Born On This Day — August 21

Melvin Van Peebles

They laughed at Columbus when he said the world was round, too.

—Melvin Van Peebles
Mel Gibson & Weir 'The Year of Living Dangerously' (1982)
Mel Gibson and Peter Weir making The Year of Living Dangerously (1982)

What I can’t do is what I consider children’s films, infantile subject matter. The caped-crusader-type stuff is not for me…When I began making films, they were just movies. “What’s the new movie? What are you doing?” Now they’re called “adult dramas.” Sounds like a porno film because the majority of the marketplace is devoted to children.

—Peter Weir