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I think it's only natural to be influenced by the filmmakers and things that you gravitate to when you were younger. I think my first seminal television moment was my grandmother forcing me, sobbing and screaming, to watch 'Dark Shadows'. She would make me sit through it to toughen me, I think. And when I was bad I had to watch 'The Waltons'.
He's famous for getting in touch directly with the actors he admires and wants to cast, proposing characters and assuring he would tailor them if needed.