“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”
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.”