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Taylor Hackford

Hackford in January 2013
Born Taylor Edwin Hackford
(1944-12-31) December 31, 1944 (age 72)
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
Occupation Film director
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Georgie Lowres
(m. 1970; div. 1975)

Lynne Littman
(m. 1977–87)

Helen Mirren
(m. 1997)
Children 2

The SAS is the most elite of the special forces in the world. They are not people who go out and advertise; they keep it inside. They don't want anybody to know about them.
Taylor Hackford
Ray Charles, in his own way, it's like at the beginning, Ray Charles changed American music, not once but twice.
Taylor Hackford
Look at Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster: It's an incredible performance.
Taylor Hackford
It isn't glamorous until after the film is finished, and you are at the premiere and getting your picture on the cover of magazines.
Taylor Hackford
I make films about working class people.
My creative partner is a writer, and he's got an executive producing credit on this film. We've made three films together and I would never underestimate the impact of a writer.
Taylor Hackford
I also know what looks good before the camera, how to move the camera, and how to get a story on the screen.
Taylor Hackford
It was the era of Tab Hunter and Rock Hudson; they all had a certain look.
It's very clearly stated in the film: You make your own choices, and what you're always fighting is ego.
Taylor Hackford
But a writer's contribution is literary and a film is not literary. When you take that stuff off the page, and cast the people who are going to fit into those roles, that's what being a director is.
Taylor Hackford
It's much easier to work with an unknown.
And it's a question of how far we're willing to go in order to let the ego shine, in order to let that beacon penetrate not only the local scene but the world.
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I try to get the best performance an actor can give.
When I finish a film, I put it away and I never look at it again.
But, unfortunately, sometimes that affirmation creates a sense that you deserve special treatment and recognition in areas where you're not so talented.
Taylor Hackford
I'm not in front of the camera, they are. I encourage them; I build up as much of their confidence and ego as possible. They've got to take control; I can't act it out.
Taylor Hackford
Show business is one of those things that people can use to get themselves out of the lower rung of society.
Taylor Hackford
This devil loves mankind because men are going to always make the choice that will send him into ascendancy. He's been winning the game for a long time.
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Because when you have millions of people with this kind of need for gratification, and the culture is saying that it's possible for everyone to satisfy all of their needs and desires all of the time, there are obviously going to be clashes – clashes of ego.
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The whole concept of the devil is a metaphor on one level.
Music has always been an important thing to me in my life and understand I've worked in the music business.
Taylor Hackford
I really believe you can predict when someone has a great attitude, a real well of talent.
Taylor Hackford
You'd be surprised how many movie stars still care about the work.
But the process of making a film is not glamorous. Certainly not my films.
We all get paid very, very well, and we have responsibilities.
The director's job should give you a sense of music without drawing attention to itself.
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An actor has to embody a role.
Russell Crowe is very difficult, but it's worth it. He's the real thing. I can tell you this. Russell Crowe was just as difficult before he was an international star as he was afterwards.
Taylor Hackford
Well I don't think I've scored my life exclusively to Ray Charles.
I feel very comfortable shooting music, and I think you can see that.
If people are worried about the size of their trailers, I kind of say their priorities are off.
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