Darren Aronofsky

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    • Darren: I try to live my life where I end up at a point where I have no regrets. So I try to choose the road that I have the most passion on because then you can never really blame yourself for making the wrong choices. You can always say you're following your passion.

    • Darren: To me, watching a movie is like going to an amusement park. My worst fear is making a film that people don't think is a good ride.

    • Darren: There's always been a lot of pressure and tension on the line. If Pi (1998) didn't work out, I have no idea what my career would be. I don't think I would have gotten another shot at it. If Requiem for a Dream (2000) didn't work out, they would have called me a 'one-hit wonder with a sophomore slump'.

    • Darren: (on his movie, "The Fountain") It's a very earnest movie but it's about love and death. It's a shame that the world of cynicism has invaded everything. If you surrender to the film and just enjoy it ... then people are seeing things that they've never seen before.

    • Darren: (on working with Hugh Jackman) It just blew me away, I just saw so much charisma and talent. We just had a blast together, he completely surrendered to the character. I've never seen anyone work that hard and be that committed. And the way he treats people ... the fact he treated a PA the same way he treated me, that's who he is.

    • Darren: (on working with his fiancé, Rachel Weisz, in "The Fountain") We tried to be professional on set and we did a pretty good job, we broke the lines every once in a while but we tried to be director/actor on set and partners at home. It was challenging but it was also an amazing experience to watch someone you know do their art in front of you.

    • Darren: (on not giving up on making "The Fountain") I tried to get it out of my system and come up with another project. One night I woke up and just knew I had to get the film back and even though it would be super hard to remount it, I knew there had to be a way. So I went back to my no-budget, independent filmmaking roots of just trying to do something with nothing.

    • Darren: I had some big ups and downs when I was in my 20s and the one thing I learned was, no matter how low it gets, something good will come along - something always comes out of that dark period.