Paul Verhoeven

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  • 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.