Tony Gilroy Best Quotes

Anthony Joseph “Tony” Gilroy is an American screenwriter and filmmaker. He wrote the screenplays for the Bourne series starring Matt Damon, among other successful films, and directed the fourth film of the franchise. Enjoy Tony Gilroy’s best quotes below.

“I love the idea of spies in love. How would it work between two people who were so programmed to lie and be suspicious, who have a whole life based on pretence?”
“Different people work different ways.”
“Everyone I know who used to be in the intelligence community is moving into the corporate world.”
“You change or you hide your head in the sand.”
“Corporations are like countries now, there’s a king, there are serfs, there’s a court, basically everything but moats. They’re feudal societies, and there are good ones and bad ones.”
“The main thing for me is I really like strong endings. If there’s a strong ending, you can take more time in the beginning, your first act can be really quite different.”
“I like emotions, but I really don’t like sentimentality, and I don’t like when things break their spell.”
“A reversal is just anything that’s a surprise. It’s a way of keeping the audience interested.”
“Ambiguity depletes as your budget rises.”
“I like knowing where I am in action sequences if I’m supposed to.”
“I spend a lot of time in a sort of free state when I’m writing in the beginning and sketching.”
“The people in the Philippines are so extraordinarily nice.”
“The writing is really hard. You’re alone. It really pulls it out of you. You pull it out of your head. But when you’re a director, you’re shopping – you’re picking this actor, you’re picking this scene. It’s like the most intense kinetic high-speed shopping of all time. You sit in a chair and it will all come rushing at you like a wind tunnel.”
“I have written a bunch of scripts that have not gotten produced, much more so early in my career than later.”
“I’m trained to button scenes and round things off, and I get rewarded for doing that.”
“I never really like it when other writers talk about coming in behind people and rewriting.”
“I prefer writing originals.”
“I worked for a lot of directors.”
“I’ve never taken a job on anything I didn’t want to do.”
“Developing films with directors, developing films with actors, is a poor percentage play for a screenwriter.”
“Fear changes everything. We’re animals, and when we get afraid we act like animals. I’m not exempt from that.”
“I can’t imagine directing from someone else’s script.”
“I don’t like to be crazy on different levels all of the time.”
“I don’t remember writing anything until I wrote my college application.”
“I think what I’ve recognized over the years is that I’m very, very bingey, extremely bingey when it comes to writing.”
“I used to be, when I was young, I used to be extremely regular and very organized.”
“If you think about it, episodic filmmaking has not been something that people have really done.”
“No one should feel sorry for a successful screenwriter.”
“Once a film costs a certain amount of money, things have to round off.”
“The screenwriters I know share a few personality traits and one of them is anxiety.”
“When I start something, I know people I am working with, it’s a project they’re interested in.”
“You can’t teach someone to be imaginative.”
“I like movies that pop, that have a little bit of candy on, that freedom to have a little bit of extra fun, but are rooted in real behaviour. Rooted in cause and effect, never violating reality.”
“I wanted to try before I got too old to try to do a big movie and I’d been looking for something to do that was interesting enough to spend those two years of my life on.”

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