"I used to use musical metaphors to describe my movies. These days I’ve been using drugs to do that. Drive was like getting the best cocaine and doing it all night long. Only God Forgives is like doing good high school acid, and not the kind where you sit in a chair and see things, the kind of good acid where you become the chair." - Nicolas Winding Refn.
"I think our purpose as filmmakers or as storytellers or whatever you’re going to call us is to say that at this particular point with this relationship, with this social structure, in this political climate, this is the best film I could do. I think that’s all we can do. Then we’re not exploitative, we’re not the Spielbergs or the whatever. Then it becomes extremely personal, for better or worse. So don’t get confused by digital or non-digital or money or not—just do the best fucking film you can with your abilities at that time. I mean, why else do we make films when we could have gone into real estate?"
"Michael is a deep well. He doesn’t have his shtick. He’s willing to make himself look like an idiot to get where he wants to go. It’s like painting the most beautiful landscape, then taking a cloth and wiping all that beauty away to start again. To be willing to throw all that good work out of the window. He’s not vain. He’s not precious. He’s the boxer and I’m the trainer in that light. And every fight will be different."