“I’m not focused on what other people think of me, Some people get you and some people don’t, and to spend your life trying to make people understand how deep and complex and varied you are - I think that way lies madness.”
Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was an American business tycoon, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, inventor, filmmaker and philanthropist. During his lifetime, he was one of the wealthiest people in the world.
Cate Blanchett as Katharine Hepburn, The Aviator (2004)
“Movies are movies, Howard. Not life. Now the stage–the stage is real. Real flesh and blood. Human beings right out there in front of you, buster. Can’t look away. Can’t munch popcorn. That would be rude. Oh, I adore the theater. Only alive on-stage.”
It’s one thing to play on screen someone who has lived and breathed, someone people have an image of and regard as an icon, but it’s another thing entirely to play her in the very medium in which she has become so revered. The truth is that I don’t think I would have attempted such a feat for anyone other than Martin Scorsese. Marty and I talked about it a lot. He didn’t want me to do any kind of burlesque or cabaret act in recreating her. He wanted something deeper. He wanted me to observe her mannerisms and her gestures and her screen persona, and try to capture the truth of her personality and something of her extraordinary energy. -Cate Blanchett on playing Katharine Hepburn