Quotations on Actor

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Suddenly I was the man who got the part that every actor in the English language was trying to get. I was really scared. I had talked the talk, and now I had to walk the walk. For three days, I couldn't answer the phone.
- F. Murray Abraham
(Keywords: Actor, English, Language, Man, Now, Talk, Trying)

Arnold Schwarzenegger, I don't know if you'd call him a great actor, but he's amazing in terms of his presence, and he is interesting enough that you want to watch him.
- F. Murray Abraham
(Keywords: Actor, Want)

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)

I've been nominated twice before as actor in a leading part. Now I'm nominated as actor in a supporting part. If I don't win, I'll just wait until I'm nominated for being in the theater during the show. Do they have one like that?
- Alan Alda
(Keywords: Actor, Being, Leading, Now, Theater)

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)

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

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)

Romeo Must Die was the first film that I did where I was able to just be free as an actor.
- Anthony Anderson
(Keywords: Actor, Film, First)

There's editing, and scripts to read and edit, and casting, and all the elements of production that just sort of take up the normal downtime that you would have as an actor. So there's not a lot of that for me.
- Richard Dean Anderson
(Keywords: Actor, Production)

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)

An actor who is good at comedy can also be very good at drama, but not necessarily vice versa.
- Desi Arnaz
(Keywords: Actor, Comedy, Drama, Vice)

To be a Dumont actor was considered to be a great honor for an actor, yet it also had its disadvantages.
- Leon Askin
(Keywords: Actor, Honor)

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)

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

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)

When you talk about a great actor, you're not talking about Tom Cruise.
- Lauren Bacall
(Keywords: Actor, Talk, Talking)

We film in front of a live audience, and I was a theater actor before I got into television, so I like that.
- Jillian Bach
(Keywords: Actor, Film, Television, Theater)

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

Inside I never said I wanted to do theatre or be an actor.
- Sebastian Bach
(Keywords: Actor, Theatre)

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)

As I was coming up on the stage, there was one source that could make or break you, the New York Times. Inevitably there would be one actor singled out for a better review, or worse, than somebody else. The effect of that was cancerous, divisive.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Actor, Effect)

A good director creates an environment, which gives the actor the encouragement to fly.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Actor, Encouragement, Environment)

There's the most resistance to an actor singing. It's like I'm being disloyal to my industry.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Actor, Being, Singing)

There are some actor secrets you keep sometimes, and you want to keep.
- Kevin Bacon
(Keywords: Actor, Secrets, Want)

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

The instinct to impersonate produces the actor; the desire to provide pleasure by impersonations produces the playwright; the desire to provide this pleasure with adequate characterization and dialogue memorable in itself produces dramatic literature.
- George P. Baker
(Keywords: Actor, Desire, Instinct, Literature, Pleasure)

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)

An actor should never be larger than the film he's in.
- Christian Bale
(Keywords: Actor, Film)

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)

I was convinced there as only one actor to play Templeton the Rat, and that was Tony Randall.
- Joseph Barbera
(Keywords: Actor, Play)

This great imperialistic world called the United States has made us believe that an Oscar is the most important thing in the world for an actor. But if you think about it for five minutes you realise it can't be.
- Javier Bardem
(Keywords: Actor, states, United, World)

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)

An actor is a sculptor who carves in snow.
- Lawrence Barrett
(Keywords: Actor, Snow)



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