I'm a very squeamish person. I hate bugs, lizards, pretty much anything that crawls or scampers. I also get incredibly queasy when I'm around blood, especially if it's my own. So it's rather odd that David Cronenberg, who is known for creating some of the sickest, most visceral films in cinema, is one of my favorite filmmakers. The reason for this, I think, is that Cronenberg takes a very thoughtful and intimate approach to the subject. Even his most disgusting scenes (the placenta-eating scene in The Brood, the suicide-by-scissors scene in The Dead Zone, pretty much all of The Fly) are derived from real characters who find themselves in extreme situations, giving the films a kind of depth that expresses something more than just a simple gross out. My younger brother was extremely accident prone as a child and I grew up seeing blood spew from his body on more than one occasion. The blood itself was enough to make me lose it, but I was also very protective of him when we were kids, so those instances always affected me much deeper than simply being nauseated by the sight of blood. Maybe, if I'm allowed to psychoanalyze myself, that explains why I'm so drawn to Cronenberg's approach to those less than sanitary moments. Terry Gross recently spoke to the director for NPR's Fresh Air about A History of Violence and his approach to filmmaking.