Top Quotes from Robert Rodriguez

I don’t think anyone can be more of a predator than a human being.

Robert Rodriguez

I have 5 children of my own. They are bilingual, like most second and third generations. But they speak primarily in English and they couldn’t find anything on television that represented who they are in this country.

Robert Rodriguez

Hollywood wants to own everything. I don’t want to own anything. I don’t want people just to make content, I want to empower and teach them to create content they own that they can exploit in any medium.

Robert Rodriguez

Creative people are notoriously the slowest to adopt new technology.

Robert Rodriguez

Changing the game is a mindset.

Robert Rodriguez

I wish I could freeze time or go back in time and watch my kids grow up all over again because it is just going by too fast.

Robert Rodriguez

Don’t look at all at what other people are doing. Think of what you’re doing as completely fresh because if you imitate you’re dead.

Robert Rodriguez

What could make my life better? Oh, if I could only find that magic bottle that lets you never have to sleep. I have so much stuff I wanna do, but… That six or seven hours you have to be in bed with your eyes closed. What a waste!

Robert Rodriguez

Don’t be told something is impossible. There’s always a way.

Robert Rodriguez

The challenge is what was making it exciting. You don’t want to do anything that’s too easy or that you know that you can pull off, otherwise it’s really not worth doing.

Robert Rodriguez

It’s such a drag to make a movie.

Robert Rodriguez

The only thing I ever wanted to do is never have to work a day in my life.

Robert Rodriguez

Don’t give me any money, don’t give me any people, but give freedom, and I’ll give you a movie that looks gigantic.

Robert Rodriguez

Everything I’ve done has always been my own made up world with its own rules and its own made up stories.

Robert Rodriguez

When you put on the glasses in a 3-D movie they just kind of sit there and you forget about them.

Robert Rodriguez

Sometimes I feel like I’m in a dream world, because it doesn’t always seem too logical how things work out.

Robert Rodriguez

I was from such a large family that when I first met my wife, I told her: ‘You can go work outside of the house and I’ll stay home and continue making my cartoon strips. Maybe I’ll make some commercials nearby, you know I’ll do anything locally, but I would love to just stay at home and raise the kids like I did when I was growing up.’

Robert Rodriguez

People talk about immigration, but they won’t talk about the corruption that actually exists between Mexico and the U.S.

Robert Rodriguez

I get a lot done considering I spend half my day sleeping.

Robert Rodriguez

Frank is such a great visual storyteller, that if you study his artwork you see that his Sin City books are already the best movies never seen on the big screen.

Robert Rodriguez

What I love about new technology is that it really pushes the art. It really pushes it in a way that you can’t imagine until you come up with the idea. It’s idea-based. You can do anything.

Robert Rodriguez

A lot of people who watch DVDs are people who are interested in, if not moviemaking, then creativity in general.

Robert Rodriguez

I have so many friends who don’t know how to cook.

Robert Rodriguez

When you make an exploitation film, you always want to have a real issue. That’s how they were always done.

Robert Rodriguez

Exploitation films were famous for taking an issue an exploiting it because they could move much faster than a studio could. If there was any hot topic, they would run out and make a quick movie and make a buck on it, by changing it around and using it, in some way, to give some relevance.

Robert Rodriguez

You create superheroes to take care of problems that can’t really be solved another way.

Robert Rodriguez

I was the one in charge of the kids growing up.

Robert Rodriguez

I always wanted to be a stay-at-home dad making art, making movies.

Robert Rodriguez

Usually, I’m just pleasing myself and I have very similar tastes I think to an audience, what that core audience really likes.

Robert Rodriguez

If I’m excited about it, I’m pretty sure an audience is going to enjoy it. If I’m bored with an idea, you can bet they’re going to be asleep. So I try to only do things that I’m fairly excited about.

Robert Rodriguez

Yeah, I was always a big fan of noir.

Robert Rodriguez

When you go off in the world and make your life, and you come back to your home town, and you find your old high-school friends driving in the same circles, doing the same things, that’s what Hollywood’s like. It’s a little block, little town. It doesn’t really grow or change.

Robert Rodriguez

Everyone applauds each other’s success in Hollywood because they know how tough it is, but it really comes down fundamentally to the process.

Robert Rodriguez

I kind of like working fast.

Robert Rodriguez

If you create a good story that has a lot of story value… I think audiences like that. It’s why they stick with the same TV show over and over.

Robert Rodriguez

Low budgets force you to be more creative. Sometimes, with too much money, time and equipment, you can over-think. My way, you can use your gut instinct.

Robert Rodriguez

I usually have a couple of projects going on that are different. A ‘Sin City’ while I’m doing a ‘Spy Kids’ at the same time. I need different things going on.

Robert Rodriguez

People don’t live in Austin to work, they work to live there.

Robert Rodriguez

For me, Mexploitation seemed like something that should have existed, but didn’t.

Robert Rodriguez

If you do a film with a studio, agents step in, they start saying, ‘My actor has to get this amount of money’, and it becomes about deals.

Robert Rodriguez

I want to push technology boundaries to be more efficient.

Robert Rodriguez

I like to keep my budgets at a certain price when I work for someone else, and even more so now that I’m working for myself, and use new technologies to deliver films that look like they have high production levels.

Robert Rodriguez

It’s rare for the studios to find a filmmaker who wants to make a family film. To find someone that has an idea, embraces it, has kids and wants to make something exciting – well, they don’t see that too often.

Robert Rodriguez

Your mind just goes to the craziest idea to lure people into the theater, and then you write your script around those elements.

Robert Rodriguez

I love working with great actors.

Robert Rodriguez

I do like strong women in my movies. I have five sisters, so I’ve just grown up with that model.

Robert Rodriguez

A movie goes from several stages, from idea to script. As you continue shooting, you will make some adjustments. You’re constantly adjusting. It’s like a piece of music. You’re constantly trying to make it better.

Robert Rodriguez

I was a cartoonist when I was at university, but I decided to go into movie making knowing that I could still draw by doing movies, design work, story boards, and such.

Robert Rodriguez

I collect a lot of art.

Robert Rodriguez

Really, children will support anything that is empowering to them.

Robert Rodriguez

You ask any moviemaker what their favorite movie experience was, and they’ll say it was one of the first ones, where everyone had to pitch in and do everything together, and you had to struggle.

Robert Rodriguez

The studios don’t finance anymore, they get outside funds.

Robert Rodriguez