Somehow I think it was declared very early on that I was the - if not the black sheep of the family, not a very good student.— Dustin Hoffman
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Depressed, anxious, sad, frightened? Yes. But I've never been bored.
Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me... aren't you?
This is your life. Now go make it the one you've always wanted.
I believe - though I may be wrong, because I'm no expert - that this war is about what most wars are about: hegemony, money, power and oil.
There's a new medical crisis. Doctors are reporting that many men are having allergic reactions to latex condoms. They say they cause severe swelling. So what's the problem?
What makes divorce happen is that you can't be in the same space any more, for whatever reason - but the love stays. And that's the killer. That's where the vehemence and anger and rage comes from.
One thing about being successful is that I stopped being afraid of dying.
Once you're a star you're dead already. You're embalmed.
Blame is for God and small children.
Many actors want to play Hamlet and Macbeth.
Ever since I became an actor, from the very beginning I just wanted to play a Shetland pony. I cannot explain why
I got into acting so that I could meet girls.
Pretty girls came later. First, I wanted to start off with someone with two legs, who'd smile at me and look soft.
I think the most insulting thing you can do to a director is to challenge when he or she is satisfied with your interpretation.
The Academy Awards are obscene, dirty . . . no better than a beauty contest.
If you have this enormous talent, it's got you by the balls, it's a demon.
You can't be a family man and a husband and a caring person and be that animal. Dickens wasn't that nice a guy.
I envy people who can just look at a sunset.
I wonder how you can shoot it. There is nothing more grotesque to me than a vacation.
To have a successful marriage, a man must, on a fundamental level be scared shitless of his wife.
In my room as a kid... I'd play a fighter and get knocked to the floor and come back to win.
We need to band together as a unit every day, especially to conquer the strength of the AIDS virus.
I feel cheated never being able to know what it's like to get pregnant, carry a child and breast-feed.
I lived below the official American poverty line until I was 31.
A good review from the critics is just another stay of execution.
There is something unnatural about marriage.
These two people are not going to be the same people in a few years. The trick is to live your own life while sharing the same space.
Now, I'm simply working with people I want to work with.
I just want to have good working experiences and let the dice fall where they may.
Poverty is not dated. Homeless people have looked the same since the thirteenth century. Go back to the times of Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky. Look at photographs. It's amazing. The face on a homeless person is timeless.
I think 'retirement' goes hand in hand with people who make a living by having a 'job.' I don't think we-the .00001 percent of the population who are so fortunate to love passionately what we do-consider it a 'job.
Canada is like a nice family living over a biker bar .
. . They keep telling the downstairs neighbors to keep down the noise, people are trying to sleep.
It isn’t a big jump in the imagination to see yourself living alone like Mr Hoppy.
If there is no direct threat why are we invading?
Peter Pan, prepare to meet thy doom.
But I would reinvent myself if I could.
As a sexy leading man! We all would like that, but I don't know how to.
So when I told my parents I wanted to go into acting because I was flunking out of my first year of junior college, they were relieved that I had picked something other than joining the army. But I can't imagine how they had high hopes for me.
In terms of the stars, the only ones I cast were Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins. I was in Los Angeles working and a lot of this took place on the telephone. I'd met Maggie [Smith] once and I'd come back-stage, which I'm usually loathe to do because as an actor you don't want people coming back because you want to get home [laughs].
Look at the studio filled with glamorous merchandise.
Fabulous and exciting bonus prizes. Thousands of dollars in cash. Over $150,000 just waiting to be won as we present our big bonanza of cash on Wheel Of Fortune.
My wife always says that I will be stuck with this forever: I am the difficult one. With Jack Nicholson they always said it was drugs. Warren Beatty is supposed to have screwed everything that jumped off the curve. I'll tell you, in reality a few of us had as many girls as Warren.
Money is another pressure. I'm not complaining, I'm just saying that there's a certain luxury in having no money. I spent ten years in New York not having it, not worrying about it. Suddenly you have it, then you worry, where is it going? Am I doing the right thing with it?
Usually, those people don't even like actors and they can't wait until they get in the cutting room. They kind of break down in categories: directors who like to be surprised and some of them abhor being surprised. As far as directing, we all direct when we're acting in movies... every single one of us.
God knows I've done enough crap in my life to grow a few flowers.
We're all a little nit autistic.
I did a movie called Marathon Man and it was one of my best memories.
I wanted to find my limitations so I decided to do Shylock.
And if I fail? I've never been afraid of that. I have other fears - doing bad work knowingly is the worst fear.
I'd like to thank my parents for not practicing birth control.
Euthanasia is legal in Hollywood. They just kill the film if it doesn't succeed immediately.
I like to mimic my grandkids. I'm trying to understand the intensity of fixation on a leaf. Kids don't need anything else in their life.
I did some writing and bought a book, and have been working on that as a film to act and direct in.
I walked out of the theater and started crying.
My wife asked me, 'Why are you crying?' I said, 'Because I can't do that.' I didn't know how he did it. I've never seen anything like that. It's like this feat, this Rodin sculpture to me. It's like hearing an opera singer and the tears go down your face because it's not human what they're doing. It's like sounds of heaven.
I love working, I'd be dead if I hadn't found myself as an actor I didn't have to be successful.
There's nothing that I love more than predawn.
I'm with the dogs, I make coffee, and there's no one up.
The plight of the actor, even if he's a star, is the plight of the women's movement. They're saying the same thing to us: get into bed, give me a good time, then give me something to eat, go get the laundry, be a good girl.
I stopped working a few years ago because I just lost a spark that I'd had before. I thought I'd just try writing, and maybe start directing, but I did it very quietly.