I have two young children with autism. What could they have ever done to deserve that? What kind of a God allows the innocent to suffer? It's a mystery. Yet still, I believe in God.

— Fred Melamed

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I am tolerably ignorant about Judaism, and much of what I do know about it seems hard to swallow, because it is so grounded in legalism, and adherence to rituals.

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I don't really know of the Jewish tradition of comedy, only the Jewish tradition of not keeping your mouth shut. Complaining about all that is hard, unfair or ridiculous in life-having strong feelings, and not being able to suppress them. That, to me, is Jewish.

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We must agree to live in this world, with all that is unfair about it, without knowing why, if we wish to have a God in our lives.

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Though I acted in hundreds of productions, appeared at the Guthrie Theatre and on Broadway in Amadeus, I discovered in my thirties that I didn't really like stage acting. The presence of the audience, the eight shows a week and the possibility of a long run were all unnatural to me.

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It probably goes without saying that I enjoy the potato pancakes, delicious hams and so forth that maddeningly turn up at this time of year.

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I always think of the character as being me.

But me wearing a 'coat', which may be a different way of speaking, moving or regarding other people. To me, acting is pretending, just like kids playing, only you pretend as if it were really, really real.

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Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal. We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.

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I haven't appeared on stage in quite a long time and I don't have any immediate plans to do so, but I'm always interested in going back.

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I'm one of relatively few stage-trained actors who doesn't much like acting on stage. It feels kind of like riding the Cyclone at Coney Island, which I did when I was eight. When it was all over, I was glad I had done it, but most of the time when it was actually happening, I was just kind of hanging on for dear life.

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Most of the time when I receive a script, it says something like 'Rosenberg is the fat, slovenly Mayor, who doesn't want the kids to use the skateboard park', or 'Stein is a pompous, rotund attorney, imposing to all.' It would be so freeing to get a script where my character is simply described as 'A Man'.

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In my career, I've had kind of a strange trajectory as an actor.

I started out doing movies and theater and stuff, but then I had a terrible problem with stage fright as an actor on stage, and I quit stage acting for a long, long time.

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There are some directors who don't like the set much.

They like post-production, where you have all the ingredients in the can - you've got all the footage, all the music, the various effects - and then you have to do the alchemy necessary to make it all good, a long and very key process of putting everything together and making it into the cogent thing that you want.

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About Fred Melamed

Quotes 21 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

I always did plays in school because I thought it was fun, but it just never occurred to me as a thing to do.

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I was always around people who were in the business from the time I was an absolute baby. I grew up in New York City, and my parents, my sister, and I had a house on Fire Island, and they were part of a set of people that were all close and friendly, most of whom were involved in show business in one regard or another. So it was always familiar to me, and I kind of enjoyed it.

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In general, I'm always interested in characters who have kind of extreme aspects to them, who are in some ways larger than typical people.

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I'd always admired Diane Keaton, but I'd never met her.

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It's funny, but three of my early films were with Liam Neeson, before Liam Neeson was a big star.

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I have a secret aspiration to be considered for a part where it doesn't matter what you look like to play it.

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The word "hedonistic" to me means pleasure above all else. My pleasure above all else.

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I've always thought that, in a sense, the more specific and sometimes even the smaller the world of a movie is, the more universal it is.

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