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    I go into a movie sort of saying what it's not going to be.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: saying  movie 
     
    I can't impress people with the pedigree of obscure French filmmakers that got me into film. It was Robert Zemeckis and Steven Spielberg. I really thought I wanted to make dumb action movies.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: people  thoughts  action  movie  film 
     
    I'm very interested in politics, and I feel TV is a more political medium than film.
    — Doug Liman
    To be a lone filmmaker thousands of miles from home with nobody believing in me, that seems romantic.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: romantic 
     
    I probably shouldn't treat interviews as therapy sessions, but I don't keep a diary, so these end up being my way of keeping track of where I'm at and letting it all out.
    — Doug Liman
    It's much easier to do a fight sequence between two people, if one of the two people in the fight is a stunt person, or you're going to risk somebody getting hurt.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: people  hurt  fight  risk 
     
    When I was shooting 'The Bourne Identity,' I had a mantra: 'How come you never see James Bond pay a phone bill?' It sounds trite, but it became the foundation of that franchise.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: identity 
     
    I had just come off doing a lot of commercials when I did Go, so a part of the fast pace and efficiency comes from the discipline I had to learn from telling stories in 25-second increments, and that type of discipline is insane.
    — Doug Liman
    The beating heart of your story that's not what shows up in a trailer. The other stuff is what shows up in a trailer, because that's what gets people in to the seats, and that's how studios make their money.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: people  heart  stories  money 
     
    It's better to find a stunt person who can act. It's easier to do that than to find an actor who can do a stunt.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: people 
     
    The thing about TV is it's a meritocracy. I love that aspect of it - and I've had shows that have gone on the air and been canceled. I've seen the good and the bad of it.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: bad  gone 
     
    What I really found was that the one similarity between Covert Affairs and Fair Game is a deep love and admiration and fascination with the home life of a spy.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: games 
     
    I live in New York City, and I'm making huge action movies. The people that make huge action movies live in L.A., and they're surrounded by other people who make huge action movies. I'm surrounded by people making documentaries!
    — Doug Liman
    tags: people  live  action  movie 
     
    At the end of the day, I like the spy genre, as opposed to the action movie genre, because spies are smart. The successful spies are the smarter spies.
    — Doug Liman
    When I'm working on a film, I think about how it will play with a tiny audience of friends whose opinions I respect - basically, a 40-bloc radius from my apartment in Manhattan.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: friends  respect  opinion  film 
     
    At the end of the day, it's still a show about guys who ride extremely fast motorcycles for a living,
    — Doug Liman
    tags: living 
     
    In particular, I'm drawn to the stories that have big, high concepts and real characters at their heart. And I love where those two worlds meet, and 'Edge of Tomorrow' is the perfect canvas to explore that.
    — Doug Liman
    In the real world, if you're in a car chase, you're going to hit a million things and your car is going to end up a total wreck by the end.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: world  real 
     
    From a production point of view, I still have one foot firmly planted in the independent film world, and much of the shooting on 'Jumper' was done 'Swingers'-style because that was the only way we could afford to do it.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: world  film 
     
    I realize I am contradictory: I have an independent filmmaker's sensibility and a Hollywood director's short-attention span.
    — Doug Liman
    It's no secret that my process is a little bit loose and can be a little bit infuriating to a studio if they don't know what they're signing up for.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: secret  process 
     
    I pride myself on doing character-driven movies and, when my movies have worked, it's been because of the right casting and the right character, and it just clicks.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: character  right  movie  pride 
     
    I think when the United States of America put a man on the moon in 1969, that was one of the greatest accomplishments mankind has ever done.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: men  mankind  moon  america 
     
    The movie I end up with is the movie I aspired to make.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: movie 
     
    That's why 'The Bourne Identity' has that sort of shaky style, because for the most part, Matt Damon and I were sneaking around Paris and shooting where we didn't have permits.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: identity 
     
    You can find truly original pieces of writing, but they're original because you go, "Who would have even have thought of that?," or, "Why would anyone ever want to go see that?"
    — Doug Liman
    tags: thoughts  writing 
     
    Nothing I've done is like anything else I've done before.
    — Doug Liman
    For big Hollywood movies, I'm on the more character-driven side of the equation. So, TV is a natural place for me to be because you've got no choice, but to be character-driven.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: choice  movie 
     
    My own personal process with movies is to develop the characters with the actors and, when I've done that properly, you can't imagine anyone else, but that actor, playing that part.
    — Doug Liman
    It's almost a work-shopping process to create the characters with the actors.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: character  process 
     
    Once I'm in the editing room, forget about what I intended to shoot. I take a cold, hard look at what I really did shoot, and then I edit that because, if you try to edit what you intended and you missed somewhere, that will show up.
    — Doug Liman
    There are actors who just bring an enormous amount of empathy. They just have that"it" that makes you want to follow them and root for them.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: empathy 
     
    If I'm not in love with the script, there's nothing. It doesn't matter what you give me. It has to start with the script.
    — Doug Liman
    When you can come across a piece of material that's totally original and fun and completely satisfying, you jump on it.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: fun 
     
    If you do something that's really original, you discover why everybody else does it the other way, usually. There's a reason cliches exist, 'cause they work.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: work 
     
    Sometimes rules are there to save your life.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: rules 
     
    It's very hard for a studio to take a chance on a piece of original material. They used to have the fall-back of DVD sales. They had ways in which they could safely make an investment in a piece of original material, and those opportunities aren't necessarily there anymore.
    — Doug Liman
    I'm a character-driven director, and I tend to fall in love with the characters in my movies and TV shows.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: character  movie 
     
    It's hard to get a movie made about characters these days. We're in a climate where, unless it's based on a toy or it's a superhero where somewhere it ends in man - like Spider-Man, Superman or Iron Man - it's hard to get it made.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: character  men  movie 
     
    TV is a safe place to develop real characters.
    — Doug Liman
    tags: character  real 
     
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