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    When I make decisions based on other circumstances, things don't necessarily go so well. So sometimes, even if something seems commercially tempting, I've learned that if it's not what's in your heart, it's probably not what you should do.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: heart  decision 
     
    When I follow my heart, usually the results are good.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: heart 
     
    Just live in the moment and not be afraid to try things out and make mistakes.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: live  mistakes  moment  afraid 
     
    It proved to be pretty impossible to get funds for a feature film in Finland. It's still small, but the film industry was miniscule at that point in the early '80s.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: impossible  film 
     
    A government institution called the Finnish Film Foundation funds filmmaking there, and I wrote several screenplays but never got any money. They were sent back to me, and they said that they were too commercial for them.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: film  government  money 
     
    I believe the important part of directing really is finding the right people for the right roles. Sometimes you go for what's expected, and sometimes you go against type because you think that'll really bring something different to the movie.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: people  believe  right  movie 
     
    Ford Fairlane was one of those movies that was so much fun to make that it was bound not to be a big hit.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: fun  movie 
     
    I became a real Shell Motor Oil expert, and I did this 25-minute film. It turned out really well and, as a result, they offered me more work and lots of commercials to direct.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: work  real  film 
     
    Eventually, in '84, we made a film for a little over a million dollars - with American actors that was shot in English - that was shown in Finland A little action film called Born American.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: action  film  american 
     
    I think that villains who are just brawn, muscles and weapons are boring. So I always try to find intelligence in my villains and also a sense of humor whenever that is possible.
    — Renny Harlin
    I decided that, somehow, I had to get out of there and go to Hollywood. I had never been to America.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: america 
     
    I loved movies and went to see every movie I could in Finland.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: movie 
     
    I did some film reviews for small papers in Finland and things like that to be able to keep living here.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: living  film 
     
    I feel like I learned very early on that your heroes are only as powerful as your villains. And I'm attracted to intelligent villains.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: powerful  hero 
     
    I loved cutting together simple commercials about margarine or soft drinks - all kinds of silly products - but I tried to make the commercials different.
    — Renny Harlin
    This was in '79. I got pretty restless there, sitting around with a lot of people sitting around smoking cigarettes and talking about films, but nobody really doing anything.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: people  film 
     
    In Finland, getting a university degree is the first thing that you expect your kids to do.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: kids  university 
     
    Sometimes you get involved in a film because you just love making movies and you want to keep working. Sometimes you're lucky enough to find something that you really care about. Therefore, now I'm emphasizing developing my own projects and writing my own screenplays, so that I can do exactly what I like to do.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: care  movie  film  writing 
     
    Several times we were stranded in strange places without any money and with our credit cards cancelled - trapped in a hotel that we couldn't check out of because we had no money to check out.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: time  money 
     
    There were a lot of people dreaming about making films, and they would finance maybe 6 films a year. Because they were funded by the government, the films sort-of had to deal with serious social issues - and, as a result, nobody went to see those films.
    — Renny Harlin
    I went out to some advertising agencies and asked if I could do anything.
    — Renny Harlin
    In Hollywood, you tend to get pigeonholed to certain genres, and then when you try to do something different, it's not always so easy. Obviously, you don't want to keep repeating yourself, all the time. So, it's a constant struggle for every filmmaker and actor to find something that you can really feel passionate about. It's a profession like anything else.
    — Renny Harlin
    I was making films when I was about 12 years old - Super-8 films.
    — Renny Harlin
    tags: film  year 
     
    You want to do something that shows some type individuality and talent and imagination - at the same time, you want to be truthful to the predecessors, because obviously the audience liked something about them and you have to replicate that experience to a certain extent.
    — Renny Harlin
    You just never give up, no matter how hard the challenges are, and observe this world with a healthy dose of criticism and don't just follow the herd like somebody else might do.
    — Renny Harlin
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