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  1. I’ve met people who will go to a movie that I can’t stand and they say that they saw that movie ten times. There’s something they like and identified in that movie, and I don’t see it.
  2. I am not trying to be a historian and a dramatist; I’m a dramatist, a dramatic historian, or one who does a dramatic interpretation of history.
  3. When you look at a movie, you look at a director’s thought process.
  4. But in answer to your question about the conspiracy angle, I think that any historian worth his salt, and this is where I fault Stephen Ambrose and a lot of these guys who attack me — not all of life is a result of conspiracy by any means! Accident occurs alongside conspiracy.
  5. Never underestimate the power of jealousy and the power of envy to destroy. Never underestimate that.
  6. Lunch is for wimps.
  7. I never put out a history, I put out a dramatic history.
  8. Fear may very well be a caveman fear of the predator, of the giant lizard chasing them — maybe that’s what Steven Spielberg connects with so well in Lost World.
  9. I think that many people in history who had power were bumped off because they had power.
  10. But I suppose film is distinctive because of its nature, of its being able to cut through time with editing.
  11. I think experience will teach you a combination of liberalism and conservatism. We have to be progressive and at the same time we have to retain values. We have to hold onto the past as we explore the future.
  12. I have the right to interpretation as a dramatist. I research. It’s my responsibility to find the research. It’s my responsibility to digest it and do the best that I can with it. But at a certain point that responsibility will become an interpretation.
  13. I’d like to do a story about the medieval ages where in every scene you’d sort of feel that you were in the 12th century. That would be great to get that feeling.
  14. I’m terrible at horror movies, by the way. I get scared so easily.
  15. I’ve been to war, and it’s not easy to kill. It’s bloody and messy and totally horrifying, and the consequences are serious.
  16. I study history in order to give an interpretation.
  17. I’d love to do historical pictures more, but I don’t know if I can.
  18. When I was a child, I’d see a movie, I took it for what it was, I enjoyed it. And if I believed it I would tend to be more interested in knowing more about it.
  19. If anything, if you can get somebody interested in something and get them excited, that’s great. You should be praised for having opened the debate and having asked the right questions.

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