Seven Sayings from Steven Spielberg
They call him King Midas of Hollywood. In fact, when you hear some of the things he says, you realize that Steven Spielberg is a man who lives, breathes, and eats movies. Indeed, he loves making them and declares his love for the seventh art whenever he has the chance.
Spielberg is a pacifist. He also loves children. Perhaps this is because of his own hard childhood. He’s certainly made some great films for children and adults alike. Films like ET about the loveable alien, Indiana Jones, and Hook, his own particular version of the story of Peter Pan.
Steven Spielberg’s sayings
Let’s take a look at some of the things Steven Spielberg, King Midas of Hollywood, and one of the most successful movie directors of all time, has to say.
“Every time I go to a movie, it’s magic, no matter what the movie’s about”.
Spielberg has been a movie fan since he was a child. In fact, even now, to return to the theater to see any film, no matter what it is, remains a magical and special experience for him.
In the same way, we shouldn’t lose our own enthusiasm for movies. Perhaps you remember childhood visits with your own parents. Well, Spielberg has managed to maintain this kind of childhood enthusiasm right through to his adult life.
War and heroes
“I don’t think that anybody in any war thinks of themselves as a hero”.
Interestingly, this director, who’s depicted war in his films like War Horse and Saving Private Ryan is an avowed pacifist. In fact, we could say that in making these kinds of films, his mission is to show how absurd the idea is that war can solve any kind of problem.
Spielberg has always been opposed to any wars in which his country, the USA, has participated. That’s why he advocates peace. Indeed, he’s clear on the fact that in war there are no heroes, only victims.
“ All of us, every single year, we’re a different person. I don’t think we’re the same person all our lives”.
Some thinkers believe that he who never changes is a fool. Spielberg isn’t so adamant. Nevertheless, he believes that life involves both change and movement and people are continually evolving.
The changes that occur in an individual may not be identifiable from year to year. However, Spielberg believes we are different from year to year. Indeed, it seems perfectly feasible that these changes are taking place as we evolve, encounter new experiences, and get older.
“Desperate times require desperate measures”.
Spielberg is one of the people who believe that in desperate moments you must often take drastic measures, as unpopular or uncomfortable as they may be.
However, Spielberg isn’t the first to use this particular phrase. It’s actually credited to the renowned playwright William Shakespeare as far back as the 16th century.
“You have many years ahead of you to create the dreams we can’t even imagine dreaming”.
People often say that life goes around and around. Perhaps Spielberg means something similar. In other words, there’s a lot of time to continue thinking, develop your creativity, and ultimately, realize your dreams. In fact, dreams that you may not even yet have dreamt, but you will tomorrow.
This phrase links creativity and patience. If you imagine, as Spielberg says, you can expand your possibilities to create, learn, and improve day by day.
“People have to look beyond television or the press. And ponder whether a leader speaks from the heart and fights for his own beliefs or merely conveys the ideas of others”.
What makes a person a leader? According to Spielberg, it’s important to know if someone speaks from the heart and with sincerity. Whether they defend the ideas in which they truly believe, or simply recite the ideas of others they’ve had imposed on them.
It appears that Spielberg knows it’s not always possible to identify genuine speeches. Even less so nowadays, when we’re bombarded with news from all kinds of media at every hour of the day and night.
“Humor is important in politics, as in all aspects of life”.
When you watch a Steven Spielberg movie, you’ll notice they contain a great deal of humor. This is apparent even in the more dramatic of his films. As a matter of fact, Spielberg is a staunch defender of humor in all areas of life. While he starts off this sentence by talking about politics, he then includes all aspects.
Hopefully, you’ve enjoyed reading these seven sayings from King Midas, one of the best Hollywood directors of all time.
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Sánchez-Escalonilla, A. (2004). Steven Spielberg: entre Ulises y Peter Pan. Madrid: Inversiones Editoriales Dossat-2000.