Filmmaker who all married Academy Award-winning celebrity Helen Mirren and was Leader from the Director’s Guild of America. He spent many years with the Tranquility Corps in Bolivia. He aimed the music video for the Lionel Richie melody Say You, State Me. He wedded Helen Mirren despite her vow to never marry. They fulfilled over the set of Light Evenings, which he was directing. He created and directed the 2000 film Proof Lifestyle starring Meg Ryan.
Full Name Taylor Hackford
Date Of Birth December 31, 1944
Place Of Birth Santa Barbara, CA
Height 1.88 m
Education University of Southern California
Spouse Helen Mirren, Lynne Littman, Georgie Lowres
Awards Academy Award for Best Short Film (Live Action), Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media, Grammy Award for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media, Independent Spirit Truer than Fiction Award
Nominations Academy Award for Best Picture, Academy Award for Best Director, Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Directors Guild of America Award for Outstanding Directing – Feature Film, David di Donatello for Best Foreign Film, Satellite Award for Best Director, Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Director
Movies Parker, The Devil's Advocate, Ray, An Officer and a Gentleman, Proof of Life, Dolores Claiborne, Blood In Blood Out, White Nights, Love Ranch, Against All Odds, The Comedian, The Idolmaker, Everybody's All-American, Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll, La Bamba, When We Were Kings, Teenage Father, Mortal Thoughts, G:MT – Greenwich Mean Time, The Mystery of Dante, Bukowski, A Tribute to Ricky Nelson
Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures
An Officer and a Gentleman (1982)
Chicago International Film Festival
The Idolmaker (1980)
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You've got to respect the script's integrity. The changes you make should complement the project instead of fighting it... the bottom line of any film is the script.
In terms of input, I think that when the director gets involved, the script usually changes a bit. It's written from a particular point of view, and the director's the one to visualize it, interpret what the story is up on the screen. I just think that those people who say well, the script is incidental, its all my stamp and so forth, are full of baloney.
Russell Crowe is very difficult, but it's worth it. He's the real thing. I can tell you this. Russell Crowe was just as difficult before he was an international star as he was afterwards.
You'd be surprised how many movie stars still care about the work.
When I finish a film, I put it away and I never look at it again.
The director's job should give you a sense of music without drawing attention to itself.
Well I don't think I've scored my life exclusively to Ray Charles.
We all get paid very, very well, and we have responsibilities.
I really believe you can predict when someone has a great attitude, a real well of talent.
This devil loves mankind because men are going to always make the choice that will send him into ascendancy. He's been winning the game for a long time.
The SAS is the most elite of the special forces in the world. They are not people who go out and advertise; they keep it inside. They don't want anybody to know about them.
Music has always been an important thing to me in my life and understand I've worked in the music business.
I'm not in front of the camera, they are. I encourage them; I build up as much of their confidence and ego as possible. They've got to take control; I can't act it out.
I try to get the best performance an actor can give.
I also know what looks good before the camera, how to move the camera, and how to get a story on the screen.
But the process of making a film is not glamorous. Certainly not my films.
I feel very comfortable shooting music, and I think you can see that.
I make films about working class people.
It's much easier to work with an unknown.
Show business is one of those things that people can use to get themselves out of the lower rung of society.
Ray Charles, in his own way, it's like at the beginning, Ray Charles changed American music, not once but twice.
Look at Walter Huston in The Devil and Daniel Webster: It's an incredible performance.
If people are worried about the size of their trailers, I kind of say their priorities are off.
My creative partner is a writer, and he's got an executive producing credit on this film. We've made three films together and I would never underestimate the impact of a writer.
It's very clearly stated in the film: You make your own choices, and what you're always fighting is ego.
But, unfortunately, sometimes that affirmation creates a sense that you deserve special treatment and recognition in areas where you're not so talented.
Because when you have millions of people with this kind of need for gratification, and the culture is saying that it's possible for everyone to satisfy all of their needs and desires all of the time, there are obviously going to be clashes - clashes of ego.
And it's a question of how far we're willing to go in order to let the ego shine, in order to let that beacon penetrate not only the local scene but the world.
It isn't glamorous until after the film is finished, and you are at the premiere and getting your picture on the cover of magazines.
The whole concept of the devil is a metaphor on one level.
It was the era of Tab Hunter and Rock Hudson; they all had a certain look.
But a writer's contribution is literary and a film is not literary. When you take that stuff off the page, and cast the people who are going to fit into those roles, that's what being a director is.
An actor has to embody a role.
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