Top 30 Eric Fellner Quotes

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“You can’t develop a great car and sell it as an independent. You can develop a great car and make a deal with Mercedes.”

― Eric Fellner

“There’s so much competition for leisure time, more than ever.”

― Eric Fellner

“I think it would be a good thing in the creative community if there was less embarrassment of this word ‘commercial’ because that’s how you make a business.”

― Eric Fellner

“For us in England, the relative value of the pound against the dollar, that has a huge impact on how easy it is to get our films made in the U.K.”

― Eric Fellner

“The more you keep costs down, the more freedom you have creatively.”

― Eric Fellner

“My theory is, I don’t know how long it’s going to be, five or ten years, there will be only two ways to see a movie, and that will either be on your computer through your TV screen or in the cinema, end of story. There will be no DVD; that’s it – simple.”

― Eric Fellner

“Technical problems are like gremlins. They come and go.”

― Eric Fellner

“It’s fantastic to see ‘Les Miserables’ become the top-grossing film at the U.K. box office.”

― Eric Fellner

“Film is not a national business. It’s international. And its centre will always be Hollywood.”

― Eric Fellner

“The U.K. needs more first class studio space to encourage the growth of the film and TV sector.”

― Eric Fellner

“’No Country for Old Men’ was epic.”

― Eric Fellner

“When you watch a Coen brothers movie, it is always so certain about what it is trying to portray. That is their strength. The minute they write a word, they know how it will look on-screen. They are very purposeful, with no kind of mistakes.”

― Eric Fellner

“I think Cannes is usually pretty fair in choosing what will play well to the home festival crowd.”

― Eric Fellner

“Apart from ‘Stoned,’ I can’t think of a film that’s made me think, ‘Blimey, that should have been at Cannes.’”

― Eric Fellner

“I have always thought we should think less about the British film industry as an entity, and more about getting British talent working.”

― Eric Fellner

“The idea that the Tony committee and the New York theater community as a whole have embraced ‘Billy Elliot’ is very, very exciting.”

― Eric Fellner

“’Billy Elliot’ embodies the idea that anyone can achieve anything regardless of their socio-economic background.”

― Eric Fellner

“You can get swept away by a musical, but real tears are rare.”

― Eric Fellner

“It is rare that you read scripts that genuinely move you and make you feel that, regardless of the commercial possibilities, you have to make the film.”

― Eric Fellner

“’Billy Elliot’ prides itself on being a family show, and it made sense to specifically cater to a family audience with an earlier evening curtain time.”

― Eric Fellner

“The writer Richard Curtis is a genius.”

― Eric Fellner

“Making movies is like herding cats.”

― Eric Fellner

“Somebody has to invest in creating the movies of the future.”

― Eric Fellner

“Do we have good writers, producers and actors in the U.K.? Yes we do.”

― Eric Fellner

“Mike Leigh and Ken Loach are the people I look up to. They are quality film-makers making interesting, controversial, ground-breaking movies with very little eye on the marketplace.”

― Eric Fellner

“If there’s a British film in the marketplace that is successful on a worldwide basis – whether it’s ‘A Room with a View,’ ‘Four Weddings’ or ‘The Full Monty’ – money follows, and everyone tries to emulate that success.”

― Eric Fellner

“It might sound a small thing, but if you want to get Tom Cruise into your movie, without a track record or without those agents knowing you, it’s almost impossible. Now I can get through to pretty much anyone I want. Of course, 90 per cent of the time they still say no.”

― Eric Fellner

“I’m a blind optimist when going into things.”

― Eric Fellner

“With ‘Anna Karenina,’ I just think it’s a stunning visual tour de force for a director who is at the top of his game.”

― Eric Fellner

“You never get time at Working Title, sadly, to enjoy any film’s success, because you’re worrying about the next lot.”

― Eric Fellner
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