Go ahead Quote me

Taika Waititi
Taika Waititi
Park Chan Wook
Park Chan Wook
Willem Dafoe
Willem Dafoe

I can either play it safe and do the framing and everything like the way I feel these movies should be made. Or - knowing that I can always go back to my small films that I do with my friends - I could approach this in this Ragnarok way, full out, heading for the fire, sprinting full speed toward Armageddon.

INDIE FILM-MAKER TAIKA WAITITI on directing the superhero movie Thor: Ragnarok


I realised actors are not puppets. Let's say in the screenplay, there's one line of dialogue and I couldn't come up with a better one. As a director you can talk to the actor honestly and say, I couldn't come up with anything better. Can you think of something to say? This is a kind of luxury a novelist cannot enjoy.

DIRECTOR PARK CHAN WOOK


Keep your mouth shut and listen. That is the best piece of advice I have been given.

ACTOR WILLEM DAFOE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 28, 2017, with the headline 'Go ahead Quote me'. Print Edition | Subscribe