For an actor, it's great fun to play one of these hungry white sharks. Audiences love to hate them.
I am a sensitive writer, actor and director. Talking business disgusts me. If you want to talk business, call my disgusting personal manager.
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.
I knew an actor's career goes up and down and back up again. Your standing in this business can't be your whole identity; otherwise, you're doomed.
Desperation is the perfume of the young actor. It's so satisfying to have gotten rid of it. If you keep smelling it, it can drive you crazy. In this business a lot of people go nuts, go eccentric, even end up dead from it. Not my plan.
I looked in the audience. There were no strangers. Everybody was singing and cheering and hugging. That was a beautiful picture to look at.
We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority.
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.
One of the reasons I loved working with Tom is people feel they know who he is... I think working with an actor who the audience already has a relationship with actually helps you in a film like this.
I try to do as many stunts as they'll let me do. I think it's important for an audience to feel that the actor's really doing it.
Authority is never without hate.
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.
In order to acquire a growing and lasting respect in society, it is a good thing, if you possess great talent, to give, early in your youth, a very hard kick to the right shin of the society that you love. After that, be a snob.
Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage.
You can never get to a place of comfort in this business. As soon as you hit that little cushy spot, somebody's gonna kick you out. So I have a constant need to do it better.
No, it's not a very good story - its author was too busy listening to other voices to listen as closely as he should have to the one coming from inside.
It's what I learn from the great actors that I work with. Stillness. That's all and that's the hardest thing.
It is not whether you really cry. It's whether the audience thinks you are crying.
I love quotations because it is a joy to find thoughts one might have, beautifully expressed with much authority by someone recognized wiser than oneself.
There is no disgrace in an enemy suffering ill at an enemy's hand, when you hate mutually.
Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it.
I hate last-minute shopping, it's always unsuccessful.
I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
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.
I'm sure some people will say, 'Why do this?' And my response is, 'Why wouldn't you?' The film business in general is using a model that is outdated and, worse than that, inefficient.