You must always steal, but only from the best people. Steal any trick that looks worthwhile. If you see Vivien Leigh or Robert DeNiro or Meryl Streep do something stunningly effective, and you can analyze how he or she did it, then pinch it. Because you can be sure that they stole it in the first place.
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I wouldn’t make an anti-american film. I’m one of the most pro-american foreigners I know. I love america and americans.
I prefer to remake flops. Dirty rotten scoundrels was a remake of a flop, and the quiet american is a remake of a flop.