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By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

Basically, I think 21st century conservation is moving toward preserving ecosystems by dealing with the needs of people.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Norton

To me, achieving tone, achieving consistency, is exactly the job of a director. It is to be the fusing, the nexus of a whole bunch of people contributing to the complex life of a movie. There are actors, there's a cinematographer, there're costume people, set people, there are all these things, and you somehow have to be the person in the middle of it who is making it all synchronize into the same magic bubble.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

Suspension of disbelief and that whole question is part of the heart of the 'Leaves of Grass'movie.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

A lot of people ask, "What do you pull on in your own life from your character?" In all honesty, it's not something that really works that way for me. I tend to look at these things as an imaginative process and a challenge of imagination and empathy, to some degree. I get much more out of meeting people who have lived these lives than I do digging around in my own limited experiences.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Norton

When I'm looking for Zen and I'm not saying this facetiously at all - I would really rather surf, scuba dive, or fly my plane. And, when I feel tension about the grind of work, it's not getting the money to make films versus making films that constitutes the grind, it's all this stuff.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Norton

Well, I don't feel that I've played so many bad guys, and I'm rot really drawn to villains per se. I think a lot of people relate to some of my characters' inner struggles.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

I think there is a serious corruption in the idea sold through advertising that you can attain spiritual peace through lifestyle and the notion of building your happiness from the outside-in by acquiring things . . . which if you think about it, is the essence of advertising

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

I think that the environmental movement is wisely moving away from a largely emotion-based argument for the spiritual or intrinsic value of Nature with a capital "N" and evolving toward a very hard-nosed case for the economic value of natural capital, ecosystem services, biodiversity, etc.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

It's dismaying to see the unilateralism that the government is doing.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

Most of what I know about environmental conservation I learned from my father, who has been a leader within the movement for over 30 years.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

Look, you've got a generation of people coming along who are going to form their own new relationship with the idea of supporting the causes that they care about or changing the world. And these people are not going to do it the way our parents do it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

I grew up on the golden age of children's TV.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

I think the consensus among our generation and people younger than us is that we do have a defining challenge in the moment, so I do like being involved in something bigger than the finger-doodling I do in art. It stimulates your brain in certain ways.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

I hear about actors being exterior actors and actors being instinctual actors and I always think it's crap. Anybody who knows anything about it knows that good actors do both - they do inside-outward and they do outside-inward. You can't not do both.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

If Nick Broomfield never found anyone with affection for Courtney Love, it's only because he conspicuously avoided the countless friends, colleagues and fans who appreciate her talent and admire her as a person. But then, why would Broomfield have opened up his film to those of us who work with Courtney and are close to her when there are so many bitter left - behinds and desperate attention - seekers eager to validate his attack on her character? Inquisitors in every age, scared of forceful women, have used all kinds of half - baked testimony to whip up chants of 'Burn the witch!'

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

But at the same time, the film industry just got torched. The risk tolerance for the types of movies we're talking about is lower, and the reason for that is that the captains of the industry were asleep at the switch when their core business was being disrupted. And they're never getting it back. In a way, it makes it all the more exciting when the good ones get through.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Norton

When I think of my background, if I was privileged on any level, it was in terms of the kind of exposure to experience and bohe-mian cultural influence that my parents and my uncles and my grandfather gave me. On both sides I come from an extremely eccentric, artsy, intellectually intense, activist family.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Norton

We must realize that nature is absolutely essential for our survival, and we must act on that premise now.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

I come from a family of conservation activists, and so I've had a strong connection to nature all my life. My father has been a leader within the movement for over thirty years and has taught most of what I know about environmental conservation. While he would always take me hiking, camping, and rafting, he also taught me that the spiritual value of the outdoors alone is not enough to save nature against economic interests.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

Everyone thinks that Fight Club is a very important and successful film, but it was a massive box-office failure. Massive. It was a big flop by any commercial-release standard. And it's been a huge hit on DVD. Everything that movie has become has been on DVD. So you can't stake your sense of creative success on this whole box-office-performance matrix, because if you do, you're going to be disappointed most of the time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Norton

There is a lot of interesting product coming to market already. Bags and bottles and cups and such made of potato starch and other fully biodegradable materials. In some sense, plastic is more chemically complex. We ought to be able to simplify.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

The film industry needs to confront the physical footprint of the way films get made.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

I remember as a kid having the offer of a scholarship, that it was going to be like going to Mars, and deciding to stay in my public school.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

If two people are at completely different stages in their spiritual life, that can present a real problem.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

I tend to relate to a character in terms of the arc: what's interesting is where he starts versus where he ends up.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

I started, with three friends, this website called Crowdrise that's sort of the Facebook for personal philanthropy, a place where anybody can have a permanent microsite of their own to stage creative fundraising projects for the charities and causes that they care about. And we did it with serious intent but without any ambition.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

Every little thing that people know about you as a person impedes your ability to achieve that kind of terrific suspension of disbelief that happens when an audience goes with an actor and character he's playing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

Anybody who is running a marathon or doing a walkathon, doing a fundraiser for their school, their company, by far it's guaranteed the easiest and most fun way to quickly set up a fundraising campaign and send it around to your friends and family.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

If you try to make interesting films, you're going to be disappointed most of the time. I choose just not to look at it that way.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Norton

You dream as an actor's director of letting moments breathe through two-shots.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

Remarkably, there's no green screen in 'Leaves of Grass' movie. There is motion control. Technically, there were all sorts of challenges, but really the soul of it is Edward Norton talent. You write these characters when you write a movie, and all you can hope for or depend on is that your actors will elevate the material.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

It must be good to be in Germany and France, because I have completely forgotten what it is like to be proud of your government.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

The deeper you go with the character, the more you see the layers start to peel away. It's more challenging to me, but it's also just interesting. Those are the things I like to watch. I like to watch the evolutions of something.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

For Keeping the Faith, I looked at [George ] Cukor's old films like The Philadelphia Story, stuff that's hilariously funny and really smart with a cutting critique in the humor, too. With this, when I read it, I was laughing a lot.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

I tend to have a kind of tunnel vision when I'm looking at an individual piece.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

Sometimes we don't see certain things until we're ready to see them in a certain way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

Most of us still believe in the intrinsic value of nature, but I think the first century of the environmental/conservation movement demonstrated pretty clearly that this value cannot compel a civilization-wide shift toward sustainable behavior and enterprise when stacked up against the urgent economic and social needs of 7 billion people, most of whom are struggling to get out of poverty.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

I get heartbroken flying into L.A. It's just this feeling of unspecific loss. Can you imagine what the San Fernando Valley was when it was all wheat fields? Can you imagine what John Steinbeck saw?

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

See, I don't get the sense that you need to direct at all. Sometimes I get the opposite sensation from you, that you're like, "I really should go do something else." But then you are drawn back in by a particular story, like a hangnail in the brain.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

I do subscribe to the maxim that generally comedy is like jazz. Either you get it or you don't. You can't learn it and you can't be taught it. I don't think that if you are not a funny person, you can fake it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

I don't smoke and I don't want to smoke. I am not a fan of gratuitous smoking in films.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

I've observed over and over that people seem to get a much deeper sense of fulfillment out of something they've done as an act of service than out of the things they do for themselves.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Norton

What has always been most interesting about acting to me personally is that it affords you the chance to shift gears, both in terms of the experiences you get to have through doing it, but also the different kinds of things you get to represent.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

Any questions I had about whether a redneck from Oklahoma could become a Brown Classical Philosophy professor ended when I met Tim [Blake Nelson].

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

Most of the movies that I've made that I really felt good about and cared about made very little money anyway, so I'm not particularly worried about people downloading and sharing them.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

Life, like poker has an element of risk. It shouldn't be avoided. It should be faced.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Norton

Unpopular speech is absolutely vital to the health of our nation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Edward Norton

The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Edward Norton

To me, Fight Club was a comedy. When [David] Fincher sent me the book and I read it, the first thing I asked him was, "This is a comedy, right?" he said, "Yeah, that's the whole point," and I said, "Okay, I'm in." I certainly wasn't imagining myself as a dramatic actor when I was running around in my underwear in that film.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Edward Norton

Identical twins are endemically alike in many ways.