Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.

Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.

I have often seen an actor laugh off the stage, but I don't remember ever having seen one weep.

Acting on a good idea is better than just having a good idea.

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It is not whether you really cry. It's whether the audience thinks you are crying.

Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.

Acting is not being emotional, but being able to express emotion.

While we look to the dramatist to give romance to realism, we ask of the actor to give realism to romance.

The term 'serious actor' is kind of an oxymoron, isn't it? Like 'Republican party' or 'airplane food.'

We become actors without realizing it, and actors without wanting to.

Celebrity is death --- celebrity -- that's the worst thing that can happen to an actor.

Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.

She runs the gamut of emotions from A to B.

Every actor in his heart believes everything bad that's printed about him.

The idea of exploring character relations and their development over a decade has to be appealing for any actor who cherishes his craft.

Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing.

Until Ace Ventura, no actor had considered talking through his ass.

Above all, ignore the audience....

A good many dramatic situations begin with screaming.

They are the only honest hypocrites, their life is a voluntary dream, a studied madness.

I have tried to be as eclectic as I possibly can with my professional life, and so far it's been pretty fun.

I must say that acting was good training for the political life that lay ahead of us.

Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.

Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.

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

I'm notorious for giving a bad interview.

I'm an actor and I can't help but feel I'm boring when I'm on as myself.

I don't think an actor's job is to be recognized.

I think an actor's job is to facilitate the writing in a way that changes the way people think. No other business does that.

I don't get acting jobs because of my looks.

Acting is a matter of giving away secrets.

To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.

First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent.

The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.

The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.

To see him act is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.

You name it and I've done it. I'd like to say I did it my way. But that line, I'm afraid, belongs to someone else.

Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband.

Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil.

I was born at the age of twelve on a Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer lot.

Acting is nothing more or less than playing. The idea is to humanize life.

We must overact our part in some measure, in order to produce any effect at all.

Acting is the perfect idiot's profession.

I never said all actors are cattle, what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

I don't do T & A very well because I haven't got much of either.

I have spent more than half a lifetime trying to express the tragic moment.

Left eyebrow raised, right eyebrow raised.

Some people are addicts. If they don't act, they don't exist.

Ah just act the way ah feel.

A lot of what acting is paying attention.

You've got to perform in a role hundreds of times.

In keeping it fresh one can become a large, madly humming, demented refrigerator.

Oh! it offends me to the soul to hear a robust periwig-pated fellow, tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings.

I think I am a much better actor than I have allowed myself to be.