One night I went over to get some dope from some Hollywood tough guy. After I left, my son Scott, who was only fifteen, went over with a baseball bat to kill him. I was laughing out of one eye and crying out of the other. I thought, Who am I kidding?— James Caan
The most irresistibly James Caan quotes that are little-known but priceless
To get over my divorce, I got a prescription to live at the Playboy Mansion for a while.
Success is the result of clear goal, unshakable confidence, proper planning, enthusiastic ACTION and consistent persistence.
Never stop asking yourself whether you can do things better.
Keep testing every aspect of your business to the nth degree, and challenge every one of your assumptions. The tougher you are on yourself now, the tougher your business will be out there in the real world.
Actors have bodyguards and entourages not because anybody wants to hurt them - who would want to hurt an actor? - but because they want to get recognized. God forbid someone doesn't recognize them.
It is that, but really, it's about how we don't recognise the little things in life, or appreciate the little things in life like belonging. A sense of belonging is a big thing today.
I had great, great times as a Little League coach.
People were talking about me quitting acting, and they would say, What about your creative juices? Coaching is creative, because you could take a kid who thought he wasn't any good and, within four minutes, change his mind. And I didn't have to wait six months for them to put music to it.
Some guys say beauty is only skin deep.
But when you walk into a party, you don't see somebody's brain. The initial contact has to be the sniffing.
I never rode a bull - I'm not that stupid.
I always thought of myself as some sort of athlete until I started playing golf a couple years ago.
You're the only one who's closing your eyes at night. There's no one else who can do it for you.
There's a big difference between wanting to work and having to work.
And I had to learn that the hard way. Now money is very important to me, because I ain't got it.
You have to be very careful when you let someone win.
Anyone of my generation who tells you he hasn't 'done Brando' is lying.
I'll see a beautiful girl walking up to me and I'll think, Oh, my God, I can't believe my good luck. But then she'll say, 'Where's your son?' or 'My mother loves you'.
I think we have to believe in things we don't see.
That's really important for all of us, whether it's your religion or Santa Claus, or whatever. That's pretty much what it's about.
Unless I love something or hate it, I don't want to deal with it.
What I do quite honestly and seriously and not in any way being humble is not as important as what the garbage collector does. People make actors important.
Sometimes it seems like this is the choice - either kick ass or kiss ass.
People say, 'Gee, you do a lot of mafia movies.' I think I've done two, out of 60.
I'm here instead of having shoulder surgery. But I'm not sure which is more painful.
The most talented people are always the nicest.
There are a lot of guys in Hollywood who clap you on the back just a little too hard.
People wonder why first-time directors can make a brilliant picture, then suck on the second one. It's because they're a little terrified the first time. So they listen to all the experts around them.
What's the difference between sex and love? I have four wives and five kids.
I apparently don't know the difference.
I don't think silicone makes a girl good or bad.
Observe the masses and do the opposite
Obstacles are only opportunities to succeed or fail; how we handle them determines what will happen.
People are always backing up when I'm just going to shake their hands.
There's nothing more boring than actors talking about acting.
I lost my passion for work. No, that's a negative statement. I just had a bigger passion for something else, for my son, and growing up with him.
I've been lucky. The critics never went out of their way to single me out for doing bad work.
My least favorite phrase in the English language is "I don't care."
Showing up every day isn't enough. There are a lot of guys who show up every day who shouldn't have showed up at all.
It's a very charming movie about the mob - a real stretch for me.
Someone's always saying, "It's not whether you win or lose," but if you feel that way, you're as good as dead.
I play a guy who believes he's a king.
He's the most common man in the world; in fact his family, like his suits, are just make-up. It's about dysfunctional people and dysfunctional relationships.
Saving a letter from an old friend doesn't exist anymore. Everything is texted or emailed.
Sure, I want to be the best actor in the world.
But my life is my family, my son, my friends. I don't know how anyone can find fault with that.