Anna Kendrick, Shailene Woodley and more celeb quotes from Sundance

Anna Kendrick on the 'Happy Christmas' red carpet at Sundance

Anna Kendrick on the 'Happy Christmas' red carpet at Sundance (Matt Pais/RedEye / January 27, 2014)

There’s no other way to put it: My first experience at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah was simply fantastic. I saw 17 movies, covered six premieres, appeared in the press line of two red carpets and had four sit-down interviews. On rare occasions I ate or slept. It was a blast.

You can look back on my six days at Sundance here and find lots of celeb videos (including extended interviews with Rainn Wilson and Elijah Wood) here. Below find random quotes gathered from the stars at the fest, either from direct interaction on red carpets or commentary heard while cast members appeared at the film’s premiere. Enjoy!

-- “So many people we know had organized religion presented to them by their parents. So many people of my generation I feel are stepping away from that and going, ‘OK, I love aspects of it. I love holidays, I love Woody Allen movies, but the religion of it doesn’t really work for me. So what is my spirituality? And what spirituality will I teach my children? What is that in 2014, as more people are becoming agnostic or atheist or openly questioning that?” – Zach Braff on themes in his writing/directing follow-up to “Garden State,” “Wish I Was Here”

-- “They called me back quicker” – Braff on the relative ease of licensing music for “Wish I Was Here” compared to “Garden State”

-- “They wrote a song pretty much on the spot” – Braff on Bon Iver writing an original song for “Wish I Was Here” after seeing the movie

“I grew up in a very Jewish household; I know it doesn’t look that way” – “Wish I Was Here” costar Josh Gad

--  “They have feelings too” – “Life After Beth” costar John C. Reilly on what people don’t appreciate about zombies

-- “I have no idea. I don’t really look at it like that. I just look at it as I get to play a bunch of different kinds of people and it’s about finding out what drives those people forward. So whether that’s a swagger or a panic, that’s always the challenge.” – “Life After Beth” co-star Dane DeHaan on if it’s more challenging to play someone panicky or with a swagger

-- “I love Chicago. I made a movie there, one of my first films called ‘Whiteboyz.’ We shot in the Cabrini Green projects when I was 18 years old. It was nice to go back. I grew up in Minneapolis, so I’m a big fan of the midwest.” – Mark Webber on making Joe Swanberg’s “Happy Christmas” in Chicago

-- “I probably in my real life have never thought a gig is a gig is a gig is a gig. For me it’s always been a really amazing opportunity to be able to be in a film. I really cherish it and am honored every time each and every time I’m asked to be in a movie or to make a film. It’s something that’s very special to me.” –Webber on when he stopped thinking a gig is a gig is a gig is a gig, as his character says in “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”

-- “It’s actualy one of Mark and [my]  favorite rap songs. We bonded over that two years ago.” – Teresa Palmer after rapping Masta Ace’s “Acknowledge” (Her husband Mark Webber rapped “Juicy” by Notorious B.I.G.)

-- “There were so many good places to eat. Every night we were going somewhere that was just delicious-- like world-class, amazing, amazing food. And great beer.” “Happy Christmas” costar Melanie Lynskey on filming in Chicago

-- “The first movie in Chicago was in August and the second one was in December, so I got the worst of the weather. I got the most brutal Chicago weather.” – Anna Kendrick on shooting “Happy Christmas” and “Drinking Buddies”

-- “I think I should have a big bit of tape over my mouth all the time.” –Kendrick on her tendency to say things she wishes she hadn’t

-- “I’m obviously not going to tell you that (laughs)” – Kendrick on something she said recently she’d like to have back

-- “I don’t tend to do big exteriors where I’m showing the Sears Tower, Millennium Park, or things like that so there’s a Chicago vibe that’s present in the movies that I feel like if you live there you recognize it.” – “Happy Christmas” director Joe Swanberg on his style of Chicago filmmaking

--  “It’s coming out of a lot of conversations that my wife and I were having about being artists and being parents and what that means in terms of making money, sharing responsibility, not having any money for child care and how that impacts what you have time to make. It’s a very personal movie. It’s very revealing.” –Swanberg on what he’s revealing of himself with “Happy Christmas”

-- “Speaking of dialogue being improvised, I was very surprised that the scene where Melanie and I literally talk about our sexual fantasies was cut. So you can never accuse [Swanberg] of being anything but above board. But I was a little bit sad.” –Kendrick

-- “It was more challenging playing the character in ‘Drinking Buddies,’ but to just be constantly throwing out the ugliest, most selfish parts of yourself was easy but made me feel really vulnerable. After each take I would be like, “Oof, Anna; gross. Super gross.” –Kendrick

 -- “Just two months ago I trimmed and was still working on something from year two. I had 10 years to think about it … everything about this movie was odd, was very different. The movie’s long, but it had to be. I’d never made a movie over two hours. This one is for a reason.” – Writer/director Richard Linklater on making “Boyhood,” which he filmed in small parts over 12 years

-- “I’ve just been a fan of Gregg’s work, everything that he’s done. I feel like it’s like a rite of passage to be in one of your films in a way. You don’t make many films, so when the opportunity came about it was a really special experience to jump on it, and the script was so poetic and so beautiful and eerie and creepy.” – Shailene Woodley on working on “White Bird in a Blizzard” with director Gregg Araki

-- “He has a clarity of vision and yet a very gentle nature. He gently guides you in a place where you feel safe and secure and you know it’s right. I learned a lot from you, and I really appreciated working with you.” – Christopher Meloni on Gregg Araki

-- “Any topic is open for discussion or parody. I’m not shy about that. I hungrily eat that stuff. I enjoy it.” – “Hits” director David Cross

-- “There was one thing where we wanted a song, I think it was literally 10 seconds of this song and they came back and said, ‘Oh, we want $50,000.’ We’re like, ‘That’s most of our budget.’ ‘No, $50,000.’ We came back I think offering $15,000. And they said ‘No, $50,000.’ It’s for a snippet in the movie and you’re like, ‘You coulda had $15,000 for doing nothing. You already did the [bleeping] work. I’m going to give you $15,000!’ ‘No, 50!’ All right, then now you’re getting nothing!’ ‘Good!’” –Cross on expensive music licensing

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