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The Science of Cronenberg: Transcript 16

DAVID CRONENBERG: …You put your fears in a movie so they won’t be in your own life. I believe I’ve said that. But it is simplistic; it’s not as easy as that, as simple as that. Because there is always, for me, a huge playfulness about movie making and the creative act, even when you are doing terrible, horrible, depressive, dangerous, or scary stuff. There is a lot of child-like play involved, trying stuff out basically as kids do as they learn how to live a life, playing with the dolls and the sandbox and stuff. 

So it’s not simple... The basic bad thing in your life, which is your mortality and the mortality of the people you love around you, that’s not going away. You’re not going to encapsulate it and make it safe by building this cinematic membrane around it. I’m completely aware of that, so I don’t think that it’s the process really. It’s a strange, I think of it as, you know, if you make a movie, that in itself is a positive act, if you write a book, that’s a positive act. The fact that you did it in itself, no matter what it is, is definitely positive.