Graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television (1988)
Graduated from Wesleyan University in 1985.
Went to Beverly Hills High School, the same high school as Angelina Jolie, Michael Klesic, Nicolas Cage, Corbin Bernsen, Lenny Kravitz, David Schwimmer, Breckin Meyer, Jonathan Silverman, and Richard Dreyfuss.
Once beat out fellow Beverly Hills High School classmate Nicolas Cage for a role in Thornton Wilder‘s play Our Town.
“In adventure films, the danger is more important than the violence. And I think wish-fulfillment plays into the appeal. For adults, a good adventure film can really tap into childhood passions.”
“There’s something more literary about adventure films [that keeps them timeless]. That quality may be hard to define, but you know it when you see it. ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ harks back to Robert Louis Stevenson’s ‘Treasure Island.’”
“Most treasure hunt movies take place abroad and in the past, which from the audience standpoint means laws are different, rules are different, the people in the third world can get shot in bunches and that’s okay. But we couldn’t shoot our own cops, our own FBI. We couldn’t have the public get endangered. So suddenly we had all of these restrictions that made it much harder to do an action film.”
It was really important to me – and it might have been the obnoxious director thing – but I just insisted that we go to the places where we were shooting. It felt like if we’re going to celebrate these aspects of American history, I want the movie to look real, not fake. [on shooting on location]
Then I was in college being miserable and studying and [Nicolas Cage] was making a lot of money and getting fame and fortune and being on the cover of GQ. I have since become successful and still never been asked to be on the cover of GQ.
Nic [Nicolas Cage] was a junior and I was a senior. It’s hard to believe he’s younger than I am. Nic was like the cool outsider – he kind of had this James Dean quality – but he thinks he was the loser who didn’t fit in. But he doesn’t realize all the girls think that’s hot.