Stephen Lovekin/Getty ImagesIn the 14 years between The Sixth Sense and today, M. Night Shyamalan’s career has seen a few twists. But whether cheered or jeered, the filmmaker’s projects have always maintained a rigorous visual standard, command of talented actors, and an inventive exploration of fear and family. Shyamalan’s newest sci-fi thriller—After Earth (out now)—is no exception. Here’s what we learned from Shyamalan when we sat down for a chat.
1. He’ll admit to a mistake (but not the ones you’d think)
While most of the Internet still wants an apology for The Last Airbender, Night is quick to admit mistakes from his early, early career. Night started making films when he was 12 years old, and still recalls his first big blunder:
“The first movie I made was a copycat of Friday the 13th. It was me, 12 or 13 or however old I was, hearing something and freaking out, and it was really cheesy. No character; just a horror sequence of a dude running through a forest. And I think that was an important lesson to learn. Everything is character-based. All my early movies were event-based, so that was filmmaking mistake #1.”
Some people like to travel by train because it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of an airplane.
I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”
“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” —Everyone following you on Instagram
A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.
Comedian Greg Davies
Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.
Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.
My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me everything you know.”
“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” —Alcohol
@yoyoha (Josh Hara)
My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.
Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?
A: A mechanic.