Guy Ritchie

Guy Ritchie


9/10/1968, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England, UK

Birth Name

Guy Stuart Ritchie


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Guy Ritchie is an English screenwriter and director who was born September 10, 1968, in Hatfield, Hertfordshire, England. Ritchie was inspired to be a filmmaker by the 1969 TV series Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. However, Ritchie, who is dyslexic, dropped out of high school at 15,…more


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    • Guy: What I liked about American movies when I was a kid was that they're sort of larger than life and I think I'm still suffering from that reaction.

    • Guy: It's not easy to strap yourself down to a desk and bash on a keyboard when you know you can direct lots of films, because directing films is fun and interactive and gregarious. Writing isn't.

    • Guy: I suppose directing on set is the most fun because it's a good crack and you feel you're on the battlefield whereas writing is a fairly solitary undertaking.

    • Guy: You get a different kick out of all aspects of filmmaking.

    • Guy: I think there's a natural system in your own head about how much violence the scene warrants. It's not an intellectual process, it's an instinctive process.

    • Guy: We always have a take that's "one for fun", so once you've got what you need, you can do what you like. Something does occasionally pop out of that tree. I'm always open to ideas.

    • Guy: I'm not under too much of an illusion of how smart or un-smart I am because filmmaking ultimately is about teamwork.

    • Guy: Creatively, we like the same sort of things, so it just makes sense to work together. (on working with wife Madonna).

    • Guy: As I get more and more involved in the child's world with Rocco [his son] I'm getting interested in making a film for children.

    • Guy: I'd like to work with the missus, but there's nothing in the pipeline at the moment.

    • Guy: The English countryside is the most staggeringly beautiful place. I can't spend as much time there as I like, but I like everything about it. I like fishing, I like clay- pigeon shooting. I am not involved in any 'issues' because it's too sensitive for me - or my wife - to get involved. Every time we express an opinion it becomes a whole thing in itself. And the whole purpose of living in the countryside was to get away from hundreds of people. My wife fell off a horse, and suddenly there are hundreds of people around.

    • Guy: I'm not politically motivated. I used to be - passionately. I used to be very Left wing. Then I went very Right wing, and now I rest somewhere in the middle.

    • Guy: I am relatively familiar with getting a good old rumping from the critics. In some cases, the critics just didn't like the film - fair cop. Others, I think, didn't understand it.

    • Guy: We are not that flash, me or the missus. In fact, we are quite low-maintenance.

    • Guy:In fact, 95% of the people in my films have been nothing less than a pleasure to work with.

    • Guy:If somebody has a better idea than me, I'll take it if it surpasses what we have on the page because at the end of the day, it's me that takes the credit anyway!

    • Guy:I've always been surprised that no other movie has ever been called Revolver because it just sounds cool. So I like the name but I also like the concept that, if you're in a game, it keeps revolving until you realize that you are in a game and then maybe you can start evolving.

    • Guy:I think there's a natural system in your own head about how much violence the scene warrants. It's not an intellectual process, it's an instinctive process.

    • Guy:I like to think that we've got a plan, so let's stick to it. That said, once we've stuck to it, we're allowed as much improvisation as anyone cares to indulge themselves in.

    • Guy:I got into film-making because I was interested in making entertaining movies, which I felt there was a lack of.

    • Guy:I can understand that the whole world is interested in my wife Madonna. That's even why I married her.

    • Guy:Brad Pitt, poor geezer, was blown up, thrown around, burned, slapped, frozen. But never a moan or a whine. Now that's what I call a real star.

    • Guy:All the other guys I think had a scream on Lock, Stock. They just had a laugh and a crack, and thought it would never come out; they were just having a good time. On this one, I felt that.

    • Guy:After Lock, Stock, all these really nasty small town characters came knocking at my door trying to tell me stories, and somehow I ended up with this guy whose brother was feeding people to pigs, and that's what he did to get rid of people.