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I was very rigid about my own parties; I never had a professional party at my house.I don't think my agent, who is a good friend of mine, has ever been to a party at my house. Well, I'm against cronyism, and I had to learn that early on.Something's Gotta Give follows Anger Management and About Schmidt as your third comedy in a row. The way I reacted to 9/11 was I decided I didn't want to do any movies that are sad or critical.I decided I didn't want to make my living depressing people or making them go home sick, so I just decided I wanted to do comedy for a while and study it for a while. Since earning an Oscar nomination for his star-making support turn in 1969's Easy Rider, he's scared us witless (The Shining), made us examine our morals (One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, The Postman Always Rings Twice) and encouraged us to confront our dark sides (The Pledge).His is a career that's spanned no less than six decades, won him three Oscars (as well as nine nominations) and allowed him to play as hard as he's worked.The main part of this job was to be as vital as the script was, to be as sharp as it was, to get the moments that are there because it's a wonderful script in the great classic tradition - you know, Preston Sturges, Frank Capra, Mike Nichols, this whole line of American moviemakers. Around the time of Batman I realised I was fooling around careerwise.
You know, mainly you start off and you want people to love what you do and if they don't you feel unloved [laughs].But I think I was kind of losin' it a little in the quality department. It's the uniqueness of the movie that makes it personal to me.I was doing some movies that I should have backed away from. None of the people you mentioned is any more a personal director than Sean Penn or James L Brooks or Nancy Meyers. These people here, to take the three I've mentioned, are unique.You can't just be real and you can't just use the same kind of techniques you use to fill up a regular scene. Nancy [Meyers, Something's Gotta Give's director] talked to me a lot while writing the script, though. It has nothing to do with me; I don't know what it has to do with.She likes to write for a particular actor so certain amounts of it were actually extracted from those conversations, I imagine. I mean, in general, I'm not into categories and generalities. He is very set in his specific way of life, he is a nightclubber and he is all of those things which, of course, I have been in my time but I no longer am.
I would have to say I'm thin-skinned with a lot of calluses grown over the top of it.