It's an interesting combination: Having a great fear of being alone, and having a desperate need for solitude and the solitary experience. That's always been a tug of war for me.
Normal is not something to aspire to, it's something to get away from.
My definition of a friend is somebody who adores you even though they know the things you're most ashamed of.
Cruelty might be very human, and it might be cultural, but it's not acceptable.
I think an artist's responsibility is more complex than people realize.
I don't know if I see myself as really an action hero, but I like doing physical movies and I like doing movies where the writing is very lean.
With 'Taxi Driver,' I had this eureka moment. I realized that acting could be much more than what I had been doing. I had to build a character that wasn't me.
I wish that I spoke more languages. I speak a couple languages, but not well enough to really dub myself. French is really the only one, and it's a difficult thing.
I think 'destiny' is just a fancy word for a psychological pattern.
I wish people could get over the hang-up of subtitles, although at the same time, you know, that's kind of why I'm kind of pro dubbing.
Knowing what paint a painter uses or having an understanding of where he was in the history of where he came from doesn't hurt your appreciation of the painting.
I guess I've played a lot of victims, but that's what a lot of the history of women is about.
I feel at various times in my life that I've been at a point where I had to choose between a death sentence and a life sentence. And I want to live. What do I do to live? What do I do to be vital? And the answer is always creativity. The answer is always art.
As an actor, I'm always playing solitary characters. But as a director, I'm always making ensemble movies, which focus on lots of people's lives and how they intertwine.
I don't know why people think child actresses in particular are screwed up. I see kids everywhere who are totally bored. I've never been bored a day in my life.
Any actor working a long time should know how a shot is set up, where to place themselves, how to handle the lines. I'm a member of the crew, like the best boy, the electrician. What I'm good at is making eyes at the camera.
All the movies that I make in some ways have to be the story of my life. There are different chapters in my life.
I didn't have any ambition to produce big mainstream popcorn movies.
'Taxi Driver' was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I didn't become a weirdo and squawk like a chicken.
Otherness is a big thing for me. I'm always drawn to characters that live lives that I couldn't lead.