Actors and acting quotes page 2
The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton
plays that part.
Miguel de Cervantes
Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has
the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.
George Bernard Shaw
Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband. Show me a great actress, and
you've seen the devil.
W. C. Fields
How many actors does it take to change a light bulb? One hundred. One to change the bulb,
and ninety-nine to say, "I could have done that."
I had no natural gift to be anything - not an athlete, not an actor, not a writer, not a
director, a painter of garden porches - not anything. So I've worked really hard, because
nothing ever came easily to me.
I'm not sure whether I'm an actor who races or a racer who acts.
Movie acting suits me because I only need to be good for 90 seconds at a time.
There are five stages in the life of an actor: Who's Mary Astor? Get me Mary Astor. Get me a
Mary Astor type. Get me a young Mary Astor. Who's Mary Astor?
An actor's success has the life expectancy of a small boy about to look into a gas tank with
a lighted match.
That's what makes acting so attractive. You get to break all your own rules.
A starlet is any girl under thirty in Hollywood who is not regularly employed in a brothel.
Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.
Greta Garbo made you eat a mile of her shit, just to get a whiff of her asshole.
Herbert Ross told me that I couldn't act. I said, "Well, that's no news to me. If you're any
kind of a director, you'll make it look like I'm acting."
Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
What's the difference between a short actor and a short star? The short actor stands on an
orange box, and the short star has them dig ditches for everyone else.
Michael J. Fox
The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen.
W. H. Auden
My acting range? Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.
One casting director said to me, "This role calls for a guy-next-door type. You don't look as if
you've ever lived next door to anybody."
Marilyn Monroe was good at playing abstract confusion in the same way that a midget is good
at being short.
We're actors - we're the opposite of people!
The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important
thing the actor has to work on is his mind.
An actor is not quite a human being - but then, who is?
Actors think more with their hearts than with their heads.
You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation
wanders away from themselves.
If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.
Meryl Streep can act Polish or English or Australian but she sure as hell can't act blonde.
Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently
different, then finding myself in there.
I always knew that if all else filed I could become an actor - and all else failed.
The acting career of Sylvester Stallone is more of a mystery than cot death.
Honesty isn't enough for me. That becomes very boring. If you can convince people what
you're doing is real and it's also bigger than life - that's exciting.
Cary Grant made men seem like a good idea.
Every writer is a frustrated actor who recites his lines in the hidden auditorium of his skull.
Fans are people who let an actor know he's not alone in the way he feels about himself.
One critic complained that I had only two gestures - left hand up, and right hand down. What
did he expect me to do? Bring out my prick?
An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease.
Ingrid Bergman had a superabundance of all the virtues of the Swedes - innocence,
romanticism and emotional recklessness, and all their faults - innocence, romanticism and
Dear Ingrid Bergman - speaks five languages and can't act in any of them.
I'm curious about other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what it
would be like to be you.
I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.