Actor Quotes

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Tom Hiddleston
“Every villain is a hero in his own mind.”
Tom Hiddleston

James  Dean
“Only the gentle are ever really strong.”
James Dean

Paul   Newman
“I'm a supporter of gay rights. And not a closet supporter either. From the time I was a kid, I have never been able to understand attacks upon the gay community. There are so many qualities that make up a human being... by the time I get through with all the things that I really admire about people, what they do with their private parts is probably so low on the list that it is irrelevant.”
Paul Newman

Tom Hiddleston
“Everythings a choice. Nobody's born good. Nobody's born evil. It's always a choice.”
Tom Hiddleston

Tom Hiddleston
“Every villian is a hero in his own mind.”
Tom Hiddleston

Steve Martin
“You know what your problem is, it's that you haven't seen enough movies - all of life's riddles are answered in the movies."
Steve Martin”
Steve Martin

Jim Carrey
“Your need for acceptance can make you invisible in this world. Don't let anything stand in the way of the light that shines through this form. Risk being seen in all of your glory.”
Jim Carrey

Criss Jami
“If you're waiting until you feel talented enough to make it, you'll never make it.”
Criss Jami, Healology

Arthur Conan Doyle
“The stage lost a fine actor, even as science lost an acute reasoner, when [Holmes] became a specialist in crime.”
Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Bill Cosby
“It isn't a matter of black is beautiful as much as it is white is not all that's beautiful. ”
Bill Cosby

Benedict Cumberbatch
“We all want to escape our circumstances, don't we? Especially if you are an actor.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch
“The first time we did cavalry charge I was so breathless with excitement I nearly fell off the horse. I actually saw stars in front of my eyes and thought I was going to faint. The second time I had a bit more control but was still giddy with excitement. And the third time I was an emotional wreck. I had to really try hard not to cry.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

Jackson Pearce
“Keanu Reeves?" she asks in amazement. I nod. "What did he wish for?"
"Isn't it obvious?" I say, waving a hand at the screen. "Fame."
"That's why he's famous? Because of a wish?"
"Have you seen his movies? Surely you didn't think he made it on his acting skills?" I grant wishes; I don't work miracles.
Viola looks back at the screen, eyes screwed up in awe. "I guess that makes sense," she says faintly as my former master delivers a line poorly. "Wow.”
Jackson Pearce, As You Wish

“The most talented people are always the nicest.”
James Caan

Benedict Cumberbatch
“I had the privilege of being able to choose, or at least have the opportunity to work at, being anything but an actor.”
Benedict Cumberbatch

Jimmy Stewart
“It may sound corny, but what's wrong with wanting to fight for your country. Why are people reluctant to use the word patriotism?”
Jimmy Stewart

Marlon Brando
“If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.”
Marlon Brando

Anne Rice
“Something in me was responding now as the audience responded, not in fear, but in some human way, to the magic of that fragile painted set, the mystery of the lighted world there.”
Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire

Omar Sharif
“When one sees what happens in the world between the religions, the different religions - killing each other and murdering each other, it's disgusting and as far as I am concerned it's ridiculous. So I thought I might be useful, I believe in God and I believe in religion, but believe religions should belong to you. The extraordinary thing is that the Jews believe that only the Jews can go to paradise, the Christians believe that only a Christian can go to paradise and the Muslims believe that only the Muslims can go to paradise. Now why should God, in his great justice, make somebody born that cannot go to paradise - it is absurd. Please forgive me I don't mean to say it's absurd, people made it absurd.”
Omar Sharif

“The things that make you strange are the things that make you powerful”
Ben Platt

Hermann Broch
“Incapable of communicating himself to others, incapable of breaking out of his isolation, doomed to remain the mere actor of his life, the deputy of his own ego—all that any human being can know of another is a mere symbol, a symbol of an ego that remains beyond our grasp, possessing no more value than that of a symbol; and all that can be told is the symbol of a symbol, a symbol at a second, third, nth remove, asking for representation in the true double sense of the word.”
Hermann Broch, The Sleepwalkers

“I've created a life in which someone else is the main actor.”
Anthony T. Hincks

J.M. Darhower
“Don’t let some guy sitting behind a computer spinning sensational stories change what you believe.”
J.M. Darhower, Ghosted

F.K. Preston
“As an actor, I’ve spent every second of my life performing to people who don’t talk back. They never speak back. Understand? Participating in conversations becomes one of the hardest things alive when you make a living performing one-sided ones.”
F.K. Preston, Goodbye, Mr. Nothing

“The main thing is the character's [Truman Capote's] interior and without getting too deep into it, there are lots of parallels in Phil's [Philip Seymour Hoffman's] life, which I knew and only became more evident with time. There was something about that character that he could own that nobody else could.”
Bennett Miller

Laurie Perez
“Compassion, in its essence, is neutral. It’s holistic that way, and powerful because it yields a much wider perspective free of judgment or stress of any kind. We use it all the time in our work the way we’re always studying humanity intensely — always walking in someone else’s shoes, feeling the seams in their socks, wounds and elations in their souls.”
Laurie Perez, The Power of Amie Martine

Laurie Perez
“This is catharsis. The act taps in, meets them where they are. It’s confusing, hollow. So incredibly sad. And so we’ll stay inside it a while. Not picking it apart. Not interrogating the hungry pain body, but just confirming. Yes. This place feels exactly this way. This is where you are. I get it.”
Laurie Perez, The Power of Amie Martine

“Fame is a bird flying in a wind tunnel.”
Vineet Raj Kapoor

“Certain words, certain expressions. Things like ‘I love you’ and ‘I hate you.’ They’re big traps for actors. They can tempt you away from the connection you’ve developed with your partner and lead you into swamplands of clichéd performing. ‘Love’ and ‘hate’ are powerful words, and for some reason, we feel like we must fulfill them—and other words like them—whenever we say them. But we don’t have to.”

Bill turns to Adam. “Actors hit that line—‘you know I’m absolutely crazy about you. Don’t you?’—and go all kablooey. Your head’s saying, ‘How can I not say a line like that without letting love swim into the duck pond? But inside you’re saying, ‘To hell will love! This girl’s really pissed me off, breaking off an important date like that.’ Follow your true inner response. It will never lead you astray. You’ll be bubbling up with impatience and irritation and you’ll say a line like that and it’ll have new meaning. It’ll have your meaning. Remember: Bad actors consciously adjust their inner responses to what they think the lines of the text require. Good actors adjust the text to the inner emotional line created by their sensitized responses to the other actor.”

Adam says, “I get it. I was trying to act the words.”

Bill nods. “You were manipulating yourself, cutting off our real response in order to live up to what you thought the text demanded of you. But any line can mean anything, and come out of you in any way.”
William Esper, The Actor's Art and Craft: William Esper Teaches the Meisner Technique

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