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Brett Ratner was born on 28th March 1969, in Miami Beach, Florida USA, of Jewish (father) and Cuban (mother) descent. Brett Ratner is best known as the director behind the “Rush Hour” series of films. Other notable works as a director and producer include, “The Family Man”, “X-Men: The Last Stand” and “Tower Heist”. His eye has been behind the director’s camera since 1990.

So how rich is Brett Ratner? According to sources it is estimated that Brett Ratner`s net worth is $65 million, an amount gained mostly by successful productions of films, but his career also expands onto directing music videos for various famous artists that include Madonna, Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige and Jessica Simpson.

Brett Ratner Net Worth $65 Million

Ratner initially attended school in Israel, bu t then graduated from Miami Beach Senior High, following which he attended NYU film school. His career started by directing hip hop and rap videos for his friend Russell Simmons, and his big break was when Simmons recommended him for the film “Money Talks” (1997). He used that chance the best way he could, and now he is a renowned director and producer known throughout Hollywood. Following the success of his debut film, came the first film of the franchise that made him so popular today, “Rush Hour” (1998).

During next few years it was quite easy for him to land jobs, and Ratner increased his net worth through the films “Family Man” (2000), “Rush Hour 2” (2001), and also returning to what started all this, music videos. Only this time, videos were for more famous artists, including Madonna for her song “Beautiful Stranger” (1999). He continued working the music videos and collaborating with artists such as Mariah Carey, directing videos for the songs “Heartbreaker” (1999) and “We Belong Together” (2005).

In 2007 Ratner directed “Rush Hour 3”, and the film was no less of a success than its prequels, but for now it is the last one in the franchise. In 2011 Ratner produced another film, which became a blockbuster, “Horrible Bosses”. His most recent works are “Hercules” (2014), and a sequel to the 2011 success “Horrible Bosses 2” (2014). Other notable productions include the TV drama series “Prison Break” and the documentary “Catfish”. Overall, Ratner has been involved in more than 25 movie and TV productions, and over 40 videos, clearly major contributors to his net worth.

All these successful directions and productions have enabled Ratner to establish his own publishing company, Rat Press, which is re-releasing books that are out of print and have Hollywood as a subject. The first books were released in March 2009, and were about Marlon Brando, Robert Evans, and Jim Brown. Ratner also has his own magazine called Ratmag, which is being published through celebrity magazine publisher MYMAG.

Regarding his personal life, Ratner is known as a womanizer, having been linked with several celebrities, including Lindsay Lohan, Serena Williams and Rebecca Gayheart. He lives in a house on Beverly Hills that has estimated worth of $3.6 million.


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Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Black Spot 2018 executive producer announced
Paris Call Girl producer announced
Shanghai, I Love You executive producer announced
Rules Don't Apply 2016 producer - produced by
True Crimes 2016 producer
Stanley Kubrick's Napoleon 2016 Documentary short producer
Before the Flood 2016 Documentary producer
Rush Hour 2016 TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
War Dogs 2016 executive producer
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds 2016 Documentary executive producer
Author: The JT LeRoy Story 2016 Documentary producer
Independent Lens 2016 TV Series documentary producer - 1 episode
The Revenant 2015 executive producer
In the Name of Honor 2015 Documentary producer
Kill Them Mommy! 2015 Short executive producer
Fun Size Horror: Volume Two 2015 segment executive producer - segment "Kill Them Mommy"
The Audition 2015/III Short producer
S Is for Stanley 2015 Documentary producer
Truth 2015 producer
I Saw the Light 2015 producer
Black Mass 2015 executive producer
By Sidney Lumet 2015 Documentary executive producer
The 100 Years Show 2015 Documentary short producer
Barely Lethal 2015 producer
Chuck Norris vs. Communism 2015 Documentary producer
The Water Diviner 2014 executive producer
Horrible Bosses 2 2014 producer
One Day Since Yesterday: Peter Bogdanovich & the Lost American Film 2014 Documentary producer
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films 2014 Documentary producer
Hercules 2014/I producer
Night Will Fall 2014 Documentary producer
Jersey Boys 2014 executive producer
30 for 30: Soccer Stories 2014 TV Series producer - 1 episode
Sap ji sang ciu 2012 executive producer - uncredited
Woody Allen: A Documentary 2012 Documentary executive producer
Mirror Mirror 2012/I producer
Rogue 2012 TV Movie executive producer
American Masters 2011 TV Series documentary executive producer - 1 episode
Chaos 2011 TV Series executive producer - 11 episodes
Horrible Bosses 2011 producer
Nick Cannon: Mr. Show Biz 2011 TV Special documentary executive producer
Skyline 2010 executive producer
Mother's Day 2010/I producer
Catfish 2010 Documentary executive producer
Prison Break 2005-2009 TV Series executive producer - 81 episodes
Prison Break: The Final Break 2009 Video executive producer
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 Documentary short producer
Cop House 2009 TV Movie executive producer
Blue Blood 2008 TV Movie executive producer
Women's Murder Club 2007-2008 TV Series executive producer - 13 episodes
21 2008 executive producer
Helmut by June 2007 TV Movie documentary producer
Code Name: The Cleaner 2007 producer
End Game 2006 executive producer
Running Scared 2006 producer
Untitled David Diamond/David Weissman Project 2005 TV Movie executive producer
Santa's Slay 2005 producer
Before, During and 'After the Sunset' 2005 Video documentary producer
After the Sunset 2004 producer - uncredited
A Ribbon of Dreams 2002 executive producer
Paid in Full 2002 producer
Me and Daphne 2002 Short executive producer
Velocity Rules 2001 Short executive producer
Double Take 2001 producer
Partners 1999 TV Movie executive producer
Whatever Happened to Mason Reese 1990 Short producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Libertine announced
Tomorrow TV Movie announced
Breakthrough 2015 TV Series documentary 1 episode
American Express UNSTAGED: Dead & Company 2015
Hercules 2014/I
30 for 30: Soccer Stories 2014 TV Series 1 episode
Movie 43 2013 segment "Happy Birthday"
Rogue 2012 TV Movie
Tower Heist 2011
Chaos 2011 TV Series 1 episode
Madonna: Celebration - The Video Collection 2009 Video video "Beautiful Stranger"
The Shooter Series: Vol. 1 2009 Video
Cop House 2009 TV Movie
Blue Blood 2008 TV Movie
New York, I Love You 2008 segment "Brett Ratner"
Rush Hour 3 2007
X-Men: The Last Stand 2006
Untitled David Diamond/David Weissman Project 2005 TV Movie
Prison Break 2005 TV Series 1 episode
After the Sunset 2004
Red Dragon 2002
Lady Luck 2001/II Short
Rush Hour 2 2001
The Family Man 2000
Mariah #1's 1999 Video video "Heartbreaker"
Madonna: The Video Collection 93:99 1999 Video video "Beautiful Stranger"
Making the Video 1999 TV Series documentary videos "Heartbreaker", "Diddy", "It's Like That"
Partners 1999 TV Movie
Rush Hour 1998
Money Talks 1997
Whatever Happened to Mason Reese 1990 Short

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Silver Street 2009 Short
The Grand 2007 'Sob Story' Barry Blaustein
Entourage 2007 TV Series Brett Ratner
The Making of 'X Men: The Last Stand' Blogs 2006 Video short
Black & White 1999/I Brett Ratner
Scarface 1983 Boy Lying on Raft in Pool (uncredited)

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chaos 2011 TV Series composer - 6 episodes

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Whatever Happened to Mason Reese 1990 Short written by

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Eyeball Eddie 2001 Short film mentor

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chipped 2016/III Short very special thanks completed
Toxic Temptation 2016 Short special thanks
Cooking with Mariah Carey 2015 Short special thanks
She's Funny That Way 2014 thanks
One Way to Drown 2012 Short special thanks
Countdown To: Mindless Behavior 2011 TV Movie very special thanks
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel 2011 Documentary thanks
Spring Sing 2010 Short special thanks
I'm Still Here 2010/I special thanks
Closing Time 2010/I Short special thanks
Take My Wife 2009 Short special thanks
Tyson 2008 Documentary special thanks
After the Sunset: Interview with a Jewel Thief 2005 Video short special thanks
A Director's Journey: The Making of 'Red Dragon' 2003 Video documentary short special thanks
The Making of 'Red Dragon' 2003 TV Short documentary special thanks
Jackie Chan: My Stunts 1999 Video documentary special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Pink Elephants 2015/II Documentary completed Himself
Phil Stern Eyewitness Documentary post-production Himself
Brett & Jackie Look Back at the 'Rush Hour' Trilogy 2016 Video documentary short Himself
Cooking with Mariah Carey 2015 Short Himself
Academy Originals: What Movies Mean to Me 2014 TV Mini-Series short Himself
Brett Ratner and Dwayne Johnson: An Introduction 2014 Video short Himself
Hercules: The Bessi Battle 2014 Video short Himself
Hercules: Weapons! 2014 Video short Himself
Hercules and His Mercenaries 2014 Video short Himself
The Effects of 'Hercules' 2014 Video short Himself
Squawk Box 2014 TV Series Himself - Filmmaker
Just Seen It 2014 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 TV Series Himself
The Huading Awards 2014 TV Special Himself - Honored
The Tanning of America 2014 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Eddie Murphy: One Night Only 2012 TV Movie Himself
Plotting 'Tower Heist' 2012 Video documentary Himself
Tower Heist: Brett Ratner's Video Diary 2012 Video documentary short Himself
In the Tracks of Lalo Schifrin 2012 Documentary Himself
Piers Morgan Tonight 2011 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2004-2011 TV Series Himself
40 Greatest Pranks 3 2011 TV Movie Himself
3 Rounds With 2011 TV Series Himself
The Greatest Movie Ever Sold 2011 Documentary Himself
With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story 2010 Documentary Himself
The Rotten Tomatoes Show 2010 TV Series Himself
In the House with Peter Bart & Peter Guber 2010 TV Series
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007-2010 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
The Girls Next Door 2009 TV Series Himself - Director
The 1st Annual Noble Awards 2009 TV Movie Himself - Recipient
The Brian McKnight Show 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
6th Annual VH1 Hip Hop Honors 2009 TV Movie Himself
How Bruce Lee Changed the World 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself
I Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale 2009 Documentary short Himself
Starz Inside: Fashion in Film 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Warren Beatty 2008 TV Special Himself
Le Rush Hour Trois: Production Diaries 2007 Video documentary Himself
Making 'Rush Hour 3' 2007 Video documentary Himself
Charlie Rose 2001-2007 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Shootout 2004-2007 TV Series Himself
HBO First Look 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Punk'd 2006-2007 TV Series Himself
On the Lot 2007 TV Series Himself - Judge
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
The Making of 'X Men: The Last Stand' Vignettes 2006 Video documentary short
X-Men: Evolution of a Trilogy 2006 Video documentary short Himself
X-Men: The Excitement Continues 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Making of 'Prison Break' 2006 Video documentary short Himself
The 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards 2006 TV Special documentary Himself
Class Act 2006 Documentary Himself
'Reservoir Dogs' Revisited 2005 TV Special documentary Himself
The Outsider 2005 Documentary Himself
Before, During and 'After the Sunset' 2005 Video documentary Himself
Making the Video 1999-2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Los Angeles 2005 Documentary short Himself
Film '72 2004 TV Series Himself
Inside Dish with Rachael Ray 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Film School 2004 TV Series Himself
Jackie Chan: The Inside Story 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
A Director's Journey: The Making of 'Red Dragon' 2003 Video documentary short Himself
Red Dragon: Screen and Film Tests 2003 Video short Himself
The Making of 'Red Dragon' 2003 TV Short documentary Himself
The Score 2003 TV Movie documentary Himself
Jackie Chan: Fast, Funny and Furious 2002 Video documentary Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2002 TV Series Himself - Guest
Shot Caller: From Videos to Features 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Heroes of Black Comedy 2002 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Fashion of 'Rush Hour 2' 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Rush Hour 2: Evolution of a Scene 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Making Magic Out of Mire 2001 Video documentary Himself
Gomorron 2001 TV Series Himself - regissör
Attaining International Stardom 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Culture Clash: West Meets East 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Kung Fu Choreography 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Language Barrier 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Jackie Chan: My Stunts 1999 Video documentary Himself (Making of 'Rush Hour') (uncredited)
A Piece of the Action: Behind the Scenes of 'Rush Hour' 1999 Video documentary short Himself
The Directors 1999 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Emmy News & Documentary Emmy Awards Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form Night Will Fall (2014) · Andre Singer (director)
· Sally Angel (producer)
· Richard Melman (executive producer)
· Philippa Kowarsky (co-producer)
· Signe Byrge Sørensen (co-producer)
· Stephen Frears (executive producer)
· James Packer (executive producer)
2015 FOCAL Award FOCAL International Awards Award for Best Use of Footage in a History Production Night Will Fall (2014) · Andre Singer (Director)
· Sally Angel (Producer)
· Adam Turner (Footage Archive Researcher)
2015 FOCAL Award FOCAL International Awards Best Use of Footage in a Cinema Release Night Will Fall (2014) · Andre Singer (Director)
· Sally Angel (Producer)
· Adam Turner (Footage Archive Researcher)
2013 Ally Award GLAAD Media Awards

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Fantastic Fest Jury Award Fantastic Fest Best Documentary Feature S Is for Stanley (2015) · Alex Infascelli (Director, Producer)
· Inti Carboni (Producer)
· Federica Paniccia (Producer)
· Lorenzo Foschi (Producer)
· Davide Luchetti (Producer)
2016 Emmy News & Documentary Emmy Awards Outstanding Historical Programming - Long Form Night Will Fall (2014) · Andre Singer (director)
· Sally Angel (producer)
· Richard Melman (executive producer)
· Philippa Kowarsky (co-producer)
· Signe Byrge Sørensen (co-producer)
· Stephen Frears (executive producer)
· James Packer (executive producer)
2015 FOCAL Award FOCAL International Awards Best Use of Footage in a Factual Production Night Will Fall (2014) · Andre Singer (Director)
· Sally Angel (Producer)
· Adam Turner (Footage Archive Researcher)
2015 ITN Source The Grierson Trust British Documentary Award Best Historical Documentary Night Will Fall (2014) · Andre Singer (Director)
· Sally Angel (Producer)
2012 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Nonfiction Series American Masters (1985) · Susan Lacy (executive producer for American Masters)
· Robert B. Weide (producer)
· Erik Gordon (executive producer)
· Andrew S. Karsch (executive producer)
· Michael Peyser (executive producer)
· Fisher Stevens (executive producer)
2002 Best Film Sitges - Catalonian International Film Festival Red Dragon (2002)

TitleSalary
Rush Hour 3 (2007) $7,500,000
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) $8 .000.000 + A percentage of final net gross
Red Dragon (2002) $6,000,000
Rush Hour 2 (2001) $5,000,000
The Family Man (2000) $5,000,000

#Fact
1 President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 6th Beijing International Film Festival in 2016.
2 Friends with Pierce Brosnan, who wanted Ratner to direct an unspecified 007 film (from the time period involved, the film in question was almost certainly "Die Another Day") but the Broccolis immediately told Brosnan they didn't like Ratner's films and would not consider him to EVER direct a James Bond film. Brosnan took on a co-lead role in Ratner's project "After the Sunset" instead.
3 Was a great friend of Michael Jackson.
4 Appeared in an infomercial, hosted by Anthony Robbins and Tom Selleck, for "The Tony Robbins Ultimate Edge" system. [2008]
5 At Beverly Hills Film Festival to present the 1st annual Living Legends Award to legendary photographer Phil Stern. [2008]
6 No longer involved in the production of a new Superman movie. Stated that the repeated delays and difficulty in casting a lead actor made it impossible for him to remain involved.
7 His five favorite films are The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002), The Tenant (1976), The Killing (1956), Being There (1979) and Raging Bull (1980). The last of these was the film that made him want to go to film school; Robert Evans, the subject of The Kid Stays in The Picture, was one of his mentors.
8 In the series "The Film That Changed My Life" (Observer newspaper UK/May 2010), Ratner cited Martin Scorsese's Raging Bull (1980) as the singular movie that most inspired him to become a filmmaker. Claims to have seen the movie about 100 times, first when he was only 10-years-old with his mother's permission.
9 Lives in Los Angeles, California and Miami Beach, Florida.
10 In 2008, at Beverly Hills Film Festival presented the 1st annual Living Legends Award to legendary photographer Phil Stern.
11 His mother, Marsha Presman, was just 16 when she gave birth to her son.
12 Considered directing Memoirs of a Geisha (2005).
13 In Red Dragon (2002), digital technology was used to smooth over some of Anthony Hopkins's facial features so that he would look younger than he was in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). Similar technology was used in the first scene of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), so that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen could play their characters twenty years younger.
14 Was for some time attached to direct Superman Returns (2006). He left the project because of repeated delays and difficulty in casting a lead actor. The project then went to Bryan Singer, while Ratner went on to direct X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), the two previous movies in the saga having been directed by Singer.
15 Replaced director Matthew Vaughn just two months before filming began on X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
16 At Miami Beach Senior High School was a drama student of well-known instructor Jay W. Jensen.
17 Ranked #81 on Premiere's 2003 annual Power 100 List. He did not rank on the 2004 list.
18 After meeting with real life FBI agents, he decided that it would not be authentic to have Scott Glenn reprise the role of Jack Crawford in Red Dragon (2002), his The Silence of the Lambs (1991) prequel. Instead, he cast Harvey Keitel, in a role originally created by Dennis Farina in Manhunter (1986). Keitel and Farina had also both played Ray Barbone in the film Get Shorty (1995). Ratner was considered for directing the sequel to Get Shorty, entitled Be Cool (2005), in which Keitel also appears.
19 Favorite film director is Hal Ashby.
20 Was in pre-production for a remake of John Cassavetes' The Killing of a Chinese Bookie (1976) after he finished Rush Hour (1998). It was to be written by Cassavetes' son, Nick Cassavetes and Warren Beatty was set to star. Ratner left the project when he was offered The Family Man (2000).
21 His favorite film is Scarface (1932).
22 Without knowing him, Steven Spielberg and his company Amblin Entertainment sent him $5000 to finish funding for his final film project at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts after he sent out 20 letters to producers asking for help.
23 Once vowed he would not direct movies until he had directed at least 100 music videos.
24 Attended Miami Beach Senior High.
25 Got his start by directing rap and hip-hop videos for his friend Russell Simmons. When the original director of Money Talks (1997) had to be replaced, Russell Simmons recommended him.
26 Was engaged to Rebecca Gayheart in the late nineties.

#Quote
1 If a short film on YouTube or whatever affects me that way, it comes to my attention and makes me interested in that filmmaker's ability to take me on a journey. Having a point of view is important. The problem is that a lot of filmmakers are trying to define their style. They want to be the next Spielberg or Scorsese. You don't have to do that with your first film. You just have to discover who you are and what your interests are. When I was in film school, they separate the wheat from the chaff was films that had a feature look. They had the quality of a feature film. But that's not as important anymore. It's just the story that's being told. That's why we accept a film shot on an iPhone 5, or something like The Blair Witch Project (1999). Once all these digital formats came out, companies like Panavision had to step up their game. Then came the RED camera. Technology was simplifying the whole medium. At NYU, to get recognized by Hollywood, you had to make a short film with a feature-length look to it - lit-well, in focus, beautiful photography. I financed and produced The Revenant (2015). It's breathtakingly beautiful, but I'd finance it even if it was shot with something else. That only enhances your experience of the movie. If you shot something on an iPhone, it's going to look grainy blown up on the big screen. So you have to use a different format for that. But there are different formats and media whereas before, you could only make a movie for the big screen. [2015]
2 The guy who directed Saul fia (2015) is probably getting offered 20 movies right now, but he's choosing to go do a movie in his native Hungary. That's my advice to filmmakers: Have your next movie ready to go. Don't sit around. Go shoot. I only got to where I am because I'd shot millions of feet of film before I shot my first movie. Then I was ready to make them back to back. I wasn't sitting around reveling in the success of "Rush Hour." I shot like seven movies in seven years. Then I started taking my time to be more strategic about it. But don't be strategic about it - just go shoot a movie. At the end of the day, it's about a body of work. Nobody's judged by one film, right? You can't judge Coppola on The Godfather (1972). There's The Conversation (1974) and Apocalypse Now (1979) and _The Outsiders (1980). That's what you have to look at. [2015]
3 [his advice for young filmmakers] You have to be in it for the right reasons - because you love storytelling. That's the skill set of any filmmaker. They have to love that part of that. If you want to do it because you want to be famous, get laid, get rich, or whatever, it's not going to happen for you. Everyone from Spielberg to Mike Leigh had a strong desire to tell stories. [2015]
4 [on supporting young filmmakers] When I was a film student at NYU, there wasn't a platform like the internet for filmmakers. HBO was the only company that was buying short-form content, and it was only a little bit every month. But there were thousands of short films being made. Now, of course, with the globalization of film, there are so many more opportunities. The cool thing is that while you can make a film with your iPhone, it's still an expensive medium if you want quality - if you want a mix, if you want to do color correction. Even though there's software for editing, there's not really a post-production program for home use. That will happen eventually, but it still costs money to do something of quality. So there wasn't an outlet for that. Now, Steven Spielberg has someone every month prepare the best of YouTube. There's so much short-form content better than feature films out there. So there are huge opportunities now for young filmmakers out there to get something seen. As a young filmmaker, I could make something, but how would you get somebody to see it? (...) I got an agent out of the NYU film festival. Thank God that there was an agent there. She just happened to be there the night my short film was showing. Now, I think there are more opportunities. But the reach goes both ways. After I made my short film, I sent a letter to 40 of my favorite people in the business. I got 39 rejection letters. Katherine Kennedy was the one who gave me money. The interesting thing about that wasn't that it made me an overnight sensation. Yeah, maybe I got a little popular at NYU. But the truth is it gave me tremendous validation and confidence. That's what I hope this program I'm supporting at Key West can do. It should give tremendous validation to a young film student - the confidence to continue to pursue what they want to do. The hardest part for me was not quitting. There were talented people at NYU film school who are probably stock brokers or real estate agents now. The only reason I'm one of the most successful guys out of NYU is because I didn't quit. [2015]
5 As a producer, I want to service the director and help him make the film he wants to make. That's the great thing about RatPac - it's not just a financing company. There's a content creator - me, a filmmaker - behind it. I found that directors are embracing us as their partners. They're saying, "Hey, Brett, can you come in with this or that?" I understand their plight, you know? Harmony [director Harmony Korine] brought me his last script first. He wrote it in my house in Miami. People don't know this about me: I'm a cinephile and I love these filmmakers. I just produced a Martin Scorsese short film with Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro. I haven't necessarily made a movie like that myself, but I produce them. [2015]
6 In an action movie, I don't want to move the camera too much, because the movement should be within the frame. The same goes for comedy. You don't want to push in for a joke; it's plenty in a medium shot. Watch my jokes, they're never in close-up. If the audience feels the camera, it's horrible.
7 Am I Orson Welles? Obviously not. But 50 years from now, who knows how, as a person, I'll have grown. I've already changed, from being a 26-year-old kid to a 38-year-old guy - I'm not a man yet, really. But as I get older, who knows how my experiences and my knowledge, this past 12 years making movies, how that's all going to affect the movies that I make? I know that the life I lived from 16 to 26 allowed me to make a movie like Rush Hour (1998), so now let's see...
8 No matter how successful you are, you are not invincible. The studio is writing the checks. It's all about leverage and who has the power. The goal is to get the biggest deal you can, because you are going to have to give something back to the studios anyway.
9 [on recasting the role of Jack Crawford with Harvey Keitel in Red Dragon (2002)] When Jonathan Demme said make your own version, I couldn't see anyone but Anthony Hopkins and I couldn't see anyone but Anthony Heald as Dr. Chilton. I can't see another acting doing it. But what happened was I went down to the FBI, and discovered they're like tough New York Cops. They weren't like Scott Glenn.
10 Why do I need final cut? Final cut is for artistes quote unquote -- directors whose movies don't make a lot of money. Maybe Scorsese should have final cut because a guy like Harvey Weinstein or a studio might change it to make it a little more accessible or a little more commercial and he has a vision of what he wants it to be. He wants it to be four hours long or whatever.
11 There are very few perfect films. I think Reservoir Dogs (1992) is close to being a perfect film.
12 In Hollywood you gotta keep the movement. You gotta have three or four projects and whichever one comes in first, or better, that's the one you're going to do.
13 There's no difference between a tacky Jew from Miami and a rap star. They both want the Cadillac and the Rolex with the diamonds.

#Trademark
1 Frequently casts Don Cheadle, Chris Tucker and Ken Leung
2 Opens his movies with a character singing

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