Government should be a place where people can come together, and no one gets left behind. No oneâ€¦gets left behind. An instrument of good.
We're about to shoot an episode on Air Force One, for instance, and we're going to take liberties, small liberties, with Air Force One, as we take small liberties with our White House set.
There's a great tradition in storytelling that's thousands of years old, telling stories about kings and their palaces, and that's really what I wanted to do.
But HBO is less interested in how many people are watching than in how much the people who are watching are liking the show. They didn't set up their business model to make writers happy. It's just a nice unintended consequence.
This is a time for serious people, Bob, and your fifteen minutes are up.
Believe me, for a 28-year-old writer, getting a check for $200,000 was a big deal indeed,
that there might be at NBC or HBO.
What's interesting, is that I've found that the more accomplished a director is, the more secure they are in giving direction that sounds incredibly unsophisticated.
Never argue with a drunk or a fool.
It's certainly easy for me to make a fictional character mad about something. I can get them angry about something that I'm relatively indifferent about, just because I'm not educated on it, if I go to someone who is educated about it and is passionate about it. I find a point of fiction and then gi
I have a lot of respect for people who are great at ad-libbing, and for writers and directors who are able to create a scene in which that works.
I'll get cast occasionally as sort of the jerk version of myself, and I have fun doing that. But it's really better for everyone if I stay behind the camera.
I have to allow for the possibility that I'm not just writing the season finale, that I'm writing the series finale,
A friend is somebody who says the same things to your face that they would say if you're not in the room.
Iâ€™m sick of girls who donâ€™t know how to high-five,
It's a combination of life being unpredictable, and you being super dumb. Aaron Sorki
Decisions are made by those who show up. Don't ever forget that you're a citizen of this world.
It seems to me that more and more we've come to expect less and less from each other, and I think that should change.
If you can socialize from the privacy of your desk at night in a dark room, you can be a smoother, cooler, funnier, sexy, more everything person than you actually are in real life.
It's nice that HBO is in business with the audience and not with the advertisers. There's a difference.
There are television critics, movie critics, and theater critics too who I like and who I follow and I get genuinely bummed when they don't like something that I've written because I usually agree with them.
As a dramatist, you're looking for points of friction...
Elite is not a bad word, it's an aspirational one
Toby: All right. It couldn't have gone far, right? Sam: No. Toby: Somewhere in this building...is our talent.
Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award. I'm going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.
Mrs. Landingham, does the President have free time this morning? The President has nothing but free time, Toby. Right now he's in the residence eating Cheerios and enjoying Regis and Kathie Lee. Should I get him for you? Sarcasm's a disturbing thing coming from a woman of your age, Mrs. Landingham.
Josh: So, Toby, itâ€™s election night. What do you say about a country that goes out of its way to protect even those citizens that try to destroy it? Toby: God bless America.
The play was written before a lot of things that have informed how we feel about the military, but I think it is going to resonate.
I would love for people to think that I am as quick, clever, smart and heroic as the characters that I write, but those characters are characters.
A Few Good Men