Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu 1

All of us want something in life, all of us have flaws, and all of us have strengths. So, I always try to discover those things in a character and then try to expose it in one way or another.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have never directed anything for the stage. I studied for three years in the theater, and it was a very, very scary experience to direct live, being so vulnerable without the possibility to control things, to be so exposed.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Filmmaking can give you everything, but at the same time, it can take everything from you.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

When you have a fresh point of view that comes from the right side of the heart, it’s just so valuable. You can take it or not take it, but just that perspective can give you a lot of strength or make you reflect on a lot of things.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I’m an intense person. My own vision of life has always been heavy.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Life, Vision, Always
We have these ambitions that are very hard to accomplish because life puts us in our place. We have this battle with mediocrity.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Everyone’s terrified of being mediocre. Everyone wants to be special.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

When you are shooting in a conventional way, you put nets around yourself. It’s very hard to fall and hit the ground. You can always manipulate things to make it not embarrassing. If the scene is a little bit bad, you can polish it or even take it out. You can hide your mistakes.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I think that when we wrestle with death… we start fearing life, because then we come to terms with something that is inevitable.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Irony is a great tool to deal with things. It’s an intellectualization, a way to go above things, which can work.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

If you stretch tragedy, it will always become comedy. That’s the comedy that I like.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

It’s famous that comedians have a very dark personal state of mind. I think, in my case, it’s the same. The only way to get deep is to have a balance, or a counterbalance.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I am not a depressive person at all, but I reflect a lot on my life, and life in general, from the perspective of death.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

‘Biutiful’ is not about death. It’s about life. It’s a hymn to life.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

You can better embrace life, you can enjoy it more, when you are conscious that it will end. You bite life.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have been very lucky to have final cut in all my films; everything that is wrong in them is my fault.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Many Mexican directors are scared to shoot in Mexico City, which is why there are many stories in Mexican cinema about little rural towns, or set a hundred years ago.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Really, Mexico City has always been this big, complex monster of a city that has always had real problems and needs, and I’ve always found my way through it in different ways.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

When I think about growing up, I feel most affected by two travels that I made working in cargo boats when I was 16 and 18. One of them crossed through the Mississippi and Baton Rouge and Mobile, Alabama, and another went all the way to Europe.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I didn’t have a normal academic career. I never studied cinema. I learned from life.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I have a lot of what you might call creative self-loathing – I have pretty high expectations, and they seem to consistently be higher than what I’m able to accomplish.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Look, I’m no purist – there are good superhero films, and there are bad ones.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Movies started out as an extension of a magic trick, so making a spectacle is part of the game.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Cannes or any other major festival is basically an animal in its own nature, creating very specific perceptions of films in a moment.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

When you have critics filing on Twitter, it leaves no time for thought and perspective.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

What good is making a jewel if nobody see it? But cost depends on the story. To get those performances in ‘Biutiful,’ you need that time. You need 60 takes in a scene and a year to edit. It’s not realistic to do it any other way.
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

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