Best Quotes by Morten Tyldum

You never have any idea where your movie’s going to go when you’re shooting – you’re in this little bubble. Everything you care about is getting the next step right: getting the script right, finding the right actors, shooting it. Then you spend half a year in a dark room editing your film, and you don’t talk to anybody.

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You do not move forward by following convention. You celebrate those who are different, who are not burdened by ‘normality.’

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World War II was the last ‘pure’ war. It was purely heroic. There was someone who tried to conquer the world, who tried to exterminate people.

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We have to remind ourselves that what we take for granted now is hard-won.

Morten Tyldum

Everything you care about is getting the next step right: getting the script right, finding the right actors, shooting it. Then you spend half a year in a dark room editing your film, and you don’t talk to anybody.

Morten Tyldum

You never know where your next movie is going to come from. You just have to fall in love with something because it’s going to be taking up every moment of spare time in your life for about two years. You’re going to be dreaming about it and thinking about it and becoming obsessed with it.

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Our film society back home is so different from here. Making a movie is universal. Directing a movie is universal; it’s a universal language. It’s just figuring things out and understanding the codes and how the system of Hollywood compares to that of Norway. We don’t even have agents. There’s no studio system, no managers.

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I don’t know if it’s a sadistic side or whatever, but you take characters and put them in really awful situations and make them go through that. And it’s very satisfying as a director to explore that, to tell those stories and to explore those themes, because it is so human.

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As a filmmaker, I don’t want to limit myself to one kind of movie.

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I hope I can be a filmmaker where every movie will be different, and not make one type of movie. I’m always looking for a character that interests me.

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To do a movie about someone who actually lived gives you two responsibilities. You have to try to be accurate to the facts of what he did and what he was like as a character. Then, at the same time, you have a responsibility to make a movie that entertains and can get an audience.

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To me, it’s mind-boggling to think that homosexuality was forbidden up until 1967.

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I’m such a romantic at heart.

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I’m a sci-fi fan, but a lot of the sci-fi you’re getting is the same. It’s very stereotypical.

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I think that the test for taking on a project is to try and list all the reasons not to do it. When you find yourself running out of reasons, and you still have to do it, it’s the right thing to do.

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I’m from Norway, but I always felt like I’d grown up with British culture. We had everything from the BBC on our TV, so British drama seems very close to home.

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Headhunters’ was a breakthrough film for me, internationally, and I got offered a lot of scripts from Hollywood – a lot of heightened hero movies.

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I came to Hollywood and felt myself an outsider, and I was sent all these action thrillers and superhero scripts.

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I love history, and I thought I knew history well, but I was shocked by how little I knew about it.

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You never have any idea where your movie’s going to go when you’re shooting – you’re in this little bubble.

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I always felt Harrison Ford looked like he’s about to shoot himself when he’s carrying his own gun. He always looked afraid; he’s not just this tough guy, you know?

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Turing was uncompromisingly honest. As soon as he didn’t think you were interesting or smart, he’d just turn around and walk away, even if you were in the middle of a sentence.

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This is a man who was 23 years old when he theorized the idea of creating a programmable machine, and in that way, Turing foresaw computers and artificial intelligence. These were revolutionary ideas at that time.

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Turing was fearless. He’s extremely direct, which can be seen as socially awkward, and that becomes both his big obstacle but also, in many ways, his strength.

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For film fans to support ‘The Imitation Game’ means so much to me, the entire cast and film-making team.

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I like movies where you can’t just put them all in one box.

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When you go to the movies, you expect the movie to create a world that you can immerse yourself in, that you can step into. Sci-fi is a beautiful way of doing that.

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We had everything from the BBC on our TV, so British drama seems very close to home.

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I’m from Norway, but I always felt like I’d grown up with British culture.

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Sometimes you read something, and you have to read more and more about the background.

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I don’t see myself directing the same movie twice.

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Seeing the first edit is the worst.

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I don’t think the biggest crime is to not sympathize with people. I think the biggest crime is to not be interested.

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We’re very skeptical of people who are too perfect.

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We like flawed people.

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The more shaded, flawed characters that are struggling, I think there’s something very relatable about that.

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I love when people say ‘Imitation Game’ is such a crowd pleaser.

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I always wanted to do a sci-fi movie, but most sci-fi scripts are either about saving the planet or fighting aliens.

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Turing was very strong and driven and, at the same, so awkward and fragile.

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It’s a blessing to find a project you feel you have to make or you’ll die.

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I wanted to make a movie that celebrates the outsider, the one who is different, the one who is not normal – and show how important that is.

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It’s not every actor that can play a genius.

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If I did the structure and had this thing about a straight character, I would never have a sex scene to prove that he’s heterosexual. If I have a gay character in a movie, I need to have a sex scene in it – just to prove that he’s gay?

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I was shocked that I knew so little about Alan Turing. Then I started to read about him, and I got a little obsessed.

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I’m very tired, but this is what every filmmaker dreams about: that their $15 million, under-the-radar film is now being seen by so many people.

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Trying to explain Turing’s work in encryption and decryption? It’s complicated.

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I thought I knew who Alan Turing was. I’ve always loved history, and I was actually shocked by how little I actually knew. I was amazed this wasn’t common knowledge. Why wasn’t he on the front covers of my history books? He’s one of the great thinkers of the last century, and he was sort of pushed into the shadows.

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To me, Turing is as much of a philosopher as he is a mathematician because his ideas deal with what it means to think.

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Just because someone or something thinks differently than you do, it doesn’t mean that it’s not thinking.

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If you want the human psyche, how we deal with humans in these situations, WWII is a very tangled place to go.

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‘The Imitation Game’ is a very British film.

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I’m a Coen Brothers fan – especially their early work.

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