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A collection of quotes by David Ayer on challenges, people, filmmaking, audience, etc.

25 Interesting Quotes By David Ayer

Famous As: Screenwriter, Film director, Film producer, Actor
Born On: January 18, 1968
Born In: Champaign

David Ayer is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is best known for co-writing the crime-adventure film ‘The Fast and the Furious’ (2001). He made his directorial debut in ‘Harsh Times,’ in 2005. He is also known for directing some record-breaking films, such as ‘Street Kings’ (2008), ‘Fury’ (2014), ‘Suicide Squad’ (2016), which is his biggest commercial success till date; and ‘Bright’ (2017). He made his debut as a screenwriter in French-American submarine film ‘U-571,’ in 2000. He made his debut as a producer in the 2001 film ‘Training Day.’ Some of his least successful films are ‘Sabotage’ (2014) and ‘Taking Lives’ (2004). As an actor, he has appeared in films, such as ‘Training Day,’ ‘Street Kings,’ and ‘Suicide Squad.’ He is currently writing scripts for upcoming films, such as ‘The Tax Collector’ (2019), ‘Birds of Prey’ (2019), ‘The Wild Bunch’ (TBA), and ‘Bright 2’ (TBA).

The movie on the screen is always going to be different from the movie in your head. How it makes you feel is what I'm after, what I'm chasing, and what I'm trying to construct.

David Ayer

The movie has to be going somewhere. Other than that, you want it to be entertaining, but people usually disagree on what entertaining is and everybody has different tastes.

David Ayer

The most terrifying thing in my life is a blank sheet of paper.

David Ayer

The hardest thing, as a director, is that it's never right. Nothing you do is ever right. It's never exactly how you envision it. Making a movie is about making it better.

David Ayer

That's the world of policing. I've met some bad-ass female cops, who are very cool people.

David Ayer

Stories of friendship are very interesting to me. Artificial families are something I like to explore. Whether it's a bunch of guys or a bunch of ladies, there's something interesting about that.

David Ayer

It's important for me to take very famous, well-known people and not have them play themselves and not have them be seen as themselves.

David Ayer

In the writing phase, normally I try not to envisage any particular actors because I like to let the characters sort of reveal themselves in that process.

David Ayer

If you want to know somebody, fight 'em. Have a fistfight with them.

David Ayer

I'm one of those big believers that the movie comes together in the way it's supposed to be and that movies are fated to become what they become.

David Ayer

I'm not a film-school guy. I was a high-school dropout. I was on a nuclear submarine. I was an electrician. I was a house painter. So if you get in my face, I'm going to fight you.

David Ayer

I think great acting is about inhabiting a skin and transforming yourself.

David Ayer

I think a good director can embrace any genre and it's the kind of thing where you always want to do something different. You always want to challenge yourself.

David Ayer

I like to do stuff real and practical and in camera, as much as possible. I like old school filmmaking.

David Ayer

I feel like, as a filmmaker, I'm at my strongest when I write the script and when it comes from me, out of whole cloth. My best work has always been self-generated.

David Ayer

For me, directing is like writing with meat. I can write live, in real time, and change things and be confident that I'm helping the movie.

David Ayer

Every movie is different. Every movie requires its own sort of photographic voice.

David Ayer

Even the scrutiny is good because it lets you know the world cares about your movie, and there is interest in it.

David Ayer

As a writer, you have to be willing to kill your darlings, and I'm a writer first. As a director, I've got no problem cutting the scenes.

David Ayer

Actors are insanely competitive and they hold back on each other. They are like magicians and none of them want to show their tricks.

David Ayer

Actors are like kids, they need to play a little bit. And that's the nature of their job, they need to shake off some energy and then you as the director get them back on track. When you do loosen up the reins, you get some amazing things, but you have to wring out the performances for every last good drop.

David Ayer

For me, I like to show what guys are like when no one is looking and how we really are, and that we can be emotional and have these emotional lives. I think it would be great to do a film where we see some females and what's going on there when we're not around.

David Ayer

I'm a veteran, and I come from a family of veterans and people who served in that war. And the stories that I heard were a hell of a lot different than the movies that I was seeing, so I wanted to make a movie about the people that were really there.

David Ayer

I'm all about real drama, real performance, and real people, so my twist on this is: I'm creating a family, a brotherhood here. I'm creating a very real chemistry and I have this incredible ensemble of actors led by Will Smith, who are basically playing dimensional characters with lives and souls.

David Ayer

It was a distortion, a mercenary decision to create this parallel history in order to drive the movie for an American audience, Both my grandparents were officers in World War Two, and I would be personally offended if somebody distorted their achieve.

David Ayer