Paul Thomas Anderson quotes

Born
June 26, 1970, Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Occupation
Director.

Paul Thomas Anderson is an American director.

Screenwriting is like ironing. You move forward a little bit and go back and smooth things out.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

You know, I’m really not that competent at describing things musically.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I am always looking for that nuance, that moment of truth, and you can’t really do that fast.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

The films that I love are very straightforward stories, like really old-fashioned stuff.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

To make a film, the final big collaborator that you have is the composer.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I’m not really a Sundance baby, but they helped me so much I feel I have to acknowledge it.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I actually enjoyed the struggles that we had trying to shape ‘Blood’, to get the pacing right, the rhythm of it.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I always had a dream about trying to make a movie that had no dialogue in it, that was just music and pictures. I still haven’t done it yet, but I tried to get close in the beginning.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

No matter how many times you do it, you don’t get used to the sadness – for me at least – of coming to the end of a film.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

It’s a gamble you take, the risk of alienating an audience. But there’s a theory – sometimes it’s better to confuse them for five minutes than let them get ahead of you for 10 seconds.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

But I’d be lying if I didn’t say that every time you go to make a film, you’re desperate to either do it better than you did it last time or to not repeat yourself.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I write from my stomach.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

There’s a lot for screenwriters to steal from songwriters, in terms of getting to the point.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

My older sister was at the cusp of new wave, and I had older brothers from my father’s first marriage who were rock ‘n’ roll guys, so I was exposed to a lot of popular culture.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

No, really. Just do it. You have some kind of weird reasons that are okay.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I’ve never been a fan of whimsical or confusing storytelling.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

Crazy is so hard to play, there’s nothing you can really tell an actor.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I don’t want to be the angry guy.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I didn’t have any desire I might have had 10 years ago to shoot every single word that I wrote.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I think my job is to try and be as honest as I can with what is in my mind and how I feel – I think that’s what you’re supposed to do, if you’re a good writer. So I try to do that. I know I do that. I do do that.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I don’t think it’s a director’s job to peek behind the curtain too much.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I had never read Upton Sinclair. I didn’t read ‘The Jungle’ in high school or anything like that. But it’s pretty terrific writing.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I’ll rebel against powers and principalities, all the time. Always, I will.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

Acting is the hardest job in the entire world. By far. Harder than ditch digging.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

Film school is a complete con, because the information is there if you want it.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

Well I’d really love to work with Robert De Niro, because he’s still the most talented actor out there.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

My writing has a lot to do with who I am, and what my life is like, and my relationships to people.
– Paul Thomas Anderson

I’m completely aware of the fact that I’m a control freak.
– Paul Thomas Anderson