Tom Shadyac

(Thomas Peter Shadyac)

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  • Born: December 11, 1958
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Screenwriter, Director, Producer, Author, Occasional









Thomas Peter Shadyac is an American director, screenwriter, producer and author. Shadyac, who was the youngest joke-writer ever for comedian Bob Hope, is widely known for writing and directing the comedy films Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Nutty Professor, Liar Liar, and Bruce Almighty. In 2010, Shadyac departed from comedic work to write, direct, and narrate his documentary film I Am, in which he explores his abandonment of a materialistic lifestyle following a bicycle accident three years earlier.

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In movies you can shoot a guy 3,000 times and get a 'PG-13', but if you say the 'F' word twice it's automatically an 'R'. I'll let that be its own comment. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
As a culture, I think we need to redefine what it means to be happy.
Christ is in all, meaning that the divine spark is in all things.
Communism didn't work because people weren't ready for it, it was corrupt, and because it squelched individualism. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Definition is the death of discovery. Death
Facing my own death brought an instant sense of clarity and purpose. Death
Hope is the belief we might get it done, and faith is the knowledge we will get it done. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Hope ;Religion & God
I believe in unity, as opposed to division.
I believe our emotional tension can manifest itself physically.
I don't see making films to entertain and making films to inform as separate things.
I don't want to be your hero. I want to be your brother. You know, I want to be your family member. I want to be your equal. Families, Children & Parenting
I hope people start to look at their lives as the most powerful, creative act they will ever offer this world. Hope
I love Frank Capra. He believed in the goodness of people and one man's ability to fight and often triumph. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I think laughter is a sacred act.
I think true success is intrinsic... It's love. It's kindness. It's community. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Success
I was paid $8 or $9 million for 'Evan Almighty.' I didn't want that money. Money, Coins & Minting
I was raised Catholic.
I was taught in school that I have to look out for number one. That was against everything that I intuitively felt.
If I end up homeless and penniless because of a shift in my behavior about sharing what's come to me, bring it on.
If you look at the Bible as a whole, it's redemptive and beautiful, and it's God's love story to mankind. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Religion & God
I'm from the Madeleine L'Engle school. The more she delves into science, the more she knows there's a creator who's behind these amazing laws, these amazing events. The symmetry of nature, the structure and order of it. Nature ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
I've been called crazy many times before.
I've never been a Hollywood dropout.
My dad's half-Lebanese, my mom is full Lebanese. I'm three-quarters Lebanese. Irish-Lebanese. Families, Children & Parenting
Nature is an incredible cooperative. When things operate outside of that cooperative, they die off. It's a very simple rule that nature operates under. Nature
One of the challenges of the church is to accept humanity for all it is.
Our culture does not teach us this, but what happens in Vegas does not stay in Vegas. If you cheat in Vegas, it comes right home with you. If you cheat in Vegas, you walk home as a cheater. You lie awake at a night a cheater. You cannot escape it.
Show business is part of a larger culture, a world-wide culture that must make up to the fact that the accumulation of things doesn't make a life necessary any happier or purposeful. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Someone asked me the other day, 'What's the biggest influence on your filmmaking career?' And they started naming filmmakers. I went 'Naw, it's Jesus actually.'
Technology is not good, it's neutral. Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The one thing that advances a society is not technology or so-called development; it's love - that one principle. Society ;Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Science, Mathematics, Engineering & Technology
The second we define someone as a Democrat or Republican, it creates a whole set of limitations.
The truth is nobody can own anything. That was an unheard-of concept among indigenous people. We invented that. Truth
There is no 'I.' That's an illusion we've got to get beyond.
There's one fundamental law that all of nature obeys that mankind breaks every day. Now, this is a law that's evolved over billions of years, and the law is this: Nothing in nature takes more than it needs. Nature
To me, 'Ace Ventura' is as scriptural and sacred as any movie I've ever done because it's childlike.
Truth can be a matter of perspective, but I also think there's a truth that exists, that there are laws to the universe the way Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King believed. Truth
We are what make up society. Society
When you do something in a nonviolent way, people will die and there will be casualties. But you're taking a different point of view that has a power. Power
You can't sow an apple seed and expect to get an avocado tree. The consequences of your life are sown in what you do and how you behave. Life
You send a message in everything you do. I'm always very conscious about what ideas and what energy I put out there.