Paul Verhoeven

Paul Verhoeven


7/18/1938, Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands

Birth Name

Paul Verhoeven



Also Known As

Jan Jansen
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Paul Verhoeven is known for his extensive film career, including directing such films as RoboCop, Basic Instinct and Showgirls. As of 2007, Paul is married and living in Los Angeles, California.


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Paul is the first person to accept a Razzie Award in person when receiving his "award" for Worst Director for the 1995 film Showgirls. While attending, he also personally accepted the Worst Picture "award."

    • Rutger Hauer has appeared in five films Paul has directed.

    • In 1987, Paul worked as a scenario adviser for the film Vroeger is dood. This is the only time in Paul's film work that he would work as a scenario advisory.

    • In 1969, Paul served as a camera operator for the film Palaver. This is the only time in Paul's life that his job would be operating a camera.

    • In 2002, Paul was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Amsterdam Fanatic Film Festival.

    • Paul drinks Diet Coke quite often.

    • In 1996, Paul "won" the Razzie Award in the category of Worst Director for the 1995 flop Showgirls.

    • Salaries:
      Basic Instinct -- $5,000,000
      Showgirls -- $2,000,000

    • In 2007, Paul served as a member of the jury at the 64th Venice Film Festival.

    • Although born in Amsterdam, Paul's family lived in the village of Slikkerveer.

    • Paul has said that he considers John Landis as his only friend in Hollywood.

    • In 1989, Paul won the Readers' Choice Award at the Kinema Junpo Awards in the category of Best Foreign Language Film
      for the 1987 film RoboCop.

  • Quotes

    • Paul: The sooner we admit our capacity for evil the less apt we are to destroy each other.

    • Paul: People love seeing violence and horrible things. The human being is bad and he can't stand more than five minutes of happiness. Put him in a dark theater and ask him to look at two hours of happiness and he'd walk out or fall asleep.

    • Paul: There is a fear about sex in motion pictures, as if sex would undermine morality.

    • Paul Verhoeven: People seem to have this strange idea that films can influence people to be violent, but in my sincere opinion film only reflects the violence of society.