Q: Who do you see as your competition right now? Are you
competitive with someone like Paul Thomas Anderson?
A: No. It’s a friendly thing. This might come across as
egotistical, but I don’t really feel in competition with
anybody anymore. I’m in competition with myself. David O.
Russell can have the biggest hit of the year, and that doesn’t
take anything away from me. I couldn’t have been happier that
Rick Linklater was at the Oscars this year.
The last time that I felt competitive was when I was doing Kill
Bill and my competition was The Matrix Reloaded. That was the
sword of Damocles hanging over our heads. I saw Matrix Reloaded at
the Chinese Theatre the day it opened, and I walked out of the
cinema singing that Jay Z song: “S-dot-Carter / Y’all must try
harder / Competition is nada.” I was like, Bring it the fuck on. I
was worried about that? Ho-ly shit.