"My dad said, 'The thing that I was told that was really helpful was that I mustn't be afraid of the things I was afraid of when I was five years old'. The shock of his childhood had put him in this defensive crouch against the world, and he needed to know that he had a nice wife and kids and it wasn't the same any more."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Tom Hooper on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Tom Hooper on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Tom Hooper on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Tom Hooper on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Tom Hooper on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I think we all have blocks between us and the best version of ourselves, whether it's shyness, insecurity, anxiety, whether it's a physical block, and the story of a person overcoming that block to their best self. It's truly inspiring because I think all of us are engaged in that every day."
"When I was growing up my mother would say, 'Your dad may have to learn about being a father because he lost his own and that would have affected him'."
"I feel connected to the Second World War because my father lost his father in that war. So, through my dad and the effect it had on him of losing his father young, I always felt connected to the war. It goes back years, but it still feels to me as if we're completely living in it."
"I mean, we've all had those dreams where, you know, we try to cry out and our voice won't come."
"My films seem to be about men's struggle with failure."