Sam Mendes Quotes

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Sam Mendes Quotes

Theres one thing better than having a great actor, and thats having a great actor whos never done this kind of role before and is hungry to do it. Theyre testing themselves every day. They want to get out of their trailer and get to work.
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I'm certainly getting a lot more mail ... that's basically it.

— Sam Mendes

The movies that influenced me were movies that told their stories through pictures more than words.

— Sam Mendes

You freeze with the number of opportunities given to you and just decide to do nothing at all.

— 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.

— Sam Mendes

One movie is only one movie. I want to have a lifetime of making films.

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The characters are trapped within the lifestyle. It's about what goes on before the movie starts.

— Sam Mendes

You think about taking audiences on a journey.

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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.

— Sam Mendes

For me, certain shots or scenes are keys in the movie.

— Sam Mendes

I've made movies that cost less than one car chase.

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If you lived through the shooting of Jaws, you can live through anything.

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Kevin and Annette ... I wanted them to do it together. They clearly wanted to work with each other.

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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.

— Sam Mendes

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.

— Sam Mendes

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.

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Politicizing of kids starts with pregnancy, of course. You shouldn't be drinking wine. You can't be smoking, either. The poor woman is poked and prodded and touched and obsessed over.

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The moment you have kids, you are prey to judgment, but you also become a judge. You find yourself going, "Can you believe what she did with such-and-such?" at school.

— Sam Mendes

The joy of a road movie is its very simple narrative nature, which is that you know you're going to go through different places and you're going to meet new people. At the same time, you have to not make it feel too obvious and too crudely episodic.

— Sam Mendes

Children make you confront your own childhood. Which I think is common. Suddenly you're remembering your own parents as parents, not to mention the fact that you're confronted by them as grandparents. So you also have that terrible shock, a mirror image of your own. You suddenly seem to be so helpless in the face of young children. And you think, "How did you ever bring up me?"

— Sam Mendes

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