Celebrities and 'famous' people are just regular folks. I know, it's a shocking and potentially dangerous statement.

'Firewall' seems both scary and protective at the same time. And how often does that happen within one word besides 'military' and 'government?'

Friends give me a hard time about the pants I'm wearing, which are made in China. Well, how do you find the right clothes? Or the right movie studio? The right people giving you checks? Good luck doing the right thing all the time.

There are many aspects to directing that have a romantic place in people's minds.

I can't exactly say why there's not much protest music to speak off. And I know there are acts out there still putting a message in their music.

Creative freedom is a huge carrot.

I like to remind myself how hard acting is. I do parts in friends' stuff.

You need the audience to go on the ride with you. You can't just isolate them.

A lot of shorts spend too much time setting up the idea; sometimes they meander.

I want to see Brian Williams with no irony wearing a mustache.

It's one thing to break stuff and damage people's possessions, but when you start aiming at the ideology of America, that's dangerous comedy.

I guess HBO did a giant 'War in the Pacific' mini-series that cost, like, a fortune, and there was a little moment where they literally had no money. And even though the show had become kind of a cult hit, there was an issue of whether they could actually afford to do it.

I always thought George Bush was more oblivious than mean, but oblivious can quickly go to mean.

Tom Brokaw was never young.

Dave Herman as Michael Bolton is one of my favorite performances ever.

Actually, 'Wayne's World 2' I kind of liked. I think 'Wayne's World 2' does have some creative things in it, some ideas in it.

Word of mouth and the Internet are the only press we have left.

You know how in every heist movie they get past the security cameras that show the hallway leading to the diamonds by jamming the screens with a fake signal of everything looking safe and quiet? Usually a guard coughs so they don't notice the blip from switching to the bogus feed.

If you're making comedies, they have to have a fun and a rhythm to them.

I hired Tina Fey for 'SNL,' which was certainly a good match. She took off right away there.

Sequels are desperate.

Can anything good come of a backward way of thinking like judging someone based on skin color? No way.

I think there's a tendency to think geeks and nerds are just sweet guys that were picked on, but that hasn't been my experience. I'm certainly not like that, in a lot of ways.

With the derivatives market larger than ever, we need way more regulation of Wall Street, not less.

I'm a huge hip hop fan going way back, like, back to '83. I had my Gemini mixer listening to Run-DMC and Kurtis Blow.

The hardest thing in the world to do is to have someone in a seat in a theater laughing so hard that they're making weird sounds.

My theme song is 'One Tin Soldier' by Coven.

I do have to give it up for Sarah Palin on one account. She is brave.

I would never do 'Stardust Memories' because I don't particularly like that kind of movie - that would be why I wouldn't do that.

I was a huge fan of comedy in high school.

First off, no one award-wise ever rewards comedy, which is... whatever. I don't care about that.

There's nothing the people love more than a Federal Reserve joke.

Governor Palin leans far closer to 'spokesperson' than representative of the people.

Since FDR's New Deal, corporations and wealthy families have been non-stop finding new ways to get tax breaks, deregulation and entitlements from the government.

You're not a slave to those test audiences.

David O. Russell is probably my favorite filmmaker. He's not only a great director, but he's also a great writer.

You think of movies like 'Midnight Run' and '48 Hours', those are great movies, especially 'Midnight Run.'

I have no tax breaks or corporate interests to be supported by Barack Obama.

The truth is, there's an information blockade in America, and it must be broken. In order to find crucial facts, numbers and outside perspectives, a person must spend an hour searching and cross-searching on the computer.

White-collar crime has been marketed - billions of dollars have been put in to have us be bored by it.

Every time a pundit or elected official is on any TV news program, it should be a polite formality to mention that GE has made such and such billions off the war in Iraq by selling arms or that Murdoch is a right-wing activist with a clear stake in who wins and who taxes his profits the least.

I gotta say - if I clicked on a movie interview, and the first part was all about Walt Whitman, I'd love that article.

If you make action movies, the critics will savage you, and then your movies are outdated the following week with the new wave of special effects.

The way you really stop Al-Qaeda is by stopping their funding. It's not by carpet-bombing or land invasions or anything.

I actually opened for Chris Rock at the Funny Bone one time.

The crush of lobbyists on Washington and purchase of the media by corporations has created a big business-run government and a worthless press leaving Americans screwed and ill-informed.

Matt Braunger really makes me laugh; I like that guy a lot.

'The Real World' is the most predictable arc ever. They get on the show, they're all excited, we're gonna be best friends, then people start drinking and get hammered, and say stupid stuff, and that's pretty much it.

You have a guy like Bernie Madoff literally steal $80 billion, you know, AIG steal hundreds of billions, Goldman Sachs. Crime has changed so much, and to really do a movie with, like, drug dealers or drug smugglers is kind of almost quaint at this point.