Doug Liman quotes

  • I think making a great action movie is one of the hardest cinematic endeavors. By definition, smart characters avoid action. Smart people don't go down dark alleys, but if you're making an action movie and you want to have an action sequence, somehow you have to get that character into that dangerous situation.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Smart #Character #Dark

  • That's why 'The Bourne Identity' has that sort of shaky style, because for the most part, Matt Damon and I were sneaking around Paris and shooting where we didn't have permits.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Paris #Sneaking Around #Style

  • It's no secret that my process is a little bit loose and can be a little bit infuriating to a studio if they don't know what they're signing up for.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Secret #Littles #Infuriating

  • Nothing I've done is like anything else I've done before.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Done

  • When I was shooting 'The Bourne Identity,' I had a mantra: 'How come you never see James Bond pay a phone bill?' It sounds trite, but it became the foundation of that franchise.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Phones #Identity #Shooting

  • I probably shouldn't treat interviews as therapy sessions, but I don't keep a diary, so these end up being my way of keeping track of where I'm at and letting it all out.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Track #Diaries #Way

  • From a production point of view, I still have one foot firmly planted in the independent film world, and much of the shooting on 'Jumper' was done 'Swingers'-style because that was the only way we could afford to do it.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Independent #Views #Feet

  • It's much easier to do a fight sequence between two people, if one of the two people in the fight is a stunt person, or you're going to risk somebody getting hurt.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Hurt #Fighting #Two

  • I make movies for me and posterity. I'm more scared of history than I am of the studio.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Scared #Studios #Posterity

  • It turns out that it's easier to do politics in a movie. People really don't want it in their TV.
    -- Doug Liman

    #People #Want #Tvs

  • I think when the United States of America put a man on the moon in 1969, that was one of the greatest accomplishments mankind has ever done.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Men #Thinking #Moon

  • It's better to find a stunt person who can act. It's easier to do that than to find an actor who can do a stunt.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Actors #Easier #Persons

  • At the end of the day, it's still a show about guys who ride extremely fast motorcycles for a living.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Guy #Motorcycle #The End Of The Day

  • I realize I am contradictory: I have an independent filmmaker's sensibility and a Hollywood director's short-attention span.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Independent #Attention #Directors

  • I started my career wanting to make a 'James Bond' movie, and I couldn't get hired! I made 'The Bourne Identity,' and ultimately the impact of that film was that it changed the 'James Bond' franchise.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Careers #Impact #Identity

  • At the end of the day, I like the spy genre, as opposed to the action movie genre, because spies are smart. The successful spies are the smarter spies.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Smart #Successful #The End Of The Day

  • I'm very interested in politics, and I feel TV is a more political medium than film.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Political #Tvs #Film

  • I can't impress people with the pedigree of obscure French filmmakers that got me into film. It was Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. I really thought I wanted to make dumb action movies.
    -- Doug Liman

    #People #Dumb #Action

  • Casting is everything. I put a huge amount of work into casting, and consistently across my career, I am most proud of my bold choices I made in casting.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Careers #Choices #Casting

  • In the real world, if you're in a car chase, you're going to hit a million things and your car is going to end up a total wreck by the end.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Real #Car #World

  • The movie I end up with is the movie I aspired to make.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Ends

  • I go into a movie sort of saying what it's not going to be.
    -- Doug Liman

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  • The beating heart of your story that's not what shows up in a trailer. The other stuff is what shows up in a trailer, because that's what gets people in to the seats, and that's how studios make their money.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Heart #People #Stories

  • To be a lone filmmaker thousands of miles from home with nobody believing in me, that seems romantic.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Believe #Home #Miles

  • The thing about TV is it's a meritocracy. I love that aspect of it - and I've had shows that have gone on the air and been canceled. I've seen the good and the bad of it.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Air #Gone #Tvs

  • What I really found was that the one similarity between Covert Affairs and Fair Game is a deep love and admiration and fascination with the home life of a spy.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Home #Deep Love #Games

  • I live in New York City, and I'm making huge action movies. The people that make huge action movies live in L.A., and they're surrounded by other people who make huge action movies. I'm surrounded by people making documentaries!
    -- Doug Liman

    #New York #Cities #People

  • When I'm working on a film, I think about how it will play with a tiny audience of friends whose opinions I respect, basically a 40-bloc radius from my apartment in Manhattan.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Thinking #Play #Manhattan

  • There are actors who just bring an enormous amount of empathy. They just have that"it" that makes you want to follow them and root for them.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Roots #Empathy #Actors

  • I had just come off doing a lot of commercials when I did Go, so a part of the fast pace and efficiency comes from the discipline I had to learn from telling stories in 25-second increments, and that type of discipline is insane.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Discipline #Insane #Pace

  • In particular, I'm drawn to the stories that have big, high concepts and real characters at their heart. And I love where those two worlds meet, and 'Edge of Tomorrow' is the perfect canvas to explore that.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Real #Heart #Character

  • For big Hollywood movies, I'm on the more character-driven side of the equation. So, TV is a natural place for me to be because you've got no choice, but to be character-driven.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Character #Choices #Sides

  • I pride myself on doing character-driven movies and, when my movies have worked, it's been because of the right casting and the right character, and it just clicks.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Character #Pride #Casting

  • TV has no choice, but to rely on character, and everybody knows that. I love working in it. It's such a big canvas where, if you're successful, you go on for years.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Character #Successful #Years

  • In movies, you can basically buy the audience into the theater. If you spend enough money on visual effects, even if you are lacking in story and character, you might still pull it off.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Character #Stories #Might

  • TV is a safe place to develop real characters.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Real #Character #Safe

  • If I'm not in love with the script, there's nothing. It doesn't matter what you give me. It has to start with the script.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Giving #Matter #Scripts

  • When you can come across a piece of material that's totally original and fun and completely satisfying, you jump on it.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Fun #Pieces #Materials

  • If you do something that's really original, you discover why everybody else does it the other way, usually. There's a reason cliches exist, 'cause they work.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Doe #Way #Causes

  • Sometimes rules are there to save your life.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Sometimes

  • It's very hard for a studio to take a chance on a piece of original material. They used to have the fall-back of DVD sales. They had ways in which they could safely make an investment in a piece of original material, and those opportunities aren't necessarily there anymore.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Fall #Opportunity #Dvds

  • You can find truly original pieces of writing, but they're original because you go, "Who would have even have thought of that?," or, "Why would anyone ever want to go see that?"
    -- Doug Liman

    #Writing #Pieces #Want

  • I'm a character-driven director, and I tend to fall in love with the characters in my movies and TV shows.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Falling In Love #Character #Tv Shows

  • It's hard to get a movie made about characters these days. We're in a climate where, unless it's based on a toy or it's a superhero where somewhere it ends in man - like Spider-Man, Superman or Iron Man - it's hard to get it made.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Character #Men #Iron

  • Once I'm in the editing room, forget about what I intended to shoot. I take a cold, hard look at what I really did shoot, and then I edit that because, if you try to edit what you intended and you missed somewhere, that will show up.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Editing #Trying #Looks

  • It's almost a work-shopping process to create the characters with the actors.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Character #Shopping #Actors

  • My own personal process with movies is to develop the characters with the actors and, when I've done that properly, you can't imagine anyone else, but that actor, playing that part.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Character #Actors #Done

  • Obviously, anyone who has seen Mr. and Mrs. Smith knows that husband and wife married spies is something that I find particularly interesting.
    -- Doug Liman

    #Husband #Interesting #Wife