TIFF 2017: our favourite out-of-context quotes from really famous people

'Really great' actors can be ‘really stupid,’ the ‘Bad Santa of tennis,’ the mediocrity of Matt Damon and more.

'Really great' actors can be ‘really stupid,’ the ‘Bad Santa of tennis,’ the mediocrity of Matt Damon and more

George Clooney, left, speaks as Matt Damon looks on during a press conference for Suburbicon on Sunday, Day 4 of the Toronto International Film Festival. (Chris Pizzello/Invision/Associated Press)

By Melody Lau and Jesse Kinos-Goodin

As the Toronto International Film Festival winds down, we're looking back at our favourite moments from the various press conferences featuring the likes of Lady Gaga, Eric Clapton, George Clooney and Jessica Chastain. From James Franco playing opposite himself to Shia Labeouf's deep ruminations on tennis great John McEnroe, here are some of the best quotes, completely free from context.

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"I think [John McEnroe's] very aware of the perception of him and I think he's turned into quite a sweet man. He's sort of the Bad Santa of tennis. He's a very lovable guy."

— Shia Labeouf

"I get to benefit from having three incredibly wonderful actors who, honest to God, you put them in this situation and say 'help.' You can plan where to put the camera, you can plan where to cut it, you can plan what you want the tone to be, but you're going to require wonderful, smart, intelligent, intuitive actors to carry you over the finish line. And if you can't you get Matt [Damon]."

— George Clooney

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"I'm a little embarrassed how much I obviously liked acting opposite myself. Like, the chemistry there is just undeniable and I think I only want to act opposite myself from now on. It'll be in my contract."

— James Franco

"The advice I would give myself about the industry? Probably make sure you know how much everyone else is getting paid before you say yes."

— Jennifer Lawrence

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"I love Hamilton, [Ont.] It's a powerhouse of creativity there. The best pancakes in the entire Eastern Board of Canada is there, the Cannon. But also, what I love is the energy. I think the city is incredibly generous with filmmakers. I think if I had it my way, I'll have a studio there soon."

— Guillermo del Toro

"Someone once said that casting is 90 per cent of the battle. I think whoever said that was dramatically underestimating the importance of casting."

— Aaron Sorkin

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"I'm interested in playing characters — women, authentic women, women that I know in my life — who make a lot of mistakes, who are noble sometimes, who are competitive sometimes, who can get quite messy sometimes."

— Jessica Chastain


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