Best Quotes About Actors

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle. -Alfred Hitchcock

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

Many plays – certainly mine – are like blank checks. The actors and directors put their own signatures on them. -Thornton Wilder

A White House dinner is the American family assembled, from labor leaders to billionaires, actors, architects, academicians and athletes. -Hugh Sidey

I believe that God felt sorry for actors so he created Hollywood to give them a place in the sun and a swimming pool. The price they had to pay was to surrender their talent. -Cedric Hardwicke

When actors are talking, they are servants of the dramatist. It is what they can show the audience when they are not talking that reveals the fine actor. -Cedric Hardwicke

One reason we lasted so long is that we usually played two people who were very much in love. As we were realistic actors, we became those two people. So we had a divertissement: I had an affair with him, and he with me. -Lynn Fontanne

Knowledge, the object of knowledge and the knower are the three factors which motivate action; the senses, the work and the doer comprise the threefold basis of action. -Friedrich Schiller

The great actors are the luminous ones. They are the great conductors of the stage. -Ethel Barrymore

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

If a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice. If he leaves it empty, he gets actors. -Walter Scott

No one is to be called an enemy, all are your benefactors, and no one does you harm. You have no enemy except yourselves. -Francis of Assisi

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

The joy we get as actors is out of transforming ourselves into something that's not necessarily anything true to ourselves. And it's a power – not being yourself, and being in the role; it's just like another prop. -Reese Witherspoon

Plastic surgery and breast implants are fine for people who want that, if it makes them feel better about who they are. But, it makes these people, actors especially, fantasy figures for a fantasy world. Acting is about being real being honest. -Kate Winslet

Magic Johnson, former basketball player, may run for mayor of L.A. in the next election. Remember the good 'ol days when only qualified people ran for office like actors and professional wrestlers. -Jay Leno

If you've ever been around a group of actors, you've noticed, no doubt, that they can talk of nothing else under the sun but acting. It's exactly the same way with baseball players. Your heart must be in your work. -Christy Mathewson

Hollywood is where they shoot too many pictures and not enough actors. -Walter Winchell

A reporter discovers, in the course of many years of interviewing celebrities, that most actors are more attractive behind a spotlight than over a spot of tea. -Phyllis Battelle

Reason is the historian, but passions are the actors. -Antoine Rivarol

Washington is no place for a good actor. The competition from bad actors is too great. -Fred Allen

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction because of the variety of factors in operation, not because of any lack of order in nature. -Albert Einstein

Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors. -Constantin Stanislavski

The genuine artist is never 'true to life.' He sees what is real, but not as we are normally aware of it. We do not go storming through life like actors in a play. Art is never real life. -Wallace Stevens

Movies are a fad. Audiences really want to see live actors on a stage. -Charlie Chaplin

A symphony is a stage play with the parts written for instruments instead of for actors. -Colin Wilson

There are no small parts. Only small actors. -Milan Kundera

I mean, the question actors most often get asked is how they can bear saying the same things over and over again, night after night, but God knows the answer to that is, don't we all anyway; might as well get paid for it. -Richard Brinsley Sheridan

Psychoanalysis. Almost went three times – almost. Then I decided what was peculiar about me was probably what made me successful. I've seen some very talented actors go into analysis and really lose it. -Bette Davis

Comedians are not usually actors, but imitations of actors. -Johann Georg Zimmermann

Being overweight and obesity are major risk factors for many chronic diseases for South Dakotans of all ages. When people are overweight or obese, they have more health problems and more serious health problems, in addition to higher health care costs. -Mike Rounds

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

It's always strange being a kid on the set, because you're treated like an equal when you're working. But then when you break, the other actors go back to their trailers to take naps and drink beer, and I have to, like, go do school. -Natalie Portman

Ninety per cent of how you learn is watching great people. When you are surrounded by good actors it lifts your performance. -Natalie Portman

The future may be made up of many factors but where it truly lies is in the hearts and minds of men. Your dedication should not be confined for your own gain, but unleashes your passion for our beloved country as well as for the integrity and humanity of mankind. -Li Ka-shing

The thing about film-making is I give it everything, that's why I work so hard. I always tell young actors to take charge. It's not that hard. Sign your own cheques, be responsible. -Tom Cruise

What I find sometimes that is tricky is if actors are using too much of their own life in a picture, in a scene, they get locked into a particular way to play the scene, and it lacks an immediacy. -Tom Cruise

I don't like actors who try to talk directors into making their part bigger and that's really lame. -Franka Potente

I get bored at the theatre a lot because I notice that there's not always a connection between the actors. They may be technically proficient, but they're not surprising each other. I'm thrilled by actors who make choices that are surprising. -Lusia Strus

I personally take cues directly from the script, then I like to surprise the other actors. But you must maintain control on a level and see how far you can go up, down or out emotionally. You have to balance the craft with spontaneity. -Lusia Strus

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

I think most actors are shy. I really do. The greatest actors can disappear. I had friends call me the Blend-In Man. -Rip Torn

We have newsreaders behaving like actors, lowering their voices if it's a sad story, as if we didn't know it's a sad story. There isn't a single cool newsreader. -Tom Baker

I want to keep doing different things. I'd like to do a more personal, dramatic movie next, I think. But as long as it's about characters and good writing and good parts for actors, that's what's important. -Tony Goldwyn

Ask everyone whether they're an actor or a doctor or a teacher or whatever is entitled to his or her opinion. But unfortunately, because actors are in the public eye, whether we want it or not, sometimes our opinions carry more weight or influence than they deserve. -Debra Messing

I did start reading quite young but I was always read to by my parents, who are both actors. Bedtime stories from when I was about two/three to when I was about 15. In fact they didn't stop until I eventually kind of kicked them out of my bedroom. -Samuel West

I made mistakes in drama. I thought drama was when actors cried. But drama is when the audience cries. -Frank Capra

The first work of the director is to set a mood so that the actor's work can take place, so that the actor can create. And in order to do that, you have to communicate, communicate with the actors. And direction is about communication on all levels. -William Friedkin

Violence is used to portray what happens in a film. It only helps portray the actors and what they do. I think it is more about the story, when you have something to play off of. -Jake Lloyd

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

Jerry Weintraub, the producer, might be a pain in the ass, but he really knows how to treat his actors. -Bernie Mac

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

I think actors are privileged. Acting feeds you. -Alan Bates

I think all actors – they'll hate me for saying this – but we are babies. We like to be loved, and we'll do anything if we're loved. -Anjelica Huston

I think most actors like to be liked. -Anjelica Huston

There's so many things I want to do. I want to work with great filmmakers, great actors, great scripts. And there's no reason for me to do anything short of that, because I'm 24, I don't have a family, I don't need to make tons of money, and I'm not dying to get famous. -Tobey Maguire

I wouldn't say I'm a very controlling person. For instance, when I talk to the actors, I don't tell them exactly what I want because I want them to surprise me. I even encourage them to change some of the verses of the script if they need to. -Alejandro Amenabar

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 couldn't care less about actors' trailers and food on sets and stuff like that – I just want to act. -Chow Yun-Fat

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

The best actors instinctively feel out what the other actors need, and they just accommodate it. -Christopher Nolan

You can think of Hollywood as high school. TV actors are freshmen, comedy actors are maybe juniors, and dramatic actors – they're the cool seniors. -Owen Wilson

They didn't act like people and they didn't act like actors. It's hard to explain. They acted more like they knew they were celebrities and all. I mean they were good, but they were too good. -J. D. Salinger

Some actors need to be rattled and some need to be focused. -Liev Schreiber

You should never ask actors about politics. -Liev Schreiber

I think it makes people in the Pentagon kind of nervous to know that chemical agents and environmental factors could cause so much damage in terms of what may happen in the future. -Bernie Sanders

If forgers and malefactors are put to death by the secular power, there is much more reason for excommunicating and even putting to death one convicted of heresy. -Thomas Aquinas

As I've always said, preproduction is so important. When you cast the actors, you've done much of the work. Now, you may need to guide them a little, take it up or down, have them go faster or slower, but the casting process is crucial. -Robert Wise

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home. -William Temple

A lot of actors get concerned about their own image, even going so far as to rewrite a movie to best serve that image. All I want to do is be in good movies. -Michael Douglas

Music is my main goal, but I'm not going to rush a record out. There are so many actors who have come out with albums these days. I don't want to do it because it's the thing to do. I want to wait until the time is right. -River Phoenix

A just laicism allows religious freedom. The state does not impose religion but rather gives space to religions with a responsibility toward civil society, and therefore it allows these religions to be factors in building up society. -Pope Benedict XVI

Somewhere in talking and rehearsing, there is a magical moment where actors catch a current, they're on the right road. If they really catch it, then whatever they do from then on is correct and it all comes out of them from that point on. -David Lynch

I don't like shows, I don't like to put on a show, I just really want to work intimately with my actors. -Sam Raimi

Harrison Ford – one of my favorite actors – has a wonderful sense of character and depth and uniqueness to him, yet he's able to just deliver the lines without putting any English on it. -Thomas Jane

I am not an enormous believer in research being the be-all and end-all. I get suspicious when I read about actors spending six months in a clinic, say, in order to play someone who is sick. -John Hurt

Paul and I were both struggling actors. One night he would serve me in a restaurant, and the next night I would serve him. It was what out of work actors did. -David Soul

When you're in Los Angeles, nobody bats an eye, they're so used to seeing actors, they just act really cool. -Luke Wilson

All good actors are easy to work with. It's the ones that aren't very good who tend to be very difficult. -Tom Wilkinson

It was really really neat to make the movie because there were mentally challenged actors in the movie. So that was really really cool to work with them and they were always really happy, and they made everybody really happy on the set too. -Dakota Fanning

Every actor I think has got their own number of takes that they like, you know. Some actors like to go all day, you know on the one scene and some actors want to take two takes. I personally like four. -Robert Carlyle

Before there was any talk of a movie, people would sometimes ask me what actors I would imagine playing these characters. And the only thing I could ever say is: I have such a clear idea of these characters that they'd have to play themselves. -Michael Cunningham

I was very introverted. I had glasses and was kind of weird. A lot of actors are pretty weird people. -Jennifer Sky

It's such a small industry here you inevitably end up working with the same people over and over again. There are only so many actors to go around, which is good for us. -Karl Urban

There's only so much you can do until you get on set and see the aesthetics of what you're dealing with. Then you see what the other players are giving to you. It's all about the transfer of energy between different actors. -Karl Urban

Our people can draw on the tremendous strides made in recent years, not only in terms of advancing themselves spiritually and materially, but also in having weathered social and economic turbulence, triggered, in the main, by factors not of their own creation. -Denzil Douglas

I like young actors because they're so unspoiled, not like some of those actors who are about half an hour into their fifteen minutes of fame by the time they get to me. -John Hughes

It's been about ten years since I've worked with actors who knew their lines! -John Hughes

The weird thing about this business – and I'm sure this operates in many other things, but it's very present and acute in this business – is that a lot of people don't realize that they have power. Particularly actors. -Lili Taylor

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

Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors. -Gene Hackman

I have a sneaking suspicion that if there were a way to make movies without actors, George Lucas would do it. -Mark Hamill

I suddenly realized that comedy, for me, was just being honest, and playing it for real. I've seen so many wonderful actors who turn into creatures from another planet when they're told they are supposed to be playing comedy. -Bea Arthur

I think that most actors, and they're a very strange lot actors, very strange people, but I think that they attempt to keep in touch with the child. -Ben Kingsley

The freshest moments in my films have always been with unknown actors. -John Singleton

There are a lot of factors in the life of an F1 driver which can combine to make you believe that you are somehow above normality. I think that is a mistake to start believing that. But, at the same time, it is important to be confident. -Damon Hill

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

Let's not get too precious about it: actors are not heart surgeons or brain surgeons. We are just entertaining people. -Malcolm McDowell

If you compare me to an actor, I'm probably one of the best boxers in the profession. But if you compare me as a boxer, I'm probably one of the best actors. -Olivier Martinez

Each man has an equal social right to multiply his power of motion by all the social factors of civilization. Private property in any of these factors is inconsistent with this fundamental right; it must, obviously, prove a source of economic despotism and industrial slavery. -Daniel De Leon

For me, a play is a form of writing which isn't complete until it is interpreted by actors. But it's still a form of writing. And so most of my time is spent thinking about how to write a sentence. -Wallace Shawn

Gun crime is a major cause of fear and distress throughout the UK. The problem is deeply entrenched in a wide range of social and cultural factors and therefore not an isolated issue. -Diane Abbott

The making of an Atheist implies a mental stimulation and training which brings into play the primary factors of social progress. -Joseph McCabe

There's nothing more boring than actors talking about acting. -James Caan

Several of the actors I've had the good fortune of working with stand out in my mind as 'ultimate'. I guess the obvious would be Tom Hanks, because he really is as fun and as genuine as he comes across in his films and interviews. -Barry Pepper

For hundreds of years, that was the major form of entertainment: The grown-ups sat around and watched the kids play. Now they sit around and watch the television. The actors are the kids. -David Duchovny

The motivation part is all essential in keeping my voice, but there are the human factors of discipline. -Jerome Hines

I have lost someone I loved as a brother, as a closest friend, and a remarkable human being. We have also lost one of the best damn actors we'll ever see. -Jack Lemmon

I think the best actors are the most generous, the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain, greedy and insecure. -Kenneth Branagh

I know what actors fear, what they like; I know how to get things out of them and I listen to them better, since I've been there. -Joan Chen

The difference between me and American-born actors is that I came here with the expectation of not being treated fairly. -Joan Chen

When I decided I wanted to be an actor, I said I wanted to work with quality actors and directors. -Sean Combs

Human societies vary in lots of independent factors affecting their openness to innovation. -Jared Diamond

There are so many factors when you think of your own films. You think of the people you worked on it with, and somehow forget the movie. You can't forgive the movie for a long time. It takes a few years to look at it with any objectivity and forgive its flaws. -George A. Romero

I'm a character actress, plain and simple… Who can worry about a career? Have a life. Movie stars have careers – actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again. -Frances McDormand

It's eighty percent script and twenty percent you get great actors. There's nothing else to it. -William Wyler

I think Hollywood has a class system. The actors are like the inmates, but the truth is they're running the asylum. -Robert De Niro

I've never been one of those actors who has touted myself as a fascinating human being. I had to decide early on whether I was to be an actor or a personality. -Robert De Niro

I don't want to be a star. If you have to label me anything, I'm an actor – I guess. A journeyman actor. I think 'star' is what you call actors who can't act. -Paul Muni

It's a lot more fun for actors to cry and rant and rave, or have a drug problem or a drinking problem. -Jerry Orbach

I'm not the sexiest thing in the world, I feel actors who have to 'play' sexy lose all their sex appeal. When they start with the tongue and the heavy lids, it looks so ridiculous. I think you just have to be yourself. -Stephanie Zimbalist

I'm not like one of those actors who's a frustrated director. -Gary Sinise

I've worked with a lot of really fine actors, both on stage and on screen. The level of their game lifts me up and brings the level of my game up to theirs. Always. It's like a constant upgrade. -Gary Sinise

Acting is a win-win situation. There is no risk involved. That's why I get tired of hearing actors who try to make out that there's a downside to it. Fame is an odd thing. It bugs you a little bit, but it's really not bad. -John Corbett

I mean, Joel talks to the actors more than I do and I probably do production stuff a little more than he does. -Ethan Coen

This was a result of a number of factors, but we do know that the messages kids get about the harms of drugs has a significant impact on their decision on whether or not to use. -John Walters

I think Star Trek has been very double-edged for all of us – as actors, writers, directors. -Jonathan Frakes

It's true what people say – that actors are the closest thing there is to children. They play. -Nastassja Kinski

If I am not right for something there are many talented actors out there that will get it. -Tara Strong

Dan Curtis, our producer, has the idea that people like to see a stock company of actors. -Thayer David

A lot of actors talk about doing their homework, but very few of them do it. -Tony Scott

I'm one of those actors who likes to do it wrong nine ways before I come to the tenth way, which is the way I think it should be. -Wayne Rogers

I love to be in the position of not knowing what I'm gonna do, but having rehearsed all of those so when something happens with the others actors I go with whatever that is I'm getting. -Wayne Rogers

Acting is all about big hair and funny props… All the great actors knew it. Olivier knew it, Brando knew it. -Harold Ramis

I don't know what its like for most actors, but really clearly for myself acting has always been the fulfilment of personal fantasies. It isn't just art, its about being a person I've always wanted to be, or being in a situation, or being a hero. -Richard Dreyfuss

An actors' tribute to me is in his work. -Lee Strasberg

You can take wonderfully talented actors, wonderfully talented writers and producers, and, uh, do a wonderful show!… but if it doesn't hit with the public in two minutes, it's bye-bye. -Charlotte Rae

Work is good when people are responsible, and in low-budget movies a lot of the actors don't want to be there. They're there to build a resume. -Sean Young

They were looking for actors – real actors – who could play instruments. There was a lot of improvisation and scene work involved in addition to the music. The auditions went on for a long time. -Micky Dolenz

I'm as anxious as any viewer would be to see what Temple is going to do next. All I know is that in the second half of the season, he's going to have more sexual tension developing. And it's a great cast – they're all Broadway actors except for me. I aspire to that. -Sean Patrick Thomas

When you're doing a play you get to go full speed ahead, all night, in front of an audience. It's a roller-coaster ride, responding to other actors, it feeds you. -Sean Patrick Thomas

I know many great actors who have small heads. -Catherine Keener

If you work in casting, it's sort of not cool to want to act. A lot of people think that casting directors are frustrated actors, but it wasn't true with any of the casting people I knew. -Catherine Keener

Back then, it was more or less we couldn't change a line in our script. We weren't allowed to change lines. Today, actors change everything and won't do parts. It's very different today. Back then, the producers were in charge. Today actors are more in charge. -Donna Douglas

A lot of actors just do whatever they do, and wherever the camera is, it is. They don't pay much attention, but I always did. I was always very close to the camera crew. They were my best buddies, no matter what movie or show I was doing. -Donna Mills

Actors get pigeonholed very quickly, particularly movie actors. In the theater, one is more used to casting people against type and trusting that their talent and skill will get them through. -Sam Mendes

I want to try and work in different genres with different types of actors, on small movies and big movies. -Sam Mendes

Truly great actors carry their characters in silence with them. They communicate without words the relationships that predate the movie. -Sam Mendes

In my movies, there has been little to do in the way of animal rights. I have never worked in a movie with animals. No horse-riding, no trained dogs, lions, bears. A few actors, but what could I do? We had to have them. -Casey Affleck

It seems like they never say anything bad about actors, they just pump them up. -Casey Affleck

Be very clear as to what your dream is. Nowadays it is fairly certain that 90 percent of all actors really just want to be rich and famous as the solution to all that ails. -Dirk Benedict

It is all about marketing; that is where the real craft comes in. The best actors do not necessarily become the biggest stars. And vice versa. -Dirk Benedict

Generally speaking, actors are allowed NO input. Actors are dumb. -Dirk Benedict

Only a fool does not fear actors, but you can't beat them, and if you can't beat them, join them, as they say. As I've got older I've become very interested in that part of the work. -Lars von Trier

You know, there was not much wire work for any of us actors to do because the extent of what they did was so huge. I mean, they wouldn't just throw you from this table to that wall. -Julian McMahon

You know when you watch old movies, it's always the small parts you remember, the character actors who come in like a breath of fresh air. -Amy Sedaris

My mom is many times responsible for getting us all together, but we trade off at each other's houses. My brother and I are actors and are traveling a lot of our job. -Beau Bridges

Sure, I have a lot of friends that are actors. Just because I guess I run into a lot of actors in my work. -Beau Bridges

Some of my oldest friends are actors. But that's not the only place my friends come from. -Beau Bridges

I'd made these experimental films but I thought the major chore of a filmmaker was to relate to actors. -Bill Forsyth

Oh absolutely. I had the pleasure to get to know a lot of really talented young actors before they even really hit it big. And yet what we all had and shared in common was a love for movies. -Chad Lowe

I have, I think to do a play a year is very good if you can afford the time and the energy because it's difficult to do, it's really the actors medium of course, because you're really out there and nobody's yelling cut so, yeah I have. -David Naughton

I didn't need the insurance. I do it again if my DP tells me it didn't look good in the camera or if the actors didn't hit their marks. But if everything was working why do it again? -Debbie Allen

If we take as given that critical infrastructures are vulnerable to a cyber terrorist attack, then the question becomes whether there are actors with the capability and motivation to carry out such an operation. -Dorothy Denning

I think that between the egos of the actors and the wrestlers in this country we are taking away from the truly dedicated and informed people who should be getting their voice heard. -Dwayne Hickman

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

As I told you, from the time I was fifteen, I thought the theater was too much involved with actors trying to make the audience love them, being over emotional. -Richard Foreman

But all actors go through the process, it's hit and miss, you have achievement and failure. -Thomas Haden Church

For me it came from the material. It was so well written and brought the opportunity to work with great actors. And of course the opportunity to 'mince about' was an added element that I wanted to take advantage of! -Dwayne Johnson

With acting I am being led by the script, other actors, the director, etc. But with songwriting I feel it is much more self reliant and allows me to be in the creative experience without being as dependent on others. -Helen Slater

The show was number one in the ratings, Gordon Russell was our head writer, the story lines were magnificent and the acting most exciting. I loved working with Judith Light and all the other actors on the show at that time. -Michael Storm

Last summer a second unit production crew went to France and shot scenes for several of this season's episodes. They shot costumed actors in and around real castles and landmarks, we couldn't possibly have duplicated here in Hollywood. -Vic Morrow

Love is the one emotion actors allow themselves to believe. -James Spader

So many actors wear wigs nowadays. Besides, if someone is hiring me because of how I wear my hair, I don't want to work with them anyway. -Maria Bello

I consider it probably one of the biggest honors to be in the Academy. There are only like 1300 actors in it, and as far as I know, you're a member for life. To this day, I'm wondering how lucky I was. -William Sanderson

Most child actors go through that. Unless you can transition into an adult star, your career is over. -Morgan Brittany

I have friends that are much better actors than I am that had to quit the business because they couldn't survive the auditions or the rejections, or people just didn't realize how good they were. -Robert Englund

Many great horror stories are period pieces and English actors have a facility for historic characters. -Robert Englund

I watch actors destroy themselves by trying to get it right. -Frank Langella

Human and moral factors must always be considered. They must never be missing from policies and from public discussion. -Herman Kahn

Unfortunately, most actors want to play off their own personal mystique and good looks and whatever, but that will only carry you but so far. -Joe Morton

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

Jonathan Lynn is one of the last actors Orsen Welles used in a production. It was wonderful. He's very sharp, very sharp. It's funny I've been asked how weird it was to have a Brit do a church gospel movie. -Cuba Gooding, Jr.

I've always thought that actors wanted to be pop musicians and pop musicians wanted to be actors. -Gary Kemp

If Poindexter made a comment to me like that, it would have been in the context of once the authorized program is approved there would be no point in having any of these private benefactors any longer. -Robert M. Gates

I don't do stunts and I don't think many actors do. For an actor to say they do their own stunts I don't think is very respectful of the profession of stunt men and women. -Nick Stahl

I pick out young people and teach them in less time than it would take me to alter the methods of people from the boards, and I get actors who look the parts they have to fill. -D. W. Griffith

I really think the mind of someone who hasn't been welded into place by their work or studios or actors or this whole society is a wonderful mind to work with, so I'd like to do a big picture with an unknown director. -Joan Severance

Sony could have $50 million and a sound stage and A-list actors and never make the same film. The constraints on this film became the essence of this film, became the power of this film. -Joshua Leonard

We've had no problems with the actors, but we keep a really loose set. -Peter Farrelly

Our feeling is that the most important thing on a set is that actors have enough confidence to try different things. If there's stress or tension, they won't go out on a limb because they won't want to embarrass themselves if they don't feel completely comfortable. -Peter Farrelly

Nine out of 10 times these guys will hit it-they'll be on something incredibly funny, but one out of 10, two out of 10, they'll fall flat on their faces. That's what makes them great actors: they take those chances, they don't play it safe. -Peter Farrelly

Every ten years there is a new generation of actors. -Barbet Schroeder

So many singers want to act, and so many actors try to sing. -Crystal Gayle

And I haven't met too many actors along the way that haven't told me how much the show has meant to them. It's one of the reasons they say they are doing what they're doing, today. -David Selby

There are thus great swathes of the past where understanding is more important and reputable than judgement, because the principal actors performed in line with the ideas and values of that time, not of ours. -Douglas Hurd

To be honest with you, I get a little fed up with actors who act crazy to make themselves more interesting. -George Eads

I like actors that are good with pantomime and that can transmit a lot by their presence and attitude more than through their dialogue. -Guillermo del Toro

A lot of male actors are method actors and they become the characters which they both were. -Izabella Scorupco

After filming I like to go home and lie down with my daughter and have a glass of wine so I don't really socialize with the other actors. -Izabella Scorupco

Religious faith depends on a host of social, psychological and emotional factors that have little or nothing to do with probabilities, evidence and logic. -Michael Shermer

Showtime has given new, young filmmakers – black, white, across the board – an opportunity to make films, as well as actors who want to cross over into directing. -Morris Chestnut

I get to play a great character while working with great actors and great directors on a great show. -Harry Hamlin

I talked to everyone about the project: actors and extras, members of the crew and passers by. -James D'arcy

Directors, like actors, get typecast. And because I've had great success with comedy and horror and TV shows, that's basically what I'm kind of offered. -John Landis

It is hard sometimes to see how other actors are working when you are working with them. -Miranda Otto

Young actors are serious about their work and don't take any time out from it. I'm very serious about my work; there are probably only two films I've done where I had a really good time. -Miranda Otto

The great thing about being the son of Maya Angelou is that I had the good fortune to grow up around some of the greatest black artists, dancers, singers, musicians, and actors of our time. -Guy Johnson

Realizing full well that fine condition and confidence will not in themselves make a champion, it is my belief, however, that they are essential factors. -Major Taylor

Any actor will tell you there's more of a schedule to doing a television show. That's why you'll notice a lot of big movie actors are doing television, and they'll tell you, it's because of the schedule. -Jason Marsden

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

The most important thing that certainly the United States and other Asian and Pacific actors have done is to urge that whatever happens, however the dispute is resolved, that it be resolved peacefully. -William C. Kirby

When you consider that you're a character that doesn't speak, but you've still got to react to the other actors, you've got to make a noise of some kind. -Peter Mayhew

The filmmaker's got to make it his story and the actors have got to make it their story. -Rachel Griffiths

I do think that's so much a part of what being a director is – in working with actors – to really try and be sensitive to what each actor needs to get to where he wants to be. -Bill Condon

It is interesting to be here and to see that for certain actors they have to live in a way that you think of nobody living anymore except for in small towns. They have such elaborate double lives. -Bill Condon

But actors at a certain point take the best of what's available to them. -Kelly Lynch

In a collaborative environment directors hire actors because they want their input, not just their bodies. -Kelly Lynch

Supporting characters add depth to a story, and great actors leave their imprint with the audience. -Nicholas Lea

I think the show does better with newsmakers and politicians than it does with actors. -Samantha Bee

There is no place where we can safely store worn-out reactors or their garbage. No place! -David R. Brower

All I know about thermal pollution is that if we continue our present rate of growth in electrical energy consumption it will simply take, by the year 2000, all our freshwater streams to cool the generators and reactors. -David R. Brower

There are professional negotiators working for the writers and the actors, but basically you've got the writers and actors negotiating against businessmen. That's why you get rhetoric. -Dick Wolf

I go through a whole process with the actors first, building and creating characters, then I encourage them to sort of live in that character when they're in the screen. -Keenen Ivory Wayans

Well you know, Woody doesn't rehearse, as opposed to my own method of directing where I really work with actors around a round table for weeks, examining the values of the material, so his technique is very different. -Mark Rydell

In recurring episodes over the next couple of decades, the minority view gradually won. A profusion of factors differentiates each case from the others, including naked partisanship on both sides, but the trend has been clear. -Michael Kinsley

My block was due to two overlapping factors: laziness and lack of discipline. -Mary Garden

People get on a show and they fought tooth and nail. Almost 95% of the actors out there want to be on a television series. Then as soon as they get onto one, no, no, I want to be a movie star. This television series stuff, no, no no. -Victoria Pratt

If you watch the show and the characters don't look at each other while they're talking, the actors probably aren't getting along. -Victoria Pratt

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

Some movies I see today have the most dramatic plot points but the actors are not playing them dramatically. -Aaron Eckhart

I would love to get great performances from actors as a director, because that's what I'm always looking for, a director that's going to help me go places I've never been before. -Aaron Eckhart

All of the factors that make up a quality city – safe streets, high paying jobs, strong neighborhoods, etc. – emanate from a strong educational premise. -Alan Autry

If you got a good imagination, a lot of confidence and you kind of know what you are saying, then you might be able to do it. I know a lot of colorful characters at home that would make great actors. -Jason Statham

The Oscar nomination made me a recognizable name to other actors and people in general. -Carol Kane

There is a class system in acting just like in anything else. Black females fall in a category below black male actors. -Debra Wilson

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

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

There are no benefactors in Canada because there is no incentive. -Lara St. John

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

It's like a cast of actors; you're all working together closely under pressure to produce something everyday. And when we put up an issue, it's like the curtains opening on a new play. I really like that daily sense of surprise. -David Talbot

I think it's hard to know. Feeling fulfilled, because actors face periods of unemployment, there is nothing worse than being at the top of your game; you have so much to give but do not have the platform to do this. -Michael York

It's a question of why they come for your advice. Whatever I tell you, it doesn't matter, it is completely irrelevant in a way. I know so many actors who were discouraged and put that aside. You will get half-baked opinions. -Michael York

Wong Kar Wai is a very intense character, very personable, and I believe in general he does not like and he would not want his actors to show their true looks and their true personality on screen. -Andy Lau

I, also, found the opportunity to work with the actors extremely gratifying and rewarding. -Janine Turner

What is it about actors? God knows I get bored with actors talking about themselves. -Alan Rickman

I've always just adored music. It's my first love, really. I admire and respect people in the music business. You really have to work hard and diligently. Sometimes actors can be lazy and get away with it, but you can't do that if you're a musician. -Blythe Danner

It is unfortunate that the poor judgment shown by a small group of young actors has tarnished the reputation of every child who has ever appeared before a camera. -Fred Savage

Now that I'm taking some time off from school, I've been reading a lot to make sure I don't forget everything. It's mostly classics and nonfiction accounts from actors, directors and writers from the '40s and '50s. -Fred Savage

For minority actors, developing our own projects has to be the eventual path. We have a lot of stories to tell and a really unique voice. But none of that is going to be heard as long as we're just the hired hands, acting. -Jimmy Smits

My influences were Peter Sellers and the great British character actors. -Tracey Ullman

I think it's even harder because I think as always, Hollywood is sort of glamour central for the world, and the entire world looks to it for not only entertainment, but the whole idea of the youth factor and youth being sold to our culture via young actors and actresses. -Anthony Michael Hall

Obviously with the onset of cable and satellite, there are more opportunities for programming and original programming, so it creates more opportunities for actors and producers and directors and everything. -Anthony Michael Hall

So I think it's fair to say it's even more of a challenge for some of these actors that are coming up, because there's such a pressure to look good, to be sexy and be palatable to people on whatever level. -Anthony Michael Hall

You have film actors doing TV, rap stars doing TV, with everyone kind of crossing the line. -Anthony Michael Hall

Somehow I got to be one of five or six actors that the directors would use as guinea pigs at this directing colloquium, where people pay to listen to and watch the directors direct. -Beth Henley

No, I'm at full height, I'm in the studio, I can actually catch actors by the eye, it's fantastic. -John Leeson

The actors nowadays, both young men and young ladies, don't always wear their period clothes as well as they might. They tend to stomp around a bit in them. -Julie Harris

Challenge America grants go to the towns and hamlets of this sprawling country, where big touring companies will rarely go, and major actors, actresses, writers and artists may never appear in person. -Louise Slaughter

I told her it was a bigger than life musical, that all the actors were going to be about the same age, late twenties into thirties. It would be a style; a kind of surreal high school. -Randal Kleiser

Out of all the actors I have worked with, I love working with Larry Hagman the most. We were very close and it was just a wonderful time. -Barbara Eden

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

I think actors always retain one foot in the cradle. We're switched on to our youth, to our childhood. We have to be because we're in the business of transferring emotions to other people. -Derek Jacobi

You have to pretend to live in those clothes that they lived in, to live within the climate that they had then. You have to imagine with the help, obviously, of all the other technicians that are around – the writer, the director, the other actors. -Derek Jacobi

The love scenes that worked, regardless of the director, were the ones where the actors weren't fearful. When somebody was fearful, you could see it right away. It takes you out of the story, and that's to be avoided at all costs. -Jennifer Beals

I've never had a desire to be famous. Lots of actors are actually extremely shy. I have shy areas. -Jeremy Northam

Then they started pulling me in and I was very resistant. All the other actors would be saying write more, more dialogue for me, and I'd always be saying 'No, less, less'. -Peter Berg

I like doing them and they're ridiculous and the actors can improvise a lot, and they don't have to be really realistic characters that hit a very specific tone as in a feature film. They're really fun, I want to make more of them definitely. -Jim Jarmusch

I like to rehearse with the actors scenes that are not in the script and will not be in the film because what we're really doing is trying to establish their character, and good acting to me is about reacting. -Jim Jarmusch

I start with actors that I know personally or I know their work, and there are things about their work or their presence or their own personality that make a character, that exaggerates some qualities and suppresses other qualities. It's always a real collaboration for me. -Jim Jarmusch

The fact of the matter is that most actors are shy people. -Roger Moore

I'd just love to have an audience and it's the most fun in the world to get a new script every week and have the audience come in, and work with those actors. -Sara Gilbert

I feel like there is just as much violent programming in other countries and there is not the same incidence of factors. I think there are other factors contributing to violence in this country and not the media. -Sara Gilbert

I love acting, truly my favorite people are actors. -Sean Penn

The young actors coming out of the Universities are well trained. -Tony Randall

We have too many actors for the jobs available. -Tony Randall

Like De Niro. He's one of the best character actors we have ever had. -Vincent D'Onofrio

Today some actors get a little full of themselves about what they're doing. -Ray Liotta

And so I've always been fascinated by the technical end of theater, and a lot of my closest friends are not actors, but in the other end of the business. -Rene Auberjonois

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

As a director, I also get to sit and watch actors and learn from them in a way that I don't get to do when I'm just acting. -Stanley Tucci

People who call themselves actors and can't ever get work; they do need to get another profession. -Estelle Parsons

There is some sadness for me now about acting because it used to be that there was a reverence for actors. -Estelle Parsons

The staff, stage managers, ushers all behaved as if they respected the actors. -Estelle Parsons

A lot of actors in my age bracket look at being still standing as pretty good. -Gary Cole

The show is like an Edwardian play – emotional life gets stepped on for the sake of accepted manners, and that's terrific for actors to play in. -Jason Alexander

I don't think I know a Scientologist except when I see one or two of their actors on the Hollywood screen. -Jerry Falwell

Before 1972, no actors got residuals. They just got paid. No residuals. -John Ratzenberger

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

So many actors have sheer guts, will, and determination; they just need some preparation. -John Ratzenberger

I've met actors where you think, if only you could just clean up your act and get it together, people would want to work with you. Some people are so difficult, it's just not worth working with them. -Patrick Stewart

One of the ingredients that made Cheers work so well was the great ensemble of actors we had. That's the case with any good series. -Ted Danson

The point at which we worked with some of these actors, they weren't really stars yet. Nicolas Cage was not a big star when we did Raising Arizona. A lot of these people were also virtually unknown, too, when we worked with them first. -Joel Coen

Music is always occurring. It is just a matter of marketing, attention, and many other factors, that determines whether people will hear these songs or not. -Judy Collins

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

As a producer, I think one of the most important decisions you make is not necessarily the material you are working on but the production apparatus that you choose to develop the project with, and that determines what funding you go to, it determines many factors. -Atom Egoyan

I mean, if you are directing actors to do one thing and then directing them to do something else entirely because the one thing you wanted them to do may not work, then you are just shattering their confidence in the project. -Atom Egoyan

I don't think actors get good training today. I put my training to use in everything I do. -Don Knotts

I remember that. I was talking to him and I said how great it would be if actors had a tail because I have animals and a tail is so expressive. On a cat you can tell everything. You can tell if they're annoyed. You can tell whether they're scared. -Christopher Walken

All actors do that. Should do that and do that. For the most part. I say all actors. I'm exaggerating, but you know who does and who doesn't. Vince is a wonderful young actor who knows his work and did a beautiful job on this film. -Harvey Keitel

I could have gone the route of a lot of these former child actors, but I didn't want that for myself. Like I said, when I was 14 years old, I decided to quit. I didn't ever want to do it again. -Macaulay Culkin

I think I'm a better actress for having friends and interests outside the theatre. I wouldn't want to live my life surrounded by other actors all the time. -Penelope Keith

I want to work with great directors. I want to work on good material with good actors. I've probably done 20 movies at this point and a lot of independents. It's been an incredible ride and I love it and I'm just going to keep going and doing what I'm doing. -Famke Janssen

I try not to have high expectations of people because it just sets you up for disappointment, but it's great to work with actors who are that talented and accomplished. -Famke Janssen

I've been around where I knew other actors were going to steal the scene, and I don't compete with them. -Kevin Costner

When I played Robin Hood, I knew the great role was Alan Rickman's and it didn't bother me. I always think that leading actors should be called the best supporting actors. -Kevin Costner

It's the formulaic studio movies the make money, and when they do, the actors in them are automatically movie stars. -Mickey Rourke

I think voiceover is an adjunct that actors have picked up that have given us some security. -Robert Stack

David Cronenberg knows what we actors do as artists. -William Hurt

I want to prove a point. That point is, actors are artists, not narcissists necessarily. -William Hurt

If you're lucky, and not a lot of actors are these days, you get the chance to create a character. -William Hurt

Well, acting is cheap; I knew all these actors who weren't in the Screen Actors Guild yet, and it happened that they were all just about thirty years old. -John Sayles

I only work with actors who take full responsibility for their characters. -Jonathan Demme

With both Caddyshack and Vacation, it's not like the subjects were serious enough that they engaged my interest for another round. I love the characters, and the actors were great, but I didn't see the need to make another Vacation movie. -Harold Ramis

Dates with actors, finally, just seemed to me evenings of shop talk. I got sick of it after a hile. So the more famous I became, the more I narrowed down my choices. -Hedy Lamarr

I don't know how to construct a career that'll make me famous. Except maybe get my ears pinned back, get my teeth done, and go to America. But then I'll be competing with billions of actors who haven't got false teeth, and who are 25. -Ian Hart

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

I loved working on Of Mice and Men. It was a wonderful group of people. John Malkovich is to me one of the best actors around right now-and a lot of fun to work with. -Sherilyn Fenn

As a painter you're responsible yourself, 100 percent. In film, you have the editor, the director, the other actors. It has the advantage of not being solitary. -Sylvia Kristel

I learned so much from other actors and they definitely didn't treat me like some sex bomb or bimbo. I felt fully accepted in the regular movie world. I didn't feel categorised. -Sylvia Kristel

I allow an area for improvisation because the chemical things actors bring to stories make it not work. -Vincente Minnelli

My father comes from a generation of film that actors my age don't even know about, which is really sad. -Amber Tamblyn

The actors I would like to work with are Julia Roberts, just because I've admired her work for a long time, well Brad Pitt. I think you know my reasons. -Christina Milian

Everyone the world over talks about British actors and British talent and I think that's because we were trained – until now – in theatre. -Brenda Blethyn

The difference between my generation of actors and their generation is that they were bigger than life. We are not bigger than life. -Bruce Dern

A lot of young actors will do a scene and then run off and look at themselves. I don't believe in that at all. -Charlotte Rampling

I think that most actors don't have very good opinions of themselves. -Charlotte Rampling

We chose the actors thru a series of auditions when we started the show. -Craig McCracken

Theatre is a sacred space for actors. You are responsible; you are in the driving-seat. -Greta Scacchi

Hollywood will accept actresses playing ten years older, but actors can play ten years younger. -Greta Scacchi

I spend a lot of my time trying to draw the attention of actors to the minute and subtle details of human behavior, which was the sort of thing I was looking at when I was a neurologist. -Jonathan Miller

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

I've seen many actors go awry by making the wrong choices early on. -Rose McGowan

I think actors are at the mercy of the opportunities presented to them. So you kind of have to wait for them to choose you. My music is insular – I can choose that. -Dwight Yoakam

I find that the majority of the actors I've worked with are extremely sensitive people and very spontaneous people. That's why I always say I'll never date an actor, because they're in love with you one day and the next day they're not. -Ellen Muth

A lot of comic actors derive their main force from childish behavior. Most great comics are doing such silly things; you'd say, 'That's what a child would do.' -Gene Wilder

We have actors from other films, from 'Baywatch,' and so on, and these people are looking exactly the opposite of what they are. The transformations were so smooth, and so funny to watch, it was unbelievable. -Joe Viterelli

You don't have to find out what someone's mechanical abilities are. All those factors are already a known commodity. I've seen teams win championships and have their entire team quit the next day because they weren't happy. -Larry Dixon

I think there are a lot of other actors that are just talented, it's just about this opportunity – it's just about when are we going to be put in those positions where we can shine. -Nia Long

I had read the novel and I had heard David Lean was going to direct it – and it came as a surprise to me because American actors, if given the chance, can do style as well as anybody and speak as well as anybody. -Rod Steiger

I was very pleased you know, and I was afraid that I might stick out, but I didn't. My happiest thing about that picture is that I proved that American actors can speak as well and also fit in with an ensemble like that. -Rod Steiger

But what I did think would be interesting is if we created a fictitious story of our own, and then took these stories that we had collected and assigned them to characters who would be played by actors. -Jim McKay

The applause is a celebration not only of the actors but also of the audience. It constitutes a shared moment of delight. -John Polanyi

As much as most of the actors were kind of curious to know what their character meant in relation to the script and to the plot, they really were quite happy to be part of the adventure of not knowing. -Radha Mitchell

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

It's well known that actors are lousy writers. -Richard Grant

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

Dustin Hoffman was the greatest. He had so much information to give and he mesmerized me. He really feels for actors who are just starting out and remembers his early days like they were yesterday. -Amy Weber

There are actors who spend 20 years working and still don't achieve what I've achieved so quickly. So I think my only course of action is to work as hard as I can, not just for the sake of the film, but also to prove to these people that I do have talent. -Zhang Ziyi

Some actors get fired up by the sound of the audience. I just want to retreat. -Francesca Annis

When on the set of a film, you have to play natural for entire scenes in a very unnatural environment. You have to express emotions and interact with other actors and also use your voice. -Helena Christensen

If you talk to any of my Democratic colleagues who lost that year, they would tell that gun control was one of the major contributory factors in the loss of their seats. -John Dingell

As actors, the thing we have to fight, more than even the business part of making movies, is boredom. -Linda Fiorentino

We had a showing of Battlestar in LA last week. I walked out the door and there were 50 people. I signed a ton of autographs. Other actors walked away without signing. These are the fans. I guess it depends. on who you are. -Noah Hathaway

I actually like working with the other three actors on the show. -Sean Hayes

Young girls of 13 or 12 are great actors. -Dario Argento

The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always larger than the experiences of even the best actors. -Stella Adler

At the White House, everybody works for the same person. They're all part of the same company. But on Capitol Hill, they're all independent contractors. They all work for themselves. That's a formula for getting news. -Bob Schieffer

I have daughters who are writers and actors but no musicians. -Rosanne Cash

I really respond to diversity, a broader landscape, with actors of different ages and races and backgrounds. -Ryan Phillippe

We all know that in war the political and military factors have to complement each other. -Nguyen Cao Ky

I think that's so strange, because they do know that we're all actors and we perform things that have not necessarily anything to do with us personally. -Werner Klemperer

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

Antwone's story was a story of hope and that's what appealed to me. I needed hope myself at that time. I think all actors give up at some time and think they're never going to make it. -Derek Luke

I start with the story, almost in the old campfire sense, and the story leads to both the characters, which actors should best be cast in this story, and the language. The choice of words, more than anything else, creates the feeling that the story gives off. -Donald E. Westlake

Although there was a screenplay, the actors never knew what questions I was going to ask them, and all of my character's voice-over narration and scenes were added after the fact. -Griffin Dunne

But you are absolutely right that when the international community decides to help in a meaningful manner a country like Afghanistan, then coordination between the various actors that are involved in these processes is very, very difficult indeed. -Lakhdar Brahimi

I've spent my entire career on horseback or on a motorcycle. It boxes you in, the way people perceive you. I read a lot of scripts. Most of 'em go to other actors. -Sam Elliott

I feel like I'm the most well-adjusted character on the show, even though I'm sure the other actors would tell you the same thing about their characters. -Thomas Lennon

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

I really want to have actors contribute their own ideas, with phrasings and ideas on all levels. -Lasse Hallstrom

Do you know how many plastic surgeries are done to the actors and actresses in Hollywood? -Joe Jackson

France generates a significant part of its energy requirements from fission reactors and these have achieved a perfect safety record. We build ours all differently. -Wilson Greatbatch

We have never succeeded in slowing down our nuclear fusion reactors. -Wilson Greatbatch

Our present nuclear fusion reactors are classified by the methods used to support the nuclear fusion reaction, which takes place at a temperature much hotter than the surface of the Sun. -Wilson Greatbatch

I've worked with Steven Spielberg three times. I'm proud to say that I'm one of those actors that continues to get hired by the same directors. -Joe Pantoliano

When I interview somebody, I look at their resume to see what they've done, who they've worked with, and how many times. If they've gotten repeat work. Those are the kinds of actors I want to hire. -Joe Pantoliano

Good actors are a dime a dozen, but I want actors that are gonna be part of my team and collaborative. -Joe Pantoliano

It's natural for any actor that segues into directing to be an actor's director. You know how to relate to the actors. -Omar Epps

We make a contract within ourselves as actors or directors or writers about how much of ourselves we let into projects. You can actually figure out before you work on something how much blood you will have to let emotionally. -Ajay Naidu

I am not one of those actors who believes he has to live the part he is playing. I can turn it on and off. -Donald Pleasence

These are extremely talented actors who are all putting their talents into the Lost in Space movie. -Mark Goddard

I watch and listen to movies today and am shocked by the way actors deliver their lines. Everybody mumbles now and I don't understand why. -Maureen O'Hara

I think the lawyers are such incredible actors. Can you imagine the performance they have to do every day? -Monica Bellucci

Mel is a great director because he's not just a director, he's an actor, so he knows how to direct actors. I loved working with him. He's great as a director. He's so intelligent. He's generous. I really loved him. -Monica Bellucci

There's a real separation between actors and all the other functions of Hollywood. If you're an actor you're somehow not a member of the crew. You're somehow more special. I hate that. -Rider Strong

Film actors reach a certain level, but they don't get beyond it unless they work in the theater. -Shirley Knight

I've worked with some actors who can't act. -Anthony Anderson

You can say what you want to about a rapper in a movie, but look at what Ice Cube has done. Ice Cube has created more opportunities for other actors to get jobs in this business than some actors have. -Anthony Anderson

All the things that happen to people in the industry today, the actors, what they have to put up with, all the people wanting to know every single moment of their lives – I think it's really sad. -Tab Hunter

We actors always say how difficult and physically demanding a role was. But give me a break, it's only a movie. -Javier Bardem

Now while the German money is over for Hollywood, I still have $80 million to make movies, and we will have two things coming up: less major movies and the price for actors will go down. -Uwe Boll

Agents are still asking for millions of dollars for actors that don't sell one ticket. -Uwe Boll

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

Heart of America is a movie I'm very proud of. The young actors are great and the story has impact. -Uwe Boll

I think dress, hairstyle and make-up are the crucial factors in projecting an attractive persona and give one the chance to enhance one's best physical features. -Vivienne Westwood

Gail didn't want me commenting on the opinion pages. I was hired by the news department and, despite the rabid assertions of the Times' enemies and detractors, the two really have nothing to do with each other. -Daniel Okrent

I became active in politics because I saw the possibility, if we all sat back and did nothing, of a world in which there would no longer be any stages for actors to act on. -Helen Gahagan

The biological factors underlying race differences in sports have consequences for educational achievement, crime and sexual behavior. -J. Philippe Rushton

I know actors come around and they always talk like that, but I don't do publicity if I don't like the film. -Barbara Hershey

I like the sensibility of Australian film a lot and the crews are fantastic. Great characters, wonderful people and no line between – I think in Hollywood they have this line between actors and crew a lot, and that just didn't exist, which I really appreciated. -Barbara Hershey

Well, I think on second units it's all about execution. Because you come in there, you don't have to worry so much about the studio and all the other actors and all that. -David R. Ellis

I never had any classes or went to theatre school like a lot of actors, so all of my training has been on stage with different directors. That was a pretty good school room. -James Denton

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

We are the only school in America, drama school in America that trains actors, writers and directors side by side for three years in a master's degree program, and we want them – to expose them to everything. -James Lipton

I just feel incredibly lucky to be employed when there are so many actors and actresses who are not employed. That's why, you know, I sometimes feel desperate, in case I'm not going to be cast again. -Judi Dench

Eventually though, I'd like to have my own production company. Then I could create great opportunities not only for myself, but for other actors as well. -Mario Lopez

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 do believe all actors are smart. -Ron Silver

I've seen people with a tremendous amount of educational background in the field not turn out to be terribly good actors, and I've seen people with no education in the field turn out to be people that I admire quite a bit. -Ron Silver

When you put a group of actors together who get along, and we have since day one, they don't become like their roles. What tends to happen is their age disappears and they all deal with each other as friends. -Stephen Collins

A lot of directors are great and they are fine but you know I think that Harry really takes a special point to really engage the actors and really make it feel like a safe place for them to explore whatever it is they want to explore in whatever scene with their character. -Will Estes

Will and Tommy Lee are the only actors I've ever worked with where neither of them want to say any lines. -Barry Sonnenfeld

One's performance is often heightened by the brilliance and generosity of other actors. -Cyril Cusack

Directors say that you should get actors before they are recognized. They will be a pain or have an opinion. -Dianne Wiest

What the Bleep Do We Know was not written with a deaf person in mind, but when they met me, it clicked with them to have me in it. But that happens with a lot of actors in Hollywood, not just with me. -Marlee Matlin

In this country, you have movie actors and theatre actors and television actors. -Max von Sydow

A lot of actors said they hated the studio system, but I loved it. It was like a college; it was a great place to learn. -Richard Widmark

Other actors like to rehearse on film-they like 30 or 40 takes. When you get an actor like that, it becomes difficult for me because I'm ready to quit after number two. -Richard Widmark

Every other movie is one of those action things. I mean, 'Lost in Space'? A bunch of good actors running around shooting at special effects on a soundstage? I took my kids to see that and felt like I was on an acid trip. -Tom Berenger

After 9/11 and the impending actors' strike of a few years ago, roles dried up for everyone. -Alfre Woodard

Television studios bet the farm on reality shows, where they didn't need any actors and movie studios had no plans for any quality movies that required the presence of me. -Alfre Woodard

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

Sure I faced the troubles and challenges that most actors and actresses face until they get noticed, but I was always confident of myself and my capabilities. -Christine Lahti

The crossover wasn't happening. TV actors were TV actors, and film and stage actors were a whole different thing. And now there's just a lot of crossover. -Christine Lahti

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

I'd love to see the rushes but it's just not allowed because directors and also a lot of actors feel that if they see their work, and the director likes what they're doing, the actor might try to correct their mistakes. -Corey Haim

Well, I've been in several films including documentaries, but the big blockbuster, I was hired as advisor to the actors, I was trying to make Jesuits out of them. -Daniel Berrigan

I've obviously made a very nice amount of money. I have a very nice lifestyle. I get to do what I love. Very few actors get to do that, and even fewer are lucky enough to work steadily for 24 years. -Erika Slezak

There are lots of people in the world who do have the advantage of going to a good drama school and just decide that they want to be actors. There's nothing wrong with an untrained actor; they have to get their training somehow, they have to learn. -Erika Slezak

Is this film more interesting than a documentary of the same actors having lunch? -Gene Siskel

Since the reduction of risk factors is the scientific basis for primary prevention, the World Health Organization promotes the development of an integrated strategy for prevention of several diseases, rather than focusing on individual ones. -Gro Harlem Brundtland

Such lifestyle factors such as cigarette smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, little physical activity and low dietary calcium intake are risk factors for osteoporosis as well as for many other non-communicable diseases. -Gro Harlem Brundtland

We are also in the process of defining how best to work together with food and other companies to address diet and physical activity factors in order to prevent chronic diseases. -Gro Harlem Brundtland

In such diffused changes of culture two factors are necessary: contact and understanding. -Hu Shih

Think of Frank Capra and Preston Sturges. They used the same actors over and over again. -Matthew Modine

The great difference between screen acting and theatre acting is that screen acting is about reacting – 75% of the time, great screen actors are great reactors. -Nicolas Roeg

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

I said I would do all the films about the commercials, and the films about ball-bearings and Ford tractors and so on, if once a year they gave me money for a free film. -Karel Reisz

There's just such a premium on hurrying, and the camera is the be all and end all, and the actors had better hurry up and get it right and get it done. -Mary Steenburgen

There is only one thing I respect in so-called Broadway actors… and that is their competitive sense. -Elia Kazan

A lot of American actors I work with are in character all day long. You can't talk to them. It's Method and the whole thing. -Norman Jewison

With most British actors, it's amazing. I think they start with the character on the outside and work in. -Norman Jewison

My cameraman and I devised a method, which we started using from my second film, which applies mainly to day scenes shot in the studio, where we used bounced light instead of direct light. We agreed with this thing of four or five shadows following the actors is dreadful. -Satyajit Ray

Most of the top actors and actresses may be working in ten or twelve films at the same time, so they will give one director two hours and maybe shoot in Bombay in the morning and Madras in the evening. It happens. -Satyajit Ray

Had we really succeeded therefore in altering the period of vibration, which Maxwell, as I have just noted, held to be impossible? Or was there some disturbing circumstances from one or more factors which distorted the result? -Pieter Zeeman

You go through at least the first two years of Star Trek and you find some amazing stuff. Everything that was going on Gene put into the series. He just put strange costumes on the actors and painted them funny colours and left the same situation in. -Majel Barrett

A Dumont actor was considered to be too stilted – the way we Dumont actors used to speak. -Leon Askin

It's of course understandable that people want to know about actors in their favourite series. -Jonathan Brandis

In a sense, every form of expression is imposed upon one by social factors, one's own language above all. -Edward Sapir

The psychology of a language which, in one way or another, is imposed upon one because of factors beyond one's control, is very different from the psychology of a language which one accepts of one's free will. -Edward Sapir

I provide the bricks and mortar with the words and situations – the director and the actors and the designers build the house. -Eric Bogosian

People imagine that actors are being offered everything and you are not. So things come in and sometimes there are things that I want and can't get a meeting on, or go to a different actors. -Gary Oldman

What's fascinating is that when you write a script, it's almost a stream of consciousness. You have an idea that it means something, but you're not always sure what. Then when you get on the set, the actors teach you. -Gary Oldman

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

Only one of us would usually sing lead. Which most of the time was, Mickey or Dave. They thought it was perfectly a natural routine, because Mickey and Dave saw themselves as TV actors. -Peter Tork

I think I've had more of a variety in what I've done than most actors. -John Turturro

It's rare that I come across actors who are willing to work as hard on the material as I am. -Donnie Wahlberg

I only want to work with actors that really get it and make it work. I didn't want it to be a star-driven thing anymore. -Darren Aronofsky

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

The former ruling class kept the community of actors in ignorance by means of various lies. -Bela Lugosi

The fuss that actors began making about the difficulty of shifting to sound struck me as perfectly foolish. -Gloria Swanson

Theater actors like to change character roles. They don't like to always do the same thing. -Marcello Mastroianni

Being here allows me to make the case that not all aging, narcissistic movie actors whose children could be mistaken for their grandchildren necessarily act with the same motivation. -Warren Beatty

Nowadays, in the contract that actors sign, you have to agree that you're going to do a certain amount of publicity-the hard part they don't pay you for. -Jeff Bridges

We must focus much more on developing countries' own policies and priorities, and increase policy and operational coherence between national, regional and multilateral actors. -Anna Lindh

The problem of distinguishing prime numbers from composite numbers and of resolving the latter into their prime factors is known to be one of the most important and useful in arithmetic. -Carl Friedrich Gauss

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. -Ewan McGregor

But, on balance, we seized the marketplace. We've got a great infrastructure. And yes it's struggling in some areas because of some external factors and some internal factors. -Jim Cantalupo

Billy Campbell who is… I… truly one of the most talented actors today. -Sela Ward

You then get into a period a few years ago, where a lot of external factors that we didn't have anything to do with did hit, and some of them at the same time… devaluations, weak economies, you name it, in various parts of the world. -Jim Cantalupo

I think all actors are supposed to be character actors. -Dennis Farina

There's a whole catalogue of actors that never went to acting school. -Dennis Farina

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

The public must suffer untold pangs from the stiffness, the deliberate stifling of emotion, on the part of many British actors. -Ivor Novello

All actors are incredibly insecure. -Terence Stamp

I love going to the movies; I love watching good movie actors. They must know something I don't. -Uta Hagen

To be able to rely completely on the actors was a very simple process for me. -Stephen Hopkins

Having secured my Indian actors, I started for Baltimore, where I organized my combination, and which was the largest troupe I had yet had on the road. -Buffalo Bill

You've got Corey Feldman doing his thing, and the problem is, they're trying to be pop stars. You can't compare Salty to any of the other actors out there playing music. -Dustin Diamond

The capitalists speculate on the two following factors: the female worker must be paid as poorly as possible and the competition of female labour must be employed to lower the wages of male workers as much as possible. -Clara Zetkin

Actors who are lovers in real life are often incapable if playing the part of lovers to an audience. It is equally true that sympathy between actors who are not lovers may create a temporary emotion that is perfectly sincere. -Ivor Novello

For a country is not merely a piece of earth; it is, above all, a compendium of social, cultural, and historical factors which begin to acquire sense and order through the process of writing. -Juan Goytisolo

I mean, you know, actors lives – you're forgotten. Look at Barrymore, and look at all the great actors. They're forgotten after awhile. -Anthony Quinn

I thought his performance was absolutely wonderful and had said so, but he seemed, as actors quite often are when they first see something, to be disappointed. I think he expected more from the film and himself. -John Schlesinger

Oh, the relationship with actors and managers and agents and things is a terrible problem sometimes. -John Schlesinger

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

It's hard to compare actors from different generations. -Kim Hunter

Whatever talent I had, I'm sure it helped that my parents were in the business and that I grew up around actors, comedians and directors. -Ben Stiller

I'll miss the relationships I have built with these actors. I'll miss the devotion we have to this work. Over this length of time, the tendency is to think it will never end. -Dennis Franz

I'm not one of these actors who feels a pressing need to direct, and I have no plans to do it. -Dennis Franz

Good actors can sort of see into people and immediately you have a chemistry with them or not. It's like an affair with no mess. -John Cusack

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

I'm a firm believer that actors take to work who they aren't at home. People show their other self in their art or in their work. -Robin Tunney

I've only had good experiences with actors. Starring next to them and directing them, for the most part they're all inspiring, special people. -Steve Guttenberg

There are 100,000 actors in the Screen Actors Guild. Only 2,000 of them make more than $75,000 a year. -Steve Guttenberg

This particular film highlights Ben and Owen's strengths which is that they are great comedic actors with tremendous chemistry and they do a really good job. -Paul Michael Glaser

I pay attention to the actors and stuff, but not even that much. I don't pay attention to who's writing. -Jason Mewes

I just happen to like the work. I like preparing for a role. I like reading. I like analyzing. I like literature. I like emotions. I like working with other actors. -Elle Macpherson

I choose movies, I never choose roles. I look at the script. I look at the director. I look at the other actors – and then the role. -Elle Macpherson

Most actors spend a lot of time training themselves to be an actor. And I kind of didn't do that. I just started doin' it in front of an audience and had to deliver. -David Carradine

They can't make any of these talented young actors Fletch. You might as well make a movie called Chevy Chase. -Chevy Chase

Communication is the key, and it's one thing I had to learn-to talk to the actors. I was so involved with the visual and technical aspects that I would forget about the actors. -Steve Buscemi

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

I am not a long-run actor. I admire actors who can do that. -David Ogden Stiers

When you know your cast well and their strengths and weaknesses, you can start writing for them, just the way Shakespeare wrote for his actors. -Stephen Sondheim

If it's well written and well directed and you've got good actors to work with, acting is easy. But making sure all the ducks are in a row is the hard part. It's very rare. -John Lithgow

For no. 1, it's great writing, super writing. The second thing is that it's great chemistry with all the actors. We just all got along from the very start. Very get-go, we all got along. We just – it was just like we were all meant to be there together. -Reba McEntire

When the major studios flourished many years ago, an actor was groomed, developed, and worked frequently at his craft. The studios really took care of their actors. -James MacArthur

You know, as I do, actors who, having become worldwide celebrities thanks to a TV series, complain of their lot and declare themselves ready to drop it all. -James MacArthur

James Ivory comes close to the actors for the first rehearsal. He more or less lets you direct yourself and then will only correct you if he finds it incorrect. -Leslie Caron

My closest friend is canine. I have precious few close friends, and most of them are not actors. -Judd Nelson

Creation is dominated by three absolutely different factors: First, nature, which works upon us by its laws; second, the artist, who creates a spiritual contact with nature and his materials; third, the medium of expression through which the artist translates his inner world. -Hans Hofmann

There's nothing worse – I don't like listening to actors talk about the process, especially when – I mean, for me I've played a lot of guys, dudes, boys in a sense and this was a challenge for me just to play that official character. -Scott Speedman

Like all social theories, internationalism must seek its basis in the economic and technical fields; here are to be found the most profound and the most decisive factors in the development of society. -Christian Lous Lange

At that time, about July 5, we had no Iraqi corrections officers working for us. It was a responsibility of the CPA, with contractors, to set up a training program. -Janis Karpinski

It's difficult working with very rich actors, because inevitably they become a little spoilt, and the managers and agents tend to control things more than is healthy. -Mike Figgis

In discussing the process with the actors, I made it clear to them that they could improvise but that the sum total of their improvisation needed to impart certain plot points, and schematic material. -Mike Figgis

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

I've always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out, give the audience all you've got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn't supposed to be easy. -Henry Rollins

I really believe great actors, even with disease and age, can be great. -Olivier Martinez

And I think it is the genius of actors to be able to escape whatever people are expecting of them. Otherwise you become like a factory worker. -Olivier Martinez

I'm not a movie star like other actors in the way that I need to walk with a bodyguard. -Olivier Martinez

I don't like that, because there are a lot of people whose works I admire as actors or actresses, or musicians. And you know, I've been a big fan of different musicians or actors. -Laura Bush

There are no small parts; there are only small actors. -Melanie Griffith

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. -Lucy Liu

We have to be vulnerable as actors, but we have to protect ourselves. -Glenn Close

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

It was the fashion of the time, still is, to feel that all actors are neurotic, or they would not be actors. -Gene Tierney

Fonda and Gary Cooper had the best sense of timing of all the actors I knew. -Gene Tierney

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

I'm not in the loop; I don't know any actors, really, just the ones I work with. -Denzel Washington

I never dreamed that shooting a film would be so hard. There was less regulation then of child actors' hours. Even the concept of acting confused me. -Tatum O'Neal

If you can't fully believe in your ideas, it very quickly communicates to a group of actors who need something to hold onto. They need to believe that whatever criticism, whatever comment is received, is meant. -Trevor Nunn

It's developing a relationship with actors that makes it work. -Richard Donner

It's only been a couple of times in my life that I've really locked horns with actors. It did not hurt the films, it just hurt the moment of the filmmaking. -Richard Donner

When I was 13 years old, a professional theater company in my town needed a kid actor. I auditioned, and I got the part, so for just a few weeks I became a member of the company and I met some professional actors. -Trevor Nunn

Yes, The Persuaders, that was great fun because one of my favourite actors is Roger Moore. -Val Guest

I think the choice of actors that we have is a little more varied and rich here in New York than in L.A. -Jerry Orbach

Psychological factors are critical in supporting immune function. If you suppress this psychological support by telling someone he's condemned to die, your words alone will have condemned him. -Luc Montagnier

I think we should put the same weight now on the co-factors as we have on HIV. -Luc Montagnier

Another interesting field, which is my own, is cofactors, not only to the disease but also to transmission. I am still puzzled by the fact that you get more sexual transmission in some ethnic populations. One way to answer this is to look for genetic factors. -Luc Montagnier

AIDS does not inevitably lead to death, especially if you suppress the co-factors that support the disease. It is very important to tell this to people who are infected. -Luc Montagnier

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. -Kim Basinger

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

The long version of the play is actually an easier version to follow. In all of the cut versions the intense speeches are cut too close together for the audience and the actors. -Kenneth Branagh

The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness. -Kenneth Branagh

Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves. -Kenneth Branagh

I like to cast actors I admire, one's that are talented. Each one will bring something new to the part. This play has been done thousands of times and now certain characters are too familiar. -Kenneth Branagh

I got out of the Army – in my world – I came to New York, for instance, when the civil rights movement was just beginning, and that created a certain energy, a certain rumble, a certain impetus for black actors. -James Earl Jones

And I think, on the other end, there were actors who were not as good as I was, perhaps who could have hung in too, but began to blame everything on race. -James Earl Jones

When I think about actors I know, I'd much rather hear about who they're shagging than what film they're doing next. -Hugh Grant

Most actors really love it, that's what they want to do. They burn to do it. And so they'll read a script and think, that's an interesting part. And because they love acting, that blinds them to the fact that the rest of it is pretentious nonsense, which it very often is. -Hugh Grant

I guess I work well with others I handle younger actors well. -Hector Elizondo

So many people are called but few serve as actors, you know what I mean? -Faye Dunaway

Young actors are pretty fantastic. I can't even imagine doing stuff like that when I was a kid. -Donal Logue

Most actors will tell you they have some sort of dream of doing something other than what they're doing. -Colin Firth

Not taboo – it's just that straight actors still risk their careers commercially and economically. They have to please the crowd – they're movie stars; their image is their industry. It goes beyond acting. -Ang Lee

My first instinct was to cast as close to the short story as possible, but then I realized that I needed actors who could go for it and that they had to function well as a couple in a love story. -Ang Lee

That's driven by any number of factors, the most prominent of which have been the combat experience of two major campaigns – one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq – and the ongoing demands of the global war on terrorism. -Stephen Cambone

Eventually, in '84, we made a film for a little over a million dollars – with American actors that was shot in English – that was shown in Finland A little action film called Born American. -Renny Harlin

After working for years in Hollywood where the actors have taken over, it was a real relief to get down there and not only have some children, but also have some actors that had no attitude. -Phillip Noyce

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

It confirms for me that we did something on Days that meant something. We had our ups and downs, but Missy and I and some of the other actors, created something that was really memorable. -Matthew Ashford

I heard that the same thing occurred in a scene in Alien, where the creature pops out of the chest of a crewman. The other actors didn't know what was to happen; the director wanted to get true surprise. -Marvin Minsky

Some of the best actors in the world are very exterior actors, Anthony Hopkins being one of them. He knows exactly how to turn his face to get a certain expression. He knows exactly what to do with eyes, and with his voice. It's very exterior. -Boris Kodjoe

I wouldn't say no to being in a film with Jude Law. I love English actors. -Catherine Deneuve

A lot of actors don't like to see how they've done every day. -Catherine Deneuve

I never hoped that both my children would become actors. I expected them to do something else. -Catherine Deneuve

I like some of the early silent films because I love to watch how actors had to play then. What would interest me today is to do a silent film. -Catherine Deneuve

I usually hang out on the set. I get to know everybody. I have a nice time with the other actors. -Kurt Russell

When you throw punches at actors, you stop, you pull it, and it looks like you pulled it. When you throw punches at cartoon characters, they are not there, so you can swing through. It looks like you really decked them. -Brendan Fraser

It's really hard for actors to cross over and get any respect as a singer, and if I could just keep it separate and not use my music in movies, it's cool. -Taryn Manning

When actors talk about research, they're just patting themselves on the back. -Jason Patric

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

All actors almost always try to steal some of their wardrobe. -Joe Lando

It seems extraordinary to have waited so long into one's life to have found the part that actually uses your basic rhythm. And I think that's always sort of what actors connect up with – their own sort of world. -Susan Sullivan

So it's kind of nervous to be in this situation, but at the same time you look at all those actors and the work that they've done, I've been in bigger films than all of them and still kept my integrity and still kept my respect. -Shia LaBeouf

You know what I would like to do: make a film with actors standing in empty space so that the spectator would have to imagine the background of the characters. -Michelangelo Antonioni

Till now I have never shot a scene without taking account of what stands behind the actors because the relationship between people and their surroundings is of prime importance. -Michelangelo Antonioni

My favorite actors when I was a kid were in their '60s. Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne. -Joseph Bologna

Yes, he wanted me to do Funny Games before, which I didn't want to do because the film was very theoretical – the way people experience violence on screen. There was very little space for fiction, it was more like a sacrifice for the actors than anything else. -Isabelle Huppert

Some actors are supposed to be very difficult, but I've not found that to be the situation. -Barry Levinson

There are certain stars who are not actors. I don't want to be that type. -Natalie Wood

We reinvent ourselves to solve a client's problem. It's more than just tweaking. It's rethinking what your audience wants and needs. Isn't that what great actors constantly do? -Merrie Spaeth

I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of the busiest child dramatic actors in America. -Mel Torme

I got to draw monsters, robots and write funny stories. I loved doing that stuff and working with the actors. But it got to be less and less that stuff and more about trying to be everywhere and not being able to do one thing very enjoyably. -Jhonen Vasquez

A variety of factors contribute to the price of gasoline in the United States. These factors include worldwide supply, demand and competition for crude oil, taxes, regional differences in access to gasoline supplies and environmental regulations. -Gary Miller

As actors, we went where we wanted to, and the camera followed us: it was like having another person in the room. There was no formal structure to the process. It was very liberating. -Emily Watson

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

I think some actors thrive on working at a much greater pace than I do. -Daniel Day-Lewis

It is no coincidence that our country has not been attacked since 9-11. Our initiatives to protect the homeland and aggressively take the fight to the terrorists have been factors in that success. -Roger Wicker

My Mom and Dad did it pretty good, so I know it can work. The foremost thing I would say about working with Robin and Sean is that they were devoted to this project and devoted to their characters. You can't ask for any more from talented actors like that. -Nick Cassavetes

I like to give my actors a lot of room. -Nick Cassavetes

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

If public opinion still endorses military action that's one thing, but if they wait maybe it will not. So it's not only impatience, but there are several other factors. -Hans Blix

I've worked with wonderful actors like Marlon Brando and Henry Fonda. -Eli Wallach

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

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

I've always been interested in films where you can identify with the actors. Where you can be in their shoes and therefore be more involved if they're people that you recognize. -Adrian Lyne

It looks as though yields of over 10 times what we can currently grow per acre are feasible if you control the CO2 concentration, the humidity, the temperature, all the various factors that plants depend on to grow rapidly. -Ralph Merkle

Some stars like to hide behind the whole idea of acting. But really good actors are not hiding at all. They're not afraid to be disliked, to be a little unsavoury. -Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio

Being typecast is a great thing for an actor. I was considered one of the New York mob actors. -Debi Mazar

I have had the occasion to meet child actors from the '60s and '70s at various functions, and everyone's gone on to various different lives – they're real-estate agents or surfers. -Mike Lookinland

I'm very cautious about talking about how actors got where they got, as though there is in fact a plan or a way. There is no plan, there is no way, there's no sure set, there's no handbook, on how to get to be an actor. -Peter Jurasik

Being an actor myself I realize that all actors believe they are qualified to play any role. If you showed me a script with a black woman character I would tell you that I could do it. That is what we do. We act as if we are someone else. -Richard Masur

The deaf community is in a favorable position because they have a national theatre and training groups of their own to get them started. Deaf actors have often acquired very valuable skills and experience before they get their break. -Richard Masur

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

I watch these actors who when you go to buy a pint of milk you see them smiling on the cover of 20 magazines. Then when you see them in a film it's hard to believe the character because you just see them everywhere. -Charlie Hunnam

The international order established at the end of World War II could certainly have been worse. However, this order did contain certain factors which bore within them the seeds of instability. -Eisaku Sato

But my favorite period for actors is the 70s. I think so many great movies were made in the 70s. The 90s just seem to be a confused decade. Nobody knows, really, what's going on. -Ethan Suplee

I have directed good actors and have gone through the process which is more detailed in theater in a way. You have to get people to stay for two or three hours in a performance. They need more talk and rehearsal than in films. -Julie Taymor

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

There's a constant flow of child actors. It's kind of funny to watch the new crew come through. I think, You poor little things. You're going to have to struggle for a long time. -Tina Yothers

I always say if you've seen good acting on television, those actors are really good. Because there's just not enough time. You don't have any preparation. -Sasha Alexander

I look at actors very closely. It's not an accident when the actors excel. -John Frankenheimer

I think all great actors – and I don't classify myself as one of them, incidentally – but I think all great actors listen well and I've learned that from a lot of the very good actors with whom I've worked – to really listen to what people say. -John Frankenheimer

I think that you can't make a movie without a script. But you also can't make movies without actors. You also can't make movies without technicians. And there has to be just one person in charge of everybody, and to me that one person is the director. -John Frankenheimer

If you cast the picture correctly, you have a whole lot of leeway. You can make mistakes in other aspects but pull it off with the right actors. -John Frankenheimer

The reward is that you can actually create a world separate from reality with a story, actors, music, and camera design. When it works it can entertain, move people and teach us all. -Colleen Atwood

Knowing who the actors were as you were designing them helped, with Catherine's beauty and Renee's frailty, they directed me visually just by who they were. -Colleen Atwood

When child actors act well they're just reacting to situations, and they're acting very real because their life experience is so short; there's no history to fall back on. -Mariel Hemingway

It made me alive to the fact that the most important thing sometimes is what isn't said – to prepare for moments of revelation that can be read entirely on actors' faces without dialogue. -Robert Towne

David was the kind of guy who was totally supportive of the actors and instructed the writing staff to trust the actor's instincts, since after all, it's the actors playing the character. -William Devane

Writers are not always right however, but then again, I've been on shows where the actors have complete control and change everything and it's terrible. -William Devane

I think all those actors from that generation, like Bogart – they were wonderful actors. They didn't act. They just came on and they did it, and the characters were wonderful. -Anthony Hopkins

I guess there are very few actors that I've worked with that I would like to work with again. You never think you'll have that chance and, if we didn't do Italian Job together, there wouldn't be another one that could be right. -Charlize Theron

When I am cast in a movie where I feel that the woman's part is more interesting, I usually start thinking about Spencer Tracy and Fred Astaire. They seem to be the most clear actors when working with women. -Jack Nicholson

I actually started as a model builder and quickly progressed into production design, which made sense because I could draw and paint. But I kept watching that guy over there who was moving the actors around and setting up the shots. -James Cameron

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

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

I have the absolute utmost respect for soap opera actors now. They work harder than any actor I know in any other medium. And they don't get very much approbation for it. -Joan Collins

I think actors have a choice of drawing attention to themselves or living on the outskirts. -Rachel Weisz

It's also that comedians don't have the kind of narcissism that actors have. They're writers who perform their own material. It's more interesting. And they're sexy because they risk more. Stand-up comedians risk more than anyone. -Rachel Weisz

I also want the chance to work with some of the best actors in the business, because that's where you can learn so much by just being on a set and getting a feel for how they approach their role and how they work with you. -Sarah Michelle Gellar

The great actors we had came from the actor-manager theaters. Not only did they create a team, they were the generals working with the soldiers. -Steven Berkoff

We can compare classical chess and rapid chess with theatre and cinema – some actors don't like the latter and prefer to work in the theatre. -Boris Spassky

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

I had just arrived in New York from California. I was nineteen years old and excited beyond belief. I was an art student and an acting student and behaved as most young actors did – meaning that there was no such thing as a good actor, 'cause you yourself hadn't shown up yet. -Robert Redford

I want to run for the Senate from Tennessee. Not now, but when I'm 50, when music dies down a little bit. I know lots of artists and actors have those delusions of grandeur, but ever since I was a kid, it's been of interest to me. -Tim McGraw

Some actors couldn't figure out how to withstand the constant rejection. They couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel. -Harrison Ford

What I observed about my fellow actors was that most gave up very easily. -Harrison Ford

Certainly there have been better actors than me who have had no careers. Why? I don't know. -Richard Gere

I do think that good actors can do any part. It doesn't mean that they are the best ones to do it. -Richard Gere

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

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

There's nothing more boring than unintelligent actors, because all they have to talk about is themselves and acting. There have to be other things. -Tim Robbins

I never quite understood these actors – though I envy them sometimes – who can lie out for a year or two. I feel as though time is a real pressing issue, and I want to get as much work done in the time that I have left. -Sylvester Stallone

For example I don't work with William Hurt the same way that I will work with Viggo. They're different guys and they work in different ways. So a good sensitive director has his general style and technique and personality that he uses but you don't impose that on the actors. -David Cronenberg

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

British actors behave like Europeans; they are also extremely well trained. -Jean-Jacques Annaud

Because we're actors we can pretend and fake it, but I'd rather the intimate investment was authentic. -Keanu Reeves

Chris Cooper is one of my favorite actors in the world. I've seen him in most everything he's done. -Meryl Streep

I had this sort of idolatry for certain actors who preceded me, people who inspired me, so I'm honored to be that way for young actors. -Meryl Streep

We're one of the forces that causes actors to fasten seat belts before they take off chasing the bad guy in the car… or removes some of the cigarette smoking on television. -Gerald McRaney

It's the actors who are prepared to make fools of themselves who are usually the ones who come to mean something to the audience. -Christian Bale

I will not do work that isn't done well or right. Stuff happens – things break, contractors don't come through – but I don't want to be responsible for not doing something correctly. -Genevieve Gorder

So there's a lot of people tied into believing that the traditional response to the authorship question. In terms of actors, some people get very angry about it. -Mark Rylance

Great actors try to dismiss all ideas from their conscious mind in order to provide an experience that is real. -Mark Rylance

I have always been a Malibu Man, like all actors. -Nick Mancuso

A few nights ago I went to a Hollywood screening of a small independent film made by Sally Kirkland, an old friend of mine who also did terrific job acting in it. There were other actors in it and they were all terrific. -Nick Mancuso

For both reasons, owing to the thermal motion and to the working together of various wavelengths, factors arise which, in a similar manner to the structural factor, exert some influence upon the brightness of the interference points but not upon their location. -Max von Laue

The streets and alleys of the ward were notoriously filthy, and the contractors habitually neglected them, not failing, however, to draw their regular payments from the city treasury. -Ray Stannard Baker

What impresses me is the young actors with terrific talent arriving on the scene. They'd have blown us all away in the old days. Guys like Brad Pitt. -Robert Wagner

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

I can understand why people get annoyed at being remembered for one thing, but a lot of actors aren't remembered for anything. I don't mind that. -Julie Walters

There's something that sort of weirds me out about actors who want to be rock stars, and the other way around too. -Gwyneth Paltrow

The great actresses and actors receive awards for great roles in great films. -Gloria Stuart

We're actors. We're the opposite of people. -Tom Stoppard

When actors give their input, it can be very ego-driven, and directors are scared of that. -Michael Pitt

I know a lot of actors don't watch themselves on TV, but I think it's good to see how else you can improve. -Michael Welch

The big gap between the ability of actors is confidence. -Kathleen Turner

They're just actors. I much prefer the real thing! -Alan Clark

The Welsh are all actors. It's only the bad ones who become professional. -Richard Burton

Timing and arrogance are decisive factors in the successful use of talent. -Marya Mannes

It's incredibly moving to hear some of our greatest actors performing Shakespeare. -Judi Dench

We (actors) don't really change the world. We reflect it… but Washington really changes the world. -Martin Sheen

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

Good actors I've worked with all started out making faces in a mirror, and you keep making faces all your life. -Bette Davis

I'm used to working alone. Frankly with some of the actors I've worked with, I've felt like I was working alone. -Claudia Christian

The role of a do-gooder is not what actors call a fat part. -Margaret Halsey

I can't remember ever staying for the end of a movie in which the actors wore togas. -Jimmy Cannon

People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens, and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors. -John Betjeman

Working with a bunch of actors is like trying to tune each violin. -Patrice Leconte

I've worked with the greatest actors, and they're all gone. This is what's so desperate to me. -Angela Lansbury

Movie stars have careers – actors work, and then they don't work, and then they work again. -Frances McDormand

I like to do theater and hopefully be effective. Most actors, at least contemporary actors of my generation, can't do it. They don't have the chops. -Jeffrey Wright

Anytime you have a difficult encounter with your child, there is a good chance that at least one of these factors is bringing out the worst in him or her: transitions, time pressure, competition for your attention, conflicting objectives. -Cathy Rindner Tempelsman

There comes a point in many people's lives when they can no longer play the role they have chosen for themselves. When that happens, we are like actors finding that someone has changed the play. -Brian Moore

Tim Robbins had real confidence in college. He literally stole actors from the theater department at UCLA to be in his plays. The department heads got so mad at him. -Daphne Zuniga

There are a whole lot of historical factors that have played a part in our being where we are today, and I think that to even to begin to understand our contemporary issues and contemporary problems, you have to understand a little bit about that history. -Wilma Mankiller

How many actors have a shot at being a part of something that became a part of pop culture? It's been very rewarding. I'm not getting the 20 million bucks for the new movies, but at least I'm getting warmth and recognition from people wherever I go. -Adam West

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

On general principle, I boycott shows that don't employ actors. -Aisha Tyler

I love actors. I married one. OK, I married a fantastic one. -Felicity Huffman

The labor of women in the house, certainly, enables men to produce more wealth than they otherwise could; and in this way women are economic factors in society. But so are horses. -Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Ronnie Barker will forever be remembered as one of the great comic actors. -John Major

The whole purpose of those attacks was to drive those contractors out. Lots of them had to leave. They were terrified. -Wayne White

In open range fires it is about picking a spot and hoping it is the right location. At the head of the fire you have to worry about wind and humidity and a number of other factors. -John Glover

You know, whatever happens between the two of us that's created when we come together as actors is not something I think we can explain. -Laurence Fishburne

Factors affecting effective regional cooperation are mindsets and perceptions emanating from the past. -Khaleda Zia

I think it's really odd, too, that the public is so privy to how much money the actors make and what movies cost. It seems to me to be beside the point. When I go to a movie I really don't want to think about the money. I want to see the story. -Holly Hunter

To me, a sex scene in a movie generally means a gratuitous scene that doesn't serve the story but gives a kind of excuse – we've got these two actors, we want to see them naked, so let's bring in the music and the soft light. -Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Although this crisis in some ways started in the United States, it is a global crisis. We bear a substantial share of the responsibility for what has happened, but factors that made the crisis so acute and so difficult to contain lie in a broader set of global forces that built up in the years before the start of our current troubles. -Timothy Geithner

Seems to me that this business, for actors anyway, is not so much about whether or not you do good work. It's about whether or not you get the chance to do good work. -Hugh Laurie

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

Acting is not a mystery. There's nothing that I know that other actors don't know. We all act, we're all actors, we all know the same thing. The only thing that separates us is experience. -Vincent D'Onofrio

I had great faith in Irish actors, that they'd be hip to the whole theatre thing, and they are. I had no illusions of coming over here as some kind of big shot. It's been a learning experience for me too. -Christopher Meloni

I love doing the voice of Batman because of the quality of the animation. The music is particularly incredible. Another bonus is getting the opportunity to work with some very respected actors who do not usually do voice work. -Kevin Conroy

I do know there are a lot of people who seem to be in my corner, and that's, of course, wonderful. I'm really more interested in the nomination than in the award, because I think the nomination just puts you within a group of outstanding actors. -Morgan Freeman

The reason actors, artists, writers have agents is because we'll do it for nothing. That's a basic fact – you gotta do it. -Morgan Freeman

I'm one of those fortunate actors who gets to work pretty much every day. I've had a run of good fortune and work with some terrific people who have hired me. -Rob Paulsen

No matter what happens, we couldn't let people say Asian-American actors can't act. -Mako

I began acting at age eight, but if you don't stay on your game then people pass on you. Being on a show, it's a little easy to get comfortable, so I'm trying to get back on it. I'm taking some acting classes and watching movies, and I'm just trying to stay up with other actors. -Jason Dohring

I think one of the coolest things about the job is the level of trust we have for each other. The actors fully trust that the writers will write amazing episodes, and the writers trust that the actors will follow their instincts with the characters. -John Krasinski

I'm not in the business of becoming famous. And that's the advice I give to younger aspiring actors. Work onstage and do the little roles. In the end it's not important to be seen. It's important to do. There's a lot of disappointment in this business, but my family keeps me grounded. -Kristen Bell

I think it's easy for directors to stay fresh more than actors, especially once an actor becomes a star. It's hard for Russell Crowe to walk down a street or take a subway. I can fly coach. -Michael Mann

I'm not an Adonis, that's for damn sure. I've never really thought of myself that way, and it doesn't matter to me. My favorite actors aren't Adonises. Dustin Hoffman is a flawed-looking man; he's amazing to me. Tom Hanks is flawed-looking; people love him. Same with Gene Hackman. -Shia LaBeouf

When you think about it, we actors are kind of prostitutes. We get paid to feign attraction and love. Other people are paying to watch us kissing someone, touching someone, doing things people in a normal monogamous relationship would never do with anyone who's not their partner. It's really kind of gross. -Megan Fox

A lot of times black actors get stuck in a box. They're up against a lot of limitations for the kind of films that they get approached about. It's easy to get stuck in a box and just be approached about nothing but urban films. -Tyrese Gibson

Some people get into this business and they're so afraid to lose anything. They try to protect their position like clinging to a beachhead. These actors end up making really safe choices. I never wanted to go that route. If I go down, I'm going down swinging. -Matt Damon

I think actors are getting so much more power these days, but I'm not. I stay very much away from the decisions, the way in which things are orchestrated, what's been changed. I just try to stay completely in the role as the actor and as the character. -Nicole Kidman

There's a very small group of elite actresses who are my age, who people want to work with. It's not easy to get a good job with good actors. -Amanda Peet

Most actors go, 'I read the script and fell in love with it'; I fall in love with the directors. -Sam Worthington

It was only when I realized how actors have the power to move people that I decided to pursue acting as a career. -Cate Blanchett

The most important thing for small businesses is getting the economy back on its feet. That – the key driver of small business activity is demand for their product, and that is what we are trying to do, getting the economy back on its feet. That's far more important than other factors. -Peter Orszag

I figure there are a few actors like Marlon Brando, George C. Scott and Laurence Olivier who have been touched by the hand of God. I'm in the next bunch. -John Forsythe

I consciously decided not to be a 'London' actor. Those gangster movies made a lot of East End actors think they were movie stars. And I was very aware that they were going to go out of fashion. -Eddie Marsan

After the war, there was no industry. We lost the war. We had our whole city destroyed. No money. No studio. No film. No camera. No equipment. We would shoot in the street. We had no actors. Nothing. But we wanted to do movies. And we did the best movies in the world. -Dino De Laurentiis

Broadway has changed tremendously from the early days when the shows were referred to as musical comedies. Musical Theater is now a more expanded art form. Back then, singer/actors were not the norm. From the 60's to now, it is necessary to do it all to be a consummate Broadway performer. -Betty Buckley

There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theatre actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on. -George Clooney

Young actors often don't think of the consequences of doing nudity or sex scenes. They want the role so badly that they agree to be exploited, and then end up embarrassing family, friends, and even strangers. -Natalie Portman

We all perform our lives in a way. And the actor is a perfect metaphor to get at that theme of 'how do we find our authentic selves?' And that we all – whether we're actors or not – perform ourselves. As a way of searching. As a way of fumbling around and trying to say, is this my voice? Is this who I am? -Annette Bening

When we were doing 'Freaks and Geeks', I didn't quite understand how movies and TV worked, and I would improvise even if the camera wasn't on me. I thought I was helping the other actors by keeping them on their toes, but nobody appreciated it when I would trip them up. So I was improvising a little bit back then, but not in a productive way. -James Franco

My primary instinct as an actor is not the big transformation. It's thrilling if a performer can do that well, but that's not me. Often with actors, it's a case of witnessing a big party piece but wondering afterwards, where's the substance? -Colin Firth

An actor has to be very, very careful, as one of the most wonderful props – and actors love props – is a cigarette. There's so much to do with it: you can bring it up to your face, play with the smoke. It's just the greatest – ever since I was 16 and in acting school in England, I've been playing around with cigarettes. -Melissa Leo

Child actors come off as work being their life and doing it 24/7, but I still have those days where it's totally, like, whatever: shopping, movies, adventures. -Hailee Steinfeld

I think good actors can sort of see into people and immediately you have a chemistry with them or not. It's like an affair with no mess. You don't actually consummate it, but you get to pretend, imagine what it would be like. -John Cusack

I'm not Tom Cruise. Very few British actors are. If you look at the body of work I've done it's pretty obvious I'm not going to make a 'Mission: Impossible.' -Jude Law

You have the massive world that was created by Marvel, and then you have these very intimate actors around you. There was as much character work on this as there would be on a little independent film. So, I felt very fortunate in that sense. -Chris Hemsworth

Barack Obama did tell me that I was one of Michelle Obama's favorite actors. -Dwayne Johnson

People use the Method as a shield; it shields them from being vulnerable. I hear all these young actors who are like, 'I'm Method, I'm gonna go live in the house, you know, I totally get it, I've done it, I've been there', but one thing I know is it kills spontaneity. -Mark Ruffalo

A lot of the films now are more focused on the visuals than on the actors. I think all directors should go to drama school. -Eva Green

Because technically actors are just public servants really. They just tell stories because people need to be told stories. That's all it is. And yet we get treated as though we're important. -James McAvoy

I had to wear that suit, so I put in my required time in the gym. But I'm not one of those actors who romanticizes his trials working out and brags that he can bench press a panda now. -Ryan Reynolds

Those jobs flee other states because of factors like excessive taxation, punitive regulation and frivolous lawsuits. -Rick Perry

If I can make a career for myself after Potter, and it goes well, and is varied and with longevity, then that puts to bed the 'child actors argument'. -Daniel Radcliffe

I've never fancied that footballer lifestyle. I suppose I could live that kind of flash life. People stereotype child actors and kind of expect you to go off the rails a bit, be a bit crazy, but that's not really happened yet. I've got a big family so that helps, and they live really close to the studios so it's just so much easier. -Rupert Grint

I think it's great to see how they've grown up, not just as actors but as people. They're still very much the same kids that I met many years ago. They've grown up and they are funny and wicked and naughty and bright, and I think as actors their work is just getting better and better. They've blossomed. -David Heyman

Nobody in the world knew about Megan Fox until I found her and put her in 'Transformers.' I like to think that I've had some luck in building actors' careers with my films. -Michael Bay

Some actors don't mind it. Those who are pretty. They think it's nice to be looked at because they are nice to look at. I appreciate that. I'm very happy to salute that aspiration. But I don't like the way I look so I don't like being photographed. I become defensive. -Richard Griffiths

I love working with male actors, and I think there's a tendency to write really interesting characters that would work solely alongside men where they would be in a man's world and have to deal with that, and it creates a lot of interesting storylines. For me, it's kind of circumstantial, but I definitely enjoy it. -Elisabeth Moss

I've worked with actors before where I was like, this is not working, and then I've seen their work on the screen and I've been like, Wow, that was a really great performance. Because there are a lot of elements with film. It's not like stage. It's not a kind of performance art anymore; it's a highly tuned kind of collaboration – a symphony. -Vincent Kartheiser

I think that I need to work on being comfortable at being normal, everyday-ish on camera. Unlike a lot of actors, I think that's the thing that I'm not so comfortable with. -Christina Ricci

I love the work, I love being in front of the camera and working with actors and directors and creating something. For me, it's like learning everyday. -Estella Warren

Other actors are not my concern, and that's their life and that's their journey. Everybody has to get to a point in their own time and their own way. -Zachary Quinto

I know a lot of actors talk about the importance of wardrobe, and it always seems like it's kind of a cop-out, maybe, because it seems like a minor detail to some people. But I think it's hugely important. -Anna Faris

I can't deal with actors! I can't deal with myself. We're neurotic and miserable … I love doing what I'm doing, but while I'm doing it, I'm miserable. -Viola Davis

It's about storytelling. The story is told through images. So with the cast, I had to make sure that the emotions were readable without sound… I know some great actors, if you turn off the sound, you don't really know what they're saying. -Michel Hazanavicius

For us, as actors, and even for the director, it gave us a sense of authenticity to what we were doing because we were talking about Hollywood and we were in Hollywood. -Berenice Bejo

Maybe I'll put my iPod in two minutes before. But truly, I've listened to actors say that they loved to listen to music before a shot, and I really understand that now because it puts you in the mood and gives you energy. -Berenice Bejo

When I was younger I saw a movie called 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' with Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Those two actors and that movie was my inspiration to want to be an actor. -Peter Facinelli

I work on a TV show I love, I have the opportunity to do movies with actors I respect, and I'm in love with the man I want to spend the rest of my life with, who pushes me and excites me. -Ali Larter

Then there are actors my age like Ethan Hawke, he's in 'Moby Dick,' I love his work. I've been lucky. Alfred Molina, he has real class. -Billy Boyd

It helps if you don't date other actors, but actresses are beautiful. How can you say no? -Adam Brody

I imagine it was much different in the 1970s. That was the Renaissance for black actors, albeit in blaxploitation movies. There was a much greater preponderance of work then than there is now. -Don Cheadle

Newlyweds shooting budget: 5k for actors, 2k insurance, 2k food and drink. 9k in the can. We only shot 12 days. That's how to make an independent film. -Edward Burns

Actors are con men and con men are actors. -Edward Burns

Spielberg gave us three takes before saying anything to us. Since then, I do that, three takes, to let the actors find their rhythm. -Edward Burns

It's amazing that for actors mostly, it's a risk to attach yourself to a film that you don't know whether or not it's going to even be made and if you sign on, in doing so, who else is going to be in the movie with you. -Elisha Cuthbert

The genres are widening. I don't think that there's as many limitations on the kinds of projects that actors can do as there once was. -Emile Hirsch

It's always a little mind-boggling to realize that these famous actors know who I am. -Emily Blunt

There have been, in recent years, many Asian American pioneers in the public eye who've defied the condescendingly complimentary 'model minority' stereotype: actors like Lucy Liu, artists like Maya Lin, moguls like Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh. They are known, often admired. -Eric Liu

Usually I design the lighting and when I have the physical set there, I'm not good at going out loosely and saying, 'Do you what you want, give it to the editor, and he'll figure it out.' I physically then walk on with the actors and I say, 'Let's walk until you guys feel the space works for you, and tell me when all that happens.' -Tarsem Singh

When something happens, I always check myself and know it's going to go away. So be prepared for it. This is a tough business for actors who are sensitive. If you try to hold on to things, you'll go crazy. -Jessica Chastain

I think it's my job to risk looking foolish. One of the things I've learned from the actors I've worked with is you don't get something for nothing. If you don't risk looking foolish, you'll never do anything special. -Ethan Hawke

There's some kind of actors that can radically change who they are from movie to movie. I've never really been that kind of actor. I enjoy changing the worlds that I'm in. -Ethan Hawke

A coach once told me there are four factors that determine a players' performance: his tactical awareness, his physical condition, his technical ability and his mental strength. -Gary Neville

I think everybody else in Hollywood, including network execs, has the opportunity to ask for a raise or a change in scenery in a much shorter time frame than actors. But I do think the networks have to protect themselves. -Jorja Fox

The reason the contracts are so long is because actors are very spontaneous; we may want to do Shakespeare one day and be Porky Pig the next! -Jorja Fox

There are only so many hilarious actors so when they cross-pollinate, people assume it's always the same actors and directors. -Judd Apatow

I think that power comes in numbers, and we're in an industry where the actors need to have a bigger voice. -Julianna Margulies

Other actors don't get asked about their brothers or sisters, so why do I have to always answer questions about having a twin brother? I suppose it's interesting for everybody other than me. -Luke Treadaway

Maybe they say they do but I don't think many actors really enjoy trying to do a Shakespearean play. -Renee O'Connor

I find that actors who are wanting to pursue tv or films don't seem to have much interest in classical theatre. -Renee O'Connor

I wanted really to make it moment to moment, partly because I'm an actor and that's how I operate – actors are all about creating the moment. -Anthony Rapp

I don't get the point in a lot of biopics, they're boring. You know what's gonna happen. You're just watching actors show off. -Samantha Morton

I think there's a very fine line between the type of performing that some actors do, and being in a state in your mind where you actually believe what's going on. If we weren't actors, what would we do with that ability? Would we not be slightly insane? Mentally ill? I don't know. -Samantha Morton

I know the responsibility that entails from telling a story. The one thing I despise the most is when I go to a movie and I see a whole bunch of lazy actors making me waste my time and money. -Zoe Saldana

I don't believe actors who say they don't bleed into their characters. It's absolutely impossible not to. -Zoe Saldana

I don't think there have been many alien movies where the actors have actually seen the aliens. -Joel Kinnaman

I'm not one of those actors who gets physically fit for a role and then loses it all again. -Ryan Kwanten

One of my favorite actors is Paul Newman. He could tell so much with a single look, whereas some actors would need an entire five page monologue to give off the feeling of what he could say with just a single look. -Ryan Kwanten

I'm not one of those actors who asks for too many favours. So when I do, people tend to listen. -Ryan Kwanten

As actors, we deal with rejection so much more than any other business. So I don't care how much of a genius you are, if you don't have the propensity to be able to get back up every time you get knocked down, then you're not going to survive. -Ryan Kwanten

The spy boom has been a beautiful windfall for architects, construction companies, IT specialists, and above all defense contractors, enriching thousands of private companies and dozens of local economies hugging the Capital Beltway. -Rachel Maddow

I was very new to working in front of the camera when I started shooting 'Gatsby', so I set myself the mission of gleaning as much information as possible out of the much more experienced actors. The cast was astoundingly talented. -Elizabeth Debicki

My father, George, has also affected the choices in my life regarding films. I like films that take chances or say something different or experiment. Growing up with him, I was surrounded by different artists – not just actors or film-makers but cartoonists, poets, writers. -Leonardo DiCaprio

Hollywood is the place to be for actors – and there's just a big rush when an Australian comes over just because there's less of them. I guess that's just how it is. Like if you pick a pink jellybean out of a jar of green ones it'd be amazing, but if you pick a green one, no one will care. -Callan McAuliffe

I walk the streets, take the train, it's real simple. Some actors create their own mythology: 'Oh, I'm so famous I can't go places, because I created this mythology that I'm so famous I can't go places.' -Samuel L. Jackson

I think musicians oftentimes have the right skill set to be good actors. And with Rihanna, I noticed her and knew of her obviously, and was very taken with her charisma and her confidence. -Peter Berg

I hate actors who come and quote Nietzsche. -Charlize Theron

It's like playing tennis, you play a different rally with different people. Every actor is different and the chemistry between actors is different. -Tom Hiddleston

Some of the greatest actors have turned superheroes into a serious business: Michael Keaton and Jack Nicholson in 'Batman'; Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, the first venerable knights of the X-Men, who have now passed the baton to Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy. -Tom Hiddleston

Heath Ledger's performance in 'The Dark Knight' quite simply changed the game. He raised the bar not just for actors in superhero films, but young actors everywhere; for me. His performance was dark, anarchic, dizzying, free, and totally, thrillingly, dangerous. -Tom Hiddleston

Casting a film, you can have the greatest actors in a film and it doesn't work. It's a combination of all of the elements. -Stellan Skarsgard

I had glasses and was kind of weird. A lot of actors are pretty weird people. -Jennifer Sky

James Franco is a Method actor. I respect Method actors, but he never snapped out of character. Whenever we'd have to get in the ring for boxing scenes, and even during practice, the dude was full-on hitting me. -Tyrese Gibson

My father and I used to tussle about me becoming an actor. He's from strong, Presbyterian Scottish working-class stock, and he used to sit me down and say, 'You know, 99 percent of actors are out of work. You've been educated, so why do you want to spend your life pretending to be someone else when you could be your own man?' -Tom Hiddleston

I admire a lot of actors; I think a lot of them have so much talent. -Tara Reid

I am a big fan of horror movies but I had never thought that I had wanted to act in one because I don't think that actors get to do much in them. They're usually just reacting. -Julia Stiles

There are a handful of actors who sustain interest because it's exciting to watch them get better at what they do. I want to be one of those actors. -Julia Stiles

I think audiences, producers and directors included, develop crushes on actors (actresses in particular) and then lose interest and move on to the next one. -Julia Stiles

People on series are now given a lot more opportunities, sometimes more than film actors. -Alyssa Milano

I want to work with great filmmakers and great actors and get better as an actor. -Bradley Cooper

There are certain actors you watch in a movie, and you think, 'Wow, that guy is very skilled.' -Bradley Cooper

Most actors are either a shower of bloody scruffs or think they should dress like Hamlet off stage. -Martin Freeman

I only really watch my own films, I don't watch any other films and I don't particularly like any other actors. -Martin Freeman

Meeting actors and TV personalities is one thing, but I just feel like meeting musicians is the coolest. -Shaun White

I don't think film actors need training, really. -Paul Giamatti

In my ideal world there would be 99% unemployment for actors, and I would be the 1% that's employed. I hear about somebody getting a job at Starbucks and I get jealous. -Hamish Linklater

With a book I am the writer and I am also the director and I'm all of the actors and I'm the special effects guy and the lighting technician: I'm all of that. So if it's good or bad, it's all up to me. -George R. R. Martin

I still think that movies are amazing; I respect actors and directors. -Joaquin Phoenix

While I'm not a celebrity, it's such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors. -Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Most of the film directors expect their actors to want to work fast. -Yvonne Strahovski

A lot of my mates are actors and it's lovely to be able to work with friends. -Luke Treadaway

I've always described parts as tattoos. For actors our tattoos are in the form of films. -Eric Bana

In this business actors who have Botox or surgery make you very aware of age. It's awful. -Eva Green

There's a lot of us idiot actors that get tattoos and they cover them with makeup when you do a film. -Seann William Scott

Most actors feel only one way. We're just grateful to have a job. -Seann William Scott

I live in New York, where people don't tend to go up to actors as much. -Seann William Scott

But the war on terror as I have repeatedly said in the past, and the Afghan people believe in it, in truth, is that the war on terror is not in the Afghan villages or homes. Its in the sanctuaries, it is in the training grounds, its in the motivation factors and the money that comes to it. -Hamid Karzai

Whether it is the cavemen in the caves thousands of years ago, Shakespeare plays, television, movies and books, stories and characters take us on a journey. All I do is tell those stories without scripts and without actors. -Mark Burnett

Character actors are becoming a thing of the past. They're just going by the wayside. They're just cutting through that caliber of acting. -Matthew Lillard

I direct with energy. I believe in energy. I think energy is an electric thing in actors. I try to inspire, encourage, and make choices with lots of energy. And truth. I'm big fan of truth and being funny. I like leading 50 people into battle every day. -Matthew Lillard

People like to think that actors are terribly worried about ghosts of other actors in the parts they play. But you just have to get on with it. -Matthew Macfadyen

Back 20 years ago, there was a division between movie actors and TV actors. That's kind of gone away. People who have had a lot of success in movies in the past now want to be on TV. There used to be much more of a quality division between TV and movies, and that's kind of not the case anymore. -Michael Imperioli

There's too many actors in LA. I mean, I'll go out there from time to time, but I always find it pretty soul-destroying. I don't drive, and the people kind of rub me the wrong way. It's just not home. You know? It's not New York. It's not… my town. -Michael Imperioli

I'd go for parts that didn't pay a dime, and there would be 300 to 400 actors there. It could be very discouraging. To make it in this business, you have to have a kind of dumb sense that you're really good. You have to believe that someone is going to recognize that. -Michael Imperioli

When I shoot actors, I have that dilemma. I want the actor to be good, and sometimes I have to push them to a place that isn't pleasant. I always think: 'Is it worth doing for the sake of the movie?' But I have to remember the bigger picture. -Michel Gondry

There are actors who are really fantastically talented at being natural on screen and appearing to be themselves, but I like the challenge of becoming somebody else. -Toni Collette

Lot of the scripts I've been in with other non-white actors haven't been great. Lot of non-white actors ain't all that great. -Wesley Snipes

I like directors who have worked as actors. They know the experience. -Gabrielle Union

I love it when talented actors can bring characters to life. Anybody who wears their feelings on their sleeve and has a harder, crusty shell – like I do – is definitely protecting an inner sensitivity. -Fred Durst

I think at a certain point actors need to start taking responsibility for the kinds of stories they want to tell. -Jason Ritter

I never wanted to be one of those actors with a political agenda. -Ian Somerhalder

I've always wanted to be like the Hollywood Golden Age actors. -Julianne Hough

I really look up to actors like Gwyneth Paltrow and Cate Blanchett who have a strong background in theatre. -Alexa Vega

I'm an actor's director. I love it when talented actors can bring characters to life. -Fred Durst

I know some actors feel classes are not cool or they create negative public relations, but I continue to crave the story just beyond my reach. To grasp that brass ring I need to continue to fine-tune my talents. -Michael Welch

I started practicing yoga. I started learning some hands-on healing stuff. And I found really good chiropractors, really good massage therapists, and what I found is I've been able to actually peel off layers of trauma on my body and actually move better now than I did. -Ricky Williams

When you say '90210,' everyone knows what you're talking about. So why not make use of that? And they certainly have. I think the show looks beautiful, and all the actors are doing a great job. It's a tangled web they've created thus far. It's great. -Jason Priestley

What I promise to my actors, and to my director, is to give them the salary and everything they need. -Jean-Claude Van Damme

Well, the music industry is littered with actors who belatedly came to singing. -Jeff Daniels

And the actors tend not to want to watch themselves very often. I'm one of those guys. -Jeff Daniels

You know for years before the notion of sequels, actors were the franchise. John Wayne would rarely do sequels, but he kind of played the same guy with a different name in every movie. I have no problem with using actors as franchises. And that's what is fun to do. -Joel Silver

I have to tell you, you can't have an ego when you're an actor. A lot of actors have them, but in reality most of those people are just sensitive artists dying for a hug and a compliment. -Josh Brolin

All actors are on the run from some demon or other. -Julian Sands

I don't know why British actors are getting big parts in American TV shows. Maybe it's because we're cheap. -Dominic West

My theory about actors is we're all walking milk cartons. Expirations dates everywhere. -Dylan McDermott

Directing has only increased my admiration and respect for what it is that actors do. -Eric Stoltz

The '80s were a time of technical wonder in filmmaking; unfortunately, some colleges didn't integrate their film and theater departments – so you had actors who were afraid of the camera, and directors who couldn't talk to the actors. -Eric Stoltz

What is missing from today's dialogue is the effect autism is having on families, our society and what the unknown factors are. The 300lb. gorilla in the room is that our children with autism today will soon become adults with autism. -Jenny McCarthy

I was brought up the Mexican way, where actors are paid very little and every part you take is an act of faith. If people respect that, then great. -Gael Garcia Bernal

New York is so full of the best unemployed actors on the planet. -Rachel McAdams

During a movie, chemistry is so important, and yet they just assume actors can fake their way through it. That doesn't always work. -Rachel McAdams

What bothers me is our culture's obsession with nudity. It shouldn't be a big deal, but it is. I think this overemphasis with nudity makes actors nervous. There's the worry about seeing one's body dissected, misrepresented, played and replayed on the Internet. -Rachel McAdams

I would love to do a serious period drama. Oh, absolutely. I mean, you'll find most comedians want to do more serious stuff, most musicians want to be comedians, and most serious actors want to be musicians. -Amy Poehler

I think American actors are much more intimidated by Shakespeare. -Alan Cumming

I don't think actors should have to do anything but come in and act. -Billy Crudup

I like actors – I used to be one. -Charlie Kaufman

Before you start production, you have characters you have created without actors in mind, then all of a sudden you've got actors. They bring an enormous amount in creating these characters, and creating the dynamics between the characters that you've written. -Charlie Kaufman

I've had to deal, a lot, with my own sense of intimidation at meeting famous people – especially actors, but really any famous people. -Charlie Kaufman

I can talk endlessly about characters, or why someone did this or that, and what that dynamic and interaction is. I really love it, and I think that actors really respond positively to the fact that I like to talk about that stuff, because I'm not sure that all directors do. -Charlie Kaufman

I'd like to be the role model to teach other people who have Down's syndrome to be actors and actresses and to be themselves and not try to be a big shot. -Chris Burke

Well, I've always been a character actor, you know, and you always get your share of character actors who are bad guys. -Colm Meaney

I'm a character actor but unlike a lot of character actors, I don't look radically different from film to film and there was a bunch of them at once. -Curtis Armstrong

Most child actors, once they hit 18, once they hit 21, that's it. Even teenage kids often don't make the transition. -Cynthia Nixon

Unlike me, a lot of child actors are very short, which is why they work. So when they're 15 they can play 11 or when they're 18 they can play 14. They look young for so long, they have abilities a much younger kid wouldn't have. -Cynthia Nixon

A lot of film directors are quite scared of actors. They are a bit of a nightmare sometimes, but I like them. It looks like cunning, but you try to get extra things from them all the time, by stealth, by making them feel confident, so they trust you and you can push a bit. -Danny Boyle

You know what actors are like; they moisturize every night. They're frozen in time. -Danny Boyle

Some of us are interested in directors, but really the vast majority of us are interested in actors. You experience the films through the actors, so they're all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination. -Danny Boyle

There are certain storylines I shouldn't have done, there are certain actors I shouldn't have cast – guest stars, I mean. -Marc Cherry

It's not about the pace, it's about the direction we've set. The pace is of course a function of many factors, including the magnitude of the supply shock. But what's probably more important is the probability of the supply shock translating into sustainable embedded inflation. -Marek Belka

And to be honest, most actors are incredibly solipsistic. -Molly Ringwald

I always tell young actors to have a back-up. You don't want to find yourself at the age of 30 still struggling to make a living out of acting. -Rachel Ward

I love working with actors. That's what the set really is, for me. It's my time with the actors. -Wes Anderson

I was horrified when Richard Chamberlain and Rupert Everett said gay actors should stay in the closet. They were saying to people that they should live a lie and not be liberated, to live in fear of being found out. -Alan Cumming

The best voice actors all have a live performance background. And are competent, fearless, incredibly creative actors. -Rob Paulsen

I love working with great actors. -Robert Rodriguez

I don't think many actors are that good, to be honest. I certainly don't think I am. -Rupert Everett

A lot of straight actors are actively searching for gay roles because it is something different to do. -Rupert Everett

I've always worked with a team of actors and filmmakers ever since I was a kid in Michigan making Super-8 movies. -Sam Raimi

I personally believe the film turns out better when shot in one short schedule, plus it doesn't stress the actors. -Shah Rukh Khan

I think a lot of actors are overly concerned about being well liked in the parts they play. -Molly Parker

I don't get jobs in films by auditioning. I'm not blonde. You can't place me in movies the way you can with certain actors. It's very difficult for my agents. -Sandra Oh

Hollywood likes to put actors in boxes, and it likes to put Asian actors in really small boxes. -Sandra Oh

In orthodox film-making, you never shoot sequentially – but with improv, obviously every move you make has a knock-on effect; it is a cumulative process. I have improvised, on the non-scripted 'Timecode.' It can become entirely indulgent: actors smashing crockery and competing verbally. -Saffron Burrows

I think actors are divided into two groups: one that wants to be an actor to become famous and rich, and the other that wants to be an actor because they have to be. I'm more in the second group. -Franka Potente

I want to talk to the bullied kids of the world. Tell them to hang on, it will get better. Know that an 'Iron Chef,' actors, musicians, artists and all successful people have probably been bullied in their life. And the best part of your life is yet to come. Whatever it takes to live, do it! -Cat Cora

Oracle's got 100+ enterprise applications live in the #cloud; today, SAP's got nothin' but SuccessFactors until 2020. -Larry Ellison

We have the script, we have the actors, and we're trying to figure out what this is, and you don't know what it is. You have to be open to what it's going to become rather than have this thing that you're trying to get to, which is boring. -Charlie Kaufman

JR was a 1-dimensional, evil character. JR was multi-dimensional, and Larry Hagman is probably one of the greatest actors that we have. Then, you go back and look at 'I Dream of Jeannie' – I mean, he's a comic genius, as well. So, I think they should give him an honorary Emmy Award. -Charlene Tilton

I try to stay out of the spotlight as much as humanly possible, because I think that when actors, whether or not they've chosen it or it has been thrust upon them, are living very public lives, it affects your ability to get lost in their performances. -Anne Hathaway

Why do I use the same actors in different movies? One of the things I really stress in casting is I need to find someone who is suitable for the role in the movie. That's always the main reason. -Stephen Chow

I don't aspire to direct like many actors. I would aspire most likely to do some writing, but I haven't had a chance to do that. -Stephen Root

The excitement for me lies not so much in interviewing the hard-to-get famous person, but the person whom you are about to discover. You know, like maybe the character actors who are just coming into their own and you're realizing how great they are. -Terry Gross

It's a tough transition really for theater actors to adjust to television or film, and all of these years later, I still have a tendency to play it too big. -Jack Black

I've been a sports fan all my life, and like most other actors, I'm convinced I could have been a pro athlete if Hollywood hadn't come calling. -Jamie Foxx

I also sort of find the idea that not only do actors want to please when they're onstage, I find actors really want to please off stage a lot of the time, don't they? -Jeffrey Combs

Some friends of mine who are actors feel directing shuts them down and kills all their impulses, but the worst thing for me is if I feel a director hasn't noticed. -Cynthia Nixon

Most child actors were lucky enough to get the part in the first place. -Danny Bonaduce

You experience the films through the actors, so they're all locked into your imagination in some kind of layer of fantasy or hatred or wherever they settle into your imagination. -Danny Boyle

Actors know what actors are insecure about – and they're all insecure. -Clint Eastwood

You know, fame is a funny thing, man, especially, you know, actors, musicians, rappers, rock singers, it's kind of a lifestyle and it's easy to get caught up in it – you go to bars, you go to clubs, everyone's doing a certain thing… It's tough. -Eminem

If the goal is to get the best artists, actors, and filmmakers in the world to create the best movies, Hollywood does a decent job. And I think no one would disagree with me that it also makes a ton of bad movies and employs a bunch of hacks. -Joseph Gordon-Levitt

There's no royalty in America, so people deify actors. -Joseph Gordon-Levitt

I think some of the best actors ever were little kids. -Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Working for Disney for the last eight and a half years, people come and go – production staff and actors. I stepped onto the sound stage and it was a literal time warp. -Jacob Young

Independent film is for actors that love to act. -John Leguizamo

A lot of actors think they can't be happy without the acting… But I think I couldn't be happy with it anymore. -Genie Francis

Here's the thing about movies, all movies end up on television. That's their life. Whether you like it or not, I don't care how much money you spend on it, or how big or broad the film is, or who the actors are in it, eventually it's all coming out of the box. -Greg Kinnear

I think that for the actors, the last thing that they want is a director that's not watching, a director that goes 'Okay, it sounded good to me,' and they were doing something else or preoccupied with something else because they were worried about the light changing. -Gus Van Sant

I don't usually direct actors in the classic sense of that word. Instead, I try to remind the characters before the shoot what's going on in a very simple way. I then watch them, their inventions as actors, approving or not approving what they're doing. -Gus Van Sant

You're following your track, the story, your only plan, your map for the audience, and all the other stuff is, like, the fun stuff: the costumes, the locations, the set-dressing and the actors. They can all be variable as you like if you stick – however roughly – to the path. -Gus Van Sant

People know that I have a great love for cinema. Not just for commercial cinema, but for the 'cinema d'auteur.' But to me, two of the great 'auteurs' are actually actors and they both happen to be French. One is Alain Delon and the other is Jean-Paul Belmondo. -Harvey Weinstein

It's a dream to be in a company of actors. -Edward Norton

My strength as an actor is in the theater – I know that about myself. Some actors get onstage and vanish, but I'm much better there than I am on screen. -Stacy Keach

Developing films with directors, developing films with actors, is a poor percentage play for a screenwriter. -Tony Gilroy

You need some insecurity if you're an actor. It keeps the pot boiling. I haven't yet started to think about retiring. I was shocked when I heard about Paul Newman retiring at age 82. Most actors just fade away like old soldiers. -Al Pacino

I don't think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You've got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition's an opportunity to have an audience. -Al Pacino

I've often said there's two kinds of actors. There's a more gregarious type and the shy type. -Al Pacino

Movies always are open to being remade because times change so much, and the tempo of movies changes. I think of it like a James Bond. They can have different actors play the same role… I've had people come up to me and say, 'We want to remake 'The Jerk' with so and so.' And I say, 'Fine.' It just doesn't bother me. It's an honor actually. -Steve Martin

I don't mean to criticize anyone in any way that I wouldn't criticize myself. I think people should have fun, and have a good time, and enjoy the luck that we have to be lazy and dwell in consumerism. But I think that it's a balance. And our job as actors is empathy. -Natalie Portman

You don't see Indians in Hollywood films around which a story can revolve. As soon as we have a social presence in your society, I am sure there will be many actors from our part of the world that will be acting in Hollywood films. -Amitabh Bachchan

Indian actors, because of the format of our stories, need to be good actors, and be able to perform emotional sequences, do a bit of comedy, dance and singing, action, because all of this forms just one film. In many ways I'd say there are greater demands on Indian actors than there are on Hollywood. -Amitabh Bachchan

Botox should be banned for actors, as steroids are for sportsmen. Acting is all about expression; why would you want to iron out a frown? -Rachel Weisz

Comedians work great as actors because they're good under pressure. With a lot of actors, you have to make them feel like everything's going really well to get a good performance out of them. But, if you have a comedian on the set, you can tell them, 'Hey, you really are screwing this up,' and then they just get better. -Louis C. K.

I'm envious of actors. You shoot a movie or you do a season of 'Big Love,' and then you're on hiatus and you have a bunch of free time. -Jack McCollough

For some individuals – some soldiers, some contractors – combat provides a kind of purpose and meaning beyond which all else potentially pales in comparison. -Kathryn Bigelow

I've seen the greatest actors in the world, transcendent talents, who can't find a home. -Laura Linney

I am very aware that playwrights, particularly good ones, have a intention for everything they write. Language and punctuation is used specifically, and most of the time actors can find wonderful clues about character in the rhythm and cadence of the language used. -Laura Linney

I'm scared of actors with a scheme. -Cate Blanchett

When I over-prepare, I try to let it all go and forget all about it when the camera rolls, so I can just be present with the other actors and allow what's going to happen to happen without too much preconception. -John Hawkes

I guess you can say that every actor is a 'character actor' on some level. But I think some actors have a wider range. I think that's how you get that mantle. -John Hawkes

I'd see child actors and I'd get so jealous, because they're just completely wide open. -Joaquin Phoenix

I fear other actors who are not prepared. And I fear directors who are afraid. -Tommy Lee Jones

My two great loves when I'm shooting are working with great actors and composing images. -Tom Hooper

I love the incredible variety of demands directing makes on you, from the entrepreneur to the hustler to the deal-maker to the writer; to directing actors and the camera and working with music, sound, marketing and promotion. It uses so many sides of your brain. -Tom Hooper

The more and more I work with really great actors, the more it's about opening yourself up to what they bring. -Tom Hooper

Sometimes your body language is enough for an actor to know that you're not happy. And you don't really need to say it out loud if you deal with actors you know very well. And I don't think you really need to be explicit. -Tom Hooper

I love being around great actors and film-makers, and I try to hide the fact that I'm in awe of them. -Jessica Chastain

I admire actors who are bold and try to go forward over the cliche and propose something original to the audience. -Berenice Marlohe

In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom and just peace without the help of people around the world, who through the use of non-violent means, such as boycotts and divestment, encouraged their governments and other corporate actors to reverse decades-long support for the Apartheid regime. -Desmond Tutu

If there is something magic about the collaborations I have with actors it's because I put the character first. -Quentin Tarantino

Certain actors wanna get paid, they think working in a low-budget movie is being ripped off. But for others it's like, 'Yes, let's do it.' -Abel Ferrara

The actors that I love to work with, they're hard on me. They're pushing me. -Abel Ferrara

Some actors actually think about what they're going to talk about during the interview – they read up and meditate and plan quotes and get all inspired. It's very smart, but it's so planned. I never think to do that. -Aidan Quinn

A lot of these American actors have this – in my view – misplaced view that they have to look like Action Man. The trouble is, they all run the risk of being interchangeable. -Damian Lewis

Why do you think so many actors are only half-developed people? It's very easy when you're a young actor to have these intense, explosive friendships for short periods of time, because you can control what's shown of you. Then you go on to your next job and reinvent yourself again. I think it's important to find something constant. -Damian Lewis

I want to make a clear distinction between people who take acting seriously and people who call themselves actors because they've been on reality TV or something. -Damian Lewis

Producing is a world of compromise and actors are utterly spoiled all the time. -Damian Lewis

I've discovered just how symbiotic the relationship is between writers, directors and actors. They ask the same questions and strip down texts in exactly the same way. -Damian Lewis

I think there are a lot more writers who are actors than you know; they just don't have roles on famous TV shows that you recognize. -Danny Strong

It's very important to be able to distinguish the actors from the characters they play. -Emily VanCamp

All the actors I respect, especially old-Hollywood actors, the reason I think so many of them have had long careers is that there is a sort of mystery about them. You don't know what they do on Friday nights when they go home from work. You have no clue. You have this sort of fantasy about them. -Kate Mara

I certainly know quite a few kid actors, but I'm not really friends with them. They're all very nice people, but I just don't run in the same circles. -Kiernan Shipka

I'm so lucky to have the opportunity to work with some directors and some actors I wouldn't have dared to think I would work with one day. -Marion Cotillard

I have always let the lack of Indian actors in the industry drive me, not hold me back. I remember an agent in L.A. telling me a few years ago that an Indian actor wouldn't ever make it in Hollywood, but my ethnicity has helped me. -Archie Panjabi

Movie studios aren't making too many dramas anymore; they're in the superhero business. Material for television is much, much stronger for actors now. -Julianne Moore

At the Golden Globes, they put all the bigger stars in the front; the movie stars in the front, TV actors in the back. But even as a movie star, you can be outseated by a bigger star in any given year. It's kind of hilarious. You have to take it in stride. -Julianne Moore

With actors, all our ages are out there for all to see – you can't hide anything, really. And it's kind of a relief. This is my age, this is what I look like without makeup on – who cares? That youth culture – that lying about your age – it's all denial of death anyway. -Julianne Moore

I just have always been so interested in the way actors and actresses present themselves to the world because I think it is very important and it affects the way people see you as an actor. -Allison Williams

You know, actors lie all the time. 'Can I ride on the horse? Are you kidding? Of course! I was born on a horse!'… It's the same with motorcycles. -William Lucking

And as far as actors go, Peter Sellers is my all-time favorite. -Demetri Martin

I've never had any illusions about being a lead actor in films, because lead actors have to be of a certain kind. Apart from the beauty of looks and figure, which I cannot claim to have, there's just a particular kind of ordinary-Joe quality that a film star needs to have. -Stephen Fry

I do not believe that artists or actors and people should be out there like voicing their full-blown opinions on politics because, let's face it, at the end of the day, I'm not that smart of a guy. -Kid Rock

Parts win prizes, not actors. -Alan Rickman

I know that some actors and directors like to have intensity on set. I don't, particularly. Certainly, if they want that, that's fine, but I can't work like that. -Anthony Hopkins

There probably aren't a lot of actors my age who tap dance. -Christopher Walken

It's what actors call a big, juicy part, when you're a leading man. I don't get a lot of those. I get a lot of supporting things. -Christopher Walken

It's interesting – a lot of good actors are good mimes. But I'm terrible. If I tried to do an impression, nobody would know what I was doing. -Christopher Walken

I know what I like in other actors: truth. That's the best. It makes you say, 'OK, I'll go with you on this.' -Daniel Craig

I don't care about how much other actors get. -Daniel Craig

Of course, actors look forward to the day when they can do a big courtroom scene. -Greg Kinnear

I don't consider a lot of actors that I really admire movie stars. -Greg Kinnear

My department is to get actors to do stuff. -Gus Van Sant

I'm usually trying to react to what the actors are coming up with. And then the environment, and then the story. -Gus Van Sant

I think a lot of actors take on fun roles and then they're lazy or flippant with them. I just can't do that. -Guy Pearce

I'm just not one of those naturally funny, relaxed actors who enjoy the spotlight and are so good at it. -Heath Ledger

The network shows tend to be run, in general, in my experience, by committee, and it's hard for actors and writers to do their jobs. -Hope Davis

Gradually the live TV scene simmered out, replaced by film, and that took place in L.A. So many actors left New York. -William Shatner

The world economy today is recovering slowly, and there are still some destabilising factors and uncertainties. The underlying impact of the international financial crisis is far from over. -Hu Jintao

I don't 'handle' people. It's so much easier to manipulate actors than to really have an earnest discussion with them. It's very easy to say whatever's going to appease them and then turn around and do whatever you want to do. It's difficult to be forthright with people, because the job does not lend itself to that. -Jon Favreau

I think I started out because I was desperate for approval and acceptance and praise. Some actors never break away from that. They're after that validation their whole life. -Judge Reinhold

I kind of have an interest in all history. And I suspect it comes from being Irish – we like stories, we like telling stories, which makes a lot of us lean towards being writers or actors or directors. -Colm Meaney

Well, I've always been a character actor, you know, and you always get your share of character actors who are bad guys. So it never surprises me. And if it's good writing, you can find your way into the part well enough. -Colm Meaney

I think people who are artists, actors, singers, great songwriters, they tend to have a hyper state of emotion where they feel things very, very deeply, probably more deeply than the average person walking down the street where it may affect them, but not to the same extent. -Willie Aames

A lot of actors, and artists in general, never feel secure in love. They always feel everything's going to be taken away from them, professionally and personally; they're extremely emotional and volatile. -Sylvester Stallone

You can have good writing, but a great actor will make it feel and sound like great writing. You can have great writing, and mediocre actors will make it feel mediocre. Without the actors, you have nothing. -Denis Leary

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