John Avildsen: (of being offered "The Karate Kid") Karate Kid? I said, "Wait a second, how could I do The Karate Kid? I did Rocky. I can see it now, they're gonna call it 'The Karocky Kid'."
John Avildsen: (of Jack Lemmon wanting to be cast in "Save the Tiger") I said to him, "I've always been a fan of your work, but if you do this movie with me if I direct it, if you choose me to direct it I don't want to see you in it. I want to see this character; I don't want to see Jack Lemmon, I want to see this guy."