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    It's like two years straight out of your life doing a film. It's very enjoyable, especially working with the guys, but I kind of like the idea of traveling and growing, and developing as a writer and as a filmmaker.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: film  ideas  year 
     
    I never feel like a smug or a smart-alec film director, and there are plenty of those around.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: film 
     
    The fact that ticket prices are way too expensive, and there's only one bunch of people going to see Broadway shows, is something I've never liked.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: people  facts 
     
    My plays are always pushing towards cinema anyway. They're down and dirty, real and more fun.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: fun  real 
     
    Theatre was an art form that I didn't really respect, and because I wanted to shake it up and do different things on stage, I was able to combine all the things I'd learnt through writing on my own.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: respect  writing 
     
    I pick and choose what I want to do at any given time, and what not to do, importantly. My agents, I won't hear about any offers or options.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: time 
     
    When I'm happiest writing is just not knowing where it goes and just let the characters bring you there.
    — Martin McDonagh
    I seldom feel comfortable in a theatre. I always feel like I own a cinema. I feel equally happy in an empty one as a full one. Probably happier in an empty one!
    — Martin McDonagh
    I think if you're writing a play, it should be its own end game; you'll never get to do a good one unless you know it's not a blueprint for a film; you're not going to get the action right and the story right.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: action  right  writing  stories 
     
    I think as a writer you never have to flee from fame because you're not that visible in the first place, but, after the Broadway success of 'Beauty Queen,' people were coming up to me all the time, and I wasn't really prepared for that level of attention.
    — Martin McDonagh
    I won't work on anyone's else's script. I won't write for anyone else. I write my own stuff and make that when the time is right.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: time  work  right  write 
     
    I never really tell anyone what I'm writing beforehand because I usually don't know what it will be.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: writing 
     
    I like traveling and I like not being part of the film world. Especially when you're in the middle of a junket, you're thinking, "I'm not doing this again for four years!"That's about taking time and finding the right story and being in a happy place in life where you can joyfully tell a story. I'm not really into the fame side of things, so I'm very happy with making a film every four years or so.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: time  world  right  fame  film  thinking  stories  year 
     
    'Pulp Fiction' is an amazing film, and I haven't made one nearly as good.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: film  fiction 
     
    It's the way that I think about the world, and the way that I like to tell stories - I don't think you should get too heavy. There's enough out there, in the world, with violence. I think that comedy lightens the heaviness [of the world].
    — Martin McDonagh
    When you've got good actors, they're going to come up with good stuff, but you're never quite sure how the dynamics are going to work between them.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: work 
     
    It isn't about being or not being dead, it's about what you leave behind
    — Martin McDonagh
    I don't even subscribe to writer's block being a truthful thing. I've had writer's laziness quite often. But I think it's all about sitting down and facing down the blank page and doing it, and I've always been ok at that.
    — Martin McDonagh
    I don't feel I have to defend myself for being English or for being Irish, because, in a way, I don't feel either. And, in another way, of course, I'm both.
    — Martin McDonagh
    If you've got time to waste, you might as well waste it listening to people.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: time  people  listening 
     
    I hope there's some kind of morality in all my work.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: work  morality  hope 
     
    Though it may not seem like it, I never try to write about a place, per se; it's always, first and last, about story. Story is everything. Story and a bit of attitude.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: attitude  stories  write 
     
    There have to be moments when you glimpse something decent, something life-affirming even in the most twisted character. That's where the real art lies. See, I always suspect characters who are painted as lovely, decent human beings. I would always question where the darkness lies.
    — Martin McDonagh
    It's the periods and the commas that you have to forget about. The words never change, but the intonations change.
    — Martin McDonagh
    An Irishman I am, begora! With a heart and a spirit on me not crushed be a hundred years of oppression. I'll be getting me shillelagh out next, wait'll you see.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: heart  oppression  spirit  year 
     
    All my work shares a kind of balance between black comedy and sad and despairing melancholy.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: work  sad  comedy  balance  shares  black 
     
    It doesn't feel like you're preaching, if you can say something in a joke.
    — Martin McDonagh
    I'd just like to thank everybody who was involved in the film, especially Brendan Gleeson and Ruaidhrí Conroy. And Ruaidhrí, I'm sorry that you couldn't be here tonight but I hope next time, if they let you into the country.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: time  film  hope  sorry 
     
    Dublin people think they are the center of the world and the center of Ireland. And they don't realize that people have to leave Ireland to get work, and they look down on people who do.
    — Martin McDonagh
    tags: people  work  world 
     
    I realize that I am never going to grow up.
    — Martin McDonagh
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