Q: What is Four Rooms about?
quote-leftIt's four friends telling four stories in one movie, but it's different from other anthology films because it has a connecting character who develops throughout the film. That's Ted the Bellboy, played by Tim Roth. It's New Year's Eve: he goes into these four rooms, and each room is directed by a different person: me, Alexander Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez, or Quentin Tarantino. And terrible things happen to him. Actually he makes out best in my room because he gets laid by Ione Skye!
How would this film have been different if it was an independent film? Would it have been made?
quote-leftYeah, definitely. Probably we'd have the same cast, with a different guy playing Jerry Maguire, unless we were able to make an amazing deal with Tom Cruise to do that kind of a movie--which he might have done, I guess. But most of the people, I think, would have been there anyway--it's not a real typical Hollywood cast, hopefully.
You never watch your films with an audience. Don't you miss hearing them scream?
quote-leftNo. I can hear them when I'm making the picture.
Do you feel that the American film remains the most vital cinema?
quote-leftWorldwide, yes. Because when we make films for the United States, we are automatically making them for all the world--because America is full of foreigners. It's a melting pot. Which brings us to another point. I don't know what they mean when they talk about "Hollywood" pictures. I say, "Where are they conceived?" Look at this room--you can't see out the windows. We might just as well be in a hotel room in London, or anywhere you like. So here is where we get it down on paper. Now where do we go? We go on location, perhaps; and then where do we work? We're inside on a stage, the big doors are closed, and we're down in a coal mine: we don't know what the weather is like outside. Again we don't know where we are--only within our film, within the thing we're making. That's why it's such nonsense to talk about locale. "Hollywood." That doesn't mean anything to me. If you say, "Why do you like working in Hollywood?" I would say, because I can get home at six o'clock for dinner.
Advise to a young Richard Roundtree
" Whatever you do in this business, It's much easier than lifting heavy things.
" Women might be able to fake orgasms. But men can fake whole relationships.
" Do, or do not. - There is no 'try'..
" The difference between fiction and reality? Fiction has to make sense
" The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can't find them, make them!
" I don't know anything about music. In my line you don't have to.
" My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch.
" I can't wait to one day shoot in Detroit and say 'Let's have this double for Toronto'.
" Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.
" Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
" The camera makes everyone a tourist in other people's reality, and eventually in one's own.
" From the moment I picked your book up until I laid it down I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it.
" I must say that I find television very educational. The minute somebody turns it on, I go to the library and read a book.
" Life ain't no dress rehearsal.
" The world is a fine place and worth the fighting for and I hate very much to leave it.
" I never forget a face, but in your case I'll be glad to make an exception.
To a young Eugene Roach on the subject of acting
" Don't ever let 'em catch you at it.
" The one function TV news performs very well is that when there is no news we give it to you with the same emphasis as if there were.
" Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
" Seeing a murder on television, can help work off one's antagonisms.
And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some!
" I'll give you a definite maybe.
" What's this business of being a writer?
It's just putting one word after another.
" Our doubts are traitors and make us lose the good we oft might win by favoring to attempt.
" When you're down and out, something always turns up -- and it's usually the noses of your friends.
Sage Advise to a Young Oregonian, Barbara Niven
" If you want to make it in show business, get the hell out of Oregon!
" I'll moider da bum!
" Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn't have in your home.
" Writing is the only profession where no one considers you ridiculous if you earn no money.
" Kiss and make up...
but too much makeup has ruined many a kiss.
" I saw a woman wearing a sweatshirt with 'Guess' on it.
I said, Thyroid problem?
" Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic
" It is difficult to produce a television documentary that is both incisive and probing when every twelve minutes one is interrupted by twelve dancing rabbits singing about toilet paper.
" The faster I write the better my output. If I'm going slow I'm in trouble. It means I'm pushing the words instead of being pulled by them.
" It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
" I don't want to achieve immortality through my work; I want to achieve immortality through not dying.
From: "Tuesday's with Morrie"
" We must learn to love one another or die.... We must!
" The remarkable thing about television is that it permits several million people to laugh at the same joke and still feel lonely.
" The movies are the only business where you can go out front and applaud yourself.
" I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
" The problem is not that television presents us with entertaining subject matter,
but, that all subject matter is presented as entertaining.…
" You don't write because you want to say something; you write because you've got something to say.
" Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.
" The average American family hasn't time for television.
" All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.
" The embarrassing thing is that the salad dressing is outgrossing my films.
" Imitation is the sincerest form of television.
" The difference between sex and love is that sex relieves tension and love causes it.
" No matter how slow the film, Spirit always stands still long enough for the photographer it has chosen.
" Why should people go out and pay to see bad films when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
" No passion in the world is equal to the passion to alter someone else's draft.
While attending a Production Meeting
" This is no place to ask questions!!