Rick Famuyiwa Quotes

Compilations of 20 Rick Famuyiwa quotes.

Rick Famuyiwa was born on June 18, 1973. He is a Nigerian-American filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter who has worked on films such as The Wood (1999), Brown Sugar (2002), Talk to Me (2007), Dope (2015), and Confirmation (2016). (2016).

Rick Famuyiwa Quotes

  1. “You can’t control where you are born, and when you’re growing up, until you’ve seen something else, you’re just living your life.”

2. “As filmmakers and as actors, you have to find truth.”

3. “Media has become a way that we think about our history. And the media moments are, for better or worse, how we contextualize our history.”

4. “I’m first generation American, and my parents were both from Nigeria.”

5. “Ultimately we’re all moving towards a time when the races will be more and more mixed and we will all be brown to some extent.”

6. “Broadway doesn’t mean anything in Los Angeles.”

7. “Maybe I’m more suited to making small independent films.”

8. “All films are a challenge and they are a harder challenge when dealing with characters of color.”

7. “There’s a hunger our there for different types of stories, and I think there’s an audience that’s waiting and primed to accept a vision of America that looks like what they see when they walk out of the door each day.”

8. “In many ways the film business is behind what’s going on culturally. We are a world that is becoming more diverse and there’s no going back.”

9. “I was fortunate to write pretty much a year out of film school and start making movies in the Hollywood studio system. But with each progressive film it became more frustrating not being able to speak and say things I wanted to say.”

 Rick Famuyiwa quotes

10. “I always say it’s hard to cast an African-American film sometimes because those kinds of actors just aren’t out there.”

11. “I always come back to Inglewood for inspiration when I need it.”

12. “We’re a country of many different cultures, and that’s always what has made this country stand out. It almost feels like making diverse movies is the most American thing you can do.”

13. “I wanted to try and change the idea of what we call mainstream. So many times what we call mainstream is upper middle class white suburbia. And anything outside of that is considered niche.”

14. “As a black man working in the business, it’s a challenge sometimes to get some of these things and these stories told when they don’t quite fit in a box or convention of what people expect of you or what you should be telling.”

15. “I’ve been a fan of Wendell Pierce for a very long time. He was in one of my early movies and he brings such a level of heart and humanity to his roles.”

16. “I will continue to look for opportunities to tell stories that speak to a fresh generational, topical and multicultural point of view.”

17. “Gangs are a part of living in Los Angeles, but you can exist in Inglewood or Culver City or anywhere else, without joining one.”

16. “Kendrick Lamar is from Compton, but his Compton and how he expresses that is completely different than NWA and Eazy-E even though they were from the same environment.”

17. “When I wrote ‘High Stakes,’ I followed the classical format. I wrote an outline first, then a first draft, then got feedback and rewrote and rewrote it. I’d never done that before.”

18. “Good or bad is what we tend to want to affix to people, but we’re all complicated.”

19. “I don’t know if I’ve seen in the Constitution where it says if there’s an election year, then we take a break until after for us to do the business of the American people.”

20. “Wedding films are always about the differences between people. But they haven’t quite dealt with African-Americans and Latinos.”

My favorite Rick Famuyiwa quotes are, “As filmmakers and as actors, you have to find truth.” and “You can’t control where you are born, and when you’re growing up, until you’ve seen something else, you’re just living your life.”

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