Sam Mendes

(Samuel Alexander Mendes)

Sam Mendes
Sam Mendes
  • Born: August 1, 1965
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Stage Film Director









Samuel Alexander Mendes CBE is an English stage and film director best known for directing the drama film American Beauty (1999), which earned him the Academy Award and Golden Globe Award for Best Director, the crime film Road to Perdition (2002), and the James Bond films Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015).

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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.
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.
As a first-time director in America, I feel I've been very fortunate.
For me, certain shots or scenes are keys in the movie.
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.
I don't think good and evil are polarized.
I don't think of it as a competition - which might surprise you, given the way movies are reported constantly. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I feel like the American years were my apprenticeship for doing a Bond movie.
I like throwing snowballs at small children.
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. Time
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
I think with Blair Witch and The Sixth Sense, people are much more open to something that is different.
I want to inspire, and be inspired.
I want to try and work in different genres with different types of actors, on small movies and big movies. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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.
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. Time
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.
I've made movies that cost less than one car chase. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
Kevin and Annette... I wanted them to do it together. They clearly wanted to work with each other. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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.
Now I'm back home, living in London, running my theater. I just want to enjoy all that.
One movie is only one movie. I want to have a lifetime of making films.
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.
Shooting action is very, very meticulous, it's increments, tiny little pieces.
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. Time ;Religion & God
The characters are trapped within the lifestyle. It's about what goes on before the movie starts.
The movies that influenced me were movies that told their stories through pictures more than words. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
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. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
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. Families, Children & Parenting
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
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. Time ;Freedom & Liberty
Truly great actors carry their characters in silence with them. They communicate without words the relationships that predate the movie.
When I drive through a field, I want to see green grass sometimes, and I don't want to see black and white.
You freeze with the number of opportunities given to you and just decide to do nothing at all.
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. Money, Coins & Minting ;Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
You think about taking audiences on a journey.
You're in the lap of the gods. If people go, they go, and if they don't.
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.
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. Work, Workers & The Labor Force