Paul Newman quotes page 2
Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own
Twenty-five years ago I couldn't walk down the street without being recognized. Now I can
put a cap on, walk anywhere and no one pays me any attention. They don't ask me about my
movies and they don't ask me about my salad dressing because they don't know who I am.
Am I happy about this? You bet.
I would like it if people would think that beyond Newman, there's a spirit that takes action, a
heart, and a talent that doesn't come from my blue eyes.
You only grow when you are alone.
I'm like a good cheese. I'm just getting mouldy enough to be interesting.
I keep trying to retire from everything and I've discovered that I've retired from absolutely
nothing. I was going to get out of the racing business and I'm back in the racing business. I
was going to let somebody else handle all the spaghetti sauce and I'm back in the spaghetti
sauce. I just finished the first play that I've done in 35 years, which is like sticking a rifle in
your mouth. So, I don't seem to be able to retire.
To be an actor you have to be a child.
Acting isn't really a creative profession. It's an interpretative one.
Study your craft and know who you are and what's special about you. Find out what
everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means
don't do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society.
I have an extraordinary attention span. I manage to juggle two or three different ideas at the
same time, and that's probably, if I have a gift, that's probably the best gift that's given me.