Stephen Frears is an acclaimed British film and television director who has received many awards for his work and was twice nominated for an Oscar. Born in 1941 in Leicester, England, Frears studied at Cambridge University in the early 1960s, before entering the film industry as an assistant…more
Stephen: I never expected to become a director. It never occurred to me to come to America, to Hollywood. It's all been a wonderful accident. I'm still amazed every time I finish a film. I'm the opposite of Steven Spielberg who's obsessed about making films since he was a child. It's all come as a surprise; I'm finding my way through the dark.
Stephen: I like a lot of takes. I just go on until the actors get it right.
Stephen: I like making films about different cultures. I'm interested in things that I've never encountered before. I try to put myself in the audience's position.
Stephen: Isn't that what Joan Collin's success is based on? People love bitches. The more dreadful they are, the more awful things they say, the more heavenly they are.
Stephen: There's one thing now that I experience every day when I'm making a film. I get up and think to myself, am I going to be able to do it today? I figure as long as I have that fear, I'll be alright.