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Birth date: October 15, 1976
Birth place: Amsterdam
Height:5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Profession:Film director, Film Producer, Television Director, Screenwriter, Television producer
Nationality:Netherlands

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Paul Verhoeven Net Worth $20 Million Dollars

Paul Verhoeven is a Dutch film director, screenwriter and producer who has a net worth of $20 million. He went on to produce a set of pictures in the Netherlands, including Diary of a Hooker in 1971 along with the uber-sexy Turkish Delight. He garnered international acclaim for Solider of Orange and The Fourth Wall in the 1980s, and subsequently moved to America. His first major box office hit was 1987’s Robocop, which he immediately followed up with Total Recall in 1990. While his films are occasionally criticized for their excessive violence, Verhoeven maintains that he means just to impersonate the violent facets of human society. Maybe Verhoeven’s most polarizing film is 1997’s campy Starship Troopers; a cult classic to some and an item of junk to others. Like all of his films, it grabs you and will not let go — maybe the rationale behind his tremendous success.


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Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Elle2016/I
Steekspel2012
Black Book2006
Sarah Brightman: Diva - The Video Collection2006Video video "I Lost My Heart to a Starship Trooper"
Hollow Man2000
Starship Troopers1997
Showgirls1995edited television version, as Jan Jansen
Basic Instinct1992
Total Recall1990
RoboCop1987
The Hitchhiker1986TV Series 1 episode
Flesh+Blood1985
The 4th Man1983
Voorbij, voorbij1981TV Movie
Spetters1980
Voor koningin en vaderland1979TV Mini-Series 4 episodes
Soldier of Orange1977
Katie Tippel1975
Turkish Delight1973
Diary of a Hooker1971
De worstelaar1971Short
Portret van Anton Adriaan Mussert1970TV Movie documentary
Floris1969TV Series 12 episodes
Het korps Mariniers1965Short documentary
Feest!1963Short
De lifters1962Short
Nothing Special1961Short
Eén hagedis teveel1960Short

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Something Unknown Is Doing We Don't Know What2009Documentary associate producer
Starship Troopers2005Video Game executive producer
Roughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles1999-2000TV Series executive producer - 39 episodes
Feest!1963Short producer

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lotgenoten2013
Steekspel2012
Black Book2006written by
Flesh+Blood1985screenplay
Soldier of Orange1977
De worstelaar1971Short

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Vroeger is dood1987scenario advisor
Ik ben Joep Meloen1981advisor

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
RoboCop1987Dancer at Disco (uncredited)

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Palaver1969camera operator

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nosferatu vs. Father Pipecock & Sister Funk2014special thanks
The Rocketboys: Marching to the Palace - Music Video2013Short grateful acknowledgment
Showgirls 2: Penny's from Heaven2011very special thanks
Trasharella2009special thanks
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers2009TV Movie documentary special thanks
The Heirloom Incident2008Short special thanks
Starship Troopers 3: Marauder2008special thanks
Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation2004Video special thanks
BiographyTV Series documentary acknowledgment - 1 episode, 2003 special thanks - 1 episode, 2003
Broadcast2002Short special thanks
Blonde Poison: The Making of 'Basic Instinct'2001Video documentary short acknowledgment: archival material courtesy of / special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
RoboDoc: The Creation of Robocop2017DocumentaryHimself
Cinema 32016TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Días de cine2016TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee
Verhoeven Versus Verhoeven2016DocumentaryHimself
De wereld draait door2006-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Regisseur
Rencontres de cinéma2016TV SeriesHimself
Rabbuni - Oder die Erben des Königs2015Documentary
Hollywood Banker2014DocumentaryHimself
The Real History of Science Fiction2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Wat een drama2014TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Speed Crazy: Ein Interview Mit Paul Verhoeven2013Video documentary shortHimself
Paul Verhoeven: In the Flesh2013Video documentary shortHimself
Andere Tijden2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Hollywood's Best Film Directors2012TV SeriesHimself - Interviewee / Film Director
The Making of Jesus Christ2012DocumentaryHimself
Total Recall: Interview with Director Paul Verhoeven2012Video documentary shortHimself
Total Recall: Restoration Comparison2012Video documentary shortHimself
Prophets of Science Fiction2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Entertainment Experience2011TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Naked Ambition2011TV Movie documentaryHimself
Parradox2010DocumentaryHimself
Zomergasten2010TV Series documentaryHimself
De avond van de foute film2010TV MovieHimself - Interviewee
Starz Inside: Sex and the Cinema2009TV Movie documentaryHimself
A Night at the Movies: The Suspenseful World of Thrillers2009TV Movie documentaryHimself - Interviewee
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Michael Douglas2009TV MovieHimself
World Film Report2009TV SeriesHimself - Host
Fednet Mode2008Video documentary
Allemaal film2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself
Quelli che... il calcio2007TV SeriesHimself
Film '722007TV SeriesHimself
Spuiten en slikken2006TV SeriesHimself
Zwartboek: The Special2006Video documentary shortHimself
Nou, dat was het dan!2005DocumentaryHimself
Close-up2005TV Series documentaryHimself
X-Rated2004TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The Cutting Edge: The Magic of Movie Editing2004DocumentaryHimself
Pulse2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2004TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Waar is mijn jas?2004Documentary shortHimself
100 Greatest Sexy Moments2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Sex at 24 Frames Per Second2003Video documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Biography2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Celebrity Naked Ambition2003TV Movie documentaryHimself - Contributor
Style Star2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Blockbuster Imperative2003TV Movie documentaryHimself
Death from Above: The Making of 'Starship Troopers'2002Video documentary shortHimself
Know Your Foe2002Video documentary shortHimself (director)
The Starships of Starship Troopers2002Video short documentaryHimself
De ridder en de fakir2002Video documentary shortZichzelf
Soldaat van Oranje Revisited2002TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Blonde Poison: The Making of 'Basic Instinct'2001Video documentary shortHimself - Director
Flesh + Steel: The Making of 'RoboCop'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Imagining 'Total Recall'2001Video documentary shortHimself
Nulle part ailleurs cinéma2001TV SeriesHimself
Fleshing Out the 'Hollow Man'2000Video documentaryHimself
Hollow Man: Anatomy of a Thriller2000Video documentary shortHimself
Nulle part ailleurs2000TV SeriesHimself
HBO First Look2000TV Series documentaryHimself
Kurosawa: The Last Emperor1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Masters of Fantasy1997TV Series documentary
Omnibus1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Film Music Masters: Jerry Goldsmith1995Video documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Showgirls'1995TV Short documentaryHimself
Videofilmen1995TV SeriesHimself
A Century of Cinema1994DocumentaryHimself
Op de fiets naar Hollywood1993DocumentaryHimself
Eurotrash1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Brave New Worlds: The Science Fiction Phenomenon1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Making of 'Total Recall'1990TV Short documentaryHimself
The Media Show1990TV SeriesHimself
Picture of Europe1990TV Movie documentary
The Making of 'RoboCop'1987TV Short documentaryHimself
Shooting 'RoboCop'1987Video documentary shortHimself
Slotavond van de Nederlandse Filmdagen1985TV MovieHimself - Winner: Best Director
Rond Floris1969TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2012TV SeriesHimself
Close Up2011TV SeriesHimself
Sharon Stone - Una mujer de 100 caras1998TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016ICS Cannes AwardInternational Cinephile Society AwardsGrand PrixElle (2016)· Isabelle Huppert
2011Grand Director AwardFilm by the Sea International Film Festival
2008Rembrandt AwardRembrandt AwardsBest DVD Release (Beste DVD uitbreng)Zwartboek (2006)
2007Rembrandt AwardRembrandt AwardsBest Film (Beste Nederlandse Film)Zwartboek (2006)· San Fu Maltha
2007Golden CapitalSannio FilmFestBest DirectorZwartboek (2006)
2007Capri Cult AwardCapri, HollywoodZwartboek (2006)
2006Golden CalfNederlands Film FestivalBest Director (Beste Regie)Zwartboek (2006)
2006Honorary Grand PrizeSitges - Catalonian International Film Festival
2006Young Cinema AwardVenice Film FestivalBest International FilmZwartboek (2006)
2002Lifetime Achievement AwardAmsterdam Fantastic Film Festival
2000Leopard of HonorLocarno International Film Festival
2000Audience AwardLocarno International Film FestivalHollow Man (2000)
2000Grolsch Film BoulevardNederlands Film Festival
1999Golden CalfNederlands Film FestivalBest Dutch Film of the Century (Beste Nederlandse Film van de Eeuw)Turks fruit (1973)· Rob Houwer (producer)
1996Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorShowgirls (1995)
1992Golden CalfNederlands Film FestivalDutch Culture Award (Cultuurprijs)
1989Readers' Choice AwardKinema Junpo AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmRoboCop (1987)
1988Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorRoboCop (1987)
1988C.S.T. AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalRoboCop (1987)
1987Best DirectorSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalRoboCop (1987)
1985Golden CalfNederlands Film FestivalBest Director of a Feature Film (Beste Regie)Flesh+Blood (1985)
1984LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Foreign FilmDe vierde man (1983)
1984Special Jury AwardAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalDe vierde man (1983)
1983International Critics' AwardToronto International Film FestivalDe vierde man (1983)
1979LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Foreign FilmSoldaat van Oranje (1977)
1964Prize of the Ecumenical JuryLocarno International Film FestivalFeest! (1963)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Jaeger - LeCoultre Best Film AwardLisbon & Estoril Film FestivalBest FilmElle (2016)
2016Best FilmLondon Film FestivalOfficial CompetitionElle (2016)
2016People's Choice AwardMelbourne International Film FestivalBest Narrative FeatureElle (2016)
2016Audience AwardNew Zealand International Film FestivalElle (2016)
2016Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalElle (2016)
2008FCCA AwardFilm Critics Circle of Australia AwardsBest Foreign Language FilmZwartboek (2006)
2007Audience AwardEuropean Film AwardsBest European FilmZwartboek (2006)
2007BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Film not in the English LanguageZwartboek (2006)· Teun Hilte
· San Fu Maltha
· Jens Meurer
2007Award of the Argentinean AcademyAcademy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of ArgentinaBest Foreign FilmZwartboek (2006)
2006Golden LionVenice Film FestivalZwartboek (2006)
2001Daytime EmmyDaytime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Special Class Animated ProgramRoughnecks: The Starship Troopers Chronicles (1999)· Richard Raynis (executive producer)
· Jeff Kline (co-executive producer)
· Audu Paden (producer)
· Susan Blu (director)
· Vincent Edwards (director)
· David Hartman (director)
· Sean Song (director)
· Marsha F. Griffin (writer)
· Tom Pugsley (writer)
· Greg Weisman (writer)
· Greg Klein (writer)
2001Video Premiere AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Audio CommentaryTotal Recall (1990)· Arnold Schwarzenegger
1998HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationStarship Troopers (1997)· Edward Neumeier (screenplay)
· Robert A. Heinlein (based on the novel by)
1998Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorStarship Troopers (1997)
1993Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorBasic Instinct (1992)
1992Palme d'OrCannes Film FestivalBasic Instinct (1992)
1991HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationTotal Recall (1990)· Ronald Shusett (story/screenplay)
· Dan O'Bannon (story/screenplay)
· Gary Goldman (screenplay)
· Jon Povill (story)
· Philip K. Dick (inspired by the short story)
1991Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest DirectorTotal Recall (1990)
1988HugoHugo AwardsBest Dramatic PresentationRoboCop (1987)· Michael Miner (screenplay)
· Edward Neumeier (screenplay)
1987Best FilmSitges - Catalonian International Film FestivalRoboCop (1987)
1986International Fantasy Film AwardFantasportoBest FilmFlesh+Blood (1985)
1984Grand PrizeAvoriaz Fantastic Film FestivalDe vierde man (1983)
1983Gold HugoChicago International Film FestivalBest FeatureDe vierde man (1983)

2nd place awards

2nd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2007SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest Screenplay, OriginalZwartboek (2006)· Gerard Soeteman

TitleSalary
Showgirls (1995)$2,000,000
Basic Instinct (1992)$5,000,000

#Fact
1President of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival in 2017.
2RoboCop (1987) is his only movie in which he appears in a brief cameo, and it was unintentional. During the scene in the club, he was frenetically moving along with the extras in order to coax them into dancing. The camera picked up some shots of him, and he was very surprised to see that the editor had put some of the footage into the movie (even if for a very brief shot).
3Has made films in Dutch, English, German and French.
4Did a series of reviews on many well-known and lesser known classic movies in a Dutch newspaper, inspired by A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995). The reviews were later published as collected works, and are quite popular with Dutch film students.
5Was offered the chance to direct The Silence of the Lambs (1991), but declined, thinking that there would not be an audience for a movie which such a dark tone. He regretted the decision after the movie proved to be both a critical and commercial success.
6Considers Das Boot (1981) to be the best war movie ever made. One of his reasons for this is the innovative photography by Jost Vacano, who also shot many of Verhoeven's Dutch and American movies.
7Was offered the chance to direct The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988), but did not accept, as he was unsure how to handle the social and political aspects of the movie. He later commented that he liked Philip Kaufman's version of the movie, but felt no regrets over passing on the project.
8He briefly considered doing a sequel to his own RoboCop (1987), but could not agree with the studio on the storyline.
9He was planning to make a pirate movie called 'Mistress of the Sea' with Geena Davis. However, with an estimated budget of 75 million dollar, the studio demanded a male protagonist to increase the chances of financial success. Verhoeven refused to consider Harrison Ford for the part, and the project was abandoned. Ironically, Davis would later star in the ill-fated pirate movie 'Cutthroat Island (1995)', which was so costly that Carolco studios canceled Verhoeven's project 'Crusade'.
10Was slated to direct a sequel to The Thomas Crown Affair (1999), but the film got shelved for a while. When the project was finally revived, Verhoeven left due to disagreements over the script. The film was ultimately never made.
11Member of the 'Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' (AMPAS).
12His last name is correctly pronounced as "Vair-who-ven" instead of "Vair-HO-ven".
13He studied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Leiden.
14Despite directing four science-fiction movies (RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997) and Hollow Man (2000)), he has admitted that it is definitely not his favorite genre. He has said that as a European, he understood too little about American issues at the time to make a contemporary American movie, and science-fiction movies were a nice way to avoid that problem.
15During his army service in the sixties he made a point of attending public events, including every movie premiere of his then very left-wing hippie friends and colleagues, in his full gala-uniform of the Dutch Royal Marines.
16Member of the jury at the 'I've Seen Films International Film Festival 2011', founded by Rutger Hauer.
17In his book Jesus of Nazareth, published by Seven Stories Press, Verhoeven cites RoboCop (1987) as his "Jesus movie".
18Showing male full frontal nudity was quite normal in Verhoeven's Dutch films up to The 4th Man (1983). After that, he pursued a career in the USA, where the movie rating system wouldn't allowed this. The only full male nudity in his American films is in Hollow Man (2000), which was allowed because the penis was half-invisible and seen through a thermal scanner.
19Considers John Landis his only friend in Hollywood.
20Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 64th Venice International Film Festival in 2007.
21His only Hollywood films that have not yet had a sequel are Flesh+Blood (1985) and Total Recall (1990) (although a short-lived Total Recall television series was made). All his other Hollywood epics (RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992), Showgirls (1995), Starship Troopers (1997) and Hollow Man (2000)) have had one or more sequels made. He did not direct any of them, nor did he have any affiliation with the remakes Total Recall (2012), _RoboCop (2014)_ qv), and the planned 'Starship Troopers'.
22Likes to relax on music from the German hard rock band Rammstein.
23Likes to drink Cola light.
24Was set to direct a (then record) $150-million epic called "Crusade" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger in 1995 for Carolco. However, being an independent company, Carolco couldn't take two risks at the same time. Since Verhoeven could not guarantee that Crusade would not get over budget, the studio preferred Renny Harlin's Cutthroat Island (1995), which made Verhoeven decide to do Showgirls (1995) instead, as a favor to Mario Kassar. Harlin's swashbuckler flopped and bankrupted Carolco, so "Crusade" never got made. Given Schwarzenegger's political career and family problems (and the fact that he still owns the rights to the screenplay), as well as the release of the similarly themed Ridley Scott film Kingdom of Heaven (2005), it is unlikely "Crusade" will ever be made, although Verhoeven is still often quoted as saying he'd be interested.
25Says he declined the offer to direct three back-to-back sequels to The Fast and the Furious (2001) and 2 Fast 2 Furious (2003).
26Of all his films, claimed that Starship Troopers (1997) was the only one he would be interested in revisiting for a true sequel (the 2004 Phil Tippett directed Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation (2004) did not involve him) but at one point he wanted to do Minority Report (2002) (directed by Steven Spielberg) as a follow-up to his Total Recall (1990).
27Became the first nominee ever to actually show up at the Razzie Awards. He personally accepted the 'Worst Director' and 'Worst Picture' awards for Showgirls (1995).
28Was a member of the Leiden students body "Minerva", which plays a central role in his acclaimed Soldier of Orange (1977), based on Erik Hazelhoff Roelfzema's book.

#Quote
1It takes strong motivation to have to get up at 6 AM and go to bed at midnight for months. I'm also boosted by fear, by the fact of not knowing if I'm able to carry out a project that interests me. Although it is not always easy, to explore unknown territories is what I desire the most. [2016]
2I went through the RoboCop (2014) [remake] script and it seemed to have the same problems as the Total Recall (2012) remake. There's no humor in it. [The original] Total Recall (1990) was supposed to have Harrison Ford in the lead, but once that fell through and Arnold [Arnold Schwarzenegger] came into the equation the tone of the film had to be changed and we infused a little humor into it. The ["Total Recall"] remake takes place almost entirely on Earth, what a bore! It's also such a self-serious film. [2016]"Right now, Hollywood doesn't fit with my artistic sensibilities," he continued. "I feel that in France and in Europe, there is enormous respect for filmmakers. This doesn't happen in Hollywood. For us, it's hard to shoot there because they do not want what we want. There, all films must be visible to the greatest number. Money rules everything. The studios have abandoned the quality. Everything is smooth, it idles. They try to avoid controversy."
3American cinema today is missing all existential thought. There's no questioning society. No politics. Studios try to make themselves feel good with the movies that make it to the Oscars. [2016]
4[on the humor in Elle (2016)] I've always had it, that sense that a subject as heavy and black needs to be balanced by humor. It protects me from the subject. I'm influenced by Luis Buñuel, I've seen all the movies. [2016]
5Right now, Hollywood doesn't fit with my artistic sensibilities. I feel that in France and in Europe, there is enormous respect for filmmakers. This doesn't happen in Hollywood. For us, it's hard to shoot there because they do not want what we want. There, all films must be visible to the greatest number. Money rules everything. The studios have abandoned the quality. Everything is smooth, it idles. They try to avoid controversy. [2016]
6[on Basic Instinct (1992)'s most famous scene] There was a student at my university in Holland who was five or six years older than us and she would go to parties like that. She would turn up, sit down and open her legs like that. On one occasion my friend, in all naivety, said to her, 'Are you aware that we can see your vagina between your legs?' And she replied, 'Yes of course, that is the reason I do it.' (...) The scene was not in the original "Basic Instinct" script, but I had dinner with Sharon one evening and told her the story and asked what she thought about it and I saw a devilish look in her eye and she just said, 'Yes!' (...) I was so surprised when my editor used that shot because it was never a very big deal at the time and I didn't really expect him to use it. I had no idea how fascinating the scene would become! (...) I remember a female assistant editor then began watching the scene on loop, basically looking at the shot under a microscope convinced she could see Sharon's vagina. I told her, 'No, you just see the inside of her thighs' and so we began discussing what we could see because, if you look at the scene it is only four frames, so it is very difficult to know exactly what you see because it is only meant to be a suggestion. So we began looking and looking at the celluloid of the film with a magnifying glass and that's when we realized that yes, we could see her vagina. But because the speed at which we shot it, we decided to leave it in, but we never expected it to be so sensational - and yes, it is Sharon Stone's real vagina. [2015]
7[on attending the Razzies for Showgirls (1995)] I remember thinking 'nobody will expect it and it'll probably be unpleasant to do but why not, let's go and see what happens!' Nobody knew I was there at first and they kept playing scenes from the movie. Everybody was laughing, but when they started to give out the prizes, to their amazement, I stood up to collect them! (...) I had to walk up there seven times that night. I got Worst Director, Worst Movie, Worst Music, Worst Acting and it just went on...it was absolutely fantastic because by the end of the evening people were screaming and laughing and clapping, it was a really great experience for me. (...) On this occasion, I think attending the Razzies and 'turning the other cheek' was absolutely the right thing to do because it was like a catharsis for me and felt like the end of the whole negative spiral, like it had all been wiped away. As soon as I came out of that room I felt purified in some way. [2015]
8[on casting Showgirls (1995)] Charlize [Charlize Theron] also auditioned [for the lead], and I don't recall her having any problem with the nudity at all. She was good and wanted the part, but basically she was not well known enough at the time and just did not fit the part, so we said no. I have full respect for Charlize, but if she had been offered the part then she would probably have been chewed up in the same way they treated Elizabeth. She was very lucky that she did not get the part. [2015]
9[on Showgirls (1995)] I never watch any of my movies once I finish them, but the one exception is 'Showgirls,' which I watch 20 times over and that is because I truly think it is so elegantly made. I think the movement is elegant, the way it is shot is elegant and the use of color is elegant. (...) The story is really not that good, but I think the movements and the way it is choreographed are a pleasure to watch. (...) Even after all the bad reviews and lack of enthusiasm from the audience, I've always really liked the movie and still do. It's nice to see that certain audiences are now more positive than they were 20 years ago. For me, that's a reason to be happy, but it's not the most important thing in my life. [2015]
10There is a fear about sex in motion pictures, as if sex would undermine morality.
11[on his filmmaking style] American critics always complain about the blandness of mainstream movies, but when you do something more ambiguous and ironic, they are pissed off too. I like putting certain aspects of American society under the magnifying glass and showing them for what they are.
12It's still difficult if you are a European director and your first language is not English to be exactly aware what the nuances of the American language are. Even after fifty, sixty years you are basically kind of a little bit retarded there.
13[on his friend Arnold Schwarzenegger] Arnold has no ego. You can say anything to him. In fact, during his first day on the set [of "Total Recall] he sat me down and told me, "I won't be offended if you talk to me in a direct manner. Say what you feel". That made it easy, because I wouldn't have to be diplomatic and say, "Arnold, could you perhaps move over here and give me a different angle?" I could just go, "Arnold, this is bad. You look stupid!"
14People love seeing violence and horrible things. The human being is bad and he can't stand more than five minutes of happiness. Put him in a dark theater and ask him to look at two hours of happiness and he'd walk out or fall asleep.
15The sooner we admit our capacity for evil the less apt we are to destroy each other.
16The 4th Man (1983) has to do with my vision of religion. In my opinion, Christianity is nothing more than one of many interpretations of reality, neither more nor less. Ideally, it would be nice to believe that there is a God somewhere out there, but it looks to me as if the whole Christian religion is a major symptom of schizophrenia in half the world's population: civilizations scrambling to rationalize their chaotic existence. Subsequently, Christianity has a tendency to look like magic or the occult. And I liked that ambiguity, because I wanted my audience to take something home with them. I wanted them to wonder about what religion really is. Remember that Christianity is a religion grounded in one of the most violent acts of murder, the crucifixion. Otherwise, religion wouldn't have had any kind of impact. With regards to the irony of the violence, much of that probably comes from my childhood experiences during and immediately following the Second World War. In fact, if it hadn't been for the German occupation and then the American occupation, I would have never been a filmmaker.
17As a director, my goal is to be completely open. Just look at how I portray sex in my films. They're considered shocking and obscene because I like to carefully examine human sexuality. It has to be realistic. I really like documentaries, therefore, reality is important to me when I do fiction. It is often related to my own life, my Dutch background. The art scene in Holland has always attempted to be realistic. The Dutch painters of 400 years ago were meticulously realistic. The example I always like to use is a marvelous painting by Hieronymus Bosch titled "The Prodigal Son". It is a painting of a brothel, and in the corner is a man pissing against a wall. You would never, never find something like that in an Italian, French or English painting of that epoch. The Dutch have always been more scientific, interested in detail; certainly less idealistic and more realistic. The sex scenes in The 4th Man (1983) and Turkish Delight (1973) were based on real experiences I had or a friend had. It's very personal. Of course, I must admit that I love to shock audiences.
18People seem to have this strange idea that films can influence people to be violent, but in my sincere opinion film only reflects the violence of society.

#Trademark
1Strong visual style with heavy use of special effects
2Use of Nazi symbolism/imagery. Examples: The characters played by Kurtwood Smith in Robocop and Neil Patrick Harris in Starship Troopers are patterned after Heimrich Himler of Hitler's SS. The society of Earth in Starship Troopers is patterned after Nazi Germany.
3His films usually have the two main antagonists hostile to each other (Dick Jones and Clarence Boddicker in RoboCop (1987), Cohaagen and Richter in Total Recall (1990), Catherine Trammel and Beth Garner, the two main suspects in Basic Instinct (1992), who were possibly framing each other and Ludwig Muntze and Gunther Franken in Black Book (2006))
4Sexually-charged subject matter (Turkish Delight (1973), Basic Instinct (1992), Showgirls (1995) and Black Book (2006)).
5Heavy use of Christian symbolism (Turkish Delight (1973),Spetters (1980), The 4th Man (1983), Flesh+Blood (1985), RoboCop (1987), Basic Instinct (1992) )
6A lot of his films include media coverage of some kind, ranging from real archive footage (Soldier of Orange (1977) ) to fictional news (RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997)) and sportscasts (Spetters (1980)).
7Frequently works with screenwriter Gerard Soeteman (on his Dutch films), photographer Jost Vacano, and Rutger Hauer (Turkish Delight (1973), Katie Tippel (1975), Soldier of Orange (1977), Spetters (1980) and Flesh+Blood (1985)).
8Famous for his extremely violent, yet intelligent, science fiction films (RoboCop (1987), Total Recall (1990), Starship Troopers (1997) and Hollow Man (2000)).
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