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Actors and acting quotes page 1

It is no accident that an anagram of "actors" is "scrota".
Alfred Hitchcock

You have to trust your instincts. There's a moment when an actor has it, and he knows it.
Behind the camera you can feel the moment even more clearly. And once you've got it, once
you feel it, you can't second-guess yourself.
Clint Eastwood

There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen.
Bette Davis

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, "It's in the script."
If he says, "But what's my motivation?" I say, "Your salary."
Alfred Hitchcock

Dreaming about being an actress is more exciting than being one.
Marilyn Monroe

I was the only director who ever made two pictures with Marilyn Monroe. Forget the Oscar,
I deserve the Purple Heart.
Billy Wilder

God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is, he's stuck with so many bad actors who don't
know how to play funny.
Garrison Keillor

The only really good thing about acting in movies is that there's no heavy lifting.
Cary Grant

It is very important for an actor or actress to look around at everything and everyone and
never forget about real life.
Sophia Loren

Acting is everybody's favorite second job.
Jack Nicholson

I'm not a great actor - let's face it. I don't have a great deal of scope. There are certain
things I can do, but when I'm bad, I stink.
Steve McQueen

I'm a personality as well as an actress. Show me an actress who isn't a personality, and you'll
show me a woman who isn't a star.
Katharine Hepburn

Being the highest paid actor, after Terminator 3… so it was a huge success for someone, that
they said, you could never, ever become a leading man, because they said your body is too
big, you have an accent and a name that no one can pronounce. What is this? Like
Schwatizee, Schnizel, something like that. So they said it can't be done and I was very proud
to get to that point.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

People often become actresses because of something they dislike about themselves: they
pretend they are someone else.
Bette Davis

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world that Chuck Norris was just
an actor.
Chuck Norris jokes

I'm an American actor. I work with my clothes on. I have to. Riding a horse can be pretty
tough on your legs and elsewheres.
John Wayne

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
Oscar Wilde

Life's what's important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy. Acting's just waiting
for a custard pie. That's all.
Katharine Hepburn

Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves.
Charlie Chaplin

It's great to be black in Hollywood. When a black actor does something, it seems new and
different just by virtue of the fact that he's black.
Will Smith

Comedy is acting out optimism.
Robin Williams

Any actress who appears in public without being well-groomed is digging her own grave.
Joan Crawford

Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should ALL be bigger
than life.
Bette Davis

Please don't make me a joke. End the interview with what I believe. I don't mind making
jokes, but I don't want to look like one. I want to be an artist, an actress with integrity.
Marilyn Monroe

Almost anyone can give a good representative performance when you're unknown. It's just
easier. The real pro game of acting is after you're known - to "un-Jack" that character, in my
case, and get the audience to reinvest in a new and specific, fictional person.
Jack Nicholson

Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
George Burns

I never did pal around with actresses. Their talk usually bored me to tears.
Bette Davis

I began by acting like the person I wanted to be, and eventually I became that person.
Cary Grant

One of the things they teach you in acting is to be engaged, to go inside and not to just
speak words, but actually mean to get through to the people and actually to communicate.
The same is in politics. You can't just go out and blabber words out to the wall, as if no one
is  standing there. You've got to penetrate and get people into your world, so to speak, and
there is an art to do that.
Arnold Schwarzenegger

Just let the wardrobe do the acting.
Jack Nicholson

Circus, n. A place where horses, ponies and elephants are permitted to see men, women and
children acting the fool.
Ambrose Bierce

I wasn't driven to acting by any inner compulsion. I was running away from the sporting
goods business.
Paul Newman

Katharine Hepburn runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.
Dorothy Parker

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.
Charlie Chaplin

Whenever I think of the high salaries we are paid as film actors, I think it is for the travel, the
time away, and any trouble you get into through being well-known. It's not for the acting,
that's for sure.
Bill Murray

The actor and the streetwalker. The two oldest professions in the world, ruined by amateurs.
Alexander Woollcott

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