Joss Whedon has been named one of Entertainment Weekly’s Entertainers of the Year, and personally I’d rank him the number one hero of 2012: he only wrote & directed the third highest grossing movie of all time with The Avengers; The Cabin in the Woods, which he co-wrote and produced, is already considered a cult classic masterpiece.
Here are some choice quotes from his EW interview:
“I’ve had a wonderful career, and I’m grateful for it. But like every writer in Hollywood, there have been many times where I’ve said, ‘I swear to God, if you just me do this the way I’m thinking of doing it, it’ll work out!’ and I’ve been thwarted.”
On how he relates to the Incredible Hulk:
“What was most astonishing to me about making that movie was how personal it was. I literally had the I’m-always-angry revelation during production. I had this certain amount of back-burner simmer of rage that I was completely aware of, but apparently I wrote it for Bruce Banner, going (to myself): ‘I think this is what a guy like this might go through!’ Interesting! What guy, Joss? ‘I don’t know! Some guy. I can’t think of anyone in particular, or why this is coming to me…’ Really, Joss? Really?”
On controlling that anger:
“But you have to be careful that self-righteous umbrage doesn’t determine how you act around people, or how you behave artistically. You don’t want to be the guy who’s like: ‘OF COURSE I’M RIGHT! I’VE ALWAYS BEEN RIGHT ALL ALONG!” And then suddenly, you’re making your worst stuff, because you’ve lost that checks-and-balances thing you need to manage yourself.”