I will defend my title as heavyweight champion of the world against all comers, none barred. By this I mean black, Mexican, Indian or any other nationality without regard to color, size or nativity. I propose to be the champion of the world, not the white or the Canadian or the American or any other limited degree of champion.
There was a great director who directed a picture that I wrote who barred me from the set quite appropriately and said, “I’m sorry, Jim. When you’re directing, you don’t need to know everything. You need the illusion that you do.” And, you know, and I WOULD be there behind him trying to signal the actors in, you know, in a way I wasn’t even aware of.james l. brooks