Sam Mendes Quotes
29 quotations by Sam Mendes
|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.
|You're in the lap of the gods. If people go, they go, and if they don't.
|You think about taking audiences on a journey.
|You just never know when movies are going to take off or not. The lucky thing about this was that it didn't cost a lot of money, and therefore there wasn't loads of pressure on me.
|You freeze with the number of opportunities given to you and just decide to do nothing at all.
|Truly great actors carry their characters in silence with them. They communicate without words the relationships that predate the movie.
|This is the first time in 10 years I don't know what I'm doing next, and I'm rather enjoying it. Soon I'll be climbing the walls no doubt, but right now, it's not clear, I'm just enjoying the freedom.
|There's one thing better than having a great actor, and that's having a great actor who's never done this kind of role before and is hungry to do it. They're testing themselves every day. They want to get out of their trailer and get to work.
|There's good and bad in everybody. I wasn't looking for the good, or looking for the bad. This is a man who signed his pact with the devil 20 years ago, and he's learned to live with it. He's tried to protect his family from it.
|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.
|The characters are trapped within the lifestyle. It's about what goes on before the movie starts.
|One movie is only one movie. I want to have a lifetime of making films.
|Now I'm back home, living in London, running my theater. I just want to enjoy all that.
|Kevin and Annette... I wanted them to do it together. They clearly wanted to work with each other.
|It's a risk casting anyone against type or what they're known to do. But there's one thing better than having a great actor, which is having a great actor who's never done what you're asking him to do. He's hungry to get out of the trailer every day and hungry to test himself.
|It took me a long time to film the plastic bag, and then I had to get the cut of the scene right. But if you find it as beautiful as the character does, then suddenly it becomes a different movie, and so did he as a character.
|If you lived through the shooting of Jaws, you can live through anything.
|I'm certainly getting a lot more mail... that's basically it.
|I wanted to keep exploring... I'm not about to choose a series of movies in which I can use the same bag of tricks and style that I used in the first film.
|I think with Blair Witch and The Sixth Sense, people are much more open to something that is different.
|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.
|I still can't quite believe it. Although there was something about the fact that it was a first-time writer, a first-time producer, and a first-time director all at the same time.
|I like throwing snowballs at small children.
|I don't think of it as a competition - which might surprise you, given the way movies are reported constantly.
|I don't think good and evil are polarized.
|For me, certain shots or scenes are keys in the movie.
|As a first-time director in America, I feel I've been very fortunate.
|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.
|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.