Noel Clarke quotes

  • I'm a nice guy to anyone I meet, until they show me they don't deserve niceness. I'll turn very quickly. But I'm pretty pleasant overall.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Nice #Guy #Show Me

  • After 'Kidulthood,' I was called in to a meeting and told that I didn't write women very well. I was very annoyed.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Writing #Annoyed #Wells

  • I just started to write because I was fed up of not seeing the stories that I wanted, so I was like 'Stop moaning and write something.'
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Writing #Stories #Feds

  • I'm just who I am. I don't try to change myself for other people.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Who I Am #People #Trying

  • I'd always much rather be second choice on anything because it makes you work harder.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Hard Work #Choices #Work Harder

  • I was offered and accepted a part in 'A Few Best Men,' and then the Australian actor's union argued that there were too many British actors. And the director decided to lose me.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Men #Actors #Unions

  • I can't always be making 'British films.' Why should we be making films about corsets and horses and girls learning to drive when Americans send over an event movie and make five or 10 million?
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Girl #Horse #Events

  • When I wrote 'Kidulthood,' I didn't even know there was going to be a 'Kidulthood.' I just wanted to test myself to see if I could write a script.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Writing #Scripts #Tests

  • What I want to do is make things that I think people want to watch. I'm a film fan, so I think I'm in touch with other film fans and that they might want to watch stuff. The other reason I really don't care is because no matter what you do in life, no matter what you wear, or what you say, people are going to like it or they're not. And that is all. Everything, down to the socks I chose today - people are going to like them or they're not and there's nothing you can do about that.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Thinking #People #Care

  • I don't like doing things that are too easy.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Easy

  • You'll never see me in any of the tabloids because I've made a conscious effort to stay out of that. I'm not interested in fame. I'm interested in hard work and letting my work speak for what I do. I've been in high-profile shows but you don't see stories on me because I don't go out and court them.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Hard Work #Effort #Speak

  • When people say to me: "Oh don't worry, if one door closes another one opens..." If one door closes for me, go through the window - I'm not interested in waiting around for people to give me opportunities. I try and make things happen and if I am given opportunities I take them and work harder.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Hard Work #Opportunity #People

  • You have to show the negative to show the positivity that comes from it.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Positivity #Negative

  • I think that's important for all ages, to not be afraid of being an individual. I grew up on my own, as an only child, so early on I think I was quite capable of making decisions by myself and being an individual.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Children #Thinking #Decision

  • People can criticise me all day long. It just washes off me. You might as well be talking to a wall.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Wall #Talking #Long

  • The BFI recently did a study of the British films that have the most people of color in them in the last 10 years, and in the top 10, three of the films were my films. I've always been a glass-is-half-full person. I've always gone, "If people aren't going to do it, I'm going to do it".
    -- Noel Clarke

    #People #Study #Film

  • All the young people grow up too fast and want to be able to do this, or that. When you get to the older age and you have a mortgage, bills, this and that you think: "If I had done that differently when I was younger, then I wouldn't be in this situation now."
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Growing Up #Thinking #People

  • I'm always willing to work that little bit harder to achieve what I need to achieve because I feel like it's a blessing for me to be here. I was never supposed to be here. I'm the black council estate kid, single parent, from West London, with friends that are in jail, friends that have committed heinous crimes, friends that are doing nothing. I'm not supposed to be here, therefore I have nothing to lose. I'm always going to work harder than everyone else because if it doesn't work, "So what?".
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Hard Work #Kids #Blessing

  • I think one thing my mother always instilled in me was a sense of individuality. Being an only child, I never thought I had to rely on anyone. I was never afraid to be alone and I was never afraid to be my own person. So when all my friends were like, "Let's smoke weed," I was like, "I'm not doing it." It wasn't because I was trying to be a rebel or because I didn't like it or I was anti-drugs. I just didn't do it because I didn't want to do it, and if I didn't want to do it, I wasn't doing it. That was it.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Mother #Weed #Children

  • I don't feel that I'm a role model. I'm just me. If people want to look up to me then that's their business. I'm not perfect and I don't consider myself to be a role model. But to be honest, I'd much rather my kids look up to me than look up to some rock star who gets off jail more times than is even funny.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Kids #People #Role Models

  • Generally, an indie film in the U.K. is put together much like in the states. We got a tax credit. You sell the domestic rights, which can be quite low, but it's enough to push you over the line. And you get a tax credit on top of that, and then you cobble it together with private equity or gap financing and things like that.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Rights #Together #Credit

  • I think most people, no matter their status now, have big screen TVs, because they're the standard TVs now. And so why would you go to the cinema?
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Thinking #People #Cinema

  • I'm always writing, but directing takes priority over everything, unless the acting is a job that lifts that whole brand. If I get a part in a big film with a big director and I was going to direct one of my one films, I would take the former job because that job will only help anything that I then intend to do. I think in the long run, directing is the thing that will outlive everything else. Maybe that and writing.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Running #Writing #Thinking

  • I think now you see a lot more British films from the perspective of, I guess what would be considered "new" British people - people of color, Asian people. I think that's what's happening now, whereas 20 years ago it couldn't happen because it was still predominantly, "British film is about middle-class white families and what they do."
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Thinking #People #Perspective

  • Bullying isn't about size, it's about intimidation.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Bullying #Intimidation

  • When I write a project, it might be something that I want to do and then when I look at it, I'm actually like, "I kind of don't want to direct it." I don't know why, I still love it enough for it to be made and to support it, but I don't want to direct it. I just give it to other directors and they do a good job!
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Writing #Giving #Support

  • I would say to any young black , if you get a job and you're asked to work 100%, then you work 125% and don't complain about it. The moment you complain about it, then you don't really want to work. Always do more than you're asked to do and you'll get far in life - and that applies to all youth.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Black #Complaining #Youth

  • Let's start doing new and different things that enable us all to grow as a film culture and a community in total.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Community #Different #Culture

  • As a man - no longer a teenager that can play those really young roles, but as a man - I think I've only just got good in the last three or four years. I only watch my old films because, as someone who wasn't trained, that's how I look at my mistakes; I see something and I go, "Well, that's not good," and I learn from my mistakes. Same with the writing and same with the directing.
    -- Noel Clarke

    #Mistake #Teenager #Writing