For years, reporters have been asking Roland Emmerich -- director of 'Independence Day' and '2012' -- why he has such a fascination with blowing up the planet (I even gave it a shot once, too), which is usually met with a downplayed answer about it all being a coincidence. Or something like that. Then -- while discussing his new movie about Shakespeare -- Emmerich offered this, almost in passing: "I always have the feeling that our whole culture is like a lot of lemmings... and pretty soon it will all be over." Honestly, has there ever been a sentence to better describe Roland Emmerich's motivations than that?
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