I've always felt badly that Jimmy wasn't treated with the kind of respect that I thought he deserved, ... Having known him and known how committed and determined he was as an artist and how tortured he was as a human being, and knowing the agonies of his childhood, I felt that this was a good chance to make an honorable psychological portrait of him.Mark Rydell
"Mark Rydell" is an American actor, film director and producer. He has directed many Academy Award-nominated films including The Fox (1967 film)/The Fox (1967), The Reivers (film)/The Reivers (1969), Cinderella Liberty (1973), The Rose (film)/The Rose (1979), The River (1984 film)/The River (1984) and For the Boys (1991). He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director for On Golden Pond (1981 film)/On Golden Pond (1981).If you enjoy these quotes, be sure to check out other famous directors! More Mark Rydell on Wikipedia.
I consider his performance to be a miracle, ... I think he's one of the most talented people I've ever met. You know, he's 22 years old. ... He just transformed himself. At times it seemed eerie. It was like cloning or channeling James Dean. There were moments where I thought, 'My God, this is really bizarre.'Mark Rydell
The picture is not a documentary, ... It's a drama that has to be crafted. Reality is not art. You have to make choices when you're trying to make something work. And the choices we make I think are accurate. There aren't any lies in it. There are assumptions made that are critical and necessary.Mark Rydell