“You just never know when you’re living in a golden age.”

Alexander Payne Age Quote

“When you’re a houseguest and you leave it’s nice to straighten something up or send your hosts a useful gift. And when you leave the planet it’s nice to have made a positive contribution.”

Alexander Payne Positive Quote

“The biggest fear I have is to die with regrets and of course that will come true.”

Alexander Payne Fear Quote

“Marketing has supplanted story as the primary force behind the worthiness of making a film and that’s a very sad thing. It’s film only as a function of consumerism rather than as an important component of our culture and that’s everywhere around the world.”

Alexander Payne Sad Quote

“Joe E. Lewis said ‘Money doesn’t buy happiness but it calms the nerves.’ And that is how I feel about a film being well-received.”

Alexander Payne Happiness Quote

“I get asked ‘How can you have such failures in your films?’ Well what else is life about? There’s some sense of constant failure in something. Humor gives you a distance from it.”

Alexander Payne Failure Quote

“I don’t feel despair because I am able to make the films I want to make and that gives me hope.”

Alexander Payne Hope Quote

“Hollywood films have become a cesspool of formula and it’s up to us to try to change it… I feel like a preacher! But it’s really true. I feel personally responsible for the future of American cinema. Me personally.”

Alexander Payne Future Quote

“Even if we die at 100 we’re still dying young. I want at least 700 years. There’s a lot of travelling and books to read and movies to see. I’m not going to squeeze it all in in 85 years.”

“I mean look I love movies not just the ones I make… In fact I don’t like the movies I make very much.”

“Each one of my movies becomes easier to get off the ground.”

“The novel succeeds on terms exclusive to literature. A good film succeeds on terms exclusive to the cinema. That’s why so many bad novels can become good movies like ‘Jaws’ or ‘The Godfather.'”

“I guess maybe I try to make movies that are closer to real life than are many Hollywood movies. But I still try to stay within a commercial narrative a contemporary American vernacular.”

Alexander Payne Movies Quote

“Anytime you cast a movie and you need someone famous in the lead part you’re a prisoner of whoever happens to be famous in the six-month window in which you’re trying to get a film financed.”

Alexander Payne Famous Quote