Mazursky in 2008
|Born||Irwin Lawrence Mazursky
April 25, 1930
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Died||June 30, 2014
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Cardiac arrest|
|Occupation||Film director, screenwriter, and actor|
|Spouse(s)||Betsy (Purdy) Mazursky (1953â€“2014, his death)|
California is an island, and New York's an island. Maybe it's time for me to change islands.
The one thing that's closest to my story is the thing about trying out for the juvenile delinquent role and getting it. That was the start of my acting career… which I've resumed, by the way.
Even when I begin with a situation that's basically funny or sad, I like to keep poking around in it. I like to get into the middle of a relationship, to explore the subtle places.
One thing I know is that I don't want to be a director for hire, making genre films.
I wonder if that's hurt me at the box office. Maybe audiences these days want to know exactly what to expect when they go into a movie, and my movies are hard to explain in just one way.
I wish in my own mind I were more definite – that I was absolutely convinced I'd never direct someone else's script, but I keep reading scripts, because I might find something.