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[on casting] They [the studios] go through that process where they think you have to find the most famous people possible and then they go down the line. That's a game I'm increasingly uninterested in - unless the most famous possible person also happens to be very correct in the part, like Jack Nicholson
Among his favorite filmmakers: Akira Kurosawa
, Luis Buñuel
, Hal Ashby
, Martin Scorsese
and Sergio Leone
Frequently uses actual people in roles of minor characters in his movies (real life policemen for policemen, real life restaurant servers for servers, real life teachers for teachers)