In Their Words — Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Altman with Elliott Gould & Donald Sutherland on the set of 'M*A*S*H' (1970)
Robert Altman with Elliott Gould and Donald Sutherland on the set of M*A*S*H (1970)

I probably am a lazy artist and probably don’t control things as much as people would like—but that’s my business. And if my style is too loose or improvised for some people’s taste, that’s their problem—totally. The fact is, I’m not the greatest Hollywood director and all that bullshit, but I’m not the opposite, either. And I am not careless. I may be irresponsible, I may strive for things and not always succeed, but that’s never the result of sloppiness. Maybe it’s lack of judgment.

—Robert Altman