Hackford in January 2013
|Born||Taylor Edwin Hackford
December 31, 1944
Santa Barbara, California, U.S.
(m. 1970; div. 1975)
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.
Ray Charles, in his own way, it's like at the beginning, Ray Charles changed American music, not once but twice.
Look at Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster: It's an incredible performance.
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.
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.
I also know what looks good before the camera, how to move the camera, and how to get a story on the screen.
It's very clearly stated in the film: You make your own choices, and what you're always fighting is ego.
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.
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.
But, unfortunately, sometimes that affirmation creates a sense that you deserve special treatment and recognition in areas where you're not so talented.
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.
Show business is one of those things that people can use to get themselves out of the lower rung of society.
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.
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.
Music has always been an important thing to me in my life and understand I've worked in the music business.
I really believe you can predict when someone has a great attitude, a real well of talent.
The director's job should give you a sense of music without drawing attention to itself.
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.
If people are worried about the size of their trailers, I kind of say their priorities are off.