Ridley Scott's Mideast Moves

He reminds Travers that when "Alien" was "brutal – a huge success," and "Blade Runner" followed, he was still being treated in Hollywood as the "new kid on the block." He protests, "I'm not a kid. I'm a businessman. So I see things in a certain way. I was naturally met with 'you can't do this and do that and oh by the way you can't operate your camera.'" Scott believes his success as a director is because he has "always worked like a photographer, that being a cameraman is "where the magic happens."

Throughout his long career, Scott has withstood Hollywood pressure. When asked to change the now iconic ending of "Thelma and Louise," he calmly suggested they "call me on Monday with a better suggestion." When Travers expressed surprise at his atypical calm response, he smiled and said, "I never draw the line in the sand. You get more by defusing the bomb."

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