Abel Ferrara on being an artist

“Like that interview with Tarantino in the Times, all right? You tell me why a filmmaker is like a boxer, okay? A boxer – one split second of distraction and you could be in a wheelchair for the rest of your life. Like I told you, what’s gonna happen to you on a set, honey? Your assistant is going to spill hot coffee on your lap. How the fuck does that make you a boxer, Jack? You’re the opposite of a boxer, okay? Get it straight: You’re an artist, which is fine, man, that’s cool.”

— Abel Ferrara