Spike Lee Quotes

34 Spike Lee quotes:

"I collect names for characters. Names are valuable; they can be your first source of insight into a character."
Author: Lee Quotes Category: Character Quotes
"It is really important that young people find something that they want to do and pursue it with passion. I'm very passionate about filmmaking. It's what I love to do."
Author: Lee Quotes Category: Passion Quotes
"My cousin Malcolm Lee is also a filmmaker."
"I'm just trying to tell a good story and make thought-provoking, entertaining films. I just try and draw upon the great culture we have as a people, from music, novels, the streets."
"Violence is a part of America. I don't want to single out rap music. Let's be honest. America's the most violent country in the history of the world, that's just the way it is. We're all affected by it."
"A lot of my directing we do in the rehearsal process. We don't want to start discussing the character motivation and stuff like that on the set, so we do a lot of that stuff beforehand in rehearsal."
Author: Lee Quotes Category: Character Quotes
"We have a sort of understanding that works on the set. When you're shooting, the cash register is ringing . Denzel and I know where we're going before shooting starts. Then, it's a matter of doing it."
Author: Lee Quotes Category: Understanding Quotes
"So I missed the wedding, huh? I didn't get an invitation. What's up with that?"
Author: Lee Quotes Category: Wedding Quotes
"I don't dictate, you don't dictate to Stevie Wonder, not successfully."
"I think people who have faults are a lot more interesting than people who are perfect."
"I'd like to state that Spike Lee is not saying that African American culture is just for black people alone to enjoy and cherish. Culture is for everybody."
"Right now a lot of people are still choosing to go to Toronto instead of shooting in New York City, something I haven't done and something I hope I'll never have to do."
"There's a lot of Americans, black and white, who think that we've arrived where we need to be and nothing else needs to be done and affirmative action needs to be dismantled."
"We grew up in a very creative environment and were exposed to the arts at a very young age, so it's not a surprise that all of us are in some form of the arts."
"You've really got to start hitting the books because it's no joke out here."
"A lot of times you get credit for stuff in your movies you didn't intend to be there."
"I get offered to do stuff where the money's nice but it's not something I want to do-I get offered a lot of commercials too."
"It comes down to this: black people were stripped of our identities when we were brought here, and it's been a quest since then to define who we are."
"I didn't roll out of bed and direct Malcolm X. Whatever you do, go out there and work hard."
Author: Lee Quotes Category: Bed Quotes
"I ain't Martin Luther King. I don't need a dream. I have a plan."
Author: Lee Quotes Category: Perseverance Quotes

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