Quotes by Andrew Niccol

"I never saved anything for the swim back."

"I was never more certain of how far away I was from my goal than when I was standing right beside it."

"You wanted to know how I did it? That's how I did it, Anton. I never saved anything for the swim back."

"I soon realized we just swapped one hell for another."

"We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented"

Andrew Niccol
  • Andrew Niccol

  • Date of birth: June 10, 1964
  • Born: in Paraparaumu, New Zealand.

  • Description: New Zealand-born screenwriter-director Andrew Niccol began his career in London, successfully directing TV commercials before moving to Los Angeles in order to make films "longer than 60 seconds." He interested high-powered producer Scott Rudin in his The Truman Show (1998) script, but Rudin was not willing to gamble on a rookie director, particularly when Jim Carrey came aboard, swelling the budget to about $60 million. Peter Weir helmed instead, bringing a complementary vision which lightened the material somewhat, and the clever satire, which followed a cheerful insurance man (Carrey) as he slowly realizes that all the people in his life are just actors in a TV show, opened to critical raves. Since the deal for "Truman" came together slowly, Niccol actually made his screenwriting and directing debut with Gattaca (1997), a superb, well-acted sci-fi movie that raised issues of genetic engineering in a totalitarian environment.