Martin McDonagh - Quotes

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There have to be moments when you glimpse something decent, something life-affirming even in the most twisted character. That's where the real art lies. See, I always suspect characters who are painted as lovely, decent human beings. I would always question where the darkness lies. ---->>>

All my work shares a kind of balance between black comedy and sad and despairing melancholy.

All my work shares a kind of balance between black comedy and sad and despairing melancholy.

I don't even subscribe to writer's block being a truthful thing. I've had writer's laziness quite often. But I think it's all about sitting down and facing down the blank page and doing it, and I've always been ok at that. ---->>>

I suppose I walk that line between comedy and cruelty because I think one illuminates the other. We're all cruel, aren't we? We are all extreme in one way or another at times and that's what drama, since the Greeks, has dealt with. ---->>>

When I'm happiest writing is just not knowing where it goes and just let the characters bring you there. ---->>>

I hope there's some kind of morality in all my work. ---->>>

It's like two years straight out of your life doing a film. It's very enjoyable, especially working with the guys, but I kind of like the idea of traveling and growing, and developing as a writer and as a filmmaker. ---->>>

Dublin people think they are the center of the world and the center of Ireland. And they don't realize that people have to leave Ireland to get work, and they look down on people who do. ---->>>

I don't feel I have to defend myself for being English or for being Irish, because, in a way, I don't feel either. And, in another way, of course, I'm both. ---->>>

I can't stand up in front of people. It just fills me with horror. ---->>>

I realize that I am never going to grow up. ---->>>

I won't work on anyone's else's script. I won't write for anyone else. I write my own stuff and make that when the time is right. ---->>>

My plays are always pushing towards cinema anyway. They're down and dirty, real and more fun. ---->>>

When you've got good actors, they're going to come up with good stuff, but you're never quite sure how the dynamics are going to work between them. ---->>>

I never feel like a smug or a smart-alec film director, and there are plenty of those around. ---->>>

Theatre was an art form that I didn't really respect, and because I wanted to shake it up and do different things on stage, I was able to combine all the things I'd learnt through writing on my own. ---->>>

Though it may not seem like it, I never try to write about a place, per se; it's always, first and last, about story. Story is everything. Story and a bit of attitude. ---->>>

With a stage play, they can't cut a word; you can be in rehearsals every day, you cast it, you cast the director, too; the amount of control for a playwright is almost infinite, so you have that control over the finished product. ---->>>

I pick and choose what I want to do at any given time, and what not to do, importantly. My agents, I won't hear about any offers or options. ---->>>

'Pulp Fiction' is an amazing film, and I haven't made one nearly as good. ---->>>

I think as a writer you never have to flee from fame because you're not that visible in the first place, but, after the Broadway success of 'Beauty Queen,' people were coming up to me all the time, and I wasn't really prepared for that level of attention. ---->>>

I think if you're writing a play, it should be its own end game; you'll never get to do a good one unless you know it's not a blueprint for a film; you're not going to get the action right and the story right. ---->>>

I fell into the theatre because I felt I was doing it well, and I stuck to it for the same reason. ---->>>

The fact that ticket prices are way too expensive, and there's only one bunch of people going to see Broadway shows, is something I've never liked. ---->>>

I seldom feel comfortable in a theatre. I always feel like I own a cinema. I feel equally happy in an empty one as a full one. Probably happier in an empty one! ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: British
Born: 03-26, 1970
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England
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Occupation: Playwright
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Martin McDonagh (; born 26 March 1970) is a playwright, screenwriter and film director, born and brought up in London to Irish parents. He holds dual British and Irish citizenship. He has been described as one of the most important living playwrights in Ireland.(wikipedia)