"Hawks was a visionary filmmaker who lasted from the silents to 1970. When I was in film school, the big director everyone talked about was John Ford. But I always thought Ford, who was Irish, was more of an immigrant director. Many of his themes were very European, as were his views of women, the family, and motherhood.
"But Hawks was a modern director. His women were strong and modern and put up with no bulls**t. I really responded to that because it felt real and American."
John Carpenter is famed for directing such horror and science-fiction classics as "Halloween," "The Thing" and "Escape From New York." His new movie, "The Ward," is his first since 2000's "Ghost of Mars."