Quotes by: Sam Mendes

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Sam Mendes
CBE
Mendes in London at the opening night of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory the Musical in 2013.
Born Samuel Alexander Mendes
(1965-08-01) 1 August 1965 (age 51)
Reading, Berkshire, England
Residence Dorset, England[1]
Education Magdalen College School
Alma mater Peterhouse, Cambridge
(BA, English)
Occupation Film and stage director
Years active 1993–present
Spouse(s) Kate Winslet (m. 2003–11)
Children 1

I think with Blair Witch and The Sixth Sense, people are much more open to something that is different.
Sam Mendes
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
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
You're in the lap of the gods. If people go, they go, and if they don't.
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
Shooting action is very, very meticulous, it's increments, tiny little pieces.
Sam Mendes
Listen, you make a big movie, you're going into the Coliseum, and people are going to give you the thumbs up or the thumbs down. And that's part of the game. It's part of the fun as well.
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.
Sam Mendes
I feel like the American years were my apprenticeship for doing a Bond movie.
Sam Mendes
Now I'm back home, living in London, running my theater. I just want to enjoy all that.
Sam Mendes
One of the reasons I loved working with Tom is people feel they know who he is... I think working with an actor who the audience already has a relationship with actually helps you in a film like this.
Sam Mendes
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.
Sam Mendes
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.
Sam Mendes
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.
Sam Mendes
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
I don't think of it as a competition - which might surprise you, given the way movies are reported constantly.
Sam Mendes
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.
Sam Mendes
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