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For you in the West to hear the phrase 'All men are created equal' is to draw a yawn. For us, it's a miracle. We're starting out at rock bottom, man. But South Africa does have soul.

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If you wrote a novel in South Africa which didn't concern the central issues, it wouldn't be worth publishing.
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Central
Concern
Issues
Novel
Publishing
South
South africa
Which
Worth
Wrote
You
I envision someday a great, peaceful South Africa in which the world will take pride, a nation in which each of many different groups will be making its own creative contribution.
Africa
Contribution
Creative
Different
Each
Envision
Great
Groups
Making
Many
Nation
Own
Peaceful
Pride
Do you think that the people of South Africa, or anywhere on the continent of Africa, or India, or Pakistan are longing to be kicked around all over again?
Africa
Again
Anywhere
Around
Continent
India
Kicked
Longing
Over
Pakistan
People
South
South africa
Think
In South Africa, success never presented the problems that it presents in New York. In New York, if you happen to be the flavor of the month, a lot of nonsense comes with it into your life.
Africa
Flavor
Happen
Life
Lot
Month
Never
New
New york
Nonsense
Presented
Presents
Problems
South
I think all of my writing life led up to the writing of 'The Train Driver' because it deals with my own inherited blindness and guilt and all of what being a white South African in South Africa during those apartheid years meant.
Africa
African
Apartheid
Because
Being
Blindness
Deals
Driver
Guilt
I think
Inherited
Led
Life
Meant
Obviously when it comes to the question of telling stories about other people's lives in a situation as political as South Africa, you get to be political.
About
Africa
Get
Lives
Obviously
Other
People
Political
Question
Situation
South
South africa
Stories
Telling
All of my life had been spent in the shadow of apartheid. And when South Africa went through its extraordinary change in 1994, it was like having spent a lifetime in a boxing ring with an opponent and suddenly finding yourself in that boxing ring with nobody else and realising you've to take the gloves off and get out, and reinvent yourself.
Africa
Apartheid
Been
Boxing
Change
Else
Extraordinary
Finding
Finding yourself
Get
Gloves
Had
Having
Life
For most of my writing life, I've refused to allow myself to believe that writing was a significant form of action. I always felt very uneasy about the fact that all I did was write in a situation as desperate as apartheid South Africa. Whether I was correct or not is a different issue.
About
Action
Africa
Allow
Always
Apartheid
Believe
Correct
Desperate
Did
Different
Fact
Felt
Form
Without white South Africa realizing what it had done - and on the basis of that realization having the courage to ask for forgiveness - there can really be no significant movement.
Africa
Ask
Basis
Courage
Done
Forgiveness
Had
Having
Movement
Realization
Realizing
Really
Significant
South
What I quickly discovered is that our so-called new South Africa has as much material for a story-teller as the old one. The landscape hasn't really changed. Who is in power now is different to who was in power then, but the squatter camps grow like cancer, the rich get richer, the poor get poorer.
Africa
Camps
Cancer
Changed
Different
Discovered
Get
Grow
Landscape
Like
Material
Much
New
Now
The reason I'm in San Diego is not because I want distance from South Africa but because I want proximity to the people I love. But I don't envy growing up in America. As ugly as aspects of it were, my biggest blessing was to be born a South African.
Africa
African
America
Aspects
Because
Biggest
Blessing
Born
Diego
Distance
Envy
Growing
Growing up
I love
Nelson Mandela sat in a South African prison for 27 years. He was nonviolent. He negotiated his way out of jail. His honor and suffering of 27 years in a South African prison is really ultimately what brought about the freedom of South Africa. That is nonviolence.
About
Africa
African
Brought
Freedom
He
His
His way
Honor
Jail
Mandela
Nelson
Nelson mandela
Nonviolence
I have always wanted to do a show where I could stay home. When you make movies, you might as well take a dart and throw it at a map.
Always
Could
Dart
Home
Make
Map
Might
Movies
Show
Stay
Take
Throw
Wanted
Well
My brothers and I grew up in a time where talking, storytelling, telling jokes was sometimes all you had. It wasn't like today, with so many options and portability.
Brothers
Grew
Had
Jokes
Like
Many
Options
Sometimes
Storytelling
Talking
Telling
Time
Today
Up
Rebellion cannot exist without the feeling that somewhere, in some way, you are justified.
Cannot
Exist
Feeling
Justified
Rebellion
Some
Somewhere
Way
Without
You
A news organization has a much different responsibility. I might not be telling you the whole story. I might not be telling you a story in a manner that is properly sophisticated.
Different
Manner
Might
Much
News
Organization
Properly
Responsibility
Sophisticated
Story
Telling
Whole
You
I keep coming back to you in my head, but you couldn't know that, and I have no carbons.
Back
Coming
Head
Keep
Know
You
You cannot create experience. You must undergo it.
Cannot
Create
Experience
Must
Undergo
You
If you lined up 10 writers and asked them to write a movie about Steve Jobs, you'd get 10 very different movies.
About
Asked
Different
Get
Jobs
Lined
Movie
Movies
Steve
Steve Jobs
Them
Up
Very
Write
By polluting clear water with slime you will never find good drinking water.
Clear
Drinking
Drinking Water
Find
Good
Never
Polluting
Slime
Water
Will
You
Our responsibility is to captivate you for however long we've asked for your attention. That said, there is tremendous drama to be gotten from the great, what you would say, heavy issues.
Asked
Attention
Drama
Gotten
Great
Heavy
However
Issues
Long
Our
Responsibility
Said
Say
Tremendous
A revolutionary poem will not tell you who or when to kill, what and when to burn, or even how to theorize. It reminds you... where and when and how you are living and might live, it is a wick of desire.
Burn
Desire
Even
How
Live
Living
Might
Poem
Reminds
Revolutionary
Tell
Where
Who
Will
Don't you know this, that words are doctors to a diseased temperment?
Diseased
Doctors
Know
Words
You
You compose because you want to somehow summarize in some permanent form your most basic feelings about being alive, to set down... some sort of permanent statement about the way it feels to live now, today.
About
Alive
Basic
Because
Being
Compose
Down
Feelings
Feels
Form
Live
Most
Now
Permanent
I'm not an awards-driven person in anything. Anytime you do get caught up in that, you usually end up getting whacked.
Anything
Anytime
Caught
End
Get
Getting
Person
Up
You
There is no disgrace in an enemy suffering ill at an enemy's hand, when you hate mutually.
Disgrace
Enemy
Hand
Hate
Ill
Mutually
Suffering
You
The rules are all in a sixty-four-page pamphlet by Aristotle called 'Poetics.' It was written almost three thousand years ago, but I promise you, if something is wrong with what you're writing, you've probably broken one of Aristotle's rules.
Almost
Aristotle
Broken
Pamphlet
Promise
Rules
Something
Thousand
Thousand Years
Three
Writing
Written
Wrong
Years
I'm not an impressionist, per se, but if you do any kind of comedy - and they ask you to do that, most of the time - there's some degree of appreciation, I think, involving somebody you like.
Any
Appreciation
Ask
Comedy
Degree
I Think
Impressionist
Involving
Kind
Like
Most
Per
Some
Somebody
I'd somehow always thought of the classics of literature as something apart from me, something to do with academic life and not something you enjoyed.
Academic
Always
Apart
Classics
Enjoyed
Life
Literature
Me
Somehow
Something
Thought
You
If a man suffers ill, let it be without shame; for this is the only profit when we are dead. You will never say a good word about deeds that are evil and disgraceful.
About
Dead
Deeds
Disgraceful
Evil
Good
Ill
Man
Never
Only
Profit
Say
Shame
Suffers
I can't complain that I've had a public all through my writing life, but people don't quite know what I've written. People don't read you too closely. Perhaps, after I've died, they'll look at my stuff, and read it through, and find there's more in it. That may be wrong, but that's what I comfort myself with.
After
Closely
Comfort
Complain
Died
Find
Had
Know
Life
Look
May
More
Myself
People
Neither a life of anarchy nor one beneath a despot should you praise; to all that lies in the middle a god has given excellence.
Anarchy
Beneath
Despot
Excellence
Given
God
Lies
Life
Middle
Neither
Nor
Praise
Should
You
If you pour oil and vinegar into the same vessel, you would call them not friends but opponents.
Call
Friends
Oil
Opponents
Pour
Same
Them
Vessel
Vinegar
Would
You
'Steve Jobs' is my seventh movie. I believe, if you added them up, I don't think there is more than a total of 10 minutes that takes place in a person's home. They're all in offices, courtrooms, laboratories, things like that.
Added
Believe
Home
I Believe
Jobs
Like
Minutes
More
Movie
Offices
Person
Place
Seventh
Steve
I started out as an actor, where you seek to understand yourself using the words of great writers and collaborating with other creative people. Then I slid into show business, where you seek only an audience's approval whether you deserve it or not.
Actor
Approval
Audience
Business
Collaborating
Creative
Creative People
Deserve
Great
Only
Other
Out
People
Seek
It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb.
Being
Combination
Dumb
Life
Super
Unpredictable
You
When a movie is being rolled out, the studio publicists and all our individual publicists get together and come up with bullet points and talking points - 'Make sure you stay away from this,' and 'Don't say that quite that way, because that quote can be taken out of context,' and that kind of thing.
Away
Because
Being
Bullet
Come
Context
Get
Get Together
Individual
Kind
Make
Movie
Our
Out
Alas for the affairs of men! When they are fortunate you might compare them to a shadow; and if they are unfortunate, a wet sponge with one dash wipes the picture away.
Affairs
Alas
Away
Compare
Dash
Fortunate
Men
Might
Picture
Shadow
Sponge
Them
Unfortunate
Wet
When you have really exhausted an experience you always reverence and love it.
Always
Exhausted
Experience
Love
Really
Reverence
You
If you're going to have someone defend you, it doesn't get any better than Kristen Stewart.
Any
Better
Defend
Get
Going
Someone
Than
You
I won every award you could win in television. I got paid well. And people loved '30 Rock'. And I loved '30 Rock'. I mean, sometimes you do a show that's a hit show, and you hate it.
Award
Could
Every
Got
Hate
Hit
Loved
Mean
Paid
People
Rock
Show
Sometimes
Television
I remember during my lifetime I would meet women, and it was almost like God would say to me, 'Now, this woman here is not the one you are going to end up with, but she is going to be a lot like this woman; look at this woman, study this woman.' And when my wife showed up, He was like, 'You recognize her now?'
Almost
End
God
Going
He
Her
Here
I Remember
Lifetime
Like
Look
Lot
Me
Meet
You have to be very rich or very poor to live without a trade.
Live
Poor
Rich
Trade
Very
Without
You
Any time you get two people in a room who disagree about anything, the time of day, there is a scene to be written. That's what I look for.
About
Any
Anything
Day
Disagree
Get
Look
People
Room
Scene
Time
Two
Two People
Who
You read some columnists in the newspapers; you have to wonder who they are really working for. You can see they have an agenda.
Agenda
Newspapers
Read
Really
See
Some
Who
Wonder
Working
You
Well, I must tell you I write the scripts very close to the bone. So I'm writing episode seven now and couldn't tell you what happens in episode eight.
Bone
Close
Eight
Episode
Happens
I Write
Must
Now
Scripts
Seven
Tell
Very
Well
Write
You have actors who begin at a certain young age and there's very little change in their technique and the depth of their performances; they're the same 30 years later.
Actor
Age
Begin
Certain
Change
Depth
Later
Little
Performance
Same
Technique
Very
Who
Years
People don't understand this: if you want to have a really good shot at succeeding, there are doors you have to slam in people's faces and say, 'This is my priority, and you can't depend on me to help you.' I was never good at that.
Depend
Doors
Faces
Good
Help
Me
Never
People
Priority
Really
Say
Shot
Slam
Succeeding
A song in a musical works best when a character has to sing - when words won't do the trick anymore. The same idea applies to a long speech in a play or a movie or on television. You want to force the character out of a conversational pattern.
Anymore
Best
Character
Conversational
Force
Idea
Long
Movie
Musical
Out
Pattern
Play
Same
Sing
You will never be happy if you continue to search for what happiness consists of. You will never live if you are looking for the meaning of life.
Be Happy
Consists
Continue
Happiness
Happy
Life
Live
Looking
Meaning
Meaning Of
Meaning Of Life
Never
Search
Will