Top Quotes by Taylor Sheridan

By | April 19, 2018

I can recognize a good actor. I can recognize someone that can convey emotion and that has the essence and not get lost in the minutia of, ‘Well, that person’s got red hair, and so does the other.’ Some of the decisions in casting that seem so important at the time, until you get on set and you’re starting to shoot.

Taylor Sheridan

In the late ’90s, I spent a lot of time on reservations, and there was a level of poverty and injustice that I had not witnessed before. I was shocked by it. This is federally controlled land, and there was an insidious mix of apathy and exploitation.

Taylor Sheridan

I work very hard to line up stereotypes and then smash them with a hammer.

Taylor Sheridan

I don’t write tracking shots in my screenplays or any camera directions, but I do try to give a sense of how the action is moving.

Taylor Sheridan

Bad people sometimes do good things, and good people do really bad things or do something the audience disagrees with.

Taylor Sheridan

If you want to get an email to Robert Redford, you send it to his assistant, and she prints it out. And then he will write you a letter, which is incredibly rare and incredibly classy. Unfortunately, I can’t be that removed from technology.

Taylor Sheridan

I think ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ was one of the most influential films on me. Looking back now, I can see how influential it was on my screenwriting because here you have what looks to be a crime procedural, and it’s actually a study in race and loneliness, and a perception of an era.

Taylor Sheridan

Whether we can call ‘Hell or High Water’ this rogue buddy bank-heist movie, it’s also a meditation on assimilation and failure and what happens when someone loses their purpose.

Taylor Sheridan

Unfortunately, there is still much to mine in this world and explore creatively.

Taylor Sheridan

I like to describe ‘Yellowstone’ is ‘The Great Gatsby’ on the largest ranch in Montana. Then it’s really a study of the changing of the West.

Taylor Sheridan

I’ve made up little mantras for myself, catchphrases from a screenwriting book that doesn’t exist. One is ‘Write the movie you’d pay to go see.’ Another is ‘Never let a character tell me something that the camera can show me.’

Taylor Sheridan

Plot is just not my gift. I’m fascinated with complex characters, and that doesn’t mix well with complex plots. And by the way, when the plot is simple, you can move one piece around and make it feel fresh. ‘Hell or High Water”s a good example: I don’t tell you why the brothers are robbing the bank.

Taylor Sheridan

I watched a lot of old movies. Clint Eastwood movies, a lot of John Wayne films, a lot of movies that celebrated the region of where I lived.

Taylor Sheridan

Growing up, my mother was a very strong woman who was not very big, about 5’1”, but boy, you grabbed a tiger by the tail if you messed with her. I know grown men that messed with her, and through her wit and intelligence and her no-quit, she never lost a fight. That’s very influential on me when I’m telling stories. I love exploring that.

Taylor Sheridan

I let characters be human and flawed and relatable.

Taylor Sheridan

Think about ‘GoodFellas’: It could be a textbook on how not to write a screenplay. It leans on voice-over at the beginning, then abandons it for a while, then the character just talks right into the camera at the end. That structure is so unusual that you don’t have any sense of what’s going to happen next.

Taylor Sheridan

You know that saying, ‘You broke it, you bought it’? With horses, if you don’t make sure it’s a good fit… they tend to break you.

Taylor Sheridan

I didn’t know if I could make a good movie. But I knew I could make a respectful one.

Taylor Sheridan

My job is not to give you all the answers. My job is to ask the questions.

Taylor Sheridan

I think film cannot only teleport you to places you don’t know, but it can help you see people you thought were one way and in fact are another. They can allow us to examine ourselves.

Taylor Sheridan

How can you tell your kid, ‘You can be anything you want to be,’ if you’re not trying to do the same?

Taylor Sheridan

Every writer has written a spec. It’s the first thing you write, and it basically stands as a means of, ‘Here’s an example of how I tell stories.’ It’s almost like a business card.

Taylor Sheridan

I was going to be the head wrangler at a ranch in Wyoming, and the reason I didn’t take the job is because I couldn’t have my family there – the family had to stay in town. I just wasn’t willing to do that.

Taylor Sheridan

Sometimes audiences want to see what we’re doing to their world. It’s our obligation sometimes to reflect it.

Taylor Sheridan

I’ve been fortunate to work with partners like Weinstein and John and Art Linson in developing ‘Yellowstone’ and am grateful that it has found a home in the Paramount Network. The show is both timely and timeless.

Taylor Sheridan

I don’t outline. I sit down to write, and I take the ride. If something starts to not feel right, I go back to the last place that felt like jazz to me.

Taylor Sheridan

I look for absurdly simple plots so that I can simply focus on the characters. Having an understanding of what dialogue’s easy to say and hard to say – I think that that’s helpful, too.

Taylor Sheridan

I thought of Jeff Bridges in ‘Hell or High Water’ and Ben Foster, and I kept trying very hard not to, because you’re terrified you’re going to write this thing that then feeds specifically to this one person that then won’t do it.

Taylor Sheridan

I broke a lot of conventions. Look, I spent a long time as an actor. I spent a lot of time playing pretty ordinary arcs.

Taylor Sheridan

I’m a big believer in,’If anyone can understand my politics, I’ve failed.’ If you can get a sense of which side of the fence I’m on, then I’m not doing a service. I’m preaching, and that’s not my job.

Taylor Sheridan

Violence is literally the glue of the cycle of life, and yet I think that we’re the only species that does it maliciously.

Taylor Sheridan

If you’re going to make a sequel to ‘Sicario’, you have to – you know, you’ve got to go beat a brand new path.

Taylor Sheridan

Sicario’ was successful, but it was successful because Denis and the producers were, you know, they were very lean. It was very lean filmmaking.

Taylor Sheridan

I’m not the guy to ask to write a sequel.

Taylor Sheridan

I just lost interest in performing.

Taylor Sheridan

I believe in the Constitution – and I believe in common sense.

Taylor Sheridan

I’ve been in some bad TV shows and suffered through so much poor writing.

Taylor Sheridan

People in Texas wear cowboy hats; they’re good at keeping the sun off your neck and face.

Taylor Sheridan

You set something in modern-day Texas, which is so identifiable as the Old West, and everyone’s wearing guns, so it looks like it’s going to be, by default, partially considered a western.

Taylor Sheridan

For me, the greatest thing a movie can do is rivet you while you’re watching but also give you something to chew on for days and weeks after you’ve seen it.

Taylor Sheridan

I wanted ‘Hell or High Water’ to feel like a road movie and an exciting, fun film – until it’s not.

Taylor Sheridan

I had a one-year-old son. How will my failure or success limit what he becomes? I was trying to write screenplays. It doesn’t pay very well until you sell one. I was poor.

Taylor Sheridan

When I write a movie, I write it for me.

Taylor Sheridan

I let characters be human and flawed and relatable. When we do things that aren’t that great, we can understand it.

Taylor Sheridan

Once I finished ‘Sicario,’ I knew I wanted to follow it up with ‘Hell or High Water.’

Taylor Sheridan

I’m a storyteller, and I was an actor, so I have a fairly thin grip on reality to begin with.

Taylor Sheridan

It’s very hard for me to go to the movies because I know all the tricks, and I know everybody. I don’t watch many at all. And the ones I do watch are generally much older films.

Taylor Sheridan

To me, ‘Unforgiven’ is one of the best films ever made. Aside from the fact it takes the genre and kicks it between its legs, it’s this fascinating deconstruction of the myth of the West.

Taylor Sheridan

I made a very conscious decision to quit acting. I was on a series, and we were in the process of renegotiating. They had an idea of what they thought I was worth, and I had an idea that was quite different.

Taylor Sheridan

As a television actor, I was held to a tight, rigid structure.

Taylor Sheridan

Where having been an actor was extremely helpful to me was in casting. That’s where I think a director who has acted can really shine, and casting is the most important thing you do.

Taylor Sheridan

Kramer vs. Kramer’ is one of my favorite films, where you have a story that really juxtaposes a lot of ideas that we have about family and about parenting.

Taylor Sheridan

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