“It’s like this: you wake and watch TV, get in your car and listen to the radio you go to your little jobs or little school, but you don’t hear about that on the 6 o’clock news, why? ‘Cause nothing is really happening, and you go home and watch some more TV and maybe it’s a fun night and you go out and watch a movie. I mean it’s got so bad that half the people on TV, inside the TV, they’re watching TV. What are these people watching, people like me?”
"For me, the screenplay is like a clothes hanger. One side is attached to the wall; the other side is also attached to the wall. One end is the beginning; the other is the ending. The scenes of the movie are clothes hanging on this line. An…d if the end of the line isn’t attached to anything you cannot hang any clothes at all. While I’m writing, I constantly think about the ending of the movie, even when I’m starting.”
"Beauty is not important, you have to be interesting, someone who is different to other people. Otherwise you just turn up and look beautiful, and there’s nothing more to you. I have never been beautiful. I’ve never been a beautiful doll. In fact when I started, people didn’t want to hire me because I wasn’t photogenic. People thought my mouth was too big, they wanted me to make my nose shorter, t…o have straighter teeth. It would have been too hard. I said, well I’ll go back home to Pozzuoli then, I don’t want to change my face. Then I suffered a lot because people said that I wasn’t photogenic at all. In the film industry, if you’re not photogenic it means you can’t became an actress or actor. But things have got better and better thanks to photographers and others, who know how to portray my face better on the screen. I didn’t change my face at all, they just got better at it."
"[Food] is one of my persistent obsessions that had its source in my childhood. I was a child who did not want to eat. My parents were desperate. They would pour fish oil, fortified wine and various other liquids into me to enhance the taste of food, and they would send me to ‘fattening’ camps and other such places. I ended up so weakened and bony that I could not stand and my mum had to push me in a wheelchair. I was not even accepted in school. Besides, a chewing mouth is quite a fitting symbol of this aggressive, all-devouring civilization."
"Food is perhaps the most apt symbol of our civilization because in its insatiable aggression, our civilization consumes everything around us: nature, animals, whole ethnic groups, cultures… everything gets digested in its utilitarian maw only to be excreted as money—the excrement of our times. Just like a small child our civilization considers its excrements to be the most valuable product it managed to squeeze out, and uses it to reward its favorites."