Roland Emmerich quotes

  • Nobody makes movies bad on purpose.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Movie #Purpose #Actors

  • I think every good, entertaining movie should have a message. I really believe that, because if you do it without it, the film feels a little bit soulless.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Believe #Thinking #Should Have

  • I'm a filmmaker, not a scientist.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Scientist #Filmmaker

  • I try to put in every one of my movies some sort of message. I don't want to overdo it, because I don't want people to get annoyed by it, but it's good to have a message.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #People #Annoyed #Trying

  • It's very, very rare you find something really original and also because a lot of original stuff, most of the time has no chance, because it's so expensive to make something famous or put it in people's head that it's the one to see, it's like awareness has to be almost like at 80% or 90% if you make an expensive summer movie and that's very hard to do with anything an the White House naturally is in itself some sort of a trademark.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Summer #White #People

  • There are shots that I had to walk away from because we had to get the movie in the theaters. There are some in "Independence Day" and "Godzilla," but lately I got smart. I would plan it so I had enough time [to get it right]. That just comes with experience.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Smart #Independence #Enough Time

  • Do not fear. Some things will never change.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Fear #Never Change #Do Not Fear

  • I think sport in general affects what people see in movies. I always try to explain to people in Hollywood that we have to make movies more like sport because, in sport, everything can happen and it's so much better than movies in some ways.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Sports #Thinking #People

  • I'm only a stupid filmmaker.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Stupid #Filmmaker

  • It's like everybody is obsessed with Hollywood movies worldwide. And even though everybody hates the Americans, they're still watching American movies.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Hate #Hollywood #Obsession

  • That one [in "2012"] was different because it was all CG, getting washed away by water. In "Independence Day," everything was still done in models, built in a certain scale out of plaster, and packing tons and tons of little explosives and charges in there. We had a second one in case it didn't work the first time, but it worked the first time.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Water #Independence #Different

  • Everybody knows that the industrialized nations are the worst offenders.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Worst #Knows #Nations

  • If you want to assemble the same people, then you have a big problem.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #People #Want #Problem

  • There's a rule in Hollywood: stay away from water and stay away from snow, and I had both.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Snow #Water #Hollywood

  • A lot of stuff in Wikipedia is not true, and that goes for a lot of people. I sometimes think, "How can that happen?" But Wikipedia is maintained by people, and everybody can add stuff to it.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Thinking #People #Wikipedia

  • When you find something where you can give people a message and still make it an exciting movie, you get very, very excited about something. You probably even work harder than you normally do.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Hard Work #People #Giving

  • I would say, when it comes to comedy, I think Matthew Broderick was great.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Thinking #Comedy #Matthew

  • When we shot "Stargate," he [ Jaye Davidson] came up to me at one point and said, "I don't like shooting movies," and I said, "Why?" "Too many people stare at me." I said, "Then you're totally in the wrong business."
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #People #Shooting #Shots

  • I've said that "2012" was my favorite ensemble cast, because it was so evenly good.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Ensemble #My Favorite #Said

  • I always try to convince people that there has to be a lot of material about the subject matter, so they created a couple of pieces. One is about doomsday prophecies.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Couple #People #Trying

  • I was, it was very high. Especially with international (box office), we did something that I didn't think this movie ["2012"] would do. I was very happy.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Thinking #Office #Boxes

  • I was actually privately in the White House like invited by Clinton to screen 'Independence Day,' so I know how the private residence looks. I didn't snap a picture, but I have a photographic memory and then I could take a guided tour in the West Wing.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Memories #Wings #White

  • I'm finished with destroying for a while. It's not like I'm running around saying, 'What else can I destroy?'
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Running #Destroying #Finished

  • I knew that Jaye Davidson would not last because of that. I really liked him and thought he had incredible screen presence and talent, but I knew that he would not stay in that profession.
    -- Roland Emmerich

    #Lasts #Talent #Incredibles