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James Gray

American,  Director
Total Quotes : 26
Greatness Certain Point

At a certain point, you have to kind of realize that greatness is a messy thing.

- James Gray

Island Shape Go

At Ellis Island, I mean, you didn't go there if you arrived in first class. It was only the poorest, the people in the worst shape.

- James Gray

Humor How Self-Loathing

The key to humor is often self-loathing or sarcasm. In a sense, that's how self-loathing is made palatable.

- James Gray

Woman Been Had

As ugly an admission as this is, I met my wife at a party, and if I had been to the same party and she were dressed in different clothes, I might never have talked to her. She might have projected something that I found distasteful, even if she otherwise looked exactly the same - a beautiful woman to me.

- James Gray

Jury Audience Fact

At least in America, the narrative is I'm a Cannes favorite. But, in fact, I've had my best experience in Venice, both with the audience and the jury.

- James Gray

Island Through Stories

My grandparents, they came through Ellis Island in 1923, and you know, I'd heard all the stories.

- James Gray

Social Class Social Stems

My wife thinks I have an obsession with social class. So I guess I have an obsession with social class. It probably stems from feeling like an outcast.

- James Gray

Mistake Same Same Thing

Melodrama and melodramatic are not the same thing, and often people make the mistake of confusing the two.

- James Gray

Move Very Could

The life of a film is very strange. Once the film is done, you wish you could forget about it and move on.

- James Gray

Listening Magic Other

The key to acting - from what little I know about that wonderful craft - is listening, and interacting with the other person in order to achieve magic. One way to do that is almost to provoke.

- James Gray

Actress Over Whatsoever

The sad truth for American actors is that they really have no control whatsoever over the material that they get, or can do, particularly actresses. And if you're over 40 and you're an actress, forget it.

- James Gray

Give Going Willing

I'm just not willing to give up on myself. If I'm going to fail, then I want to fail to the limits of my talent.

- James Gray

Everybody Films Hundred

I continually marvel at people who can make films that reach five hundred million people. How do you do that? Everybody's different - I don't know how that works.

- James Gray

Away Very Important Thing

It's hard to run away from who you are, and when your taste is formed is a very important thing.

- James Gray

Art Big Stories

Melodrama is one of the most stunning art forms. These are stories where the emotions are big, and the situations are big, and the artists believe in the situation dramatically. There's no irony or distance.

- James Gray

Think New I Think

I think true economic class unhappiness comes from when across the street someone has a new Cadillac and you can't get that.

- James Gray

Think Been Very

I think I'm a very American director, but I probably should have been making movies somewhere around 1976. I never left the mainstream of American movies; the American mainstream left me.

- James Gray

Own Some Several

Unfortunately for critics and audiences alike, I have made several films, and some films with really terrific actors. And I say this at my own peril, but Marion Cotillard is the best actor I've ever worked with.

- James Gray

Back Idea Makes

The idea that the family is this locus of support but can also hold you back and keep you down makes for good drama.

- James Gray

Star Away Mine

I went to see 'Star Trek Into Darkness,' and J.J. Abrams, who's a friend of mine, made this film, and I went to see it at the premiere. Believe it or not, I was really blown away by the comic timing of it.

- James Gray