“Film-making encompasses everything, from tricking people into investing in it, to putting on the show, to trying to distill down to moments in time, and ape reality but send this other message. It’s got everything. When I was a kid I loved to draw, and I loved my electric football sets, and I painted little things and made sculptures and did matte painting and comic books and illustrated stuff, and took pictures, had a darkroom, loved to tape-record stuff. It’s all of that. It’s not having to grow up. It’s four-dimensional chess, it’s strategy, and it’s being painfully honest, and unbelievably deceitful, and everything in between.”
David Fincher, celebrating his 49th birthday today.
On the set of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
On the set of The Social Network
On the set of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
“For me, the scariest thing about a serial killer is that there’s somebody who lives next door to you, running power tools late into the night, and you don’t know he has a refrigerator full of penises.”
“We opened at the Venice film festival, and I think to say they hated it would be an understatement. Let’s put it this way: the youngest person in the screening was Giorgio Armani. They called for our hides and we split town. We thought it was funny. Actually, Helena Bonham Carter’s mother was three seats down from me and she was just laughing and laughing - she was the only one. She’s cool.”