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"There was a point when they got into enough of a groove that when they played for the extras in Memphis we felt the love," James Mangold
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"Can't you just hire someone who sounds good?'" James Mangold
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"Everybody had an idea about Joaquin and kind of his relationship, his darkness and the things he had done playing more cynical or dark roles, ... But this charisma when he gets behind the mike, the joy in him, the unmitigated joy you see in his face when he's watching Reese, and the love. These are things I feel we haven't seen before in his many roles." James Mangold
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Darkness   

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"I didn't want to make a movie about what we already know." James Mangold
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"June and John are the last generation who can sing about these things first hand, ... The fact is, these people grew up in a field and they were singing about what they saw." James Mangold
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"I saw those songs they sang together as love scenes." James Mangold
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"John always said whoever played him, 'make sure they hold the guitar like they own it, that they don't hold it like it's a baby,'" James Mangold
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"All you have to do is listen over and over and over again to any one of his songs. Even when they first started appearing in the early to middle '50s, the lyrics are incredibly dark. Everyone else is singing about getting girls and being happy, and he's singing about, 'I go out on a party and look for a little fun, but I find a darkened corner, because I still miss someone.' That's a dark lyric for a pop song." James Mangold
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"The big thing that I wanted to do was touch on the very start of rock and roll, I loved this moment in rockabilly music. I loved the idea of people making music because they loved music and not because they saw the video or how to market themselves. A very big point for me in this movie is that John didn't arrive at Sun as the man in black. He didn't already know his marketing angle. He didn't have it worked out. He was just trying to be heard and however that would work or not work was fine, but he just needed to be heard. What was magic to me about that moment in time was that it was a moment before the term 'rock and roll star' existed." James Mangold
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"I had the advantage of making a movie about a man who was an artist himself, and an artist of the shadows, in the sense that he understood life's lonelinesses and life's mistakes, and that people make them. In that sense, he wasn't interested in hiding them." James Mangold
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"The two of them have a lot in common, and I don't mean life story, ... I mean a kind of core energy." James Mangold
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"Can't you just hire someone who sounds good?" James Mangold
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"There are so many things that came to a head in 1968, ... It was the greatest concert of his life and resulted in one of the greatest albums of the century. A month later he proposed to June [Carter]. In the six months previous, he gets himself off drugs, and in the process he finds himself." James Mangold
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"As for the Folsom Prison show, ... would anybody have the [guts] to do that show now? 50 Cent, maybe? I think the whole idea of even playing to a crowd of people like that is so politically unfavorable now - it's like, 'What are you doing, singing for these people? Do they deserve it?' There's such anger in our culture right now, that kind of grace and forgiveness, we don't see that very often." James Mangold
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"There was something really adventurous going on at that moment with young people lashing out." James Mangold
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"John felt the material wasn't romantic," James Mangold
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"It was unbelievably hard to get this done, ... Over the years, Johnny understood. He was patient beyond belief. I'd tell him that people are frightened of musical films, but even more so they're frightened of movies that require the talent to be successful in order for the film to be successful. It's much easier to make a comic book." James Mangold
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"He was much more concerned about protecting others than himself. The thing he would always say to me was, `I don't care if I look bad. Just don't make other, innocent people look bad, because they were my mistakes.'" James Mangold
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"John was not just a singer, but a songwriter, ... He was always riding this river of shadows in his writing. He was singing about a kind of pain everyone lives through." James Mangold
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"When I was making 'Cop Land' in 1996, people were asking what my next movie was, ... Without thinking, I said, 'I want to make a movie about Johnny Cash.'?ç" James Mangold
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"People don't remember how good the music was (back then)... There's some real blood and guts in that music." James Mangold
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