“Because she was lonely”

Via Ta-Nehisi Coates, Michael Caine explains why he made certain career choices:

Given how many great films you’ve made, does it disappoint you when people want to talk about the ones that didn’t do so well?

No, what annoys me is when, as happened today, you’re doing a day’s worth of interviews and the very first question you’re asked is, “Why did you make Jaws: The Revenge?” When things like that happen, the interview becomes very short indeed.

Just out of interest, how did you reply?

I just said what I’ve always said – I made it because they paid me a lot of money! It’s like when people ask me why I made The Swarm – I made The Swarm because my mother needed a house to live in. Then I made Jaws 4 because she was lonely and I needed to buy her a bigger house which she could live in with all of her friends. It’s that simple.

It’s the bit about Mom’s friends that really elevates this to level of brilliance, I think.