“Lu­cas, Spiel­berg, De Palma, Cop­pola. We were dif­fi­cult, no doubt, but we were also al­ways help­ing one an­other with each other’s films – un­til ev­ery­thing changed in the late 1970s”

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man­aged to keep mak­ing films. How does he charm the money men? “I just un­der­stand that they need what they need,” he says with a shrug.

“If they give you $50 mil­lion or even $1 mil­lion, then it’s a lot of money. It’s real money. If you go over, it comes out of your salary. You have to re­spect that. They have their own mis­sion. That doesn’t mean that when you start out mak­ing a movie, then ev­ery­thing will be fine.

“Ev­ery day the pres­sure is on. How much do you hold on to? How much do you give away? Some­times, I ad­mit, that’s an un­rea­son­able strug­gle.”

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