1. 10

    I used to spend most of my time straining to be a nice guy so people would like me.

  2. 9

    The essence of the stage is concentration and penetration. Of the screen action, movement, sweep.

  3. 8

    The motion pictures I have made and the plays I have chosen to direct represent my convictions.

  4. 7

    I knew the exuberance of playing before an admiring audience and hearing my secret voice.

  5. 6

    Whatever hysteria exists is inflamed by mystery, suspicion and secrecy. Hard and exact facts will cool it.

  6. 5

    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.

  7. 4

    Take it from a director: if you get an actor that Sandy Meisner has trained, you've been blessed.

  8. 3

    What's called a difficult decision is a difficult decision because either way you go there are penalties.

  9. 2

    The world was like a huge red carpet out ahead of me to be walked on. And it stretched on and on, no end.

  10. 1

    I was not a collective person or a bohemian; I was an elitist.

  11. Last Update: 11 April 2021

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