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    I don't think that jealousy and love and hate and anger and all those things have changed in the past 200 years - people just express themselves differently.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: people  past  hate  anger  jealousy  year 
     
    I wanted to take a damaged individual in a damaged society with damaged relationships between nations and take a look at how this individual survives amongst them, and that for me as a writer is the connection that you needed to get inside the skin of the main character and wonder how he's going to cope with all this.
    — Steven Knight
    I'm very, very excited because I'm just completing Episode 6 of Series 4 [of Peaky Blinders], which again I think is the best yet. And I'm loving it and it's not like work, it's not like a labor, I love doing it, and the boys are coming back and they're loving the scripts.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: work  loving  boys 
     
    What happened was I was invited to meet Tom [Hardy] to discuss a project that he had in his mind about an adventurer who returns to England from Africa with secrets and with a history, and the original idea was set some 80 years later than it is now. But in the conversation I really took to the idea and I'd wanted for a while to set something in 1830 and 1840 in London, so it struck a chord.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: secret  africa  mind  ideas  england  year 
     
    I wouldn't put myself in that bracket, but it's one of those things. I think what helps is that we [with Tom Hardey] don't socialize, we don't really know each other, we purely work together.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: work  help 
     
    I think that helps because there has been no formality of friendship, the politeness of friendship, so we can just work directly on the work that's ahead of us [with Tom Hardey].
    — Steven Knight
    tags: friendship  work  help 
     
    I am someone who thinks that if you've got an actor like that who wants to perform your work, then you should do it, and hopefully Tom [Hardey] likes to do the work that I do, so long may it continue.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: work 
     
    [Taboo] has been exactly the same as working with the BBC in that creatively they do that precious thing which is to only make a comment when a comment needs to be made.
    — Steven Knight
    You work, especially in the movie business more than in TV, but you have an environment where people feel obliged to have an input because that's what they do, and I think sometimes it can clutter things up and make things more problematic.
    — Steven Knight
    With FX in particular, they've been fantastic and were really hands off. I mean, it helps that you've got Ridley Scott on your side.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: help 
     
    I think that it's not a bad thing to not be too versed in the vocabulary of cinema, because you start to think that certain things are allowed and not allowed.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: bad 
     
    I visited the set [of Allied] a few times, and it was a great set to visit. A lot of it was in West London, in an old Gillette factory. You'd go into the factory through the security, and then there were a lot of camels and goats. Most sets are really dull, but this was fantastic.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: time 
     
    It felt [at the Allied set] like, "At last, I'm in Hollywood," even though I was in West London. It was like, "This is how a film should be made." It was beautiful.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: beautiful  film 
     
    It's great that the story [Allied] is set in the '40s because the '40s feel to it is completely appropriate.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: stories 
     
    It has to be an actress like Marion Cotillard [in Allied] because there are so many levels to it. It's set in the Second World War, when lots of people were doing things that, outside of a war, you wouldn't do, like killing and dropping bombs. She's doing things that one wouldn't approve of, but it's war.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: people  world  war 
     
    What I wanted to do [in Allied] was get two characters who fall in love for real, across the barricade, and then it transcends the war.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: character  real  war 
     
    There were three options [in Allied], which were for [Bred Pitt] to shoot [Marion Cotillard], for them to escape, or for her to pull the trigger, which is a heroic act to spare him. When I was thinking about how it would end, a long time ago, I think I tried each of them to see, but two of them did not work.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: time  work  thinking 
     
    Expect the unexpected, is what I'd say about Taboo. It's different. I don't think you've seen anything like it. It's getting incredible responses, so fingers crossed.
    — Steven Knight
    It's such a gift when you know who you're writing for and you know that that actor is capable of so much that you can relax a bit.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: gift  writing 
     
    You know that when you suggest something on the page, it's going to be there, plus more. It's a great luxury to know that you don't have to push it. You just lay it out, and it will be there.
    — Steven Knight
    I didn't direct [the Taboo episodes]. I wrote all of them.
    — Steven Knight
    I've been writing so much. And what happens with TV is that they split [Taboo] into two blocks, so you get a director that does four and another director that does another four. You commit yourself to seven days a week, for 12 or 13 hour days for a long time. I couldn't really do that.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: time  writing 
     
    [The Girl in the Spider's Web] can't be anything other than a sequel, but a couple of books have been skipped, so it is different, in that sense. It's really taking a very strong central character and thinking, how do you execute this? It's quite different.
    — Steven Knight
    I like to create a character where you believe, deep down, that they don't really care if they live or die. That's very liberating for the character because, if the character is prepared to die, then they can do anything. It's impossible to stop them.
    — Steven Knight
    No screenplay is possible, unless you get some attachment from somebody who's going to get it made.
    — Steven Knight
    Whenever I see a cut of a film and something is gone, I don't notice it unless it obviously should have been kept.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: gone  film 
     
    The story [of Allied ] itself is the story I wrote, and that's what's great about Bob [Zemeckis ]. You have meetings, but it's meetings for clarity, not to change what they're saying or doing. He takes what's on the page and executes it so brilliantly.
    — Steven Knight
    In terms of how [Allied] looks, it's fantastic and much better than I had hoped because it's so lush and so beautifully executed.
    — Steven Knight
    When Brad [Pitt] responded [to Allied], suddenly what was impossible became possible, which was great. But along the way, whenever I told the story, it had an affect on people. At its core, this was an effective story.
    — Steven Knight
    [Allied] meant to be a film that's a bit different. It's roots are in the '40s and '50s, and that sort of filmmaking style.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: film 
     
    Just the idea that someone is married and they've got a kid, and he reports for work one morning and his boss says, "You're wife is a spy. Shoot her." In the real story, he just went back and did it, which would have been a short film. Therefore, I had to spend some time exploring what you would do.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: time  work  real  film  stories  ideas  kids  wife 
     
    The story [of Allied] stayed with me, like a stray dog outside the office, waiting.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: dog  stories 
     
    I was 21, when I heard the story that inspired this [thriller Allied], and I wasn't even a screenwriter then.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: stories 
     
    I think people are drawn to characters that break the rules. I think there is something about a good person doing bad things for what they consider to be a good reason. Then the battle is on to almost prove to the audience that it's justified. How far can you go with that? How far can that character go before people won't accept it? Trying to walk to edge of that line is a challenge.
    — Steven Knight
    Sometimes you take something because it's an offer and it's big and it's good money and you have to absolutely respect that process, because it's not easier.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: respect  process  money 
     
    I love cooking and kitchens.It's just a great world, and I wanted to explore it. You see the façade, the outside, the public part, and then you just walk through one door marked "Staff Only" and you're in a different universe.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: world  universe 
     
    True stories are always good because they're so odd, and so unlikely.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: true  stories 
     
    It's always good to have a world that people don't know about - a world that hasn't yet been done. It's like treading on fresh snow. You're the first one there.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: people  world 
     
    I'm very bad at watching anything. I'm bad at going to theaters; I can't watch my own stuff; I watch a lot of sports.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: bad 
     
    When you're watching, I find two things happen. You either watch a film and it's really good and then you think, "Why can't I do that?" Or you watch a film and it's not good, and you think, "Why am I doing this?" So either way, it feels like being at work.
    — Steven Knight
    tags: work  film 
     
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