(From a 2007 BBC interview with Michael Parkinson about Mystic River.)
Eastwood: Special effects are so wonderful nowdays. They’re done so well that they’ve become the motor factor for doing a movie. The effects drive it. So the story has become secondary where in the old days the story was primary and everything else sort of fit on top.
Parkinson: That’s always been your of benchmark, the story. Hasn’t it? That’s really what your interested in—in telling the tale?
Eastwood: Well it is for me anyway. I figure without the story, there’s really no use in [the movie] being out there.