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Mary Harron

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Birth Place: Canada Profession: Director ...
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"I don't mock my rock 'n roll days, but I realized that a rock writer's career doesn't change much after the age of 22. And I shouldn't be doing the same thing at 40 that I was doing at 22. It took me awhile to get into movies, but I realized it was what I always wanted to do." --Mary Harron in New York, February 5, 1996.

"The thing I found difficult is that people here don't understand television experience [in Britain]. There is no independent film, everyone goes to work for English TV.

"People are very patronizing here if you have worked in television. There is a lot of television comedy here, like Roseanne's show, that I admire. And there is also a lot of good writing in crime shows like 'Homicide'. But no one takes television seriously. In terms of survival I would have no problem doing television. But no one understands what I did before. They were short, very stylized films. For example, I did a half-hour film about boredom for Channel Four." --Harron talking with Rose Troche in Filmmaker, 1997

"I had been doing quite well as a journalist during the punk explosion in the late 70s. I did an article anbout the Velvet Underground, the band most closely associated with Warhol's Factory, for NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS. And, I also wrote an article about Warhol's influence on pop culture for MELODY MAKER. I actually got to interview Warhol for that piece, as well as peopel in his circle. So, by the time I set out to write my script, I felt pretty comfortable that I knew my story." --Harron quoted in DGA Magazine, January 1999.

On "American Psycho" getting slapped with a NC-17 rating for its depiction of the film's star Christian Bale in a three-way sexual encounter with two prostitutes: "The scene is not about sex, but about sex as a transaction, so we made it deliberately banal and distant. That Bateman [Bale's character] is looking at himself in the mirror and not at his partners seems to be an issue for the MPAA, but his expression sums up his frighteningly detatched relationship to the world around him. To me it's one of the most significant scenes in the film and to cut it would cause serious damamge." --From Harron statement, quoted in part by Charles Lyons in Daily Variety, January 18, 2000.

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