Quotes by Andrew Niccol

"I never saved anything for the swim back."
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"I was never more certain of how far away I was from my goal than when I was standing right beside it."
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"You wanted to know how I did it? That's how I did it, Anton. I never saved anything for the swim back."
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"I soon realized we just swapped one hell for another."
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"We accept the reality of the world with which we are presented"
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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.

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