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On the value of writing: Everyone has to recognize that it all begins with the story. I am a member of the writers guild and believe in everything theyre striking for. Im also a director. Im hoping we can get on with the show.
Can the Oscars heal the rifts caused by the strike? "I hope so. We were making a film that takes place in France [and a lot of people wondered] how could we possibly get that right? The French will never welcome a film from an American trying to capture France. But we did great in France and France sort of surprised and delighted us."
On the mood in Hollywood: "I feel like wed been locked in a stare-down and then with the directors guild [tentative settlement], it feels like there is some movement. That is an optimistic thing. I would like to think that people can sit down at a table and talk. The directors guild proved that it can happen. But I do think they probably wouldnt have had an easy time if the writers guild hadnt been willing to take it on the chin and do the right thing.
-- Robert Welkos, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer