Cronenberg: Drugs are anti-creative
David Cronenberg doesn't feel more creative after taking drugs.
David Cronenberg thinks drugs "blunt the sense of clarity".
The iconic filmmaker has helmed masterpieces such as The Fly and Cosmopolis throughout his diverse career, which has earned him appearances on various greatest director lists. Many of David's features are known to have a psychedelic element to them, but the star himself has never dabbled in concoctions to enhance his mindset.
"I don't even drink much. I'm constantly looking for clarity, and weirdly enough I find that drugs blunt that sense of clarity," he explained to the October issue of Britain's Esquire magazine. "I think that drugs are anti-creative rather than pro-creative. Even William Faulkner said, 'I never wrote anything drunk that I couldn't have done better sober.' And that's how I feel."
David has been in the movie business since the 1960s and is still going strong. Rather than slow down as he gets older he looks to keep busy and make the most of his position.
"The number 71, as an age, is ridiculous to me. It somehow doesn't relate to my actual physical self. There is an interesting kind of schizophrenia there," he added. "What you think 71 will be for you and what it actually is like when you get there are two completely different things. But there's also an excitement about it. It's nice to have lived this long, because I never took it for granted that I would."
David's latest film is Maps to the Stars, in which he helms the likes of Robert Pattinson and Julianne Moore. One particular scene which sees the 53-year-old actress release wind on the toilet has caused astonishment, but David doesn't understand why.
"It's something that's incredibly normal, but you don't see it much in movies. And it does seem to shock a lot of people," he mused.
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