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The director has covered most genres in his wildly successful work in the cinema and on TV. But it is as king of the blockbuster that he will reign with the release of the new Star Trek, before he turns his talents to the latest Star Wars movie

Hollywood loves to categorise people. As every actor and director knows, it is all too easy to get pigeonholed on the back of a single successful film or an early role taken purely to pay the bills. Inside many daytime soap stars are Shakespeareans longing to play Hamlet. Perhaps some of the best action film directors, in their dark moments of the soul, will be kept awake at night by a gnawing urge to direct a low-budget independent film of deep artistic worth.

This is, after all, the industry that developed the star system, whose scripts are ruthlessly fine-tuned to appeal to »

- Paul Harris

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