"Obviously I'm not a very religious person, and I don't have any respect for the religious point of view. I tolerate it , but I find it a mindless grasp of life. [It's} the same thing with the philosophers who tell you that the meaning of life consists of what meaning you give it. I don't buy that, either. It's very unsatisfying.
"What you're left with, in the end, are very grisly, unpleasant facts," he continues. "You can't avoid them, you can't escape them. The best you can do, as far as I see it in the moment - maybe I'll get some other insight someday - is distract. i work all the time, I plunge myself into trivial problems, that are not life threatening: how am I going to work my third act, or can I get this actress to be in the movie, or am I over budget? these are my problems that obsess me, so I don't sit home and think about the fact that the universe if flying apart at breakneck speed as we're sitting here."