Born On This Day — November 30

'Badlands' (1973)
Badlands (1973)
David Mamet

Working as a screenwriter, I always thought that “Film is a collaborative business” only constituted half of the actual phrase. From a screenwriter’s point-of-view, the correct rendering should be “Film is a collaborative business: bend over.”

David Mamet
Sigourney Weaver & Scott on the set of 'Alien' (1979)
Sigourney Weaver and Ridley Scott on the set of Alien (1979)

I’m a yarnteller. My job is to engage you as much as I can and as often as I can. I love the process and still continue to adore the process, actually. I don’t get attached to anything. I’m like a good antique dealer. I’m prepared to sell my most valuable table.

—Ridley Scott
'Zoolander' (2001)
Zoolander (2001)

Normally, people tend to shut off their ambitions and competitive thinking because it doesn’t help them much in normal life. But in the movie business you’ve constantly got to prove yourself. So I can be a real asshole on the set sometimes.

—Ben Stiller