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Eileen Brennan Quotes and Sayings
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Actors are crazy or we wouldn't be doing this.
- Eileen Brennan

It is the quality of the moment,
not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

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

 

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

Actors are able to trick themselves into treating anything as if it's fantastic.
It's a kind of madness really.
- Tom Baker

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

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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

I think there are certain actors that have that kind of energy about them,
that taking over a room energy.
- Glenn Close

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

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

Most cartoonists are failed actors.
- Milton Caniff

The majority of directors I've worked with didn't know how to talk to actors.
- Stanley Tucci

The world 's a theatre, the earth a stage,
Which God and Nature do with actors fill.
- Thomas Heywood

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

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

When actors are being defensive and defending their position,
that is when you get less than good acting.
- John Boorman

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

It's really important to draw the line on what we do as actors.
- Anna Friel

I consider those actors who amaze me are somehow less
attractive to me than those actors who move me.
- Robert Lansing

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

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

This is still a big barrier for me and it is for a lot of foreign actors.
- Chow Yun-Fat

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

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

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

Do you know what White House correspondents call actors
who pose as reporters? Anchors.
- Jay Leno

Actors are very generous.
- Blythe Danner

A storyteller is basically what actors and writers are.
- Bruce Boxleitner

What we do as actors is we go through phases where
you superficially learn all this information.
- Cillian Murphy

They will take a role that scares them over a role that doesn't.
That's another thing I like about actors.
- James Lipton

I didn't think I'd ever be able to do movies.
That was for serious actors.
- Steve Buscemi

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

I might have a guitar or a piano on set to play something for the actors.
- Mike Figgis

Samuel L. Jackson is one of the best actors there is.
- Joel Siegel

Um, musicians are funnier you know, than actors on the whole.
- Tim Curry

Some directors hardly talk to the actors at all.
- Todd Solondz

The best actors do not let the wheels show.
- Milan Kundera

Most actors are insecure enough already without having
a director who adds to that.
- Marie Windsor

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

In L.A., though, people get off busses calling themselves actors,
so many are really not professionals.
- John Ratzenberger

Actors are good liars; writers are good liars with good memories.
- Daniel Keys Moran

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

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

Now, when I started my theater, the modus operandi
was having the actors stare right into the audience.
- Richard Foreman

Ninety percent of the preparation we do as actors is just jive.
It doesn't do anything.
- William H. Macy

I would have started the National Actors Theatre 30 years earlier.
- Tony Randall

A lot of talented actors still have to pay their bills.
- Mark Wahlberg

I could not separate myself off stage from myself on stage,
as so many actors can.
- Kate Smith

I think actors become jacks-of-all-trades and masters of none.
- Josh Lucas

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

There are lots of wonderful old Italian actors.
You don't need to take an Egyptian to play an Italian actor.
- Omar Sharif

Behind the footlights there is always the applause,
which stimulates the actors.
On the screen it is a different matter.
- Ivor Novello

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

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

There are certain actors who are very good at improvising,
like Dustin Hoffman and Glenda Jackson.
- John Schlesinger

When you see something that is well-written,
the actors can get behind it.
- Julia Barr

Most of my friends aren't actors - and not one of them
is overly impressed with what I do.
- Jeremy London

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

I just love working with actors in general.
- Treat Williams

I pray to be of service to the playwright,
the audience, the other actors and my character.
- Lusia Strus

I've turned my guest house into this little studio,
and we have actors come over and do readings.
- Jeff Goldblum

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

There are dumb actors.
But there are dumb politicians and dumb bakers.
- Tim Robbins

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

Actors have to be there and do the work,
and that's enough.
- Catherine Deneuve

The magic doesn't come from within the director's mind,
it comes from within the hearts of the actors.
- James Cameron

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

People think actors have such glamorous lives,
but the truth is actors go where nobody wants to go.
- Juliette Binoche

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

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


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