Quotes by: Sam Mendes

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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.
Sam Mendes
Kevin and Annette... I wanted them to do it together. They clearly wanted to work with each other.
Sam Mendes
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
You freeze with the number of opportunities given to you and just decide to do nothing at all.
Sam Mendes
The movies that influenced me were movies that told their stories through pictures more than words.
Sam Mendes
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
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.
Sam Mendes
The characters are trapped within the lifestyle. It's about what goes on before the movie starts.
Sam Mendes
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.
Sam Mendes
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
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.
Sam Mendes
I want to try and work in different genres with different types of actors, on small movies and big movies.
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
Truly great actors carry their characters in silence with them. They communicate without words the relationships that predate the movie.
Sam Mendes
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