I came across this quote in an amazing profile on David Milch, the aging creator behind Deadwood, the overlooked (and now defunct) HBO series from the noughties.
Billy Wilder has been my numero uno since I came across his seminal post-war films in my twenties.
When I began to dive into the man behind the magic, I came to understand what made his films stand above the rest.
The man was a force. A pure workaholic. He sunk his teeth into the creative work with devout pleasure. Pushing his collaborators to the brink in search of a higher truth.
You’ve gotta put pen to paper in order to find the magic.
You need to put yourself on the line.