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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

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

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

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

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

Work Going Honestly

I know this sounds phony, but I don't start out on a project going, 'I'm going to make an emotional work,' you know what I mean? You try to tell the story directly and honestly and with passion.

- James Gray

Audience Amount Set

What a director really does is set the emotional temperature and the mood and the level, amount, or lack of, distance between the action and the character, and the character and the audience.

- 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

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

Down Explain Jewish

I suppose I'm always trying to break down the wall between my characters and myself. I'm trying to make the film as expressive and personal as I can, even if I can't explain, for example, how important it is for me to be Jewish.

- 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

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

Making Been Films

There's never really been a tradition of making films about Jewish themes or using Judaism as a constant.

- James Gray

Work Better More

The closer you can get to being personal, the better the work is, or the more interesting the work is.

- James Gray