47 Total Quotes

Sam Mendes Quotes

There is an immense, childlike enthusiasm about the man. It's inspiring when you work with a 77-year-old man who has that kind of love and excitement still in him about what he does. And like Paul Newman, each day is like the first day of his career.
Sam Mendes
#Enthusiasm

Now I'm back home, living in London, running my theater. I just want to enjoy all that.
Sam Mendes
#British Director #Home

You've got to believe as a filmmaker that if a movie's good enough, it's going to survive; and if it's not, well, it won't.
Sam Mendes
#British Director #Believe

I think that's a wonderful thing when there's somebody at the top of their game but they still want to test themselves.
Sam Mendes
#Game

You make the movies for audiences. You get as many people to see the movie as possible. You do not make them for Academy voters. There are only 6,000 and me. It's going to get at least one vote. I'll vote across the board for my movie.
Sam Mendes
#Audiences

I'm from the theater, where the process of creating a character from the ground up is something that's not imposed on him. We started working on it months in advance, and we rehearsed for two weeks, and even the look of his apartment came out of discussions with him and the production designer.
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#Character

When I drive through a field, I want to see green grass sometimes, and I don't want to see black and white.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

Thank God I don't live in Los Angeles. I think if you're there the whole time it just gets out of proportion and you lose touch completely with reality.
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#God #British Director

I play a lot of cricket.
Sam Mendes
#Cricket

The bad thing about all this awards stuff is, it pits one film-maker up against another, it pits one movie up against the other. But, the good thing, there's no big movie this year that's gonna blitz everybody. You don't have to see all these movies and debate. And that's great.
Sam Mendes
#Awards

The characters are trapped within the lifestyle. It's about what goes on before the movie starts.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

Tony's book confronts head-on the idea that the reason [the men] joined up is because of these movies. It gave me the opportunity to shoot this moment where you're shooting a bunch of guys about to go to war who are watching a movie about a bunch of guys at war, knowing that our film will be seen by a bunch of guys who are possibly going to go to war. It's all a weird discussion of how movies affect us.
Sam Mendes
#Men

For me, certain shots or scenes are keys in the movie.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

You freeze with the number of opportunities given to you and just decide to do nothing at all.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

The movies that influenced me were movies that told their stories through pictures more than words.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

One movie is only one movie. I want to have a lifetime of making films.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

You've got to work. You've got to want an audience to sit forward in their chairs sometimes, rather than sit back and be bombarded with images.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

The perceived wisdom is that people do not go in large numbers to black-and-white movies anymore - which is a great shame, but I'd love to make a black-and-white movie one day.
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#British Director

I like throwing snowballs at small children.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

Directing, I realize, on film is far more personal, you know. Cinema really is a director's medium. This is a very personal film.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

I think movies are a director's medium in the end. Theater is the actor's medium. Theater is fast, and enjoyable, and truly rewarding. I believe in great live performance.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

I want to try and work in different genres with different types of actors, on small movies and big movies.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

Actors get pigeonholed very quickly, particularly movie actors. In the theater, one is more used to casting people against type and trusting that their talent and skill will get them through.
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#British Director

I don't know that people realize we're really at war, ... Or what that does to a soldier.
Sam Mendes
#Soldier

All I know is that I operate by going out to each of them and trying to learn the territory in which they operate. My language to each of them has to suit their brain.
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#British Director

As a first-time director in America, I feel I've been very fortunate.
Sam Mendes
#British Director

I deliberately, in a way, went for something that was a huge challenge and was a big period film. I was excited about the canvas on which I could tell the story as much as the story itself.
Sam Mendes
#British Director