"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."
"Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes."Alexander Payne on Andy Warhol
"I have no use for people who throw their weight around as celebrities, or for those who fawn over you just because you are famous."Alexander Payne on Walt Disney
"What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous."Alexander Payne on Voltaire
"We all want to be famous people, and the moment we want to be something we are no longer free."Alexander Payne on Jiddu Krishnamurti
"Famous, adj.: Conspicuously miserable."Alexander Payne on Ambrose Bierce
"You just never know when you're living in a golden age."
"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."
"The biggest fear I have is to die with regrets, and of course that will come true."
"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."
"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."