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2013: The Year In Quotes

Photo of Jessica Kiang By Jessica Kiang | The Playlist January 9, 2014 at 2:23PM

2013, we’re not quite done with you yet. To close off our coverage of the year gone by, we wanted to hand over the mic to the actors, directors and other film professionals who made waves, headlines, faux pas, announcements, pronouncements or funny gags throughout the year. And we’re changing up the format this time out, scouring the whole internet and not just our own archives for these little nuggets, mainly because we’re fairly sure you’ve all avidly consumed, and committed to memory every word of each of the 200-odd interviews we ran in 2013, and we’d be preaching to the choir.
Pacific Rim


“Today we are cancelling the Apocalypse!”
The awesomely named Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) in “Pacific Rim.

“I think everyone will be satisfied with the ending where we hug it out and all is forgiven.”
Bryan Cranston teases theBreaking Bad” finale.

"When you add up the amount of dialogue that you say per year and you realise that you've said written words more than you've had a chance to say your own words, you start thinking about that as an insane option for a human being."
Johnny Depp suggesting retirement may not be far off on the BBC Breakfast show.

“I had a strong feeling in my childhood that we had fought a truly stupid war ...It goes without saying that I am opposed to revising the Constitution [to enable a return to militarism] That is something that should never be done.”
Hayao Miyazaki clarifies his anti-war position to Neppu, Studio Ghibli’s regular newsletter, in the face of allegations that his swan song “The Wind Rises” lionizes Japanese militarism, and is subsequently labelled a “traitor” by Japanese nationalists. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. The pamphlet is available for download here, if your Japanese is any good.

“I just want to say how lovely it is to be back here in California, I feel safe here now that you’ve got rid of Proposition 8. I’m looking for a husband, it’s great to meet you, Michael.”
Sir Ian McKellan, sharing the Comic-Con stage with his fellow ‘X-Men’ actors including Michael Fassbender (who blows him a kiss in reply).

Woody Allen

"I am in the South of France, so I can’t be there this evening. I only wish I was in New York and couldn’t be there.”
The text message Woody Allen sent to his rep excusing his absence from the “Blue Jasmine” New York premiere party.

“Boycotting a movie made by 99% lgbt equality folks in an lgbt equality industry is a waste of our collective energy. Making one phone call to a relative in the south who isn't quite there yet would be 1000 times more effective.”
"Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black comments on the "Enders Game" controversy in which a boycott was called by LGBT groups due to author Orson Scott Card's anti-gay marriage stance.

"I want you to remember, Clark. In all the years to come, in all your most private moments, I want you to remember my hand at your throat. I want you to remember the one man who beat you.”
Actor Harry Lennix at Comic-Con, at Zack Snyder’s behest, causing the audience to lose their shit at the reference prior to the reveal of the dual logos which confirmed that yes, the “Batman vs. Superman” movie will soon be an actual thing in the real-life world.

"This is unjust...I was asked by two execs at Warner Brothers, which I’m happy testify to, that if I gave them back the rights to 'The Hobbit' they would drop the claim. For a 1916 short? This was used as a bullying tactic."
Harvey Weinstein on WB suing him over use of the title "The Butler" which resulted in TWC changing the film's name to "Lee Daniels' The Butler." Film went on to make $116.3m.

"What was your favorite movie that you've ever done? Who was your favorite character? Does it rhyme with ‘The Shmude?' "
Jennifer Lawrence grabs a microphone from a nearby reporter and conducts an impromptu interview with fellow Comic-Con attendee, Jeff Bridges.

The Butler Forest Whitaker


"Everything you are, everything you have, is because of that butler."
Gloria Gaines (Oprah Winfrey) in "Lee Daniels' The Butler"

"Mission: Accepted"
Christopher McQuarrie's terse way of letting the twitterati know he would indeed be directing "Mission: Impossible 5."

"It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it's kind of funny. You know, he's not playing King Lear. It's Batman!... certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw 'Argo' or 'The Town,' and all the work he's been doing lately, it's way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that."
Matt Damon heretically poohpoohing geek outrage over the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in "Batman vs Superman."

The Expendables Bruce Willis Sylvester Stallone

"WILLIS OUT ... HARRISON FORD IN !!!! GREAT NEWS !!!!! Been waiting years for this!!!!"
Caps-happy Sylvester Stallone vents on Twitter about Bruce Willis after he dropped out of "The Expendables 3."

"But people still went to movies in those days. People went to movie theaters. It was a community experience, and that was part of the fun. Now people see a movie on their iPad, alone, with interruptions for snacks."
Harrison Ford lamenting the old days in the New York Times.

"TWC people have told Bong [Joon-ho] that their aim is to make sure the film 'will be understood by audiences in Iowa ... and Oklahoma. Leaving aside the issue of what Weinstein thinks of its audience, it seems to say… that the rest of the English-speaking world has to be dragged down to the presumed level of American Midwest hicks."
U.K. film critic and Programmer Tony Rayns, managing to come across as more condescending even than Harvey Scissorhands in the ongoing "Snowpiercer" U.S. cut debate.

"I’m just really starting to feel like a monkey in a zoo."
Jennifer Lawrence in an uncharacteristically downbeat moment.

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