Quotations on Actor

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My father is an actor, so he brought me into his agency when I was young. It wasn't something I wanted to do until high school, when I started taking theater and really liked it. Then an agent found me and wanted me to come out to Los Angeles and give it a shot. I gave myself six months, but it only took me like a week to get a job.
- Jensen Ackles
(Keywords: Father, Actor, Job, Months, School, Theater)

The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.
- Stella Adler
(Keywords: Work, Actor, Body, Mind, Voice)

The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings.
- Stella Adler
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Feelings, Acting, Actor, Choices)

I'm much more interested in what an actor has to say about something substantial and important than who they're dating or what clothes they're wearing or some other asinine, insignificant aspect of their life.
- Ben Affleck
(Keywords: Dating, Life, Actor, Clothes)

When a performance isn't working, it's usually because the actor is trying to do something and they're not able to express their idea very well. It's a muddled expression.
- Casey Affleck
(Keywords: Idea, Performance, Actor, Expression, Trying)

It makes it fun. When an actor plays a character, you want what that character wants. Otherwise it doesn't look authentic. So I really want to defeat Jimmy - I mean Jimmy as the character.
- Alan Alda
(Keywords: Character, Actor, Defeat, Fun, Want)

An actor's popularity is fleeting. His success has the life expectancy of a small boy who is about to look into a gas tank with a lighted match.
- Fred Allen
(Keywords: Life, Success, Actor, Popularity)

Things are changing. I've been training since I was 9 years old to stretch my wings as an actor dramatically, but have never really been afforded the opportunity to show that.
- Anthony Anderson
(Keywords: Opportunity, Actor, Old, Training, Years)

When I got to the reading all the work, I was reduced to being an actor in an experimental play that I'd already written. And I didn't want to be an actor.
- David Antin
(Keywords: Work, Actor, Being, Play, Reading, Want)

I know that if I can't move people, then I have no business being an actor.
- Alan Arkin
(Keywords: Business, People, Actor, Being)

From that moment on I knew my profession in life was and has remained until today an actor's life.
- Leon Askin
(Keywords: Life, Actor, Profession, Today)

My work is to reach people with ideas, hopes, dreams, encouragement, insight, and revelation. That's what an actor wants to do.
- John Astin
(Keywords: Work, Dreams, People, Ideas, Actor, Encouragement)

Not so much in Canada, but certainly in the US, as I'm sure you know, money is all, and if they can get another 26 programs of the same thing even though it advances the culture or those actor's careers not at all it doesn't matter.
- Rowan Atkinson
(Keywords: Money, Actor, Canada, Careers, Culture)

And my father, being a good Swiss puritan, always really insisted that if I was going to be an actor, I shouldn't just be an actor, I should know about the whole process.
- Rene Auberjonois
(Keywords: Father, Actor, Being)

I think, being an actor, it's just a relief every time you get a part.
- Jillian Bach
(Keywords: Time, Actor, Being)

Basically I am just another actor who loves his work and this thing about age only exists in the media.
- Amitabh Bachchan
(Keywords: Age, Work, Actor, Media)

Frankly I've never really subscribed to these adjectives tagging me as an 'icon', 'superstar', etc. I've always thought of myself as an actor doing his job to the best of his ability.
- Amitabh Bachchan
(Keywords: Thought, Ability, Actor, Job)

I don't watch the movies I make, so I haven't seen 'Footloose' since it came out. You see this young, hungry actor, it's pretty fun. I was the only one they screen tested. It was an attempt by the director and producer to talk the head of the studio into hiring me because they didn't want me.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Movies, Actor, Fun, Hiring, Pretty, Talk, Want)

I just let the work speak for itself. An actor is not afraid to take risks; to put on different hats; to be a good guy, a bad guy, a victim, an abuser. There are all kinds of people in the world, and playing them is what acting is all about.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Work, People, Acting, Actor, World)

I think we all have a lot of darkness in our bellies. As an actor, the challenge of tapping into that, reaching down into that sadness or anger, is very therapeutic.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Anger, Actor, Challenge, Darkness, Sadness)

I didn't get into this so I could talk about my work, my movies. You become an actor to act.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Movies, Work, Act, Actor, Talk)

If you're an actor, even a successful one, you're still waiting for the phone to ring.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Successful, Actor, Waiting)

I'm always looking, as an actor, for activities. I think it's far more interesting to watch what people do than what they say. You always want to watch behavior, because the dialogue as written by our illustrious leaders is great. Eminently playable.
- Adam Baldwin
(Keywords: People, Actor, Behavior, Leaders, Want)

Let's face facts, this is visual medium, there's a very high premium put on people who are good-looking. But the minute you rely on that you get yourself in trouble. You certainly don't make a career out of that anymore as an actor.
- Alec Baldwin
(Keywords: People, Actor, Career, Facts, Trouble)

You're creating a different world and the actor's job is to be able to convince the audience to enter into that world, whether it be actually something that you recognize from your own life or not.
- Christian Bale
(Keywords: Life, Actor, Job, World)

So yeah, a good director will be able to listen and hear everything, but have a confident vision of his own that he can say, 'oh yeah - that's a great point.' And you never know; often you can help far more than you think you can, because there's so much more that he's juggling than an actor.
- Christian Bale
(Keywords: Vision, Actor, Help, Will)

I like the idea of movies having a magic element. How many times have you seen an actor in a movie who you know only as the character? It's wonderful, isn't it?
- Christian Bale
(Keywords: Movies, Idea, Character, Actor, Magic)

My concern is to continue respecting my work as I've done since I began as an actor and I could only do that if I'm strong enough to keep on doing what I think best in an artistic way.
- Javier Bardem
(Keywords: Work, Actor, Concern)

I was emotionally and physically punched in the stomach. This is not a place where you go and deliver the lines and then you come back. It's kind of a life-changing experience. But it can't get better than this for any actor - this is like an opera.
- Javier Bardem
(Keywords: Experience, Life, Actor, Opera)

The attitude of the actor is his interpretation of what he reads, and the written word is what creates the role in the actor's mind, and I guess in reading the things that were given to me, I reacted as you guys saw me, you know.
- Gene Barry
(Keywords: Attitude, Actor, Mind, Reading, Word)

I just wanted to be a guy who could earn a living as an actor, and I did that for a long time.
- Gene Barry
(Keywords: Time, Actor, Living)

There is always one person on the set who has a lot of anxiety, an actor who is really intense and has to stay in character and holds himself away from the rest of us.
- Maria Bello
(Keywords: Character, Actor, Anxiety, Rest)

In many ways I wish I wasn't an actor dragging around the baggage from being one so that I could just devote my energies to encouraging people to find their true selves.
- Dirk Benedict
(Keywords: People, Encouraging, Actor, Being)

In Mexico, theater is very underground, so if you're a theater actor it's very difficult to make a living. But it's also a very beautiful pathway to knowledge and to an open education.
- Gael Garcia Bernal
(Keywords: Education, Knowledge, Actor, Living, Open, Theater)

He who is incapable of feeling strong passions, of being shaken by anger, of living in every sense of the word, will never be a good actor.
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Keywords: Anger, Actor, Being, Feeling, Living, Sense, Will, Word)

To be a good actor... it is necessary to have a firmly tempered soul, to be surprised at nothing, to resume each minute the laborious task that has barely just been finished.
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Keywords: Soul, Actor, Nothing)

Once the curtain is raised, the actor is ceases to belong to himself. He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third.
- Sarah Bernhardt
(Keywords: Character, Actor, First, Public)

People told me, when I was coming through the ranks, that a mark of a great actor is one who deals with the period of unemployment as well as they deal with the period of employment.
- Claudia Black
(Keywords: People, Actor, Deals, Unemployment)

The crew are the faces you see every morning and last at night before you go home. I spend more time with those people than I do with my friends and family, so they're forever a part of you and who you become as an actor so I hope I see them again.
- Claudia Black
(Keywords: Time, Family, Home, People, Hope, Actor, Faces, Friends, Night)

Actresses can get outrageously precious about the way they look. That's not what life's about. If you starve yourself to the point where your brain cells shrivel, you will never do good work. And if you're overly conscious of your arms flapping in the wind, how can you look the other actor in the eye to respond to them?
- Cate Blanchett
(Keywords: Life, Work, Actor, Eye, Will, Wind)

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
(Keywords: Money, Control, Actor, Actors, Reason)

I didn't do this for the President. When I had this opportunity, not only was it work, but it was something that I could do, as an actor, for the victims and their families. Something I could give back.
- Timothy Bottoms
(Keywords: Work, Opportunity, Actor, President, Victims)

I think every leading man wants to be a character actor, and every character actor wants to be a leading man.
- Bruce Boxleitner
(Keywords: Character, Actor, Leading, Man)

However, I hope I am also judged on my accomplishments as an actor and not just on my pretty face!
- Jonathan Brandis
(Keywords: Hope, Accomplishments, Actor, Pretty)

To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.
- Marlon Brando
(Keywords: Life, Actor, Dedication, Duty)

I have always been of the mind that good work is good work, whether performed on stage, on television or in film and, like any reasonable actor, I keep my options open.
- Benjamin Bratt
(Keywords: Work, Actor, Film, Mind, Open, Options, Television)

I don't really consider myself to be an actor of any particular style. My aim with every role I undertake is to be truthful and honest in that particular portrayal. I don't have a particular methodology from any one school of thought or training.
- Benjamin Bratt
(Keywords: Thought, Actor, School, Style, Training)

I've made a career over the last seventeen years of mostly playing men in uniform, especially cops. The one thing for an actor that is death, is if you're bored. The boredom will show in your work.
- Benjamin Bratt
(Keywords: Men, Work, Death, Actor, Boredom, Career, Will, Years)

As an actor, I travel around a lot and live in a lot of hotels, and many times I've been in a town where the only entertainment to be had is what you find in the hotel bar or lobby.
- Beau Bridges
(Keywords: Travel, Actor, Entertainment)

I'm foremost an actor. I feel embarrassed being compared to the guys who really work at it. I fake it, I make believe I know all about it, which is what you're supposed to do as an actor.
- Lloyd Bridges
(Keywords: Work, Actor, Being)



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