.
You go through a process of refinement and getting rid of the excesses of your early youth in terms of your excitement about what theatre can do.
I never want to make a film. I don't wake up in the morning going, 'Ooh, I'd really love to be on set making a film today'. I'm aware that other contemporary film directors perceive film-making as what they do, as what they have to do. But I would hope that I am more catholic in my tastes.
I think it's absolutely fascinating that in Berlin the parliament can discuss actively the role of their soldiers in Afghanistan because is it still possible, literally, for a German soldier to take up arms.
I've never been to Hollywood. I can count the number of times I've been to Los Angeles on my hands. I've never made a movie there and I've never been there for working reasons. The only reason to go there is for silly awards shows.
They're a redefinition of boredom... the most important thing you need to know about an awards show is where is the nearest smoking opportunity.
As soon as I know how to do something, I usually get bored with it.
I always say, 'I really need to take a break.' It's three days in and I'm getting pretty bored.
I categorically resist this idea that films are supposed to be autobiographical and the only stories you tell are about your own life.
I have never been motivated by money in my life. You can't make choices based on what the financial return might be.
I would love to do something for TV... I wanna do 'Kavalier & Clay' on HBO as an eight-parter. It'll be so much better as a series, honestly.
One of the great joys of my job is that you spend a huge amount of time investigating different areas of literature.
Ring up your parents and ring up your kids and tell them that you love them.
When I got married, my mother was very surprised. She said: 'What on earth is going on? I thought you were gay?'
Actually, to be honest, this is a useful time to not be knowing what I'll be doing in 2013 or 2014, because really, for the last however many years, I've known what I've been doing for years and years ahead. You get into a cycle of non-reflection, and that gets a bit scary.
At school, I decided I wanted to be a director and then I went out and spent the rest of my adult life trying to be a director. It was really clear to me. So in that sense I was very lucky.
England is strictly class-based. What's surprising is how many films are still made with a load of people in silly frocks running around gardens and talking in middle-class accents.
Every now and then I have to teach directing. The thing about the theatre is that the most important thing you can do as a director is to make sure that everybody is in the same world - you have to create the world and make sure everyone buys into it.
I love changing. I hate it when people try to box me in to a relationship or in a work context. Any situation where I feel boxed in freaks me out. And I feel the need to reinvent myself or I'll get bored.