What does this photograph say about you as a person?
1) I like fun things 2) I have good core strength 3) Give me a few Splenda mojitos and I'm down for anything.
As a director?
Besides Twister, what turns you on creatively?
I'm an unabashed humanist. I'm not above nerding out on lenses and camera moves and the other aspects of storytelling, but shaping characters and working with actors are always the most entertaining things for me. When I get a script I'm always trying to anchor the idea around a real person, even with the most absurd ideas. The little behavioral nuances that happen when people interact—that stuff never gets old to me. A well-timed sigh or nervous tic can be more funny than any joke.
How has the job changed since you first started directing?
It's a lot more fun than it was a year ago. There's a lot of anxiety about fucking up when you're starting out—for good reason—there are dozens of ways to ruin a good idea. Bad blocking, bad angles, bad casting, bad timing, etc. But you do your homework to avoid those things and eventually it becomes instinctual so you don't have to waste a bunch of time wringing your hands about every decision and you can focus on the important things.