Ridley Scott quotes

  • I'm not criticizing Hollywood because I work there, I partly live there. But I'm saying this is the way it is, commerce is taking over art. Commerce has become the most important thing in the film industry. Hollywood is an industry, it's not an art form, therefore they have to address the bottom line. But in a way it's sad when you get a remake, isn't it?
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Art #Important #Addresses

  • I think moviemakers are dramatists.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Thinking

  • I think one of the successes of Gladiator is how we manage to turn on a dime the character from one thing to another where you believe he is one thing and he is something very different.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Believe #Character #Thinking

  • That's a heavy word, but picking up a newspaper every day, how can you not despair at what's happening in the world, and how we're represented as human beings? The disappointments and corruption are dismaying at every level. And the biggest source of evil is of course religion. Religions are tearing each other apart in the name of their personal god. And the irony is, by definition, they're probably worshipping the same god.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Disappointment #Names #Evil

  • But Gladiator is one of my favourite adventures because I really loved going into the world. I loved creating the world to the degree where you could almost smell it.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Adventure #Smell #Creating

  • It doesn't matter how much faith you have or don't have [in aliens]. I just don't buy the idea that we're alone. There's got to be some form of life out there.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Ideas #Matter #Aliens

  • I think going into space would be like going deep into the ocean, like 5,000 meters down. When you go down that far, it's just awfully black. There's not much there except mud and some particles. I imagine space would be a similar thing. The only difference is you're hoping to bump into some sort of intelligent extraterritorial being.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Ocean #Intelligent #Thinking

  • Usually, when special effects get in the way, it's because the story isn't strong enough. If you don't start with a strong screenplay, it's easy to fall back on special effects, thinking it's going to carry you. But it never works. It's just tiresome.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Strong #Fall #Thinking

  • The time it would take me to write a screenplay it would take me the time to make two films. I would rather make the movies and I'm a better moviemaker than I a would be writer.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Writing #Two #Would Be

  • You don't really know what you're going to get until you're actually in Abbey Road. That's where I did all the music, in The Beatles' place.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Abbey

  • How can you look at the galaxy and not feel insignificant?
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Looks #Feels #Galaxy

  • In my view, the only way to see a film remains the way the filmmaker intended: inside a large movie theater with great sound and pristine picture.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Views #Way #Sound

  • I get so used to working with writers that my prime occupation is development.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Development #Occupation #Prime

  • My career seems to be a career of non-specific subjects which are all over the place.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Careers #Subjects

  • And anyway, it's only movies. to stop me I think they'll ahve to shoot me in the head.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Thinking

  • I do a pretty good job at casting actually.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Jobs #Casting #Good Job

  • A hit for me is if I enjoy the movie, if I personally enjoy the movie.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Enjoy

  • Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Thirds #Findings

  • Once you crack the script, everything else follows.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Scripts #Directors #Cracks

  • And I maintain good relationships with all the studios so I've never been bullied into any cut, frankly.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Cutting #Good Relationship #Bullied

  • I knew exactly what to do on Alien, it was funny.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Aliens

  • It's everything and I always make decisions about the cast.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Decision #Casts

  • Same thing with film, by the time you've finished shooting and you've really been into everything, you've touched up everything in the editing room. You've gone in there and taken little bits from everything.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Taken #Editing #Shooting

  • Some people like to do everything always the same thing. That's another way: To do the same thing.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #People #Way

  • That's part of the policy: To keep switching gears.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Gears #Switching #Policy

  • When you're doing a big movie, you're gone for 10 months to a year.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Years #Months #Gone

  • Yes, obviously, there's this degree of wanting people to accept other people faiths and philosophies.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Philosophy #People #Degrees

  • MPC, Moving Picture Company, they're really excellent, they did the majority of the effects.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Moving #Majority #Brilliant

  • Blade Runner appears regularly, two or three times a year in various shapes and forms of science fiction. It set the pace for what is essentially urban science fiction, urban future and it's why I've never re-visited that area because I feel I've done it.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Science #Years #Two

  • I think if I'm going to do a science fiction, I'm going to go down a new path that I want to do.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Science #Thinking #Want

  • Good FBI officers are not noticeable. You would never look at them.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Looks #Fbi #Officers

  • People say I pay too much attention to the look of a movie but for God's sake, I'm not producing a Radio 4 Play for Today, I'm making a movie that people are going to look at.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Play #People #Looks

  • I'm a moviemaker, not a documentarian. I try to hit the truth.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Trying

  • I was always amazed about how much I could finally squeeze into a thirty second commercial.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Thirty #Amazed

  • If I have to, I'll go and direct theater and talk till the cows come home.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Home #Cows #Theater

  • I think movies are getting dumber, actually. Where it used to be 50/50, now it`s 3% good, 97% stupid.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Stupid #Thinking #Used

  • Yeah, we're working on [Blade Runner 2] right now - that will happen sooner or later.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Blade Runner #Blades #Yeah

  • It's the best of the best. No film can hope to top it(Kubrick's 2001).
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Film #Best Of The Best

  • What you do, is you gradually become more and more experienced, and more and more realistic about dramatic tolerance, i.e. about how long the play should be.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Play #Long #Tolerance

  • I don't ever blink, honestly.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Honest #Blink #Honestly

  • Digital is a different world because you are sitting at home and a hi tech piece of equipment today is within reach of most people, so they are watching a pretty hi tech version of whatever you've done.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Home #Technology #People

  • Never be put off by anything because failure teaches you something.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Teach

  • I watched Someone to Watch Over Me the other night. I thought it was a really good movie. It's a great movie.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Night #Good Movie #Watches

  • Politics is very interesting and always leads to conflict.
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Interesting #Politics #Conflict

  • Life isn't black and white. It's a million gray areas, don't you find?
    -- Ridley Scott

    #Black And White #Gray #White