Todd Phillips Quotes

I got nominated for an Academy Award(R) for writing 'Borat.'

There's a punk-rock attitude clearly to 'Hated.' There's even a punk-rock attitude to 'The Hangover ' I think. We start the movie with a Glenn Danzig song.

I'm not worried about young people seeing an opportunity and taking advantage of it.

Not every movie has to serve as every audience member's need for completion.

I feel like movies when they work they'll find an audience.

I think a lot of American comedies tend to apologize for their bad behavior in the last 10 minutes of the movie.

There are movie sites that love movies and there are movie sites that are just bitter people that just hate movies. I find Movieline to be in the latter. The tone is bizarrely hateful.

You know if I started worrying about what the critics think I'd never make another comedy. You couldn't pick a less funny group than critics - you couldn't find a more bitter group of people!

I was taught that you didn't want to be part of the group - that it was better to do your own thing.

When I was in NYU Film School I drove a taxi in New York for two years I felt like I owned my own business with that little taxi.

'The Hangover' was lightening in a bottle. We're aware of that. It went through the roof all over the world.

Bangkok like Las Vegas sounds like a place where you make bad decisions.

I just thinks it's interesting what it takes an actor to find their characters through the wardrobe or the hair or the way a character walks.

How many days do you have that are just purely dramatic? How many days do you have that are just purely comedic? It's usually a combination and I think that's what real life feels like.

I think people like comedies and I think concept driven comedies seem to be working when it's a clear concept and you deliver funny stuff.

I love confidence in a guy. I don't have it but there's nothing sexier.

Every weekend in history has worked for movies if the movie connects.

My movies before tend to be just funny. But it wasn't a conscious thing I was looking for at all.

It becomes pretty crystal clear once you watch that first assembly [movie cut] the things that are just grinding it to a halt so to speak or slowing it down or getting in the way yeah.

Reality television hasn't killed documentaries because there are so many great documentaries still being made but it certainly has changed the landscape.

I don't have a horror film in me just because I don't like to be scared. But I definitely have a documentary in me and I certainly have dramas.

My dog's a gentleman.

John Goodman's pretty dark - I love John Goodman.

All my movies as I get the ability to do it they tend to go a little darker a little darker.

I think that 'Hangover II' is as funny as 'The Hangover I ' honest to God but I think that it's a little bit darker and the stakes are a little bit higher.

Directors tend to be more underrated than overrated because it's a quiet job and people don't really understand it.

Music is just one of the tools a director has with which to paint and I think it's one of the most effective.

It's all about escapism. That's essentially what all movies are about. It's a vicarious thrill.

I just love the look of film. But I have nothing against HD.

You set the tone on the set that you want to see in the film.

I really got into filmmaking through photography.

When I was younger I was obsessed with 'Star 80 ' and it's just a great movie - I think I saw it three times in the theater.

I make decisions to do movies based on the cast. I'd just been working with Zach [Galifianakis] on The Hangover and I was thinking I've got to find something to do with this guy immediately.

I take it very seriously music. I think it's one of the tools that a director has with which to kind of paint. The right music can sometimes do five pages of scripted dialogue.

To make a movie about mayhem sometimes you have to go to mayhem.

When I'm writing I'm writing for a particular actor. When a lot of writers are writing they're writing an idea. So they're not really writing in a specific voice.

I grew up raised by my mom and my two sisters so I never had a real male influence in my life. I never really understood heterosexual male relationships.