Gregg Araki

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12/17/1959, Los Angeles, California, USA

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    Birth Place:

    Los Angeles, California, USA

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  • Quotes (16)

    • Gregg Araki: I get sent a lot of scripts and books and a lot of material and I've never encountered a story like Mysterious Skin. I've never come across a story that's kind of moved me in such a deep and profound way.

    • Gregg Araki: On one hand, I'm old-fashioned, and I'll always love cinema, because I'm a film school brat, and I grew up on all the auteurs and all that stuff. But on the other hand, I embrace the change, because it makes cinema and telling stories with pictures more accessible. I love the idea that things can be beamed out and that they're accessible to everybody, even if you live in some Podunk town way out in the middle of nowhere.

    • Gregg Araki: As an Asian-American raised in Southern California, I grew up very 'assimilated'. My ethnic identity is not like a separatist sort of thing; it doesn't keep me from other people. It's not something that I view as this huge difference.

    • Gregg Araki: The world of Nowhere is, in a way, typical of my worldview in the sense that both race and sexuality are, as far as issues go, very neutered. I mean, there's a utopian vision of the world as this place where sexuality is not really an issue, where characters are not really gay or straight or bisexual, they just sort of 'are'. And, in the same way, there are African-American characters and Asian-American characters and Latino characters, and they're all in this melting pot. There's not really an issue of 'I'm black and you're white and we're in this relationship, so how do we navigate our differences?'.

    • Gregg Araki: I don't go to the cinema to see reality. Reality to me is boring. What's interesting is taking that reality and creating this hyper-reality.

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    Trivia (6)

    • The three movies, Totally F***ed Up, The Doom Generation and Nowhere, form the Teen Apocalypse trilogy, which explores what Araki calls the 'unwanted generation'.

    • For Mysterious Skin, Gregg wrote an alternate script for the two young leading actors. They did not know what the whole movie was actually about and had never read the original script.

    • Gregg went to college wanting to be a veterinarian but eventually took film classes when he was a undergraduate.

    • When he was a young kid, he used to draw comic books, wrote fiction and short stories.

    • He has his own film production, Desperate Pictures Company.

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