By Ray Pride

John Leguizamo

“You know what’s crazy? Texas is 39% Latino! Twelve percent black! Fifty-one percent of the population is of color! Why are they not in power? How are they being kept out of power? How is that possible? Why are they getting the worst education, and their parts of town not being taken care of because of this hyper-aggressive gerrymandering? It doesn’t just take your vote. It takes money from your public schools and infrastructure and all kinds of things that you need to be a healthy American… Yeah, like you heard there was an article about executives whining about that shit? ‘Oh we’ve gotta deal with women, and now we’ve gotta add black people, now we’ve gotta add Latin people too? I can’t really—’ No, fucking grow up, man. This is the real world. Just represent the real world as you fuckin’ see it, not try to hold on to your job, bitch. That whiny wimpiness. I was like, ‘What the fuck? Shut the fuck up. Put my people who are fucking funding your industry.’ Twenty-three percent of the box office is Latin. Put 23% of us in front of your fucking cameras. I don’t care what your problems are, I’ve got problems, you whiny fucking executive bitch… They’ll say to you, ‘Well, a woman as the lead of an action film, boys really can’t relate to that.’ Fucking Wonder Woman showed your ass, didn’t it? Hunger Games showed your ass. ”
~ John Leguizamo

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“I think [technology has[ its made my life faster, it’s made the ability to succeed easier. But has that made my life better? Is it better now than it was in the eighties or seventies? I don’t think we are happier. Maybe because I’m 55, I really am asking these questions… I really want to do meaningful things! This is also the time that I really want to focus on directing. I think that I will act less and less. I’ve been doing it for 52 years. It’s a long time to do one thing and I feel like there are a lot of stories that I got out of my system that I don’t need to tell anymore. I don’t need to ever do The Accused again! That is never going to happen again! You hit these milestones as an actor, and then you say, ‘Now what? Now what do I have to say?'”
~ Jodie Foster

“If there’s one rule Hollywood has metaphysically proven in its century of experimentation, it’s that there’s no amount of money you can’t squander in the quest for hits.

“Netflix has spent the past couple years attempting to brute-force jailbreak this law. Its counter-theory has seemed to be, sure, a billion dollars doesn’t guarantee quality but how about three billion dollars? How about five billion dollars? Seven?

“This week’s latest cinematic opus to run across no-man’s-land into the machine-gun emplacements has been the Jared Leto yakuza movie ‘The Outsider.’ Once again, debuting on Netflix, another thing called a movie that at one glance doesn’t look like any kind of movie anyone has ever seen before, outside of off-prime time screenings at the AFM.

“If you’re working at a normal studio, you have one or two of these total misfires in a year and people start calling for your head. How many is Netflix going on? Fifteen? Twenty? This quarter? Any normal company would be getting murdered over results like that.”
~ Richard Rushfield