Quotes and Sayings about Actors



"The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors."
- Stella Adler
(Related: Ideas, Actors)

"It seems like they never say anything bad about actors, they just pump them up."
- Casey Affleck
(Related: Actors)

"In my movies, there has been little to do in the way of animal rights. I have never worked in a movie with animals. No horse-riding, no trained dogs, lions, bears. A few actors, but what could I do? We had to have them."
- Casey Affleck
(Related: Movies, Actors, Animals, Dogs, Rights)

"The show is like an Edwardian play - emotional life gets stepped on for the sake of accepted manners, and that's terrific for actors to play in."
- Jason Alexander
(Related: Life, Actors, Manners, Play)

"I always say if you've seen good acting on television, those actors are really good. Because there's just not enough time. You don't have any preparation."
- Sasha Alexander
(Related: Time, Acting, Actors, Preparation, Television)

"I didn't need the insurance. I do it again if my DP tells me it didn't look good in the camera or if the actors didn't hit their marks. But if everything was working why do it again?"
- Debbie Allen
(Related: Actors)

"Washington is no place for a good actor. The competition from bad actors is too great."
- Fred Allen
(Related: Actor, Actors, Competition, Washington)

"I wouldn't say I'm a very controlling person. For instance, when I talk to the actors, I don't tell them exactly what I want because I want them to surprise me. I even encourage them to change some of the verses of the script if they need to."
- Alejandro Amenabar
(Related: Change, Actors, Talk, Want)

"You can say what you want to about a rapper in a movie, but look at what Ice Cube has done. Ice Cube has created more opportunities for other actors to get jobs in this business than some actors have."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Business, Actors, Jobs, Want)

"I've worked with some actors who can't act."
- Anthony Anderson
(Related: Act, Actors)

"All people are half actors."
- Dana Andrews
(Related: People, Actors)

"I had to choose between American and British actors, and it didn't take me more than a second to decide: Russians are Europeans and should be played by other Europeans."
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Related: Actors, American)

"British actors behave like Europeans; they are also extremely well trained."
- Jean-Jacques Annaud
(Related: Actors)

"Some actors get fired up by the sound of the audience. I just want to retreat."
- Francesca Annis
(Related: Actors, Sound, Want)

"Till now I have never shot a scene without taking account of what stands behind the actors because the relationship between people and their surroundings is of prime importance."
- Michelangelo Antonioni
(Related: People, Actors, Importance, Now)

"You know what I would like to do: make a film with actors standing in empty space so that the spectator would have to imagine the background of the characters."
- Michelangelo Antonioni
(Related: Actors, Film, Space)

"If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy."
- Thomas Aquinas
(Related: Death, Power, Heresy, Reason)

"Actors are trusting souls, and we must go by gut-level instinct, even after our agents and business managers weigh all the odds."
- Anne Archer
(Related: Business, Actors, Instinct, Managers)

"Young girls of 13 or 12 are great actors."
- Dario Argento
(Related: Actors, Girls)

"I only want to work with actors that really get it and make it work. I didn't want it to be a star-driven thing anymore."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: Work, Actors, Want)

"I suddenly realized that comedy, for me, was just being honest, and playing it for real. I've seen so many wonderful actors who turn into creatures from another planet when they're told they are supposed to be playing comedy."
- Bea Arthur
(Related: Actors, Being, Comedy)

"Actors worry about bad breath, weight, receding hairlines and why their leading lady looks like their daughter."
- Matthew Ashford
(Related: Daughter, Actors, Lady, Leading, Weight, Worry)

"It confirms for me that we did something on Days that meant something. We had our ups and downs, but Missy and I and some of the other actors, created something that was really memorable."
- Matthew Ashford
(Related: Actors)

"A Dumont actor was considered to be too stilted - the way we Dumont actors used to speak."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Actor, Actors)

"No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves."
- Francis of Assisi
(Related: Enemy, Harm)

"Knowing who the actors were as you were designing them helped, with Catherine's beauty and Renee's frailty, they directed me visually just by who they were."
- Colleen Atwood
(Related: Beauty, Actors)

"The reward is that you can actually create a world separate from reality with a story, actors, music, and camera design. When it works it can entertain, move people and teach us all."
- Colleen Atwood
(Related: Design, Music, People, Actors, Reality, Reward, World)

"And so I've always been fascinated by the technical end of theater, and a lot of my closest friends are not actors, but in the other end of the business."
- Rene Auberjonois
(Related: Business, Actors, End, Friends, Theater)

"All of the factors that make up a quality city - safe streets, high paying jobs, strong neighborhoods, etc. - emanate from a strong educational premise."
- Alan Autry
(Related: Quality, Jobs)

"The streets and alleys of the ward were notoriously filthy, and the contractors habitually neglected them, not failing, however, to draw their regular payments from the city treasury."
- Ray Stannard Baker
"Actors are able to trick themselves into treating anything as if it's fantastic. It's a kind of madness really."
- Tom Baker
(Related: Actors, Madness)

"We have newsreaders behaving like actors, lowering their voices if it's a sad story, as if we didn't know it's a sad story. There isn't a single cool newsreader."
- Tom Baker
(Related: Actors)

"You have actors who begin at a certain young age and there's very little change in their technique and the depth of their performances; they're the same 30 years later."
- Alec Baldwin
(Related: Age, Change, Actors, Years)

"Nuclear apocalypse - who do you need? Actors are probably not top of the list. What can I do for you? I can pretend to be somebody who can grow you some nice crops."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Actors)

"It's the actors who are prepared to make fools of themselves who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience."
- Christian Bale
(Related: Actors, Fools)

"We actors always say how difficult and physically demanding a role was. But give me a break, it's only a movie."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Actors)

"When you see something that is well-written, the actors can get behind it."
- Julia Barr
(Related: Actors)

"You go through at least the first two years of Star Trek and you find some amazing stuff. Everything that was going on Gene put into the series. He just put strange costumes on the actors and painted them funny colours and left the same situation in."
- Majel Barrett
(Related: Funny, Actors, First, Years)

"The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage."
- Ethel Barrymore
(Related: Actors)

"I remember that Jack Lemmon, who is one of my favorite actors of all time, says that the day he stops being nervous is the day he should leave the business."
- Kim Basinger
(Related: Business, Time, Actors, Being, Day, Favorite)

"I think actors are privileged. Acting feeds you."
- Alan Bates
(Related: Acting, Actors)

"A reporter discovers, in the course of many years of interviewing celebrities, that most actors are more attractive behind a spotlight than over a spot of tea."
- Phyllis Battelle
(Related: Actors, Tea, Years)

"The love scenes that worked, regardless of the director, were the ones where the actors weren't fearful. When somebody was fearful, you could see it right away. It takes you out of the story, and that's to be avoided at all costs."
- Jennifer Beals
(Related: Love, Actors, Right)

"Being here allows me to make the case that not all aging, narcissistic movie actors whose children could be mistaken for their grandchildren necessarily act with the same motivation."
- Warren Beatty
(Related: Motivation, Act, Actors, Being, Children)

"I think the show does better with newsmakers and politicians than it does with actors."
- Samantha Bee
(Related: Actors, Politicians)

"I'm not in the business of becoming famous. And that's the advice I give to younger aspiring actors. Work onstage and do the little roles. In the end it's not important to be seen. It's important to do. There's a lot of disappointment in this business, but my family keeps me grounded."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Business, Family, Work, Actors, Advice, Disappointment, End, Famous)

"I'm not in the business of becoming famous. And that's the advice I give to younger aspiring actors. Work onstage and do the little roles. In the end it's not important to be seen. It's important to do. There's a lot of disappointment in this business, but my family keeps me grounded."
- Kristen Bell
(Related: Business, Family, Work, Actors, Advice, Disappointment, End, Famous)

"So many actors wear wigs nowadays. Besides, if someone is hiring me because of how I wear my hair, I don't want to work with them anyway."
- Maria Bello
(Related: Work, Actors, Hair, Hiring, Want)

"Mel is a great director because he's not just a director, he's an actor, so he knows how to direct actors. I loved working with him. He's great as a director. He's so intelligent. He's generous. I really loved him."
- Monica Bellucci
(Related: Actor, Actors)

"I think the lawyers are such incredible actors. Can you imagine the performance they have to do every day?"
- Monica Bellucci
(Related: Performance, Actors, Day, Lawyers)

"It is all about marketing; that is where the real craft comes in. The best actors do not necessarily become the biggest stars. And vice versa."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Actors, Marketing, Stars, Vice)

"Be very clear as to what your dream is. Nowadays it is fairly certain that 90 percent of all actors really just want to be rich and famous as the solution to all that ails."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Dream, Actors, Famous, Solution, Want)

"Generally speaking, actors are allowed NO input. Actors are dumb."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Actors, Dumb)

"We all perform our lives in a way. And the actor is a perfect metaphor to get at that theme of 'how do we find our authentic selves?' And that we all - whether we're actors or not - perform ourselves. As a way of searching. As a way of fumbling around and trying to say, is this my voice? Is this who I am?"
- Annette Bening
(Related: Actor, Actors, Metaphor, Trying, Voice)

"Every other movie is one of those action things. I mean, 'Lost in Space'? A bunch of good actors running around shooting at special effects on a soundstage? I took my kids to see that and felt like I was on an acid trip."
- Tom Berenger
(Related: Action, Actors, Kids, Running, Space)

"Then they started pulling me in and I was very resistant. All the other actors would be saying write more, more dialogue for me, and I'd always be saying 'No, less, less'."
- Peter Berg
(Related: Actors, Saying)

"The great actors we had came from the actor-manager theaters. Not only did they create a team, they were the generals working with the soldiers."
- Steven Berkoff
(Related: Actor, Actors, Soldiers)

"Well, I've been in several films including documentaries, but the big blockbuster, I was hired as advisor to the actors, I was trying to make Jesuits out of them."
- Daniel Berrigan
(Related: Actors, Trying)

"People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors."
- John Betjeman
(Related: People, Gardens, Houses, Public)

"Having secured my Indian actors, I started for Baltimore, where I organized my combination, and which was the largest troupe I had yet had on the road."
- Buffalo Bill
(Related: Actors, Road)

"People think actors have such glamorous lives, but the truth is actors go where nobody wants to go."
- Juliette Binoche
(Related: Truth, People, Actors)

"It was only when I realized how actors have the power to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a career."
- Cate Blanchett
(Related: Power, People, Acting, Actors, Career)

"Everyone the world over talks about British actors and British talent and I think that's because we were trained - until now - in theatre."
- Brenda Blethyn
(Related: Talent, Actors, Now, Theatre, World)

"If public opinion still endorses military action that's one thing, but if they wait maybe it will not. So it's not only impatience, but there are several other factors."
- Hans Blix
(Related: Action, Impatience, Military, Opinion, Public, Public opinion, Will)

"The actors are in control, getting outrageous amounts of money. The reason they're getting this kind of money is because the studios don't know what else to do. They don't have a clue about what to do except to pay an actor a lot of money."
- Peter Bogdanovich
(Related: Money, Control, Actor, Actors, Reason)

"I provide the bricks and mortar with the words and situations - the director and the actors and the designers build the house."
- Eric Bogosian
(Related: Actors, Words)

"So if I get these actors for 30% of their price by coming in so late with an offer when they know they are not getting another offer then I do it this way."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Actors)

"Actors don't have real value."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Actors, Value)

"Now while the German money is over for Hollywood, I still have $80 million to make movies, and we will have two things coming up: less major movies and the price for actors will go down."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Money, Movies, Actors, Hollywood, Now, Will)

"Heart of America is a movie I'm very proud of. The young actors are great and the story has impact."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Heart, Actors, America)

"Agents are still asking for millions of dollars for actors that don't sell one ticket."
- Uwe Boll
(Related: Actors)

"My favorite actors when I was a kid were in their '60s. Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne."
- Joseph Bologna
(Related: Actors, Favorite)

"When actors are being defensive and defending their position, that is when you get less than good acting."
- John Boorman
(Related: Acting, Actors, Being)

"Actors should be overheard, not listened to, and the audience is 50 percent of the performance."
- Shirley Booth
(Related: Performance, Actors)

"A storyteller is basically what actors and writers are."
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Related: Actors, Writers)

"But you are absolutely right that when the international community decides to help in a meaningful manner a country like Afghanistan, then coordination between the various actors that are involved in these processes is very, very difficult indeed."
- Lakhdar Brahimi
(Related: Actors, Afghanistan, Community, Country, Help, Right)

"I think the best actors are the most generous, the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain, greedy and insecure."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: People, Actors)

"Actors are the best and the worst of people. They're like kids. When they're good, they're very very good. When they're bad they're very very naughty."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: People, Actors, Kids)

"I like to cast actors I admire, one's that are talented. Each one will bring something new to the part. This play has been done thousands of times and now certain characters are too familiar."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Actors, Now, Play, Will)

"There is some mysterious thing that goes on whereby, in the process of playing Shakespeare continuously, actors are surprised by the way the language actually acts on them."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Actors, Language, Shakespeare)

"The long version of the play is actually an easier version to follow. In all of the cut versions the intense speeches are cut too close together for the audience and the actors."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Actors, Play)

"The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Quality, Ability, Actors)

"Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves."
- Kenneth Branagh
(Related: Experience, Music, People, Actors, Language, Meaning, Want, Words)

"It's of course understandable that people want to know about actors in their favourite series."
- Jonathan Brandis
(Related: People, Actors, Want)

"If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives."
- Marlon Brando
(Related: Actors, Talk, Television)

"Actors are crazy or we wouldn't be doing this."
- Eileen Brennan
(Related: Actors)

"Sure, I have a lot of friends that are actors. Just because I guess I run into a lot of actors in my work."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Work, Actors, Friends)

"My mom is many times responsible for getting us all together, but we trade off at each other's houses. My brother and I are actors and are traveling a lot of our job."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Mom, Brother, Actors, Houses, Job, Trade, Traveling)

"Some of my oldest friends are actors. But that's not the only place my friends come from."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Actors, Friends)

"Nowadays, in the contract that actors sign, you have to agree that you're going to do a certain amount of publicity-the hard part they don't pay you for."
- Jeff Bridges
(Related: Actors, Publicity)

"Most child actors go through that. Unless you can transition into an adult star, your career is over."
- Morgan Brittany
(Related: Actors, Career)

"All I know about thermal pollution is that if we continue our present rate of growth in electrical energy consumption it will simply take, by the year 2000, all our freshwater streams to cool the generators and reactors."
- David R. Brower
(Related: Growth, Energy, Pollution, Present, Will)

"There is no place where we can safely store worn-out reactors or their garbage. No place!"
- David R. Brower
"We are also in the process of defining how best to work together with food and other companies to address diet and physical activity factors in order to prevent chronic diseases."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Diet, Food, Work, Order)

"Such lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, little physical activity and low dietary calcium intake are risk factors for osteoporosis as well as for many other non-communicable diseases."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Alcohol, Risk, Smoking)

"Since the reduction of risk factors is the scientific basis for primary prevention, the World Health Organization promotes the development of an integrated strategy for prevention of several diseases, rather than focusing on individual ones."
- Gro Harlem Brundtland
(Related: Health, Strategy, Development, Prevention, Risk, World)

"We actors are like whores."
- Horst Buchholz
(Related: Actors)

"Broadway has changed tremendously from the early days when the shows were referred to as musical comedies. Musical Theater is now a more expanded art form. Back then, singer/actors were not the norm. From the 60's to now, it is necessary to do it all to be a consummate Broadway performer."
- Betty Buckley
(Related: Art, Now, Theater)

"The Welsh are all actors. It's only the bad ones who become professional."
- Richard Burton
(Related: Actors)

"Communication is the key, and it's one thing I had to learn-to talk to the actors. I was so involved with the visual and technical aspects that I would forget about the actors."
- Steve Buscemi
(Related: Actors, Communication, Forget, Key, Talk)

"I didn't think I'd ever be able to do movies. That was for serious actors."
- Steve Buscemi
(Related: Movies, Actors)

"I don't like that, because there are a lot of people whose works I admire as actors or actresses, or musicians. And you know, I've been a big fan of different musicians or actors."
- Laura Bush
(Related: People, Actors, Musicians)

"Actors have bodyguards and entourages not because anybody wants to hurt them - who would want to hurt an actor? - but because they want to get recognized. God forbid someone doesn't recognize them."
- James Caan
(Related: God, Actor, Actors, Hurt, Want)

"There's nothing more boring than actors talking about acting."
- James Caan
(Related: Acting, Actors, Nothing, Talking)

"That's driven by any number of factors, the most prominent of which have been the combat experience of two major campaigns - one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq - and the ongoing demands of the global war on terrorism."
- Stephen Cambone
(Related: Experience, War, Afghanistan, Iraq, Terrorism)

"I actually started as a model builder and quickly progressed into production design, which made sense because I could draw and paint. But I kept watching that guy over there who was moving the actors around and setting up the shots."
- James Cameron
(Related: Design, Actors, Production, Sense)

"The magic doesn't come from within the director's mind, it comes from within the hearts of the actors."
- James Cameron
(Related: Actors, Magic, Mind)

"It took me a long time to realize that you have to have a bit of an interlanguage with actors. You have to give them something that they can act with."
- James Cameron
(Related: Time, Act, Actors)

"Most cartoonists are failed actors."
- Milton Caniff
(Related: Actors)

"I can't remember ever staying for the end of a movie in which the actors wore togas."
- Jimmy Cannon
(Related: Actors, End)

"You then get into a period a few years ago, where a lot of external factors that we didn't have anything to do with did hit, and some of them at the same time... devaluations, weak economies, you name it, in various parts of the world."
- Jim Cantalupo
(Related: Time, Name, World, Years)

"But, on balance, we seized the marketplace. We've got a great infrastructure. And yes it's struggling in some areas because of some external factors and some internal factors."
- Jim Cantalupo
(Related: Balance)

"I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries."
- Frank Capra
(Related: Thought, Actors, Drama, Mistakes)

"Every actor I think has got their own number of takes that they like, you know. Some actors like to go all day, you know on the one scene and some actors want to take two takes. I personally like four."
- Robert Carlyle
(Related: Actor, Actors, Day, Want)

"James Ivory comes close to the actors for the first rehearsal. He more or less lets you direct yourself and then will only correct you if he finds it incorrect."
- Leslie Caron
(Related: Actors, First, Will)

"Most actors spend a lot of time training themselves to be an actor. And I kind of didn't do that. I just started doin' it in front of an audience and had to deliver."
- David Carradine
(Related: Time, Actor, Actors, Training)

"I have daughters who are writers and actors but no musicians."
- Rosanne Cash
(Related: Actors, Daughters, Musicians, Writers)

"My Mom and Dad did it pretty good, so I know it can work. The foremost thing I would say about working with Robin and Sean is that they were devoted to this project and devoted to their characters. You can't ask for any more from talented actors like that."
- Nick Cassavetes
(Related: Dad, Mom, Work, Actors, Pretty, Project)

"I like to give my actors a lot of room."
- Nick Cassavetes
(Related: Actors)

"It's often wrong to write for specific actors because one ends up using what is least interesting about them, their mannerisms and habits. I prefer not to write for specific people."
- Claude Chabrol
(Related: People, Actors, Habits, Wrong)

"Actors search for rejection. If they don't get it they reject themselves."
- Charlie Chaplin
(Related: Actors, Rejection)

"Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage."
- Charlie Chaplin
(Related: Movies, Actors, Audiences, Want)

"They can't make any of these talented young actors Fletch. You might as well make a movie called Chevy Chase."
- Chevy Chase
(Related: Actors)

"The difference between me and American-born actors is that I came here with the expectation of not being treated fairly."
- Joan Chen
(Related: Actors, American, Being, Difference, Expectation)

"I know what actors fear, what they like; I know how to get things out of them and I listen to them better, since I've been there."
- Joan Chen
(Related: Fear, Actors)

"Showtime has given new, young filmmakers - black, white, across the board - an opportunity to make films, as well as actors who want to cross over into directing."
- Morris Chestnut
(Related: Opportunity, Actors, Want)

"When on the set of a film, you have to play natural for entire scenes in a very unnatural environment. You have to express emotions and interact with other actors and also use your voice."
- Helena Christensen
(Related: Actors, Emotions, Environment, Film, Play, Voice)

"I'm used to working alone. Frankly with some of the actors I've worked with, I've felt like I was working alone."
- Claudia Christian
(Related: Actors)

"But all actors go through the process, it's hit and miss, you have achievement and failure."
- Thomas Haden Church
(Related: Achievement, Failure, Actors)

"They're just actors. I much prefer the real thing!"
- Alan Clark
(Related: Actors)

"There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theater actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on."
- George Clooney
(Related: God, Actors, Film, Order, Reality, Theater)

"We have to be vulnerable as actors, but we have to protect ourselves."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Actors)

"I think there are certain actors that have that kind of energy about them, that taking over a room energy."
- Glenn Close
(Related: Actors, Energy)

"I mean, Joel talks to the actors more than I do and I probably do production stuff a little more than he does."
- Ethan Coen
(Related: Actors, Production)

"The point at which we worked with some of these actors, they weren't really stars yet. Nicolas Cage was not a big star when we did Raising Arizona. A lot of these people were also virtually unknown, too, when we worked with them first."
- Joel Coen
(Related: People, Actors, First, Stars)

"A lot of actors in my age bracket look at being still standing as pretty good."
- Gary Cole
(Related: Age, Actors, Being, Pretty)

"I have the absolute utmost respect for soap opera actors now. They work harder than any actor I know in any other medium. And they don't get very much approbation for it."
- Joan Collins
(Related: Work, Actor, Actors, Now, Opera, Respect)

"Music is always occurring. It is just a matter of marketing, attention, and many other factors, that determines whether people will hear these songs or not."
- Judy Collins
(Related: Music, People, Attention, Marketing, Songs, Will)

"When you put a group of actors together who get along, and we have since day one, they don't become like their roles. What tends to happen is their age disappears and they all deal with each other as friends."
- Stephen Collins
(Related: Age, Actors, Day, Friends)

"I do think that's so much a part of what being a director is - in working with actors - to really try and be sensitive to what each actor needs to get to where he wants to be."
- Bill Condon
(Related: Actor, Actors, Being, Needs)

"It is interesting to be here and to see that for certain actors they have to live in a way that you think of nobody living anymore except for in small towns. They have such elaborate double lives."
- Bill Condon
(Related: Actors, Living)

"I love doing the voice of Batman because of the quality of the animation. The music is particularly incredible. Another bonus is getting the opportunity to work with some very respected actors who do not usually do voice work."
- Kevin Conroy
(Related: Love, Music, Work, Quality, Opportunity, Actors, Animation, Voice)

"Actors say they do their own stunts for the integrity of the film but I did them because they looked like a lot of fun."
- Steve Coogan
(Related: Actors, Film, Fun, Integrity)

"Acting is a win-win situation. There is no risk involved. That's why I get tired of hearing actors who try to make out that there's a downside to it. Fame is an odd thing. It bugs you a little bit, but it's really not bad."
- John Corbett
(Related: Acting, Actors, Bugs, Fame, Hearing, Risk)

"When I played Robin Hood, I knew the great role was Alan Rickman's and it didn't bother me. I always think that leading actors should be called the best supporting actors."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Actors, Leading)

"I've been around where I knew other actors were going to steal the scene, and I don't compete with them."
- Kevin Costner
(Related: Actors)

"For example I don't work with William Hurt the same way that I will work with Viggo. They're different guys and they work in different ways. So a good sensitive director has his general style and technique and personality that he uses but you don't impose that on the actors."
- David Cronenberg
(Related: Work, Actors, Example, Hurt, Personality, Style, Will)

"What I find sometimes that is tricky is if actors are using too much of their own life in a picture, in a scene, they get locked into a particular way to play the scene, and it lacks an immediacy."
- Tom Cruise
(Related: Life, Actors, Play)

"The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard. I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own cheques, be responsible."
- Tom Cruise
(Related: Work, Actors, Film)

"I could have gone the route of a lot of these former child actors, but I didn't want that for myself. Like I said, when I was 14 years old, I decided to quit. I didn't ever want to do it again."
- Macaulay Culkin
(Related: Actors, Old, Want, Years)

"Before there was any talk of a movie, people would sometimes ask me what actors I would imagine playing these characters. And the only thing I could ever say is: I have such a clear idea of these characters that they'd have to play themselves."
- Michael Cunningham
(Related: People, Idea, Actors, Play, Talk)

"Um, musicians are funnier you know, than actors on the whole."
- Tim Curry
(Related: Actors, Musicians)

"One's performance is often heightened by the brilliance and generosity of other actors."
- Cyril Cusack
(Related: Performance, Actors, Generosity)

"Good actors can sort of see into people and immediately you have a chemistry with them or not. It's like an affair with no mess."
- John Cusack
(Related: People, Actors)

"I think good actors can sort of see into people and immediately you have a chemistry with them or not. It's like an affair with no mess. You don't actually consummate it, but you get to pretend, imagine what it would be like."
- John Cusack
(Related: People, Actors)

"When I decided I wanted to be an actor, I said I wanted to work with quality actors and directors."
- Puff Daddy
(Related: Work, Quality, Actor, Actors)

"Some people get into this business and they're so afraid to lose anything. They try to protect their position like clinging to a beachhead. These actors end up making really safe choices. I never wanted to go that route. If I go down, I'm going down swinging."
- Matt Damon
(Related: Business, People, Actors, Choices, End)

"Actors are very generous."
- Blythe Danner
(Related: Actors)

"I've always just adored music. It's my first love, really. I admire and respect people in the music business. You really have to work hard and diligently. Sometimes actors can be lazy and get away with it, but you can't do that if you're a musician."
- Blythe Danner
(Related: Music, Work, Business, Love, People, Actors, First, First love, Respect)

"One of the ingredients that made Cheers work so well was the great ensemble of actors we had. That's the case with any good series."
- Ted Danson
(Related: Work, Actors)

"I talked to everyone about the project: actors and extras, members of the crew and passers by."
- James D'arcy
(Related: Actors)

"Dan Curtis, our producer, has the idea that people like to see a stock company of actors."
- Thayer David
(Related: People, Idea, Actors, Company)

"Psychoanalysis. Almost went three times - almost. Then I decided what was peculiar about me was probably what made me successful. I've seen some very talented actors go into analysis and really lose it."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Successful, Actors, Psychoanalysis)

"Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life."
- Bette Davis
(Related: Life, Actors, Faces)

"Actors, lots of times, are great when they have great parts. For me, a lot of times, it's been the part."
- Bruce Davison
(Related: Actors)

"I only work with actors who take full responsibility for their characters."
- Jonathan Demme
(Related: Work, Actors, Responsibility)

"It's incredibly moving to hear some of our greatest actors performing Shakespeare."
- Judi Dench
(Related: Actors, Shakespeare)

"I just feel incredibly lucky to be employed when there are so many actors and actresses who are not employed. That's why, you know, I sometimes feel desperate, in case I'm not going to be cast again."
- Judi Dench
(Related: Actors)

"Actors have to be there and do the work, and that's enough."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Work, Actors)

"A lot of actors don't like to see how they've done every day."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Actors, Day)

"I like some of the early silent films because I love to watch how actors had to play then. What would interest me today is to do a silent film."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Love, Actors, Film, Interest, Play, Today)

"I never hoped that both my children would become actors. I expected them to do something else."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Actors, Children)

"I wouldn't say no to being in a film with Jude Law. I love English actors."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Love, Actors, Being, English, Film, Law)

"If we take as given that critical infrastructures are vulnerable to a cyber terrorist attack, then the question becomes whether there are actors with the capability and motivation to carry out such an operation."
- Dorothy Denning
(Related: Motivation, Actors, Question)

"I never had any classes or went to theatre school like a lot of actors, so all of my training has been on stage with different directors. That was a pretty good school room."
- James Denton
(Related: Actors, Pretty, School, Theatre, Training)

"The difference between my generation of actors and their generation is that they were bigger than life. We are not bigger than life."
- Bruce Dern
(Related: Life, Actors, Difference)

"Writers are not always right however, but then again, I've been on shows where the actors have complete control and change everything and it's terrible."
- William Devane
(Related: Change, Control, Actors, Right, Writers)

"David was the kind of guy who was totally supportive of the actors and instructed the writing staff to trust the actor's instincts, since after all, it's the actors playing the character."
- William Devane
(Related: Trust, Character, Actor, Actors, Writing)

"You've got Corey Feldman doing his thing, and the problem is, they're trying to be pop stars. You can't compare Salty to any of the other actors out there playing music."
- Dustin Diamond
(Related: Music, Actors, Stars, Trying)

"Human societies vary in lots of independent factors affecting their openness to innovation."
- Jared Diamond
(Related: Innovation)

"If you talk to any of my Democratic colleagues who lost that year, they would tell that gun control was one of the major contributory factors in the loss of their seats."
- John Dingell
(Related: Control, Loss, Talk)

"You don't have to find out what someone's mechanical abilities are. All those factors are already a known commodity. I've seen teams win championships and have their entire team quit the next day because they weren't happy."
- Larry Dixon
(Related: Day)

"I began acting at age eight, but if you don't stay on your game then people pass on you. Being on a show, it's a little easy to get comfortable, so I'm trying to get back on it. I'm taking some acting classes and watching movies, and I'm just trying to stay up with other actors."
- Jason Dohring
(Related: Age, Movies, People, Acting, Actors, Being, Trying)

"They were looking for actors - real actors - who could play instruments. There was a lot of improvisation and scene work involved in addition to the music. The auditions went on for a long time."
- Micky Dolenz
(Related: Time, Work, Music, Actors, Play)

"Some actors just won't bend, and then it's a bitch. You either fight or find ways of putting your words in their mouth and letting them say it back at you."
- Richard Donner
(Related: Actors, Fight, Words)

"It's developing a relationship with actors that makes it work."
- Richard Donner
(Related: Work, Actors)

"It's only been a couple of times in my life that I've really locked horns with actors. It did not hurt the films, it just hurt the moment of the filmmaking."
- Richard Donner
(Related: Life, Actors, Hurt)

"Like De Niro. He's one of the best character actors we have ever had."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Character, Actors)

"Acting is not a mystery. There's nothing that I know that other actors don't know. We all act, we're all actors, we all know the same thing. The only thing that separates us is experience."
- Vincent D'Onofrio
(Related: Experience, Act, Acting, Actors, Mystery, Nothing)

"Our people can draw on the tremendous strides made in recent years, not only in terms of advancing themselves spiritually and materially, but also in having weathered social and economic turbulence, triggered, in the main, by factors not of their own creation."
- Denzil Douglas
(Related: People, Creation, Years)

"Back then, it was more or less we couldn't change a line in our script. We weren't allowed to change lines. Today, actors change everything and won't do parts. It's very different today. Back then, the producers were in charge. Today actors are more in charge."
- Donna Douglas
(Related: Change, Actors, Today)

"A lot of actors get concerned about their own image, even going so far as to rewrite a movie to best serve that image. All I want to do is be in good movies."
- Michael Douglas
(Related: Movies, Actors, Want)

"I don't know what its like for most actors, but really clearly for myself acting has always been the fulfilment of personal fantasies. It isn't just art, its about being a person I've always wanted to be, or being in a situation, or being a hero."
- Richard Dreyfuss
(Related: Art, Acting, Actors, Being)

"For hundreds of years, that was the major form of entertainment: The grown-ups sat around and watched the kids play. Now they sit around and watch the television. The actors are the kids."
- David Duchovny
(Related: Actors, Kids, Now, Play, Television, Years)

"Actors take risks all the time. We put ourselves on the line. It is creative to be able to interpret someone's words and breathe life into them."
- Patty Duke
(Related: Life, Time, Actors, Words)

"So many people are called but few serve as actors, you know what I mean?"
- Faye Dunaway
(Related: People, Actors)

"Although there was a screenplay, the actors never knew what questions I was going to ask them, and all of my character's voice-over narration and scenes were added after the fact."
- Griffin Dunne
(Related: Character, Actors, Fact, Questions, Voice)

"I remember hitting Sarah Michelle Gellar with a right hook during my first week on the job. It was awful. They usually pair actors with stunt doubles to avoid things like that."
- Eliza Dushku
(Related: Actors, First, Job, Right)

"To be honest with you, I get a little fed up with actors who act crazy to make themselves more interesting."
- George Eads
(Related: Act, Actors)

"It makes me feel good that I can now sit there and go, I've worked with Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino, all the great actors that I've worked with... Sir Ben Kingsley."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Actors, Now)

"Some movies I see today have the most dramatic plot points but the actors are not playing them dramatically."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Movies, Actors, Today)

"I would love to get great performances from actors as a director, because that's what I'm always looking for, a director that's going to help me go places I've never been before."
- Aaron Eckhart
(Related: Love, Actors, Help)

"Out of all the actors I have worked with, I love working with Larry Hagman the most. We were very close and it was just a wonderful time."
- Barbara Eden
(Related: Love, Time, Actors)

"I mean, if you are directing actors to do one thing and then directing them to do something else entirely because the one thing you wanted them to do may not work, then you are just shattering their confidence in the project."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Work, Actors, Confidence, May, Project)

"As a producer, I think one of the most important decisions you make is not necessarily the material you are working on but the production apparatus that you choose to develop the project with, and that determines what funding you go to, it determines many factors."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Decisions, Production, Project)

"Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature."
- Albert Einstein
(Related: Nature, Order, Variety)

"I guess I work well with others I handle younger actors well."
- Hector Elizondo
(Related: Work, Actors)

"I read a lot of scripts. Most of 'em go to other actors."
- Sam Elliott
(Related: Actors)

"Well, I think on second units it's all about execution. Because you come in there, you don't have to worry so much about the studio and all the other actors and all that."
- David R. Ellis
(Related: Actors, Execution, Worry)

"It is the quality of the moment, not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
(Related: Quality, Actors, Events)

"I have friends that are much better actors than I am that had to quit the business because they couldn't survive the auditions or the rejections, or people just didn't realize how good they were."
- Robert Englund
(Related: Business, People, Actors, Friends)

"Many great horror stories are period pieces and English actors have a facility for historic characters."
- Robert Englund
(Related: Actors, English, Horror)

"It's natural for any actor that segues into directing to be an actor's director. You know how to relate to the actors."
- Omar Epps
(Related: Actor, Actors)

"A lot of directors are great and they are fine but you know I think that Harry really takes a special point to really engage the actors and really make it feel like a safe place for them to explore whatever it is they want to explore in whatever scene with their character."
- Will Estes
(Related: Character, Actors, Want)

"I don't think I know a Scientologist except when I see one or two of their actors on the Hollywood screen."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Actors, Hollywood)

"It was really really neat to make the movie because there were mentally challenged actors in the movie. So that was really really cool to work with them and they were always really happy, and they made everybody really happy on the set too."
- Dakota Fanning
(Related: Work, Actors)

"There's a whole catalogue of actors that never went to acting school."
- Dennis Farina
(Related: Acting, Actors, School)

"I think all actors are supposed to be character actors."
- Dennis Farina
(Related: Character, Actors)

"Nine out of 10 times these guys will hit it-they'll be on something incredibly funny, but one out of 10, two out of 10, they'll fall flat on their faces. That's what makes them great actors: they take those chances, they don't play it safe."
- Peter Farrelly
(Related: Funny, Faces, Play, Will)

"Our feeling is that the most important thing on a set is that actors have enough confidence to try different things. If there's stress or tension, they won't go out on a limb because they won't want to embarrass themselves if they don't feel completely comfortable."
- Peter Farrelly
(Related: Actors, Confidence, Feeling, Stress, Tension, Want)

"We've had no problems with the actors, but we keep a really loose set."
- Peter Farrelly
(Related: Actors, Problems)

"This is still a big barrier for me and it is for a lot of foreign actors."
- Chow Yun Fat
(Related: Actors)

"I couldn't care less about actors' trailers and food on sets and stuff like that - I just want to act."
- Chow Yun Fat
(Related: Food, Act, Actors, Care, Want)

"I loved working on Of Mice and Men. It was a wonderful group of people. John Malkovich is to me one of the best actors around right now-and a lot of fun to work with."
- Sherilyn Fenn
(Related: Work, Men, People, Actors, Fun, Now, Right)

"I joined the Actors Studio and began to work with Lee Strasberg, and that changed my work."
- Sally Field
(Related: Work, Actors)

"I don't feel particularly comfortable about actors using whatever power they may have to push their beliefs, unless they're extremely well informed."
- Ralph Fiennes
(Related: Power, Actors, Beliefs, May)

"In discussing the process with the actors, I made it clear to them that they could improvise but that the sum total of their improvisation needed to impart certain plot points, and schematic material."
- Mike Figgis
(Related: Actors)

"It's difficult working with very rich actors, because inevitably they become a little spoilt, and the managers and agents tend to control things more than is healthy."
- Mike Figgis
(Related: Control, Actors, Managers)

"I might have a guitar or a piano on set to play something for the actors."
- Mike Figgis
(Related: Actors, Guitar, Play)

"If I was going to be broke I decided I might as well be with actors as anyone else. They were cheerful idiots and seemed to take it better."
- Peter Finch
(Related: Actors, Idiots)

"As actors, the thing we have to fight, more than even the business part of making movies, is boredom."
- Linda Fiorentino
(Related: Business, Movies, Actors, Boredom, Fight)

"My primary instinct as an actor is not the big transformation. It's thrilling if a performer can do that well, but that's not me. Often with actors, it's a case of witnessing a big party piece but wondering afterwards, where's the substance?"
- Colin Firth
(Related: Actor, Actors, Instinct, Party)

"Most actors will tell you they have some sort of dream of doing something other than what they're doing."
- Colin Firth
(Related: Dream, Actors, Will)

"You know, whatever happens between the two of us that's created when we come together as actors is not something I think we can explain."
- Laurence Fishburne
(Related: Actors)

"One reason we lasted so long is that we usually played two people who were very much in love. As we were realistic actors, we became those two people. So we had a divertissement: I had an affair with him, and he with me."
- Lynn Fontanne
(Related: Love, People, Actors, Reason)

"Some actors couldn't figure out how to withstand the constant rejection. They couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Actors, End, Light, Rejection)

"What I observed about my fellow actors was that most gave up very easily."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Actors)

"Now, when I started my theater, the modus operandi was having the actors stare right into the audience."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Actors, Now, Right, Theater)

"As I told you, from the time I was fifteen, I thought the theater was too much involved with actors trying to make the audience love them, being over emotional."
- Richard Foreman
(Related: Love, Time, Thought, Actors, Being, Theater, Trying)

"I'd made these experimental films but I thought the major chore of a filmmaker was to relate to actors."
- Bill Forsyth
(Related: Thought, Actors)

"I figure there are a few actors like Marlon Brando, George C. Scott and Laurence Olivier who have been touched by the hand of God. I'm in the next bunch."
- John Forsythe
(Related: God, Actors)

"When you think about it, we actors are kind of prostitutes. We get paid to feign attraction and love. Other people are paying to watch us kissing someone, touching someone, doing things people in a normal monogamous relationship would never do with anyone who's not their partner. It's really kind of gross."
- Megan Fox
(Related: Love, People, Actors, Kissing)

"I think Star Trek has been very double-edged for all of us - as actors, writers, directors."
- Jonathan Frakes
(Related: Actors, Writers)

"When we were doing 'Freaks and Geeks', I didn't quite understand how movies and TV worked, and I would improvise even if the camera wasn't on me. I thought I was helping the other actors by keeping them on their toes, but nobody appreciated it when I would trip them up. So I was improvising a little bit back then, but not in a productive way."
- James Franco
(Related: Movies, Thought, Actors)

"I think that you can't make a movie without a script. But you also can't make movies without actors. You also can't make movies without technicians. And there has to be just one person in charge of everybody, and to me that one person is the director."
- John Frankenheimer
(Related: Movies, Actors)

"If you cast the picture correctly, you have a whole lot of leeway. You can make mistakes in other aspects but pull it off with the right actors."
- John Frankenheimer
(Related: Actors, Mistakes, Right)

"I look at actors very closely. It's not an accident when the actors excel."
- John Frankenheimer
(Related: Accident, Actors)

"I think all great actors - and I don't classify myself as one of them, incidentally - but I think all great actors listen well and I've learned that from a lot of the very good actors with whom I've worked - to really listen to what people say."
- John Frankenheimer
(Related: People, Actors)

"I'll miss the relationships I have built with these actors. I'll miss the devotion we have to this work. Over this length of time, the tendency is to think it will never end."
- Dennis Franz
(Related: Time, Work, Actors, Devotion, End, Relationships, Will)

"I'm not one of these actors who feels a pressing need to direct, and I have no plans to do it."
- Dennis Franz
(Related: Actors)

"When you throw punches at actors, you stop, you pull it, and it looks like you pulled it. When you throw punches at cartoon characters, they are not there, so you can swing through. It looks like you really decked them."
- Brendan Fraser
(Related: Actors)

"I do know there are a lot of people who seem to be in my corner, and that's, of course, wonderful. I'm really more interested in the nomination than in the award, because I think the nomination just puts you within a group of outstanding actors."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: People, Actors)

"It's what I learn from the great actors that I work with. Stillness. That's all and that's the hardest thing."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Work, Actors)

"The reason actors, artists, writers have agents is because we'll do it for nothing. That's a basic fact - you gotta do it."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Actors, Artists, Fact, Nothing, Reason, Writers)

"The first work of the director is to set a mood so that the actor's work can take place, so that the actor can create. And in order to do that, you have to communicate, communicate with the actors. And direction is about communication on all levels."
- William Friedkin
(Related: Work, Actor, Actors, Communication, Direction, First, Order)

"It's really important to draw the line on what we do as actors."
- Anna Friel
(Related: Actors)

"I became active in politics because I saw the possibility, if we all sat back and did nothing, of a world in which there would no longer be any stages for actors to act on."
- Helen Gahagan
(Related: Politics, Possibility, Act, Actors, Nothing, World)

"My block was due to two overlapping factors: laziness and lack of discipline."
- Mary Garden
(Related: Discipline, Laziness)

"If Poindexter made a comment to me like that, it would have been in the context of once the authorized program is approved there would be no point in having any of these private benefactors any longer."
- Robert M. Gates
"The problem of distinguishing prime numbers from composite numbers and of resolving the latter into their prime factors is known to be one of the most important and useful in arithmetic."
- Carl Friedrich Gauss
(Related: Arithmetic, Numbers)

"So many singers want to act, and so many actors try to sing."
- Crystal Gayle
(Related: Act, Actors, Want)

"Although this crisis in some ways started in the United States, it is a global crisis. We bear a substantial share of the responsibility for what has happened, but factors that made the crisis so acute and so difficult to contain lie in a broader set of global forces that built up in the years before the start of our current troubles."
- Timothy Geithner
(Related: Lie, Crisis, Responsibility, states, United, Years)

"I also want the chance to work with some of the best actors in the business, because that's where you can learn so much by just being on a set and getting a feel for how they approach their role and how they work with you."
- Sarah Michelle Gellar
(Related: Work, Business, Actors, Being, Chance, Want)

"Certainly there have been better actors than me who have had no careers. Why? I don't know."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Actors, Careers)

"I do think that good actors can do any part. It doesn't mean that they are the best ones to do it."
- Richard Gere
(Related: Actors)

"A lot of times black actors get stuck in a box. They're up against a lot of limitations for the kind of films that they get approached about. It's easy to get stuck in a box and just be approached about nothing but urban films."
- Tyrese Gibson
(Related: Actors, Limitations, Nothing)

"I feel like there is just as much violent programming in other countries and there is not the same incidence of factors. I think there are other factors contributing to violence in this country and not the media."
- Sara Gilbert
(Related: Countries, Country, Media, Programming, Violence)

"I'd just love to have an audience and it's the most fun in the world to get a new script every week and have the audience come in, and work with those actors."
- Sara Gilbert
(Related: Love, Work, Actors, Fun, World)

"The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses."
- Charlotte Perkins Gilman
(Related: Men, Women, Society, Wealth, Horses, Labor)

"This particular film highlights Ben and Owen's strengths which is that they are great comedic actors with tremendous chemistry and they do a really good job."
- Paul M. Glaser
(Related: Actors, Film, Job)

"In open range fires it is about picking a spot and hoping it is the right location. At the head of the fire you have to worry about wind and humidity and a number of other factors."
- John Glover
(Related: Fire, Open, Right, Wind, Worry)

"These are extremely talented actors who are all putting their talents into the Lost in Space movie."
- Mark Goddard
(Related: Actors, Space)

"I was supposed to have a relationship with Judy, but that never happened. Actors in series didn't have the control that they have today over their jobs."
- Mark Goddard
(Related: Control, Actors, Jobs, Today)

"I've turned my guest house into this little studio, and we have actors come over and do readings."
- Jeff Goldblum
(Related: Actors, Guest)

"I want to keep doing different things. I'd like to do a more personal, dramatic movie next, I think. But as long as it's about characters and good writing and good parts for actors, that's what's important."
- Tony Goldwyn
(Related: Actors, Want, Writing)

"Jonathan Lynn is one of the last actors Orsen Welles used in a production. It was wonderful. He's very sharp, very sharp. It's funny I've been asked how weird it was to have a Brit do a church gospel movie."
- Cuba Gooding, Jr.
(Related: Funny, Church, Actors, Production)

"I will not do work that isn't done well or right. Stuff happens - things break, contractors don't come through - but I don't want to be responsible for not doing something correctly."
- Genevieve Gorder
(Related: Work, Right, Want, Will)

"Actors didn't use to be celebrities. A hundred years ago, they put the theaters next to the brothels."
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(Related: Actors, Years)

"To me, a sex scene in a movie generally means a gratuitous scene that doesn't serve the story but gives a kind of excuse - we've got these two actors, we want to see them naked, so let's bring in the music and the soft light."
- Joseph Gordon-Levitt
(Related: Music, Sex, Actors, Light, Want)

"Actors are not all there when it comes to things like relationships. The thing about us is we still greatly enjoy each other. If it weren't for her support it would be hard for me to do what I am doing now."
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar
(Related: Actors, Now, Relationships, Support)

"For a country is not merely a piece of earth; it is, above all, a compendium of social, cultural, and historical factors which begin to acquire sense and order through the process of writing."
- Juan Goytisolo
(Related: Country, Earth, Order, Sense, Writing)

"Most actors really love it, that's what they want to do. They burn to do it. And so they'll read a script and think, that's an interesting part. And because they love acting, that blinds them to the fact that the rest of it is pretentious nonsense, which it very often is."
- Hugh Grant
(Related: Love, Acting, Actors, Fact, Nonsense, Rest, Want)

"When I think about actors I know, I'd much rather hear about who they're shagging than what film they're doing next."
- Hugh Grant
(Related: Actors, Film)

"When an actor asks you to read his script, your heart sinks. The number of scripts I've been given by actors that are so unbelievably terrible!"
- Richard Grant
(Related: Heart, Actor, Actors)

"It's well known that actors are lousy writers."
- Richard Grant
(Related: Actors, Writers)

"France generates a significant part of its energy requirements from fission reactors and these have achieved a perfect safety record. We build ours all differently."
- Wilson Greatbatch
(Related: Energy, France, Safety)

"We have never succeeded in slowing down our nuclear fusion reactors."
- Wilson Greatbatch
"Our present nuclear fusion reactors are classified by the methods used to support the nuclear fusion reaction, which takes place at a temperature much hotter than the surface of the Sun."
- Wilson Greatbatch
(Related: Present, Sun, Support)

"A lot of the films now are more focused on the visuals than on the actors. I think all directors should go to drama school."
- Eva Green
(Related: Actors, Drama, Now, School)

"I pick out young people and teach them in less time than it would take me to alter the methods of people from the boards, and I get actors who look the parts they have to fill."
- D. W. Griffith
(Related: Time, People, Actors)

"There are no small parts; there are only small actors."
- Melanie Griffith
(Related: Actors)

"The filmmaker's got to make it his story and the actors have got to make it their story."
- Rachel Griffiths
(Related: Actors)

"Yes, The Persuaders, that was great fun because one of my favourite actors is Roger Moore."
- Val Guest
(Related: Actors, Fun)

"There are 100,000 actors in the Screen Actors Guild. Only 2,000 of them make more than $75,000 a year."
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: Actors)

"From 1980 to 1990, I shot more films than any other actor in the Screen Actors Guild, apart from Gene Hackman."
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: Actor, Actors)

"I've only had good experiences with actors. Starring next to them and directing them, for the most part they're all inspiring, special people."
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: People, Actors, Inspiring)

"Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors."
- Gene Hackman
(Related: Actors, Pretty)

"I love going to the movies; I love watching good movie actors. They must know something I don't."
- Uta Hagen
(Related: Love, Movies, Actors)

"I'd love to see the rushes but it's just not allowed because directors and also a lot of actors feel that if they see their work, and the director likes what they're doing, the actor might try to correct their mistakes."
- Corey Haim
(Related: Love, Work, Actor, Actors, Mistakes)

"You have film actors doing TV, rap stars doing TV, with everyone kind of crossing the line."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: Actors, Film, Rap, Stars)

"So I think it's fair to say it's even more of a challenge for some of these actors that are coming up, because there's such a pressure to look good, to be sexy and be palatable to people on whatever level."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: People, Actors, Challenge, Pressure)

"Obviously with the onset of cable and satellite, there are more opportunities for programming and original programming, so it creates more opportunities for actors and producers and directors and everything."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: Actors, Programming)

"I think it's even harder because I think as always, Hollywood is sort of glamour central for the world, and the entire world looks to it for not only entertainment, but the whole idea of the youth factor and youth being sold to our culture via young actors and actresses."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: Idea, Actors, Being, Culture, Entertainment, Glamour, Hollywood, World, Youth)

"I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels."
- Lasse Hallstrom
(Related: Ideas, Actors, Want)

"I love involving actors at all levels - and they have to know that I want to hear their contributions, with dialogue, with story suggestions, with script changes, whatever."
- Lasse Hallstrom
(Related: Love, Actors, Want)

"The role of a do-gooder is not what actors call a fat part."
- Margaret Halsey
(Related: Actors)

"I have a sneaking suspicion that if there were a way to make movies without actors, George Lucas would do it."
- Mark Hamill
(Related: Movies, Actors, Suspicion)

"I get to play a great character while working with great actors and great directors on a great show."
- Harry Hamlin
(Related: Character, Actors, Play)

"Actors must practice restraint, else think what might happen in a love scene."
- Cedric Hardwicke
(Related: Love, Actors, Practice, Restraint)

"I believe that God felt sorry for actors so he created Hollywood to give them a place in the sun and a swimming pool. The price they had to pay was to surrender their talent."
- Cedric Hardwicke
(Related: God, Talent, Actors, Hollywood, Sun, Surrender)

"When actors are talking, they are servants of the dramatist. It is what they can show the audience when they are not talking that reveals the fine actor."
- Cedric Hardwicke
(Related: Actor, Actors, Talking)

"Eventually, in '84, we made a film for a little over a million dollars - with American actors that was shot in English - that was shown in Finland A little action film called Born American."
- Renny Harlin
(Related: Action, Actors, American, English, Film)

"The actors nowadays, both young men and young ladies, don't always wear their period clothes as well as they might. They tend to stomp around a bit in them."
- Julie Harris
(Related: Men, Actors, Clothes, Ladies)

"I don't know how to construct a career that'll make me famous. Except maybe get my ears pinned back, get my teeth done, and go to America. But then I'll be competing with billions of actors who haven't got false teeth, and who are 25."
- Ian Hart
(Related: Actors, America, Career, Famous)

"We had a showing of Battlestar in LA last week. I walked out the door and there were 50 people. I signed a ton of autographs. Other actors walked away without signing. These are the fans. I guess it depends. on who you are."
- Noah Hathaway
(Related: People, Actors, Fans)

"Actors cannot choose the manner in which they are born. Consequently, it is the one gesture in their lives completely devoid of self-consciousness."
- Helen Hayes
(Related: Actors, Self)

"Actors work and slave and it is the color of your hair that can determine your fate in the end."
- Helen Hayes
(Related: Work, Actors, End, Fate, Hair)

"I actually like working with the other three actors on the show."
- Sean Hayes
(Related: Actors)

"When child actors act well they're just reacting to situations, and they're acting very real because their life experience is so short; there's no history to fall back on."
- Mariel Hemingway
(Related: Experience, History, Life, Act, Acting, Actors)

"You have the massive world that was created by Marvel, and then you have these very intimate actors around you. There was as much character work on this as there would be on a little independent film. So, I felt very fortunate in that sense."
- Chris Hemsworth
(Related: Work, Character, Actors, Film, Sense, World)

"Somehow I got to be one of five or six actors that the directors would use as guinea pigs at this directing colloquium, where people pay to listen to and watch the directors direct."
- Beth Henley
(Related: People, Actors)

"I know actors come around and they always talk like that, but I don't do publicity if I don't like the film."
- Barbara Hershey
(Related: Actors, Film, Publicity, Talk)

"I like the sensibility of Australian film a lot and the crews are fantastic. Great characters, wonderful people and no line between - I think in Hollywood they have this line between actors and crew a lot, and that just didn't exist, which I really appreciated."
- Barbara Hershey
(Related: People, Actors, Film, Hollywood, Sensibility)

"The world 's a theatre, the earth a stage, Which God and Nature do with actors fill."
- Thomas Heywood
(Related: Nature, God, Actors, Earth, Theatre, World)

"I think that between the egos of the actors and the wrestlers in this country we are taking away from the truly dedicated and informed people who should be getting their voice heard."
- Dwayne Hickman
(Related: People, Actors, Country, Voice)

"There are a lot of factors in the life of an F1 driver which can combine to make you believe that you are somehow above normality. I think that is a mistake to start believing that. But, at the same time, it is important to be confident."
- Damon Hill
(Related: Life, Time, Mistake, Normality)

"The motivation part is all essential in keeping my voice, but there are the human factors of discipline."
- Jerome Hines
(Related: Motivation, Discipline, Voice)

"I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle."
- Alfred Hitchcock
(Related: Actors)

"It's important to say that actors can't act alone, it's impossible. What we have to do is support each other."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Related: Act, Actors, Support)

"Actors are responsible to the people we play."
- Philip Seymour Hoffman
(Related: People, Actors, Play)

"Creation is dominated by three absolutely different factors: First, nature, which works upon us by its laws; second, the artist, who creates a spiritual contact with nature and his materials; third, the medium of expression through which the artist translates his inner world."
- Hans Hofmann
(Related: Nature, Artist, Creation, Expression, First, Laws, Spiritual, World)

"I think all those actors from that generation, like Bogart - they were wonderful actors. They didn't act. They just came on and they did it, and the characters were wonderful."
- Anthony Hopkins
(Related: Act, Actors)

"Actors I admire? Ed Harris, or course, I think he's terrific; because I know he always had to fight being what he looked like a lot, but I think he's a terrific actor."
- Anthony Hopkins
(Related: Actor, Actors, Being, Fight)

"To be able to rely completely on the actors was a very simple process for me."
- Stephen Hopkins
(Related: Actors)

"I love actors. I married one. OK, I married a fantastic one."
- Felicity Huffman
(Related: Love, Actors)

"It's been about ten years since I've worked with actors who knew their lines!"
- John Hughes
(Related: Actors, Years)

"I like young actors because they're so unspoiled, not like some of those actors who are about half an hour into their fifteen minutes of fame by the time they get to me."
- John Hughes
(Related: Time, Actors, Fame)

"I watch these actors who when you go to buy a pint of milk you see them smiling on the cover of 20 magazines. Then when you see them in a film it's hard to believe the character because you just see them everywhere."
- Charlie Hunnam
(Related: Character, Actors, Film)

"I think it's really odd, too, that the public is so privy to how much money the actors make and what movies cost. It seems to me to be beside the point. When I go to a movie I really don't want to think about the money. I want to see the story."
- Holly Hunter
(Related: Money, Movies, Actors, Public, Want)

"I was warned not to do it. Actors who play Jesus are supposed to have a hard time getting other roles to follow, but I felt this was a myth. After all, how can you be typecast as Christ?"
- Jeffrey Hunter
(Related: Time, Actors, Christ, Myth, Play)

"It's hard to compare actors from different generations."
- Kim Hunter
(Related: Actors, Generations)

"All the things that happen to people in the industry today, the actors, what they have to put up with, all the people wanting to know every single moment of their lives - I think it's really sad."
- Tab Hunter
(Related: People, Actors, Today)

"Yes, he wanted me to do Funny Games before, which I didn't want to do because the film was very theoretical - the way people experience violence on screen. There was very little space for fiction, it was more like a sacrifice for the actors than anything else."
- Isabelle Huppert
(Related: Experience, Funny, Sacrifice, People, Actors, Fiction, Film, Games, Space, Violence, Want)

"There are thus great swathes of the past where understanding is more important and reputable than judgement, because the principal actors performed in line with the ideas and values of that time, not of ours."
- Douglas Hurd
(Related: Time, Ideas, Values, Actors, Past, Understanding)

"I am not an enormous believer in research being the be-all and end-all. I get suspicious when I read about actors spending six months in a clinic, say, in order to play someone who is sick."
- John Hurt
(Related: Actors, Being, End, Months, Order, Play, Research)

"David Cronenberg knows what we actors do as artists."
- William Hurt
(Related: Actors, Artists)

"If you're lucky, and not a lot of actors are these days, you get the chance to create a character."
- William Hurt
(Related: Character, Actors, Chance)

"I want to prove a point. That point is, actors are artists, not narcissists necessarily."
- William Hurt
(Related: Actors, Artists, Want)

"I think most actors like to be liked."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Actors)

"I think all actors - they'll hate me for saying this - but we are babies. We like to be loved, and we'll do anything if we're loved."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Actors, Babies, Hate, Saying)

"Actors often behave like children, and so we're taken for children. I want to be grown up."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Actors, Children, Want)

"Do you know how many plastic surgeries are done to the actors and actresses in Hollywood?"
- Joseph Jackson
(Related: Actors, Hollywood)

"Sir Larry could be very strict and a disciplinarian, too. He had many faces; he wore many hats. But, ultimately, he loved the theater and he loved actors."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Actors, Faces, Theater)

"You have to pretend to live in those clothes that they lived in, to live within the climate that they had then. You have to imagine with the help, obviously, of all the other technicians that are around - the writer, the director, the other actors."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Actors, Climate, Clothes, Help, Writer)

"Actors, I don't think, ever really grow up. I'm hoping that that rejuvenating process applies to me, too. It has so far. I've been very lucky."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Actors)

"I think actors always retain one foot in the cradle. We're switched on to our youth, to our childhood. We have to be because we're in the business of transferring emotions to other people."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: Business, People, Actors, Childhood, Emotions, Youth)

"Most of my career up until the last couple of years has basically been a training ground for me. Actors that came up in the '50s and '60s, they had the theater, and television was in its infancy."
- Thomas Jane
(Related: Actors, Career, Television, Theater, Training, Years)

"Harrison Ford - one of my favorite actors - has a wonderful sense of character and depth and uniqueness to him, yet he's able to just deliver the lines without putting any English on it."
- Thomas Jane
(Related: Character, Actors, English, Favorite, Sense, Uniqueness)

"I try not to have high expectations of people because it just sets you up for disappointment, but it's great to work with actors who are that talented and accomplished."
- Famke Janssen
(Related: Work, People, Actors, Disappointment, Expectations)

"I want to work with great directors. I want to work on good material with good actors. I've probably done 20 movies at this point and a lot of independents. It's been an incredible ride and I love it and I'm just going to keep going and doing what I'm doing."
- Famke Janssen
(Related: Love, Movies, Work, Actors, Want)

"I start with actors that I know personally or I know their work, and there are things about their work or their presence or their own personality that make a character, that exaggerates some qualities and suppresses other qualities. It's always a real collaboration for me."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Work, Character, Actors, Collaboration, Personality)

"I like to rehearse with the actors scenes that are not in the script and will not be in the film because what we're really doing is trying to establish their character, and good acting to me is about reacting."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Character, Acting, Actors, Film, Trying, Will)

"I like doing them and they're ridiculous and the actors can improvise a lot, and they don't have to be really realistic characters that hit a very specific tone as in a feature film. They're really fun, I want to make more of them definitely."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Actors, Film, Fun, Want)

"With most British actors, it's amazing. I think they start with the character on the outside and work in."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: Work, Character, Actors)

"A lot of American actors I work with are in character all day long. You can't talk to them. It's Method and the whole thing."
- Norman Jewison
(Related: Work, Character, Actors, American, Day, Talk)

"There are no benefactors in Canada because there is no incentive."
- Lara St. John
(Related: Canada)

"For me it came from the material. It was so well written and brought the opportunity to work with great actors. And of course the opportunity to 'mince about' was an added element that I wanted to take advantage of!"
- Dwayne Johnson
(Related: Work, Opportunity, Actors)

"Barack Obama did tell me that I was one of Michelle Obama's favorite actors."
- Dwayne Johnson
(Related: Actors, Favorite)

"The great thing about being the son of Maya Angelou is that I had the good fortune to grow up around some of the greatest black artists, dancers, singers, musicians, and actors of our time."
- Guy Johnson
(Related: Time, Son, Actors, Artists, Being, Fortune, Musicians)

"I got out of the Army - in my world - I came to New York, for instance, when the civil rights movement was just beginning, and that created a certain energy, a certain rumble, a certain impetus for black actors."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Actors, Army, Beginning, Civil rights, Energy, World)

"And I think, on the other end, there were actors who were not as good as I was, perhaps who could have hung in too, but began to blame everything on race."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Actors, Blame, End, Race)

"I'm very cautious about talking about how actors got where they got, as though there is in fact a plan or a way. There is no plan, there is no way, there's no sure set, there's no handbook, on how to get to be an actor."
- Peter Jurasik
(Related: Actor, Actors, Fact, Talking)

"People should realize that I shot a Coke commercial back in 1986. So, you know, I've been around a long time. I carry my Screen Actors Guild Card."
- Kato Kaelin
(Related: Time, People, Actors)

"Human and moral factors must always be considered. They must never be missing from policies and from public discussion."
- Herman Kahn
(Related: Public)

"The Oscar nomination made me a recognizable name to other actors and people in general."
- Carol Kane
(Related: People, Actors, Name)

"At that time, about July 5, we had no Iraqi corrections officers working for us. It was a responsibility of the CPA, with contractors, to set up a training program."
- Janis Karpinski
(Related: Time, July, Responsibility, Training)

"There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors... and that is their competitive sense."
- Elia Kazan
(Related: Actors, Respect, Sense)

"If you work in casting, it's sort of not cool to want to act. A lot of people think that casting directors are frustrated actors, but it wasn't true with any of the casting people I knew."
- Catherine Keener
(Related: Work, People, Act, Actors, Want)

"I know many great actors who have small heads."
- Catherine Keener
(Related: Actors)

"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
(Related: Funny, God, Actors, Comedy, Play, Trouble)

"All actors do that. Should do that and do that. For the most part. I say all actors. I'm exaggerating, but you know who does and who doesn't. Vince is a wonderful young actor who knows his work and did a beautiful job on this film."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: Work, Actor, Actors, Film, Job)

"I think I'm a better actress for having friends and interests outside the theatre. I wouldn't want to live my life surrounded by other actors all the time."
- Penelope Keith
(Related: Life, Time, Actors, Friends, Theatre, Want)

"I've always thought that actors wanted to be pop musicians and pop musicians wanted to be actors."
- Gary Kemp
(Related: Thought, Actors, Musicians)

"I think actors are getting so much more power these days, but I'm not. I stay very much away from the decisions, the way in which things are orchestrated, what's been changed. I just try to stay completely in the role as the actor and as the character."
- Nicole Kidman
(Related: Power, Character, Actor, Actors, Decisions)

"I think that most actors, and they're a very strange lot actors, very strange people, but I think that they attempt to keep in touch with the child."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: People, Actors)

"It's true what people say - that actors are the closest thing there is to children. They play."
- Nastassja Kinski
(Related: People, Actors, Children, Play)

"Actors, after all, dream."
- Nastassja Kinski
(Related: Dream, Actors)

"In recurring episodes over the next couple of decades, the minority view gradually won. A profusion of factors differentiates each case from the others, including naked partisanship on both sides, but the trend has been clear."
- Michael Kinsley
(Related: Minority)

"The most important thing that certainly the United States and other Asian and Pacific actors have done is to urge that whatever happens, however the dispute is resolved, that it be resolved peacefully."
- William Kirby
(Related: Actors, states, United)

"I told her it was a bigger than life musical, that all the actors were going to be about the same age, late twenties into thirties. It would be a style; a kind of surreal high school."
- Randal Kleiser
(Related: Life, Age, Actors, School, Style)

"I think that's so strange, because they do know that we're all actors and we perform things that have not necessarily anything to do with us personally."
- Werner Klemperer
(Related: Actors)

"Film actors reach a certain level, but they don't get beyond it unless they work in the theater."
- Shirley Knight
(Related: Work, Actors, Film, Theater)

"I don't think actors get good training today. I put my training to use in everything I do."
- Don Knotts
(Related: Actors, Today, Training)

"Some of the best actors in the world are very exterior actors, Anthony Hopkins being one of them. He knows exactly how to turn his face to get a certain expression. He knows exactly what to do with eyes, and with his voice. It's very exterior."
- Boris Kodjoe
(Related: Actors, Being, Expression, Eyes, Voice, World)

"I think one of the coolest things about the job is the level of trust we have for each other. The actors fully trust that the writers will write amazing episodes, and the writers trust that the actors will follow their instincts with the characters."
- John Krasinski
(Related: Trust, Actors, Job, Will, Writers)

"As a painter you're responsible yourself, 100 percent. In film, you have the editor, the director, the other actors. It has the advantage of not being solitary."
- Sylvia Kristel
(Related: Actors, Being, Film)

"I learned so much from other actors and they definitely didn't treat me like some sex bomb or bimbo. I felt fully accepted in the regular movie world. I didn't feel categorised."
- Sylvia Kristel
(Related: Sex, Actors, World)

"There are no small parts. Only small actors."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Actors)

"The best actors do not let the wheels show."
- Milan Kundera
(Related: Actors)

"We all know that in war the political and military factors have to complement each other."
- Nguyen Cao Ky
(Related: War, Military)

"I'm not an Adonis, that's for damn sure. I've never really thought of myself that way, and it doesn't matter to me. My favorite actors aren't Adonises. Dustin Hoffman is a flawed-looking man; he's amazing to me. Tom Hanks is flawed-looking; people love him. Same with Gene Hackman."
- Shia LaBeouf
(Related: Love, Thought, People, Actors, Favorite, Man)

"So it's kind of nervous to be in this situation, but at the same time you look at all those actors and the work that they've done, I've been in bigger films than all of them and still kept my integrity and still kept my respect."
- Shia LaBeouf
(Related: Time, Work, Actors, Integrity, Respect)

"The crossover wasn't happening. TV actors were TV actors, and film and stage actors were a whole different thing. And now there's just a lot of crossover."
- Christine Lahti
(Related: Actors, Film, Now)

"Sure I faced the troubles and challenges that most actors and actresses face until they get noticed, but I was always confident of myself and my capabilities."
- Christine Lahti
(Related: Actors)

"Dates with actors, finally, just seemed to me evenings of shop talk. I got sick of it after a hile. So the more famous I became, the more I narrowed down my choices."
- Hedy Lamarr
(Related: Actors, Choices, Famous, Talk)

"Directors, like actors, get typecast."
- John Landis
(Related: Actors)

"All actors almost always try to steal some of their wardrobe."
- Joe Lando
(Related: Actors)

"Like all social theories, internationalism must seek its basis in the economic and technical fields; here are to be found the most profound and the most decisive factors in the development of society."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Society, Development, Theories)

"I watch actors destroy themselves by trying to get it right."
- Frank Langella
(Related: Actors, Right, Trying)

"I've worked with the greatest actors, and they're all gone. This is what's so desperate to me."
- Angela Lansbury
(Related: Actors)

"I consider those actors who amaze me are somehow less attractive to me than those actors who move me."
- Robert Lansing
(Related: Actors)

"Wong Kar Wai is a very intense character, very personable, and I believe in general he does not like and he would not want his actors to show their true looks and their true personality on screen."
- Andy Lau
(Related: Character, Actors, Personality, Want)

"For both reasons, owing to the thermal motion and to the working together of various wavelengths, factors arise which, in a similar manner to the structural factor, exert some influence upon the brightness of the interference points but not upon their location."
- Max von Laue
(Related: Influence)

"After the war, there was no industry. We lost the war. We had our whole city destroyed. No money. No studio. No film. No camera. No equipment. We would shoot in the street. We had no actors. Nothing. But we wanted to do movies. And we did the best movies in the world."
- Dino De Laurentiis
(Related: Movies, Money, War, Actors, Film, Nothing, World)

"Seems to me that this business, for actors anyway, is not so much about whether or not you do good work. It's about whether or not you get the chance to do good work."
- Hugh Laurie
(Related: Work, Business, Actors, Chance)

"I'm not Tom Cruise. Very few British actors are. If you look at the body of work I've done it's pretty obvious I'm not going to make a 'Mission: Impossible.'"
- Jude Law
(Related: Work, Actors, Body, Obvious, Pretty)

"Supporting characters add depth to a story, and great actors leave their imprint with the audience."
- Nicholas Lea
(Related: Actors)

"Working with a bunch of actors is like trying to tune each violin."
- Patrice Leconte
(Related: Actors, Trying)

"My first instinct was to cast as close to the short story as possible, but then I realized that I needed actors who could go for it and that they had to function well as a couple in a love story."
- Ang Lee
(Related: Love, Actors, First, Instinct)

"Not taboo - it's just that straight actors still risk their careers commercially and economically. They have to please the crowd - they're movie stars; their image is their industry. It goes beyond acting."
- Ang Lee
(Related: Acting, Actors, Careers, Risk, Stars)

"No, I'm at full height, I'm in the studio, I can actually catch actors by the eye, it's fantastic."
- John Leeson
(Related: Actors, Eye)

"I have lost someone I loved as a brother, as a closest friend, and a remarkable human being. We have also lost one of the best damn actors we'll ever see."
- Jack Lemon
(Related: Brother, Friend, Actors, Being, Remarkable)

"I feel like I'm the most well-adjusted character on the show, even though I'm sure the other actors would tell you the same thing about their characters."
- Thomas Lennon
(Related: Character, Actors)

"Do you know what White House correspondents call actors who pose as reporters? Anchors."
- Jay Leno
(Related: Actors)

"Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of LA in the next election. Remember the good 'ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers."
- Jay Leno
(Related: People, Actors, Basketball, Magic, May, Office)

"An actor has to be very, very careful, as one of the most wonderful props - and actors love props - is a cigarette. There's so much to do with it: you can bring it up to your face, play with the smoke. It's just the greatest - ever since I was 16 and in acting school in England, I've been playing around with cigarettes."
- Melissa Leo
(Related: Love, Acting, Actor, Actors, England, Play, School)

"Each man has an equal social right to multiply his power of motion by all the social factors of civilization. Private property in any of these factors is inconsistent with this fundamental right; it must, obviously, prove a source of economic despotism and industrial slavery."
- Daniel De Leon
(Related: Power, Civilization, Man, Property, Right, Slavery)

"Sony could have $50 million and a sound stage and A-list actors and never make the same film. The constraints on this film became the essence of this film, became the power of this film."
- Joshua Leonard
(Related: Power, Actors, Film, Sound)

"Actors are such an insecure breed."
- Joshua Leonard
(Related: Actors)

"Some actors are supposed to be very difficult, but I've not found that to be the situation."
- Barry Levinson
(Related: Actors)

"I think some actors thrive on working at a much greater pace than I do."
- Daniel Day Lewis
(Related: Actors)

"We must focus much more on developing countries' own policies and priorities, and increase policy and operational coherence between national, regional and multilateral actors."
- Anna Lindh
(Related: Policy, Actors, Countries, Focus, Priorities)

"Today some actors get a little full of themselves about what they're doing."
- Ray Liotta
(Related: Actors, Today)

"They will take a role that scares them over a role that doesn't. That's another thing I like about actors."
- James Lipton
(Related: Actors, Will)

"We are the only school in America, drama school in America that trains actors, writers and directors side by side for three years in a master's degree program, and we want them - to expose them to everything."
- James Lipton
(Related: Actors, America, Drama, School, Want, Writers, Years)

"If it's well written and well directed and you've got good actors to work with, acting is easy. But making sure all the ducks are in a row is the hard part. It's very rare."
- John Lithgow
(Related: Work, Acting, Actors)

"You respect all of these people that you know in the business as actors. And they sort of turn around and say, we really like your work. It's a nice acknowledgment."
- Lucy Liu
(Related: Business, Work, People, Actors, Respect)

"Actors never retire, they just get less and less work."
- Desmond Llewelyn
(Related: Work, Actors)

"Violence is used to portray what happens in a film. It only helps portray the actors and what they do. I think it is more about the story, when you have something to play off of."
- Jake Lloyd
(Related: Actors, Film, Play, Violence)

"Young actors are pretty fantastic. I can't even imagine doing stuff like that when I was a kid."
- Donal Logue
(Related: Actors, Pretty)

"Most of my friends aren't actors - and not one of them is overly impressed with what I do."
- Jeremy London
(Related: Actors, Friends)

"I think there are a lot of other actors that are just talented, it's just about this opportunity - it's just about when are we going to be put in those positions where we can shine."
- Nia Long
(Related: Opportunity, Actors)

"I have had the occasion to meet child actors from the '60s and '70s at various functions, and everyone's gone on to various different lives - they're real-estate agents or surfers."
- Mike Lookinland
(Related: Actors)

"Eventually though, I'd like to have my own production company. Then I could create great opportunities not only for myself, but for other actors as well."
- Mario Lopez
(Related: Actors, Company, Production)

"Oh absolutely. I had the pleasure to get to know a lot of really talented young actors before they even really hit it big. And yet what we all had and shared in common was a love for movies."
- Chad Lowe
(Related: Love, Movies, Actors, Pleasure)

"I think actors become jacks-of-all-trades and masters of none."
- Josh Lucas
(Related: Actors)

"Actors were exploited no less by the capitalist managers than they were by the state."
- Bela Lugosi
(Related: Actors, Managers, State)

"The former ruling class kept the community of actors in ignorance by means of various lies."
- Bela Lugosi
(Related: Actors, Class, Community, Ignorance, Lies)

"Antwone's story was a story of hope and that's what appealed to me. I needed hope myself at that time. I think all actors give up at some time and think they're never going to make it."
- Derek Luke
(Related: Time, Hope, Actors)

"Somewhere in talking and rehearsing, there is a magical moment where actors catch a current, they're on the right road. If they really catch it, then whatever they do from then on is correct and it all comes out of them from that point on."
- David Lynch
(Related: Actors, Right, Road, Talking)

"In a collaborative environment directors hire actors because they want their input, not just their bodies."
- Kelly Lynch
(Related: Actors, Environment, Want)

"But actors at a certain point take the best of what's available to them."
- Kelly Lynch
(Related: Actors)

"I've always been interested in films where you can identify with the actors. Where you can be in their shoes and therefore be more involved if they're people that you recognize."
- Adrian Lyne
(Related: People, Actors)

"Jerry Weintraub, the producer, might be a pain in the ass, but he really knows how to treat his actors."
- Bernie Mac
(Related: Actors, Pain)

"When the major studios flourished many years ago, an actor was groomed, developed, and worked frequently at his craft. The studios really took care of their actors."
- James MacArthur
(Related: Actor, Actors, Care, Years)

"You know, as I do, actors who, having become worldwide celebrities thanks to a TV series, complain of their lot and declare themselves ready to drop it all."
- James MacArthur
(Related: Actors)

"Actors have an unusual perspective on clothing. You've really got to know the impact of what you're wearing on the character you're playing."
- Kyle MacLachlan
(Related: Character, Actors, Perspective)

"So I find the fascination, the love, the incredible skill and everything to do with acting, writing plays, and doing them, just darling. Lovely. I love actors."
- Patrick Macnee
(Related: Love, Acting, Actors, Skill, Writing)

"I just happen to like the work. I like preparing for a role. I like reading. I like analyzing. I like literature. I like emotions. I like working with other actors."
- Elle Macpherson
(Related: Work, Actors, Emotions, Literature, Reading)

"I choose movies, I never choose roles. I look at the script. I look at the director. I look at the other actors - and then the role."
- Elle Macpherson
(Related: Movies, Actors)

"Ninety percent of the preparation we do as actors is just jive. It doesn't do anything."
- William H. Macy
(Related: Actors, Preparation)

"There's so many things I want to do. I want to work with great filmmakers, great actors, great scripts. And there's no reason for me to do anything short of that, because I'm 24, I don't have a family, I don't need to make tons of money, and I'm not dying to get famous."
- Tobey Maguire
(Related: Work, Family, Money, Actors, Dying, Famous, Reason, Want)

"Ronnie Barker will forever be remembered as one of the great comic actors."
- John Major
(Related: Actors, Will)

"No matter what happens, we couldn't let people say Asian-American actors can't act."
- Mako
(Related: People, Act, Actors)

"I have always been a Malibu Man, like all actors."
- Nick Mancuso
(Related: Actors, Man)

"A few nights ago I went to a Hollywood screening of a small independent film made by Sally Kirkland, an old friend of mine who also did terrific job acting in it. There were other actors in it and they were all terrific."
- Nick Mancuso
(Related: Friend, Acting, Actors, Film, Hollywood, Job, Old)

"There are a whole lot of historical factors that have played a part in our being where we are today, and I think that to even to begin to understand our contemporary issues and contemporary problems, you have to understand a little bit about that history."
- Wilma Mankiller
(Related: History, Being, Problems, Today)

"I think it's easy for directors to stay fresh more than actors, especially once an actor becomes a star. It's hard for Russell Crowe to walk down a street or take a subway. I can fly coach."
- Michael Mann
(Related: Actor, Actors, Coach)

"Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent."
- Marya Mannes
(Related: Talent, Successful, Arrogance)

"It's really hard for actors to cross over and get any respect as a singer, and if I could just keep it separate and not use my music in movies, it's cool."
- Taryn Manning
(Related: Music, Movies, Actors, Respect)

"When I was 18, I joined the Screen Actors Guild, and after college I came to New York."
- Marla Maples
(Related: Actors, College)

"I consciously decided not to be a 'London' actor. Those gangster movies made a lot of East End actors think they were movie stars. And I was very aware that they were going to go out of fashion."
- Eddie Marsan
(Related: Movies, Actor, Actors, End, Fashion, Stars)

"Any actor will tell you there's more of a schedule to doing a television show. That's why you'll notice a lot of big movie actors are doing television, and they'll tell you, it's because of the schedule."
- Jason Marsden
(Related: Actor, Actors, Television, Will)

"I really believe great actors, even with disease and age, can be great."
- Olivier Martinez
(Related: Age, Actors, Disease)

"And I think it is the genius of actors to be able to escape whatever people are expecting of them. Otherwise you become like a factory worker."
- Olivier Martinez
(Related: Genius, People, Actors)

"If you compare me to an actor, I'm probably one of the best boxers in the profession. But if you compare me as a boxer, I'm probably one of the best actors."
- Olivier Martinez
(Related: Actor, Actors, Profession)

"I'm not a movie star like other actors in the way that I need to walk with a bodyguard."
- Olivier Martinez
(Related: Actors)

"Some stars like to hide behind the whole idea of acting. But really good actors are not hiding at all. They're not afraid to be disliked, to be a little unsavoury."
- Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
(Related: Idea, Acting, Actors, Stars)

"Theater actors like to change character roles. They don't like to always do the same thing."
- Marcello Mastroianni
(Related: Change, Character, Actors, Theater)

"The deaf community is in a favorable position because they have a national theatre and training groups of their own to get them started. Deaf actors have often acquired very valuable skills and experience before they get their break."
- Richard Masur
(Related: Experience, Actors, Community, Theatre, Training)

"Being an actor myself I realize that all actors believe they are qualified to play any role. If you showed me a script with a black woman character I would tell you that I could do it. That is what we do. We act as if we are someone else."
- Richard Masur
(Related: Character, Actor, Actors, Being, Play, Woman)

"If you've ever been around a group of actors, you've noticed, no doubt, that they can talk of nothing else under the sun but acting. It's exactly the same way with baseball players. Your heart must be in your work."
- Christy Mathewson
(Related: Work, Heart, Acting, Actors, Baseball, Doubt, Nothing, Sun, Talk)

"What the Bleep Do We Know was not written with a deaf person in mind, but when they met me, it clicked with them to have me in it. But that happens with a lot of actors in Hollywood, not just with me."
- Marlee Matlin
(Related: Actors, Hollywood, Mind)

"When you consider that you're a character that doesn't speak, but you've still got to react to the other actors, you've got to make a noise of some kind."
- Peter Mayhew
(Related: Character, Actors)

"Being typecast is a great thing for an actor. I was considered one of the New York mob actors."
- Debi Mazar
(Related: Actor, Actors, Being, Mob)

"Because technically actors are just public servants really. They just tell stories because people need to be told stories. That's all it is. And yet we get treated as though we're important."
- James McAvoy
(Related: People, Actors, Public)

"The making of an Atheist implies a mental stimulation and training which brings into play the primary factors of social progress."
- Joseph McCabe
(Related: Progress, Play, Training)

"We chose the actors thru a series of auditions when we started the show."
- Craig McCracken
(Related: Actors)

"I'm a character actress, plain and simple... Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Work, Life, Character, Actors, Career, Careers, Stars, Worry)

"Movie stars have careers - actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again."
- Frances McDormand
(Related: Work, Actors, Careers, Stars)

"Let's not get too precious about it: actors are not heart surgeons or brain surgeons. We are just entertaining people."
- Malcolm McDowell
(Related: People, Heart, Actors)

"For no. 1, it's great writing, super writing. The second thing is that it's great chemistry with all the actors. We just all got along from the very start. Very get-go, we all got along. We just - it was just like we were all meant to be there together."
- Reba McEntire
(Related: Actors, Writing)

"I've seen many actors go awry by making the wrong choices early on."
- Rose McGowan
(Related: Actors, Choices, Wrong)

"I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee. Not now, but when I'm 50, when music dies down a little bit. I know lots of artists and actors have those delusions of grandeur, but ever since I was a kid, it's been of interest to me."
- Tim McGraw
(Related: Music, Actors, Artists, Interest, Now, Senate, Want)

"I'm sure it's not great fun for them, or for any parent, when their child says they want to be an actor, 'cos it's quite an uncertain business and it can be terribly hard for most actors."
- Ewan McGregor
(Related: Business, Actor, Actors, Fun, Want)

"But what I did think would be interesting is if we created a fictitious story of our own, and then took these stories that we had collected and assigned them to characters who would be played by actors."
- Jim McKay
(Related: Actors)

"You know, there was not much wire work for any of us actors to do because the extent of what they did was so huge. I mean, they wouldn't just throw you from this table to that wall."
- Julian McMahon
(Related: Work, Actors)

"We're one of the forces that causes actors to fasten seat belts before they take off chasing the bad guy in the car... or removes some of the cigarette smoking on television."
- Gerald McRaney
(Related: Car, Actors, Causes, Smoking, Television)

"I had great faith in Irish actors, that they'd be hip to the whole theatre thing, and they are. I had no illusions of coming over here as some kind of big shot. It's been a learning experience for me too."
- Christopher Meloni
(Related: Experience, Faith, Actors, Irish, Learning, Theatre)

"Truly great actors carry their characters in silence with them. They communicate without words the relationships that predate the movie."
- Sam Mendes
(Related: Actors, Relationships, Silence, Words)

"Actors get pigeonholed very quickly, particularly movie actors. In the theater, one is more used to casting people against type and trusting that their talent and skill will get them through."
- Sam Mendes
(Related: Talent, People, Actors, Skill, Theater, Will)

"I want to try and work in different genres with different types of actors, on small movies and big movies."
- Sam Mendes
(Related: Movies, Work, Actors, Want)

"It looks as though yields of over 10 times what we can currently grow per acre are feasible if you control the CO2 concentration, the humidity, the temperature, all the various factors that plants depend on to grow rapidly."
- Ralph Merkle
(Related: Control, Plants)

"Ask everyone whether they're an actor or a doctor or a teacher or whatever is entitled to his or her opinion. But unfortunately, because actors are in the public eye, whether we want it or not, sometimes our opinions carry more weight or influence than they deserve."
- Debra Messing
(Related: Actor, Actors, Eye, Influence, Opinion, Opinions, Public, Want, Weight)

"I pay attention to the actors and stuff, but not even that much. I don't pay attention to who's writing."
- Jason Mewes
(Related: Actors, Attention, Writing)

"Actors are an insecure breed. It's hard to have your career depend upon other people's opinions of what you do."
- Alyssa Milano
(Related: People, Actors, Career, Opinions)

"The actors I would like to work with are Julia Roberts, just because I've admired her work for a long time, well Brad Pitt. I think you know my reasons."
- Christina Milian
(Related: Work, Time, Actors)

"A variety of factors contribute to the price of gasoline in the United States. These factors include worldwide supply, demand and competition for crude oil, taxes, regional differences in access to gasoline supplies and environmental regulations."
- Gary Miller
(Related: Environmental, Competition, Oil, states, Taxes, United, Variety)

"Actors die so loud."
- Henry Miller
(Related: Actors)

"I spend a lot of my time trying to draw the attention of actors to the minute and subtle details of human behavior, which was the sort of thing I was looking at when I was a neurologist."
- Jonathan Miller
(Related: Time, Actors, Attention, Behavior, Trying)

"I want to aspire to something like what Denzel Washington does, which is try to find scripts written for white actors - or Jodie Foster, who reads scripts for male actors."
- Wentworth Miller
(Related: Actors, Want, Washington)

"A lot of actors just do whatever they do, and wherever the camera is, it is. They don't pay much attention, but I always did. I was always very close to the camera crew. They were my best buddies, no matter what movie or show I was doing."
- Donna Mills
(Related: Actors, Attention)

"Actors really should be tramps."
- Martin Milner
(Related: Actors)

"I allow an area for improvisation because the chemical things actors bring to stories make it not work."
- Vincente Minnelli
(Related: Work, Actors)

"I heard that the same thing occurred in a scene in Alien, where the creature pops out of the chest of a crewman. The other actors didn't know what was to happen; the director wanted to get true surprise."
- Marvin Minsky
(Related: Actors)

"Actors are rogues and vagabonds. Or they ought to be."
- Helen Mirren
(Related: Actors)

"As much as most of the actors were kind of curious to know what their character meant in relation to the script and to the plot, they really were quite happy to be part of the adventure of not knowing."
- Radha Mitchell
(Related: Character, Actors, Adventure)

"Think of Frank Capra and Preston Sturges. They used the same actors over and over again."
- Matthew Modine
(Related: Actors)

"Another interesting field, which is my own, is cofactors, not only to the disease but also to transmission. I am still puzzled by the fact that you get more sexual transmission in some ethnic populations. One way to answer this is to look for genetic factors."
- Luc Montagnier
(Related: Disease, Fact)

"AIDS does not inevitably lead to death, especially if you suppress the co-factors that support the disease. It is very important to tell this to people who are infected."
- Luc Montagnier
(Related: Death, People, Disease, Support)

"Psychological factors are critical in supporting immune function. If you suppress this psychological support by telling someone he's condemned to die, your words alone will have condemned him."
- Luc Montagnier
(Related: Support, Will, Words)

"I think we should put the same weight now on the co-factors as we have on HIV."
- Luc Montagnier
(Related: Now, Weight)

"There comes a point in many people's lives when they can no longer play the role they have chosen for themselves. When that happens, we are like actors finding that someone has changed the play."
- Brian Moore
(Related: People, Actors, Play)

"The fact of the matter is that most actors are shy people."
- Roger Moore
(Related: People, Actors, Fact)

"Actors are good liars; writers are good liars with good memories."
- Daniel Keys Moran
(Related: Actors, Memories, Writers)

"Last summer a second unit production crew went to France and shot scenes for several of this season's episodes. They shot costumed actors in and around real castles and landmarks, we couldn't possibly have duplicated here in Hollywood."
- Vic Morrow
(Related: Actors, France, Hollywood, Production, Summer)

"The advice that I usually give to young actors is that if you can create a character for the stage and keep that character fresh for at least 6 months that means you're doing the show eight times a week."
- Joe Morton
(Related: Character, Actors, Advice, Months)

"Unfortunately, most actors want to play off their own personal mystique and good looks and whatever, but that will only carry you but so far."
- Joe Morton
(Related: Actors, Play, Want, Will)

"Actors do like watching girls parade down the runway for some reason."
- Kate Moss
(Related: Actors, Girls, Reason)

"I don't want to be a star. If you have to label me anything, I'm an actor - I guess. A journeyman actor. I think 'star' is what you call actors who can't act."
- Paul Muni
(Related: Act, Actor, Actors, Want)

"What we do as actors is we go through phases where you superficially learn all this information."
- Cillian Murphy
(Related: Actors, Information)

"I find that the majority of the actors I've worked with are extremely sensitive people and very spontaneous people. That's why I always say I'll never date an actor, because they're in love with you one day and the next day they're not."
- Ellen Muth
(Related: Love, People, Actor, Actors, Day, Majority)

"Part of the work is determining through what instrument you are playing. Actors are physical, olympian storytellers and we should be able to create entire landscapes with nothing."
- Ajay Naidu
(Related: Work, Actors, Nothing)

"We make a contract within ourselves as actors or directors or writers about how much of ourselves we let into projects. You can actually figure out before you work on something how much blood you will have to let emotionally."
- Ajay Naidu
(Related: Work, Actors, Blood, Projects, Will, Writers)

"I have, I think to do a play a year is very good if you can afford the time and the energy because it's difficult to do, it's really the actors medium of course, because you're really out there and nobody's yelling cut so, yeah I have."
- David Naughton
(Related: Time, Actors, Energy, Play)

"I'm involved with Recording Artists and Actors Against Drunk Driving. I'm also involved with most children's causes, because children can't help the environment they're in."
- Judd Nelson
(Related: Actors, Artists, Causes, Children, Driving, Environment, Help)

"My closest friend is canine. I have precious few close friends, and most of them are not actors."
- Judd Nelson
(Related: Friend, Actors, Friends)

"The only thing I have never done is a Broadway play. I'm not sure I have the discipline necessary to do a Broadway play. I know it holds a fascination for certain actors."
- Bob Newhart
(Related: Discipline, Actors, Play)

"When I am cast in a movie where I feel that the woman's part is more interesting, I usually start thinking about Spencer Tracy and Fred Astaire. They seem to be the most clear actors when working with women."
- Jack Nicholson
(Related: Women, Actors, Thinking, Woman)

"I think Hollywood has a class system. The actors are like the inmates, but the truth is they're running the asylum."
- Robert De Niro
(Related: Truth, Actors, Class, Hollywood, Running)

"I've never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality."
- Robert De Niro
(Related: Actor, Actors, Being, Personality)

"The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it."
- Christopher Nolan
(Related: Actors)

"I've never had a desire to be famous. Lots of actors are actually extremely shy. I have shy areas."
- Jeremy Northam
(Related: Actors, Desire, Famous)

"Actors who are lovers in real life are often incapable if playing the part of lovers to an audience. It is equally true that sympathy between actors who are not lovers may create a temporary emotion that is perfectly sincere."
- Ivor Novello
(Related: Life, Sympathy, Actors, Emotion, Lovers, May)

"Behind the footlights there is always the applause, which stimulates the actors. On the screen it is a different matter."
- Ivor Novello
(Related: Actors, Applause)

"The public must suffer untold pangs from the stiffness, the deliberate stifling of emotion, on the part of many British actors."
- Ivor Novello
(Related: Actors, Emotion, Public)

"After working for years in Hollywood where the actors have taken over, it was a real relief to get down there and not only have some children, but also have some actors that had no attitude."
- Phillip Noyce
(Related: Attitude, Actors, Children, Hollywood, Years)

"When I was 13 years old, a professional theater company in my town needed a kid actor. I auditioned, and I got the part, so for just a few weeks I became a member of the company and I met some professional actors."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Actor, Actors, Company, Old, Theater, Years)

"If you can't fully believe in your ideas, it very quickly communicates to a group of actors who need something to hold onto. They need to believe that whatever criticism, whatever comment is received, is meant."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Ideas, Actors, Criticism)

"I watch and listen to movies today and am shocked by the way actors deliver their lines. Everybody mumbles now and I don't understand why."
- Maureen O'Hara
(Related: Movies, Actors, Now, Today)

"Gail didn't want me commenting on the opinion pages. I was hired by the news department and, despite the rabid assertions of the Times' enemies and detractors, the two really have nothing to do with each other."
- Daniel Okrent
(Related: Enemies, News, Nothing, Opinion, Want)

"People imagine that actors are being offered everything and you are not. So things come in and sometimes there are things that I want and can't get a meeting on, or go to a different actors."
- Gary Oldman
(Related: People, Actors, Being, Meeting, Want)

"What's fascinating is that when you write a script, it's almost a stream of consciousness. You have an idea that it means something, but you're not always sure what. Then when you get on the set, the actors teach you."
- Gary Oldman
(Related: Idea, Actors, Consciousness)

"I never dreamed that shooting a film would be so hard. There was less regulation then of child actors' hours. Even the concept of acting confused me."
- Tatum O'Neal
(Related: Acting, Actors, Film)

"I think the choice of actors that we have is a little more varied and rich here in New York than in L.A."
- Jerry Orbach
(Related: Actors, Choice)

"It's a lot more fun for actors to cry and rant and rave, or have a drug problem or a drinking problem."
- Jerry Orbach
(Related: Actors, Drinking, Fun)

"The most important thing for small businesses is getting the economy back on its feet. That - the key driver of small business activity is demand for their product, and that is what we are trying to do, getting the economy back on its feet. That's far more important than other factors."
- Peter Orszag
(Related: Business, Economy, Feet, Key, Trying)

"It is hard sometimes to see how other actors are working when you are working with them."
- Miranda Otto
(Related: Actors)

"Young actors are serious about their work and don't take any time out from it. I'm very serious about my work; there are probably only two films I've done where I had a really good time."
- Miranda Otto
(Related: Time, Work, Actors)

"There's something that sort of weirds me out about actors who want to be rock stars, and the other way around too."
- Gwyneth Paltrow
(Related: Actors, Stars, Want)

"When I interview somebody, I look at their resume to see what they've done, who they've worked with, and how many times. If they've gotten repeat work. Those are the kinds of actors I want to hire."
- Joe Pantoliano
(Related: Work, Actors, Want)

"Good actors are a dime a dozen, but I want actors that are gonna be part of my team and collaborative."
- Joe Pantoliano
(Related: Actors, Want)

"I've worked with Steven Spielberg three times. I'm proud to say that I'm one of those actors that continues to get hired by the same directors."
- Joe Pantoliano
(Related: Actors)

"Actors always have opinions."
- Joe Pantoliano
(Related: Actors, Opinions)

"Actors should be timeless and impersonal."
- Anne Parillaud
(Related: Actors)

"There is some sadness for me now about acting because it used to be that there was a reverence for actors."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: Acting, Actors, Now, Sadness)

"The staff, stage managers, ushers all behaved as if they respected the actors."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: Actors, Managers)

"People who call themselves actors and can't ever get work; they do need to get another profession."
- Estelle Parsons
(Related: Work, People, Actors, Profession)

"When actors talk about research, they're just patting themselves on the back."
- Jason Patric
(Related: Actors, Research, Talk)

"When you look at some of the most respected actors there are and the crap that they're in... it didn't used to be that way."
- Jason Patric
(Related: Actors)

"I'm one of those fortunate actors who gets to work pretty much every day. I've had a run of good fortune and work with some terrific people who have hired me."
- Rob Paulsen
(Related: Work, People, Actors, Day, Fortune, Pretty)

"That's how I like to do it with actors, have them really go for it and I'll tell them when it's too much. It's always easier to bring it back then to push it further."
- Alexander Payne
(Related: Actors)

"Soap Actors are fun and interesting. They all have something special that you want to be around."
- Austin Peck
(Related: Actors, Fun, Want)

"There's a very small group of elite actresses who are my age, who people want to work with. It's not easy to get a good job with good actors."
- Amanda Peet
(Related: Work, Age, People, Actors, Job, Want)

"I love acting, truly my favorite people are actors."
- Sean Penn
(Related: Love, People, Acting, Actors, Favorite)

"Several of the actors I've had the good fortune of working with stand out in my mind as 'ultimate'. I guess the obvious would be Tom Hanks, because he really is as fun and as genuine as he comes across in his films and interviews."
- Barry Pepper
(Related: Actors, Fortune, Fun, Mind, Obvious)

"Those jobs flee other states because of factors like excessive taxation, punitive regulation and frivolous lawsuits."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Jobs, states, Taxation)

"I really respond to diversity, a broader landscape, with actors of different ages and races and backgrounds."
- Ryan Phillippe
(Related: Actors, Diversity)

"Music is my main goal, but I'm not going to rush a record out. There are so many actors who have come out with albums these days. I don't want to do it because it's the thing to do. I want to wait until the time is right."
- River Phoenix
(Related: Music, Time, Goal, Actors, Right, Want)

"When actors give their input, it can be very ego-driven, and directors are scared of that."
- Michael Pitt
(Related: Actors, Ego)

"I am not one of those actors who believes he has to live the part he is playing. I can turn it on and off."
- Donald Pleasence
(Related: Actors)

"The applause is a celebration not only of the actors but also of the audience. It constitutes a shared moment of delight."
- John Charles Polanyi
(Related: Actors, Applause, Delight)

"Young actors often don't think of the consequences of doing nudity or sex scenes. They want the role so badly that they agree to be exploited, and then end up embarrassing family, friends, and even strangers."
- Natalie Portman
(Related: Family, Sex, Actors, Consequences, End, Friends, Nudity, Strangers, Want)

"It's always strange being a kid on the set, because you're treated like an equal when you're working. But then when you break, the other actors go back to their trailers to take naps and drink beer, and I have to, like, go do school."
- Natalie Portman
(Related: Actors, Beer, Being, Naps, School)

"Ninety per cent of how you learn is watching great people. When you are surrounded by good actors it lifts your performance."
- Natalie Portman
(Related: People, Performance, Actors)

"I don't like actors who try to talk directors into making their part bigger and that's really lame."
- Franka Potente
(Related: Actors, Talk)

"Actors cannot go on for over running around the trees."
- Rajendra Prasad
(Related: Actors, Running, Trees)

"People get on a show and they fought tooth and nail. Almost 95% of the actors out there want to be on a television series. Then as soon as they get onto one, no, no, I want to be a movie star. This television series stuff, no, no no."
- Victoria Pratt
(Related: People, Actors, Television, Want)

"If you watch the show and the characters don't look at each other while they're talking, the actors probably aren't getting along."
- Victoria Pratt
(Related: Actors, Talking)

"I mean, you know, actors lives - you're forgotten. Look at Barrymore, and look at all the great actors. They're forgotten after awhile."
- Anthony Quinn
(Related: Actors)

"You can take wonderfully talented actors, wonderfully talented writers and producers, and, uh, do a wonderful show!... but if it doesn't hit with the public in two minutes, it's bye-bye."
- Charlotte Rae
(Related: Actors, Public, Writers)

"I don't like shows, I don't like to put on a show, I just really want to work intimately with my actors."
- Sam Raimi
(Related: Work, Actors, Want)

"With both Caddyshack and Vacation, it's not like the subjects were serious enough that they engaged my interest for another round. I love the characters, and the actors were great, but I didn't see the need to make another Vacation movie."
- Harold Ramis
(Related: Love, Actors, Interest, Vacation)

"Acting is all about big hair and funny props... All the great actors knew it. Olivier knew it, Brando knew it."
- Harold Ramis
(Related: Funny, Acting, Actors, Hair)

"A lot of young actors will do a scene and then run off and look at themselves. I don't believe in that at all."
- Charlotte Rampling
(Related: Actors, Will)

"I think that most actors don't have very good opinions of themselves."
- Charlotte Rampling
(Related: Actors, Opinions)

"The young actors coming out of the Universities are well trained."
- Tony Randall
(Related: Actors)

"We have too many actors for the jobs available."
- Tony Randall
(Related: Actors, Jobs)

"I never achieved my first goal in the National Actors Theatre, which is to have a permanent Acting Company."
- Tony Randall
(Related: Goal, Acting, Actors, Company, First, Theatre)

"I would have started the National Actors Theatre 30 years earlier."
- Tony Randall
(Related: Actors, Theatre, Years)

"So many actors have sheer guts, will, and determination; they just need some preparation."
- John Ratzenberger
(Related: Determination, Actors, Preparation, Will)

"Before 1972, no actors got residuals. They just got paid. No residuals."
- John Ratzenberger
(Related: Actors)

"In L.A., though, people get off busses calling themselves actors, so many are really not professionals."
- John Ratzenberger
(Related: People, Actors, professionals)

"A just laicism allows religious freedom. The state does not impose religion but rather gives space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society, and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society."
- Joseph Ratzinger
(Related: Religion, Society, Building, Freedom, Religious, Responsibility, Space, State)

"Most of the top actors and actresses may be working in ten or twelve films at the same time, so they will give one director two hours and maybe shoot in Bombay in the morning and Madras in the evening. It happens."
- Satyajit Ray
(Related: Time, Actors, Evening, May, Will)

"My cameraman and I devised a method, which we started using from my second film, which applies mainly to day scenes shot in the studio, where we used bounced light instead of direct light. We agreed with this thing of four or five shadows following the actors is dreadful."
- Satyajit Ray
(Related: Actors, Day, Film, Light, Shadows)

"I had just arrived in New York from California. I was nineteen years old and excited beyond belief. I was an art student and an acting student and behaved as most young actors did - meaning that there was no such thing as a good actor, 'cause you yourself hadn't shown up yet."
- Robert Redford
(Related: Art, Belief, Acting, Actor, Actors, Meaning, Old, Years)

"Because we're actors we can pretend and fake it, but I'd rather the intimate investment was authentic."
- Keanu Reeves
(Related: Actors, Investment)

"I said I would do all the films about the commercials, and the films about ball-bearings and Ford tractors and so on, if once a year they gave me money for a free film."
- Karel Reisz
(Related: Money, Film)

"I always thought that Bill Murray was one of the great actors that I've worked with. And I've worked with all kinds of people who are known primarily for their dramatic work."
- Ivan Reitman
(Related: Work, Thought, People, Actors)

"I had to wear that suit, so I put in my required time in the gym. But I'm not one of those actors who romanticizes his trials working out and brags that he can bench press a panda now."
- Ryan Reynolds
(Related: Time, Actors, Now, Press, Trials)

"What is it about actors? God knows I get bored with actors talking about themselves."
- Alan Rickman
(Related: God, Actors, Talking)

"Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors."
- Antoine Rivarol
(Related: Actors, Reason)

"There's nothing more boring than unintelligent actors, because all they have to talk about is themselves and acting. There have to be other things."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Acting, Actors, Nothing, Talk)

"There are dumb actors. But there are dumb politicians and dumb bakers."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Actors, Dumb, Politicians)

"Most good actors have a huge intelligence about the human condition and a real open heart to different kinds of people and behavior."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Intelligence, People, Heart, Actors, Behavior, Open)

"The great difference between screen acting and theatre acting is that screen acting is about reacting - 75% of the time, great screen actors are great reactors."
- Nicolas Roeg
(Related: Time, Acting, Actors, Difference, Theatre)

"Have you ever talked to someone, and you're not even really talking to them? Actors are the worst for that."
- Joe Rogan
(Related: Actors, Talking)

"I love to be in the position of not knowing what I'm gonna do, but having rehearsed all of those so when something happens with the others actors I go with whatever that is I'm getting."
- Wayne Rogers
(Related: Love, Actors)

"I'm one of those actors who likes to do it wrong nine ways before I come to the tenth way, which is the way I think it should be."
- Wayne Rogers
(Related: Actors, Wrong)

"I've always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out, give the audience all you've got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn't supposed to be easy."
- Henry Rollins
(Related: Actors, Artist, Artists, Writers)

"There are so many factors when you think of your own films. You think of the people you worked on it with, and somehow forget the movie. You can't forgive the movie for a long time. It takes a few years to look at it with any objectivity and forgive its flaws."
- George A. Romero
(Related: Time, People, Flaws, Forget, Years)

"Actors are one family over the entire world."
- Eleanor Roosevelt
(Related: Family, Actors, World)

"Being overweight and obesity are major risk factors for many chronic diseases for South Dakotans of all ages. When people are overweight or obese, they have more health problems and more serious health problems, in addition to higher health care costs."
- Mike Rounds
(Related: Health, People, Being, Care, Obesity, Problems, Risk)

"It's the formulaic studio movies the make money, and when they do, the actors in them are automatically movie stars."
- Mickey Rourke
(Related: Movies, Money, Actors, Stars)

"People use the Method as a shield; it shields them from being vulnerable. I hear all these young actors who are like, 'I'm Method, I'm gonna go live in the house, you know, I totally get it, I've done it, I've been there', but one thing I know is it kills spontaneity."
- Mark Ruffalo
(Related: People, Actors, Being, Spontaneity)

"The biological factors underlying race differences in sports have consequences for educational achievement, crime and sexual behavior."
- J. Philippe Rushton
(Related: Sports, Achievement, Behavior, Consequences, Crime, Race)

"I usually hang out on the set. I get to know everybody. I have a nice time with the other actors."
- Kurt Russell
(Related: Time, Actors)

"Well you know, Woody doesn't rehearse, as opposed to my own method of directing where I really work with actors around a round table for weeks, examining the values of the material, so his technique is very different."
- Mark Rydell
(Related: Work, Values, Actors)

"So there's a lot of people tied into believing that the traditional response to the authorship question. In terms of actors, some people get very angry about it."
- Mark Rylance
(Related: People, Actors, Authorship, Question)

"Great actors try to dismiss all ideas from their conscious mind in order to provide an experience that is real."
- Mark Rylance
(Related: Experience, Ideas, Actors, Mind, Order)

"They didn't act like people and they didn't act like actors. It's hard to explain. They acted more like they knew they were celebrities and all. I mean they were good, but they were too good."
- J. D. Salinger
(Related: People, Act, Actors)

"I think it makes people in the Pentagon kind of nervous to know that chemical agents and environmental factors could cause so much damage in terms of what may happen in the future."
- Bernard Sanders
(Related: Environmental, People, Cause, Future, May)

"I consider it probably one of the biggest honors to be in the Academy. There are only like 1300 actors in it, and as far as I know, you're a member for life. To this day, I'm wondering how lucky I was."
- William Sanderson
(Related: Life, Actors, Day)

"In a sense, every form of expression is imposed upon one by social factors, one's own language above all."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Expression, Language, Sense)

"The psychology of a language which, in one way or another, is imposed upon one because of factors beyond one's control, is very different from the psychology of a language which one accepts of one's free will."
- Edward Sapir
(Related: Control, Free will, Language, Psychology)

"The international order established at the end of World War II could certainly have been worse. However, this order did contain certain factors which bore within them the seeds of instability."
- Eisaku Sato
(Related: War, End, Order, World, World war)

"It is unfortunate that the poor judgment shown by a small group of young actors has tarnished the reputation of every child who has ever appeared before a camera."
- Fred Savage
(Related: Actors, Judgment, Poor, Reputation)

"Now that I'm taking some time off from school, I've been reading a lot to make sure I don't forget everything. It's mostly classics and nonfiction accounts from actors, directors and writers from the '40s and '50s."
- Fred Savage
(Related: Time, Actors, Forget, Now, Reading, School, Writers)

"Well, acting is cheap; I knew all these actors who weren't in the Screen Actors Guild yet, and it happened that they were all just about thirty years old."
- John Sayles
(Related: Acting, Actors, Old, Years)

"Hollywood will accept actresses playing ten years older, but actors can play ten years younger."
- Greta Scacchi
(Related: Actors, Hollywood, Play, Will, Years)

"Theatre is a sacred space for actors. You are responsible; you are in the driving-seat."
- Greta Scacchi
(Related: Actors, Driving, Space, Theatre)

"At the White House, everybody works for the same person. They're all part of the same company. But on Capitol Hill, they're all independent contractors. They all work for themselves. That's a formula for getting news."
- Bob Schieffer
(Related: Work, Company, Formula, News)

"Knowledge, the object of knowledge and the knower are the three factors which motivate action; the senses, the work and the doer comprise the threefold basis of action."
- Friedrich Schiller
(Related: Work, Knowledge, Action, Senses)

"There are certain actors who are very good at improvising, like Dustin Hoffman and Glenda Jackson."
- John Schlesinger
(Related: Actors)

"Oh, the relationship with actors and managers and agents and things is a terrible problem sometimes."
- John Schlesinger
(Related: Actors, Managers)

"I thought his performance was absolutely wonderful and had said so, but he seemed, as actors quite often are when they first see.something, to be disappointed. I think he expected more from the film and himself."
- John Schlesinger
(Related: Thought, Performance, Actors, Film, First)

"Some actors need to be rattled and some need to be focused."
- Liev Schreiber
(Related: Actors)

"You should never ask actors about politics."
- Liev Schreiber
(Related: Politics, Actors)

"Every ten years there is a new generation of actors."
- Barbet Schroeder
(Related: Actors, Years)

"A lot of male actors are method actors and they become the characters which they both were."
- Izabella Scorupco
(Related: Actors)

"After filming I like to go home and lie down with my daughter and have a glass of wine so I don't really socialize with the other actors."
- Izabella Scorupco
(Related: Home, Daughter, Lie, Actors, Wine)

"A lot of actors talk about doing their homework, but very few of them do it."
- Tony Scott
(Related: Actors, Talk)

"If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors."
- Walter Scott
(Related: Actors)

"You know when you watch old movies, it's always the small parts you remember, the character actors who come in like a breath of fresh air."
- Amy Sedaris
(Related: Movies, Character, Actors, Old)

"And I haven't met too many actors along the way that haven't told me how much the show has meant to them. It's one of the reasons they say they are doing what they're doing, today."
- David Selby
(Related: Actors, Today)

"I really think the mind of someone who hasn't been welded into place by their work or studios or actors or this whole society is a wonderful mind to work with, so I'd like to do a big picture with an unknown director."
- Joan Severance
(Related: Society, Work, Actors, Mind)

"This is one of the factors that also made me very much want to make this film, apart from the fact that I loved it. If the boy hadn't been Jewish and the man hadn't been Muslim, it wouldn't have made any difference to the film. I don't think it's relevant, really."
- Omar Sharif
(Related: Muslim, Difference, Fact, Film, Man, Want)

"There are lots of wonderful old Italian actors. You don't need to take an Egyptian to play an Italian actor."
- Omar Sharif
(Related: Actor, Actors, Old, Play)

"For me, a play is a form of writing which isn't complete until it is interpreted by actors. But it's still a form of writing. And so most of my time is spent thinking about how to write a sentence."
- Wallace Shawn
(Related: Time, Actors, Play, Thinking, Writing)

"We (actors) don't really change the world. We reflect it... but Washington really changes the world."
- Martin Sheen
(Related: Change, Washington, World)

"I mean, the question actors most often get asked is how they can bear saying the same things over and over again, night after night, but God knows the answer to that is, don't we all anyway; might as well get paid for it."
- Richard Brinsley Sheridan
(Related: God, Actors, Night, Question, Saying)

"Religious faith depends on a host of social, psychological and emotional factors that have little or nothing to do with probabilities, evidence and logic."
- Michael Shermer
(Related: Faith, Logic, Nothing, Religious)

"In such diffused changes of culture two factors are necessary: contact and understanding."
- Hu Shih
(Related: Culture, Understanding)

"The future may be made up of many factors but where it truly lies is in the hearts and minds of men. Your dedication should not be confined for your own gain, but unleashes your passion for our beloved country as well as for the integrity and humanity of mankind."
- Li Ka Shing
(Related: Men, Country, Dedication, Future, Gain, Humanity, Integrity, Lies, Mankind, May, Passion)

"A White House dinner is the American family assembled, from labor leaders to billionaires, actors, architects, academicians and athletes."
- Hugh Sidey
(Related: Family, Actors, American, Athletes, Labor, Leaders)

"Samuel L. Jackson is one of the best actors there is."
- Joel Siegel
(Related: Actors)

"I've seen people with a tremendous amount of educational background in the field not turn out to be terribly good actors, and I've seen people with no education in the field turn out to be people that I admire quite a bit."
- Ron Silver
(Related: Education, People, Actors)

"I do believe all actors are smart."
- Ron Silver
(Related: Actors)

"But some actors I have met possess an intelligence that I can only dream of. It's about character, it's about behavior. They understand things about people that I simply don't see."
- Ron Silver
(Related: Intelligence, People, Dream, Character, Actors, Behavior)

"The freshest moments in my films have always been with unknown actors."
- John Singleton
(Related: Actors, Moments)

"I've worked with a lot of really fine actors, both on stage and on screen. The level of their game lifts me up and brings the level of my game up to theirs. Always. It's like a constant upgrade."
- Gary Sinise
(Related: Actors)

"I'm not like one of those actors who's a frustrated director."
- Gary Sinise
(Related: Actors)

"Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch?"
- Gene Siskel
(Related: Actors, Film)

"I was very introverted. I had glasses and was kind of weird. A lot of actors are pretty weird people."
- Jennifer Sky
(Related: People, Actors, Pretty)

"With acting I am being led by the script, other actors, the director, etc. But with songwriting I feel it is much more self reliant and allows me to be in the creative experience without being as dependent on others."
- Helen Slater
(Related: Experience, Acting, Actors, Being, Self)

"Challenge America grants go to the towns and hamlets of this sprawling country, where big touring companies will rarely go, and major actors, actresses, writers and artists may never appear in person."
- Louise Slaughter
(Related: Actors, America, Artists, Challenge, Country, May, Will, Writers)

"There are lots of people in the world who do have the advantage of going to a good drama school and just decide that they want to be actors. There's nothing wrong with an untrained actor; they have to get their training somehow, they have to learn."
- Erika Slezak
(Related: People, Actor, Actors, Drama, Nothing, School, Training, Want, World, Wrong)

"I've obviously made a very nice amount of money. I have a very nice lifestyle. I get to do what I love. Very few actors get to do that, and even fewer are lucky enough to work steadily for 24 years."
- Erika Slezak
(Related: Work, Love, Money, Actors, Years)

"I could not separate myself off stage from myself on stage, as so many actors can."
- Kate Smith
(Related: Actors)

"For minority actors, developing our own projects has to be the eventual path. We have a lot of stories to tell and a really unique voice. But none of that is going to be heard as long as we're just the hired hands, acting."
- Jimmy Smits
(Related: Acting, Actors, Minority, Projects, Voice)

"Some directors hardly talk to the actors at all."
- Todd Solondz
(Related: Actors, Talk)

"When you know your cast well and their strengths and weaknesses, you can start writing for them, just the way Shakespeare wrote for his actors."
- Stephen Sondheim
(Related: Actors, Shakespeare, Writing)

"Will and Tommy Lee are the only actors I've ever worked with where neither of them want to say any lines."
- Barry Sonnenfeld
(Related: Actors, Want, Will)

"Paul and I were both struggling actors. One night he would serve me in a restaurant, and the next night I would serve him. It was what out of work actors did."
- David Soul
(Related: Work, Actors, Night)

"Love is the one emotion actors allow themselves to believe."
- James Spader
(Related: Love, Actors, Emotion)

"We reinvent ourselves to solve a client's problem. It's more than just tweaking. It's rethinking what your audience wants and needs. Isn't that what great actors constantly do?"
- Merrie Spaeth
(Related: Actors, Needs)

"We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema - some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre."
- Boris Spassky
(Related: Work, Actors, Chess, Cinema, Theatre)

"There's nothing worse - I don't like listening to actors talk about the process, especially when - I mean, for me I've played a lot of guys, dudes, boys in a sense and this was a challenge for me just to play that official character."
- Scott Speedman
(Related: Character, Actors, Boys, Challenge, Listening, Nothing, Play, Sense, Talk)

"I think voiceover is an adjunct that actors have picked up that have given us some security."
- Robert Stack
(Related: Actors, Security)

"I don't do stunts and I don't think many actors do. For an actor to say they do their own stunts I don't think is very respectful of the profession of stunt men and women."
- Nick Stahl
(Related: Men, Women, Actor, Actors, Profession)

"I never quite understood these actors - though I envy them sometimes - who can lie out for a year or two. I feel as though time is a real pressing issue, and I want to get as much work done in the time that I have left."
- Sylvester Stallone
(Related: Time, Work, Lie, Actors, Envy, Want)

"All actors are incredibly insecure."
- Terence Stamp
(Related: Actors)

"Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors."
- Konstantin Stanislavisky
(Related: Actors)

"If you got a good imagination, a lot of confidence and you kind of know what you are saying, then you might be able to do it. I know a lot of colorful characters at home that would make great actors."
- Jason Statham
(Related: Home, Imagination, Actors, Confidence, Saying)

"There's just such a premium on hurrying, and the camera is the be all and end all, and the actors had better hurry up and get it right and get it done."
- Mary Steenburgen
(Related: Actors, End, Right)

"I had read the novel and I had heard David Lean was going to direct it - and it came as a surprise to me because American actors, if given the chance, can do style as well as anybody and speak as well as anybody."
- Rod Steiger
(Related: Actors, American, Chance, Style)

"I was very pleased you know, and I was afraid that I might stick out, but I didn't. My happiest thing about that picture is that I proved that American actors can speak as well and also fit in with an ensemble like that."
- Rod Steiger
(Related: Actors, American)

"Child actors come off as work being their life and doing it 24/7, but I still have those days where it's totally, like, whatever: shopping, movies, adventures."
- Hailee Steinfeld
(Related: Life, Work, Movies, Actors, Being)

"The genuine artist is never "true to life." He sees what is real, but not as we are normally aware of it. We do not go storming through life like actors in a play. Art is never real life."
- Wallace Stevens
(Related: Art, Life, Actors, Artist, Play)

"I've met actors where you think, if only you could just clean up your act and get it together, people would want to work with you. Some people are so difficult, it's just not worth working with them."
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Work, People, Act, Actors, Want, Worth)

"I've met actors where you think, if only you could just clean up your act and get it together, people would want to work with you. Some people are so difficult, it's not worth working with them!"
- Patrick Stewart
(Related: Work, People, Act, Actors, Want, Worth)

"I am not a long-run actor. I admire actors who can do that."
- David Ogden Stiers
(Related: Actor, Actors)

"Whatever talent I had, I'm sure it helped that my parents were in the business and that I grew up around actors, comedians and directors."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: Business, Talent, Actors, Comedians, Parents)

"We're actors. We're the opposite of people."
- Tom Stoppard
(Related: People, Actors)

"The show was number one in the ratings, Gordon Russell was our head writer, the story lines were magnificent and the acting most exciting. I loved working with Judith Light and all the other actors on the show at that time."
- Michael Storm
(Related: Time, Acting, Actors, Light, Writer)

"An actors' tribute to me is in his work."
- Lee Strasberg
(Related: Work, Actors, Tribute)

"Chris Cooper is one of my favorite actors in the world. I've seen him in most everything he's done."
- Meryl Streep
(Related: Actors, Favorite, World)

"I had this sort of idolatry for certain actors who preceded me, people who inspired me, so I'm honored to be that way for young actors."
- Meryl Streep
(Related: People, Actors)

"There's a real separation between actors and all the other functions of Hollywood. If you're an actor you're somehow not a member of the crew. You're somehow more special. I hate that."
- Rider Strong
(Related: Actor, Actors, Hate, Hollywood, Separation)

"If I am not right for something there are many talented actors out there that will get it."
- Tara Strong
(Related: Actors, Right, Will)

"I get bored at the theatre a lot because I notice that there's not always a connection between the actors. They may be technically proficient, but they're not surprising each other. I'm thrilled by actors who make choices that are surprising."
- Lusia Strus
(Related: Actors, Choices, Connection, May, Theatre)

"I personally take cues directly from the script, then I like to surprise the other actors. But you must maintain control on a level and see how far you can go up, down or out emotionally. You have to balance the craft with spontaneity."
- Lusia Strus
(Related: Control, Actors, Balance, Spontaneity)

"I pray to be of service to the playwright, the audience, the other actors and my character."
- Lusia Strus
(Related: Character, Actors, Service)

"The great actresses and actors receive awards for great roles in great films."
- Gloria Stuart
(Related: Actors, Awards)

"It seems extraordinary to have waited so long into one's life to have found the part that actually uses your basic rhythm. And I think that's always sort of what actors connect up with - their own sort of world."
- Susan Sullivan
(Related: Life, Actors, World)

"But my favorite period for actors is the 70s. I think so many great movies were made in the 70s. The 90s just seem to be a confused decade. Nobody knows, really, what's going on."
- Ethan Suplee
(Related: Movies, Actors, Favorite)

"I'm not that complicated as an actor. I have a formula in which I work, yeah. But not like Sean Penn does. Sean is one of the few actors I know who can work like that, actually becoming the character he is playing, and get consistent results. I don't believe you can ever be someone else. You manifest different levels of your own personality to come up with a character."
- Kiefer Sutherland
(Related: Work, Character, Actor, Actors, Formula, Personality, Results)

"The fuss that actors began making about the difficulty of shifting to sound struck me as perfectly foolish."
- Gloria Swanson
(Related: Actors, Difficulty, Sound)

"In this country, you have movie actors and theatre actors and television actors."
- Max von Sydow
(Related: Actors, Country, Television, Theatre)

"It's like a cast of actors; you're all working together closely under pressure to produce something everyday. And when we put up an issue, it's like the curtains opening on a new play. I really like that daily sense of surprise."
- David Talbot
(Related: Actors, Play, Pressure, Sense)

"My father comes from a generation of film that actors my age don't even know about, which is really sad."
- Amber Tamblyn
(Related: Age, Father, Actors, Film)

"The weird thing about this business - and I'm sure this operates in many other things, but it's very present and acute in this business - is that a lot of people don't realize that they have power. Particularly actors."
- Lili Taylor
(Related: Business, Power, People, Actors, Present)

"Realizing full well that fine condition and confidence will not in themselves make a champion, it is my belief, however, that they are essential factors."
- Major Taylor
(Related: Belief, Confidence, Will)

"I have directed good actors and have gone through the process which is more detailed in theater in a way. You have to get people to stay for two or three hours in a performance. They need more talk and rehearsal than in films."
- Julie Taymor
(Related: People, Performance, Actors, Talk, Theater)

"Anytime you have a difficult encounter with your child, there is a good chance that at least one of these factors is bringing out the worst in him or her: transitions, time pressure, competition for your attention, conflicting objectives."
- Cathy Rindner Tempelsman
(Related: Time, Attention, Chance, Competition, Objectives, Pressure)

"The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home."
- William Temple
(Related: Home, Conversation)

"I guess there are very few actors that I've worked with that I would like to work with again. You never think you'll have that chance and, if we didn't do Italian Job together, there wouldn't be another one that could be right."
- Charlize Theron
(Related: Work, Actors, Chance, Job, Right)

"When you're doing a play you get to go full speed ahead, all night, in front of an audience. It's a roller-coaster ride, responding to other actors, it feeds you."
- Sean Patrick Thomas
(Related: Actors, Night, Play)

"I'm as anxious as any viewer would be to see what Temple is going to do next. All I know is that in the second half of the season, he's going to have more sexual tension developing. And it's a great cast - they're all Broadway actors except for me. I aspire to that."
- Sean Patrick Thomas
(Related: Temple, Actors, Tension)

"Fonda and Gary Cooper had the best sense of timing of all the actors I knew."
- Gene Tierney
(Related: Actors, Sense)

"It was the fashion of the time, still is, to feel that all actors are neurotic, or they would not be actors."
- Gene Tierney
(Related: Time, Actors, Fashion)

"Only one of us would usually sing lead. Which most of the time was, Mickey or Dave. They thought it was perfectly a natural routine, because Mickey and Dave saw themselves as TV actors."
- Peter Tork
(Related: Time, Thought, Actors, Routine)

"I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of the busiest child dramatic actors in America."
- Mel Torme
(Related: Actors, America)

"I think most actors are shy. I really do. The greatest actors can disappear. I had friends call me the Blend-In Man."
- Rip Torn
(Related: Actors, Friends, Man)

"I like actors that are good with pantomime and that can transmit a lot by their presence and attitude more than through their dialogue."
- Guillermo del Toro
(Related: Attitude, Actors)

"It made me alive to the fact that the most important thing sometimes is what isn't said - to prepare for moments of revelation that can be read entirely on actors' faces without dialogue."
- Robert Towne
(Related: Actors, Faces, Fact, Moments)

"Only a fool does not fear actors, but you can't beat them, and if you can't beat them, join them, as they say. As I've got older I've become very interested in that part of the work."
- Lars von Trier
(Related: Work, Fear, Actors, Fool)

"Actors need bricks to play with, and in fact we rejected all the improvised fragments we had made without a plan. Improvisation without a plan is like tennis without tennis balls."
- Lars von Trier
(Related: Actors, Fact, Play, Tennis)

"The majority of directors I've worked with didn't know how to talk to actors."
- Stanley Tucci
(Related: Actors, Majority, Talk)

"As a director, I also get to sit and watch actors and learn from them in a way that I don't get to do when I'm just acting."
- Stanley Tucci
(Related: Acting, Actors)

"I'm a firm believer that actors take to work who they aren't at home. People show their other self in their art or in their work."
- Robin Tunney
(Related: Art, Work, Home, People, Actors, Self)

"Actors love mental disorders, dialects, and corsets. Give them one of the three and they're happy."
- Robin Tunney
(Related: Love, Actors)

"I, also, found the opportunity to work with the actors extremely gratifying and rewarding."
- Janine Turner
(Related: Work, Opportunity, Actors)

"The big gap between the ability of actors is confidence."
- Kathleen Turner
(Related: Ability, Actors, Confidence)

"I think I've had more of a variety in what I've done than most actors."
- John Turturro
(Related: Actors, Variety)

"On general principle, I boycott shows that don't employ actors."
- Aisha Tyler
(Related: Actors)

"My influences were Peter Sellers and the great British character actors."
- Tracey Ullman
(Related: Character, Actors)

"There's only so much you can do until you get on set and see the aesthetics of what you're dealing with. Then you see what the other players are giving to you. It's all about the transfer of energy between different actors."
- Karl Urban
(Related: Actors, Aesthetics, Energy, Giving)

"It's such a small industry here you inevitably end up working with the same people over and over again. There are only so many actors to go around, which is good for us."
- Karl Urban
(Related: People, Actors, End)

"I got to draw monsters, robots and write funny stories. I loved doing that stuff and working with the actors. But it got to be less and less that stuff and more about trying to be everywhere and not being able to do one thing very enjoyably."
- Jhonen Vasquez
(Related: Funny, Actors, Being, Trying)

"We have actors from other films, from 'Baywatch,' and so on, and these people are looking exactly the opposite of what they are. The transformations were so smooth, and so funny to watch, it was unbelievable."
- Joe Viterelli
(Related: Funny, People, Actors)

"What impresses me is the young actors with terrific talent arriving on the scene. They'd have blown us all away in the old days. Guys like Brad Pitt."
- Robert Wagner
(Related: Talent, Actors, Old)

"It's rare that I come across actors who are willing to work as hard on the material as I am."
- Donnie Wahlberg
(Related: Work, Actors)

"A lot of talented actors still have to pay their bills."
- Mark Wahlberg
(Related: Actors)

"I remember that. I was talking to him and I said how great it would be if actors had a tail because I have animals and a tail is so expressive. On a cat you can tell everything. You can tell if they're annoyed. You can tell whether they're scared."
- Christopher Walken
(Related: Actors, Animals, Talking)

"I've worked with wonderful actors like Marlon Brando and Henry Fonda."
- Eli Wallach
(Related: Actors)

"I was an original member of the Actors' Studio."
- Eli Wallach
(Related: Actors)

"This was a result of a number of factors, but we do know that the messages kids get about the harms of drugs has a significant impact on their decision on whether or not to use."
- John Walters
(Related: Decision, Drugs, Kids, Result)

"I can understand why people get annoyed at being remembered for one thing, but a lot of actors aren't remembered for anything. I don't mind that."
- Julie Walters
(Related: People, Actors, Being, Mind)

"Billy Campbell who is... I... truly one of the most talented actors today."
- Sela Ward
(Related: Actors, Today)

"I'm not in the loop; I don't know any actors, really, just the ones I work with."
- Denzel Washington
(Related: Work, Actors)

"As actors, we went where we wanted to, and the camera followed us: it was like having another person in the room. There was no formal structure to the process. It was very liberating."
- Emily Watson
(Related: Actors)

"I go through a whole process with the actors first, building and creating characters, then I encourage them to sort of live in that character when they're in the screen."
- Keenen Ivory Wayans
(Related: Character, Actors, Building, First)

"This friend of mine said he was surprised to find that - I don't think it's quite a majority - a bigger percentage of actors are introverts than extroverts. It was a big surprise to him. Now, I know me, and I'll do anything if I'm playing a character. Or anything that's true to the character, anyway. But in real life I'm a little more withdrawn."
- Jackie Weaver
(Related: Life, Friend, Character, Actors, Majority, Now)

"Dustin Hoffman was the greatest. He had so much information to give and he mesmerized me. He really feels for actors who are just starting out and remembers his early days like they were yesterday."
- Amy Weber
(Related: Actors, Information, Yesterday)

"It's also that comedians don't have the kind of narcissism that actors have. They're writers who perform their own material. It's more interesting. And they're sexy because they risk more. Stand-up comedians risk more than anyone."
- Rachel Weisz
(Related: Actors, Comedians, Risk, Writers)

"I think actors have a choice of drawing attention to themselves or living on the outskirts."
- Rachel Weisz
(Related: Actors, Attention, Choice, Living)

"I know a lot of actors don't watch themselves on TV, but I think it's good to see how else you can improve."
- Michael Welch
(Related: Actors)

"How many actors have a shot at being a part of something that became a part of pop culture? It's been very rewarding. I'm not getting the 20 million bucks for the new movies, but at least I'm getting warmth and recognition from people wherever I go."
- Adam West
(Related: Movies, People, Actors, Being, Culture)

"I did start reading quite young but I was always read to by my parents, who are both actors. Bedtime stories from when I was about two/three to when I was about 15. In fact they didn't stop until I eventually kind of kicked them out of my bedroom."
- Samuel West
(Related: Actors, Fact, Parents, Reading)

"I start with the story, almost in the old campfire sense, and the story leads to both the characters, which actors should best be cast in this story, and the language. The choice of words, more than anything else, creates the feeling that the story gives off."
- Donald E. Westlake
(Related: Actors, Choice, Feeling, Language, Old, Sense, Words)

"I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one's best physical features."
- Vivienne Westwood
(Related: Chance, Dress)

"The whole purpose of those attacks was to drive those contractors out. Lots of them had to leave. They were terrified."
- Wayne White
(Related: Purpose)

"It is no coincidence that our country has not been attacked since 9-11. Our initiatives to protect the homeland and aggressively take the fight to the terrorists have been factors in that success."
- Roger Wicker
(Related: Success, Country, Fight)

"A lot of actors said they hated the studio system, but I loved it. It was like a college; it was a great place to learn."
- Richard Widmark
(Related: Actors, College)

"Other actors like to rehearse on film-they like 30 or 40 takes. When you get an actor like that, it becomes difficult for me because I'm ready to quit after number two."
- Richard Widmark
(Related: Actor, Actors, Film)

"Directors say that you should get actors before they are recognized. They will be a pain or have an opinion."
- Dianne Wiest
(Related: Actors, Opinion, Pain, Will)

"Actors fall into this trap if they missed being loved for who they really were and not for what they could do - sing, dance, joke about - then they take that as love."
- Gene Wilder
(Related: Love, Dance, Actors, Being)

"A lot of comic actors derive their main force from childish behavior. Most great comics are doing such silly things; you'd say, 'That's what a child would do.'"
- Gene Wilder
(Related: Actors, Behavior, Force, Silly)

"Many plays - certainly mine - are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them."
- Thornton Wilder
(Related: Actors)

"You can pick out actors by the glazed look that comes into their eyes when the conversation wanders away from themselves."
- Michael Wilding
(Related: Actors, Conversation, Eyes)

"All good actors are easy to work with. It's the ones that aren't very good who tend to be very difficult."
- Tom Wilkinson
(Related: Work, Actors)

"I just love working with actors in general."
- Treat Williams
(Related: Love, Actors)

"A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors."
- Colin Henry Wilson
(Related: Actors, Play)

"A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors."
- Colin Wilson
(Related: Actors, Play)

"There is a class system in acting just like in anything else. Black females fall in a category below black male actors."
- Debra Wilson
(Related: Acting, Actors, Class)

"When you're in Los Angeles, nobody bats an eye, they're so used to seeing actors, they just act really cool."
- Luke Wilson
(Related: Act, Actors, Eye)

"You can think of Hollywood as high school. TV actors are freshmen, comedy actors are maybe juniors, and dramatic actors - they're the cool seniors."
- Owen Wilson
(Related: Actors, Comedy, Hollywood, School)

"Hollywood is where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors."
- Walter Winchell
(Related: Actors, Hollywood)

"Most actors are insecure enough already without having a director who adds to that."
- Marie Windsor
(Related: Actors)

"Plastic surgery and breast implants are fine for people who want that, if it makes them feel better about who they are. But, it makes these people, actors especially, fantasy figures for a fantasy world. Acting is about being real being honest."
- Kate Winslet
(Related: People, Acting, Actors, Being, Fantasy, Want, World)

"As I've always said, preproduction is so important. When you cast the actors, you've done much of the work. Now, you may need to guide them a little, take it up or down, have them go faster or slower, but the casting process is crucial."
- Robert Wise
(Related: Work, Actors, May, Now)

"The joy we get as actors is out of transforming ourselves into something that's not necessarily anything true to ourselves. And it's a power - not being yourself, and being in the role; it's just like another prop."
- Reese Witherspoon
(Related: Power, Actors, Being, Joy)

"There are professional negotiators working for the writers and the actors, but basically you've got the writers and actors negotiating against businessmen. That's why you get rhetoric."
- Dick Wolf
(Related: Actors, Rhetoric, Writers)

"Just look at the messages today's media are sending everybody, from TV and commercials to actors and singers. Kids are just drowning in that 24-7 and it's getting really bad."
- Evan Rachel Wood
(Related: Actors, Kids, Media, Today)

"There are certain stars who are not actors. I don't want to be that type."
- Natalie Wood
(Related: Actors, Stars, Want)

"Television studios bet the farm on reality shows, where they didn't need any actors and movie studios had no plans for any quality movies that required the presence of me."
- Alfre Woodard
(Related: Movies, Quality, Actors, Reality, Television)

"After 9/11 and the impending actors' strike of a few years ago, roles dried up for everyone."
- Alfre Woodard
(Related: Actors, Years)

"Most actors go, 'I read the script and fell in love with it'; I fall in love with the directors."
- Sam Worthington
(Related: Love, Actors)

"I like to do theater and hopefully be effective. Most actors, at least contemporary actors of my generation, can't do it. They don't have the chops."
- Jeffrey Wright
(Related: Actors, Theater)

"It's eighty percent script and twenty percent you get great actors. There's nothing else to it."
- William Wyler
(Related: Actors, Nothing)

"I think actors are at the mercy of the opportunities presented to them. So you kind of have to wait for them to choose you. My music is insular - I can choose that."
- Dwight Yoakam
(Related: Music, Actors, Mercy)

"It's a question of why they come for your advice. Whatever I tell you, it doesn't matter, it is completely irrelevant in a way. I know so many actors who were discouraged and put that aside. You will get half-baked opinions."
- Michael York
(Related: Actors, Advice, Opinions, Question, Will)

"I think it's hard to know. Feeling fulfilled, because actors face periods of unemployment, there is nothing worse than being at the top of your game; you have so much to give but do not have the platform to do this."
- Michael York
(Related: Actors, Being, Feeling, Nothing, Unemployment)

"Acting and writing go together. Actors write because they love words and becoming other people - we love to escape into other characters."
- Susannah York
(Related: Love, People, Acting, Actors, Words, Writing)

"There's a constant flow of child actors. It's kind of funny to watch the new crew come through. I think, You poor little things. You're going to have to struggle for a long time."
- Tina Yothers
(Related: Funny, Time, Actors, Poor, Struggle)

"With the other fellow actors who have gone astray, I think it's sad that society wants to label the business as doing this to people. It's really not true."
- Tina Yothers
(Related: Business, Society, People, Actors)

"Work is good when people are responsible, and in low-budget movies a lot of the actors don't want to be there. They're there to build a resume."
- Sean Young
(Related: Movies, Work, People, Actors, Want)

"Had we really succeeded therefore in altering the period of vibration, which Maxwell, as I have just noted, held to be impossible? Or was there some disturbing circumstances from one or more factors which distorted the result?"
- Pieter Zeeman
(Related: Circumstances, Result)

"The capitalists speculate on the two following factors: the female worker must be paid as poorly as possible and the competition of female labour must be employed to lower the wages of male workers as much as possible."
- Clara Zetkin
(Related: Competition, Wages, Workers)

"Factors affecting effective regional cooperation are mindsets and perceptions emanating from the past."
- Khaleda Zia
(Related: Cooperation, Past, Perceptions)

"I'm not the sexiest thing in the world, I feel actors who have to 'play' sexy lose all their sex appeal. When they start with the tongue and the heavy lids, it looks so ridiculous. I think you just have to be yourself."
- Stephanie Zimbalist
(Related: Sex, Actors, Sex appeal, Tongue, World)

"Comedians are not usually actors, but imitations of actors."
- Johann Georg Zimmermann
(Related: Actors, Comedians)

"There are actors who spend 20 years working and still don't achieve what I've achieved so quickly. So I think my only course of action is to work as hard as I can, not just for the sake of the film, but also to prove to these people that I do have talent."
- Zhang Ziyi
(Related: Work, Talent, People, Action, Actors, Film, Years)

"Tim Robbins had real confidence in college. He literally stole actors from the theater department at UCLA to be in his plays. The department heads got so mad at him."
- Daphne Zuniga
(Related: Actors, College, Confidence, Theater)