Cahiers: What period of work do you prefer? Script, shooting, editing?
Hawks: I hate editing.
Cahiers: But you do the editing of your films?
Hawks: Oh, yes! Simultaneously with the shooting, if possible. When I started out in this profession, the producers were all afraid that I made a film too short because I didn’t give them enough film for editing. And I say: “I don’t wanto the movie in the cutting room, I want to make it myself on the set, and if that doesn’t suit you, too bad”. That’s not to say that editing isn’t a chore, particurlarly when you haven’t done a good job with the shooting. Editing is a horror for me because I look at my work for a second time and say that’s pretty bad, and that, and also that – The difficult work is the preparation: finding the story, deciding how to tell it, what to show. Once you begin shooting you see everything in the best light, develop certain details, and improve the whole. I never follow a script literally and I don’t hesitate to change a script completely if I see a chance to do something interesting. I like to work in the scenarios. Some of my best movies were written in very little time. Scarface took only eleven days, story and scenario.
Howard Hawks Interview – Jacques Becker/Jacques Rivette/François Truffaut, 1956
Nota: Isso explica porque o homem gostava mesmo de fazer remakes dos próprios filmes.