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I think people are people and, if their feelings are truthful, they can connect. It doesn't matter if you're an aging, 50-something wrestler at the end of his career, or an ambitious, 20-something ballet dancer. — Darren Aronofsky

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I think it's my nature to try and make original content, and that's what I've done, is just try and approach things in an original way, and do things differently. — Darren Aronofsky

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I grew up in a family with two very strong women, my mother and my older sister, and they were big influences on my life. — Darren Aronofsky

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I think religion is often very different from spirituality. Religion is often about rules and people trying to control our lives who are actually very unspiritual ... God can be found anywhere, and in fact, everywhere. And you don — Darren Aronofsky

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There's always been a lot of pressure and tension on the line. If 'Pi' didn't work out, I have no idea what my career would be. I don't think I would have gotten another shot at it. If 'Requiem for a Dream' didn't work out, they would have called me a 'one-hit wonder with a sophomore slump'. — Darren Aronofsky

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I think that there's an infinite amount of places where you can stick a camera. There's an infinite amount of choices of what could be going on. There's an infinite amount of places for so many things, so you have to figure out how to do your job. — Darren Aronofsky

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I have a team, the same team of filmmakers I worked with on Pi and Requiem. Which is my cameraman, and my composer, and my producer. We've all worked together for a number of films. — Darren Aronofsky

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I'm Godless. And so I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking, which is
ultimately what my God becomes, which is what my mantra becomes, is the theme. — Darren Aronofsky

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The only way I know as a director is to figure out what the film is about. And out of the theme and the sense of what the film is about, all those decisions start to make sense. But to find that truth within it, you have to limit your possibilities and limit your choices. That's where this visual language grows out of. — Darren Aronofsky

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I've always wanted to introduce hip-hop filmmaking to film. There's hip-hop art, dance, music, but there really isn't hip-hop film. So I was trying to do that. — Darren Aronofsky

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I'd like to do a lot of different stuff. I think it's important as a creative person to keep challenging yourself and keep doing new stuff. If you end up trying to repeat yourself it's death. It just becomes boring and takes the passion out of it. You gotta find stories and characters that you really want to hang out with. — Darren Aronofsky

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Animators have to live life 24 times as long as we do - every 24 frames of a second. — Darren Aronofsky

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The Creator does not care what happens in this world, nobody has heard from Him since he marked Cain. We are alone. Orphaned children, cursed, to struggle by the sweat of our brow to survive !! — Darren Aronofsky

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Classical scores go up and down; they're kind of hysterical in a way. And movie scores are much more - they just drive and move forward, and they build and can't go up and down at that same speed. It's a big job to turn that into something that pushes the movie along. — Darren Aronofsky

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Casting ethnic characters is a very hard thing to do, but it's important. It's also interesting. — Darren Aronofsky

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I've spent a life loving women and studying them as much as I can, or am allowed to. — Darren Aronofsky

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At the end of Requiem all I wanted to do was get a DV camera and just do a small film. But then the hunger comes back. — Darren Aronofsky

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I wasn't a big fan of social anthropology. And, luckily, that created room for me to work in visual arts because I sort of ignored my requirements. I think I was attracted to social anthropology because I liked to travel and was always interested in far-off places. — Darren Aronofsky

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'Angel Heart' was one of my favorite films. — Darren Aronofsky

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Every film had its own grammar. And it's your job as a director to basically figure out a language to tell a story. — Darren Aronofsky

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It's not that much of a difference. Basically, your job is the same as a film director. It's a triangle between creativity, money, and time. But they don't really change. You're ultimately trying to get the most creativity and time with the money that you have. — Darren Aronofsky

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To me, watching a movie is like going to an amusement park. My worst fear is making a film that people don't think is a good ride. — Darren Aronofsky

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When I go to movies I generally want to be taken to another world. — Darren Aronofsky

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I'm Godless. I've had to make my God, and my God is narrative filmmaking. — Darren Aronofsky

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The whole visual language of the movie is developed way before we get to set. Especially when you're doing visual effects and you don't have a lot of money to mess around, which we didn't, you have to really preplan everything. Pretty much every shot in the film was figured out months before we got to set. — Darren Aronofsky

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My god is narrative filmmaking. — Darren Aronofsky

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I know some people that have gone through serious struggles. People that were close to me, and I've seen some terrible things about people who lose it. So I think that type of pain is something that's human and that, actually, can help us look at ourselves a little bit. — Darren Aronofsky

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I had some big ups and downs when I was in my 20s and the one thing I learned was, no matter how low it gets, something good will come along - something always comes out of that dark period. — Darren Aronofsky

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I think video games and that stuff should be as violent as possible, but age-appropriate. It should be realistic. When it's not realistic you run into kids running around shooting people and not realizing the consequences. — Darren Aronofsky

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Also expressionistic filmmaking - making the audience feel like they were inside the characters' heads. And so we create all these different types of techniques to put the audience there. — Darren Aronofsky

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I couldn't sleep one night and I was sitting in my office and I realized that I was an independent filmmaker. — Darren Aronofsky

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If you ask any person on this crew what they think of Hugh Jackman they'll admit they've never seen anything like it. I'll give him an emotional note and he'll hit it every time. — Darren Aronofsky

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Turning 30 was when my parents both got cancer and were fighting it and beat it, but their mortality started to get to me. Everything wasn't as hunky-dory like it was. — Darren Aronofsky

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I don't make films that are easy to market, unfortunately. I think that 'Pi' was the easiest one, because we had that symbol to stick up everywhere, so that was a good gimmick, and created a good mystery, and we didn't have to do huge scale. — Darren Aronofsky

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I feel that so many sci-fi films and films in general have just become really dependent on and addicted to CGI, and that some of the big CGI films of the summer, you see these effects that look like crap. You don't know if you're watching a cartoon or something that's real. And I didn't want to fall into that trap. I really thought there was a way to use a lot of these old techniques to do some new and really neat stuff. — Darren Aronofsky

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As filmmakers, we can show where a person's mind goes, as opposed to theater, which is more to sit back and watch it. — Darren Aronofsky

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CGI means, just to be clear, creating any type of image with a computer. Basically, starting off with nothing, or with images and manipulating them. The way we did it, everything was actual photographed images. A lot of that stuff was shot through a microscope of chemical reactions, yeast growing, lots of weird things, by Peter Parks. We put it into a computer and collaged it, manipulated it. Meaning we digitally shaped it to fit with other images. But there was no computer-generated imagery at all. — Darren Aronofsky

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It would be nice to make a movie that other people want to make, because every one of these movies, I basically have to find the only company in the world that's willing to make it, and it's always a big challenge. I end up spending a tremendous amount of energy and time trying to get money to make these movies and it's exhausting. — Darren Aronofsky

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I was a TV junkie as a kid. I am the Sesame Street generation. — Darren Aronofsky

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Right after I did 'The Fountain,' I wanted to go make a documentary or something that was less constructed - more natural. I was searching for a project, and sniffing around, 'The Wrestler' fit right in. — Darren Aronofsky

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I only want to work with actors that really get it and make it work. I didn't want it to be a star-driven thing anymore. — Darren Aronofsky

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You hear stories about directors using manipulation to get actors to do certain things, but I think when you're working with professional actors, it's all about trust. They can do anything you want, it's just a matter of them understanding what you're looking for, and the reason why. — Darren Aronofsky

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I hope that Requiem is better than Pi. I hope that Pi is better than my student films, and I'm hoping that I'm getting better as I get older. — Darren Aronofsky

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I'm not a comic book guy at all. — Darren Aronofsky

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I think it's important as a filmmaker, as any person working in the arts, that you've got to try new stuff and challenge yourself and take chances. — Darren Aronofsky

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I think the themes of The Fountain, about this endless cycle of energy and matter, tracing back to the Big Bang ... The Big Bang happened, and all this star matter turned into stars, and stars turned into planets, and planets turned into life. We're all just borrowing this matter and energy for a little bit, while we're here, until it goes back into everything else, and that connects us all. — Darren Aronofsky

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Comic books and graphic novels are a great medium. It's incredibly underused. — Darren Aronofsky

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But steady-cams are very different than hand-helds, because hand-held gives you that verite feel. — Darren Aronofsky

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I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. So I try to choose the road that I have the most passion on because then you can never really blame yourself for making the wrong choices. You can always say you're following your passion. — Darren Aronofsky

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Now there is so much expertise and brainpower it's hard to be at the cutting edge of what's cool and not do something that's totally geeky. — Darren Aronofsky

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Izzi: Remember Moses Morales?
Tom Verde: Who?
Izzi: The Mayan guide I told you about.
Tom Verde: From your trip.
Izzi: Yeah. The last night I was with him, he told me about his father, who had died. Well Moses wouldn't believe it.
Tom Verde: Izzi ...
Izzi: [embraces Tom] No, no. Listen, listen. He said that if they dug his father's body up, it would be gone. They planted a seed over his grave. The seed became a tree. Moses said his father became a part of that tree. He grew into the wood, into the bloom. And when a sparrow ate the tree's fruit, his father flew with the birds. He said ... death was his father's road to awe. That's what he called it. The road to awe. Now, I've been trying to write the last chapter and I haven't been able to get that out of my head!
Tom Verde: Why are you telling me this?
Izzi: I'm not afraid anymore, Tommy. — Darren Aronofsky

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These wrestlers aren't organized. They have no union, no pension and no insurance. You meet wrestler after wrestler who sold out Madison Square Garden ten years ago, basically running on fumes today. There's a lot of drama there. — Darren Aronofsky

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I spent about a year and a half doing technical post work on 'The Fountain'. Although I do like the process, I think my favorite part of filmmaking is the actors. — Darren Aronofsky