I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me.
The essence of the stage is concentration and penetration. Of the screen action, movement, sweep.
The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have chosen to direct represent my convictions.
I knew the exuberance of playing before an admiring audience and hearing my secret voice.
Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy. Hard and exact facts will cool it.
Look for the contradictions in every character, especially in your heroes and villains. No one should be what they first seem to be. Surprise the audience.
Take it from a director: if you get an actor that Sandy Meisner has trained, you've been blessed.
What's called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there are penalties.
The world was like a huge red carpet out ahead of me to be walked on. And it stretched on and on, no end.
I was not a collective person or a bohemian; I was an elitist.
Last Update: 11 April 2021
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