David Gordon Green in conversation

The new issue of the Believer has an interview with filmmaker David Gordon Green, of George Washington and All the Real Girls semi-fame:

BELIEVER: How to keep yourself aware that you have a life to live as well, outside of your work?

GREEN: I remember what [Terrence Malick] said. It was beautiful. He’s always very elliptical and pleasantly, poetically vague, which is perfect. But I asked him, “What do you do in the downtime between movies, with these long stretches?” He’s gone twenty years between films. He says to me, “There are a lot of things I like to do in life that have nothing to do with movies.” And I think that’s the healthiest advice anyone can ever give you. With Hollywood you’re yesterday’s news if you get a flop at the box office. So you might as well be braced to have something else to do that’s interesting. Have something lined up to keep your stories fulfilled, and your ideas, because if you’re just cranking out movies three times a year…

It’s worth reading in full.

About Walter Biggins

Walter Biggins is a writer based in Atlanta, GA. He is the co-author (with Daniel Couch) of Bob Mould's Workbook (Bloomsbury, 2017). His work has been published in The Quarterly Conversation, RogerEbert.com, Bookslut (RIP), The Comics Journal, The Baseball Chronicle, and other periodicals. Twitter: @walter_biggins.
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