I feel it's a responsibility for anyone who breaks through a certain ceiling... to send the elevator back down and give others a helpful lift.— Kevin Spacey
The most restlessness Kevin Spacey quotes to discover and learn by heart
Sometimes the person who is the most logical is the person whom we call insane.
Clearly the success of the Netflix model, releasing the entire season of 'House of Cards' at once, proved one thing: The audience wants the control. They want the freedom. If they want to binge as they've been doing on 'House of Cards' and lots of other shows, we should let them binge.
People have different reasons for the way they live their lives.
You cannot put everyone's reasons in the same box.
If you're lucky enough to do well, it's your responsibility to send the elevator back down.
Secret Cinema has created a new way of experiencing film.
The fusion of film and theatre allows for a much more powerful experience and adds an incredibly unique dimension for the audience. It certainly did for me. I was blown away
You have to always be ready, always be alive, and always be willing to move in a new direction.
I find it sad that by not talking about who I sleep with, that makes me mysterious. There was a time when I would have been called a gentleman.
If you’re lucky enough to do well, it’s your responsibility to send the elevator back down.
We have learned the lesson that the music industry didn't learn.
Give people what they want, when they want it, in the form they want it in, at a reasonable price - and they'll more likely pay for it rather than steal it.
Mediocrity is the elephant in the room.
We're all victims of our own hubris at times.
I was not a studious kid, and I struggled to find things that would command my attention and engage my ideas and energies.
Wanting people to listen, you can't just tap them on the shoulder anymore.
You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you'll notice you've got their strict attention.
You can't turn a "no" to a "yes" without a "maybe" in between.
The journey that we go on as actors is an interesting one and sometimes a revealing one.
I suppose the most important thing is to stay interested.
It's very easy in life if you get to a place where you're successful to hit the same groove on the record player over and over again because it's safe.
I'm aware that, from the outside, this looks like I've got quite an ego.
I'm supposed to convince you, for two hours, that I'm somebody else.
Now if you know everything about my life, if you think you've got me figured out and you think you know all my dark secrets, how am I ever going to convince you that I'm somebody else?
There are good people in the lobbying industry. Lobbyists can serve a very useful purpose.
For me, coming to work every day has turned out to be exactly what I hoped it would be.
It's Hard to Stay Mad When There's So Much Beauty in the World
The legal profession, politics and acting are very closely tied: the whole point is to have an idea and get it across to a listener, whether it is one person or five thousand in a hall.
There's something very interesting about the way each individual actor approaches stuff.
There are two things that have been happening over the last few decades in my opinion. First, there have been unbelievable, remarkable, pioneering advances in technology and, second, an equal amount of evolution in creativity. These two shifts are meeting at an intersection.
If you haven't turned rebel by twenty you've got no heart;
if you haven't turned establishment by thirty you've got no brains!
I always remember is that no matter how good I might be in a movie, I'll never be any better. It's frozen. But in theatre I can be better tomorrow night, I can be better the night after that and I can be better in a week. The journey you go through as an actor is incredible.
I dont play villainy. I wouldnt even know how to play it.
Am I now supposed to go on Oprah and cry and tell you my deepest, darkest secrets because you want to know?
It's the way I feel about acting. That we are given clues by a writer about someone's essence or persona and it's our job to try to figure out which of those clues are true, which of clues we decide to follow and which of those clues we think are red herrings, or only in the way another character thinks of that character.
Studios and networks who ignore either shift - whether the increasing sophistication of storytelling, or the constantly shifting sands of technological advancement - will be left behind.
It's much more interesting when you go to different places - make a left turn when nobody expects you to make a left turn, and make a right when nobody expects you to do that.
I'm not out there trying to get press for myself nor am I trying to convince anybody that I'm living any kind of a life. I'm actually trying to convince people: I don't want you to know what I'm living, because it's none of your business.
It's a great thriller or mystery, but on another level it's a film about the fact that, if you only look at a person through one lens, or only believe what you're told, you can often miss the truth that is staring you in the face.
No one’s personal life is in the public interest. It’s gossip, bottom line. End of story.
I mean we all played as kids. You play games, you take on different characters, you imitate; the fun and the love of play has never left me.
Directing a film was something I was yearning to do.
I always wanted to see if I had the capacity to be a good storyteller.
For kids growing up now, there's no difference watching 'Avatar' on an iPad or watching YouTube on TV or watching 'Game of Thrones' on their computer. It's all content. It's just story.
To look in the eyes of audiences and see the kind of naughty glee that they got with being on the inside, the audience becomes your co-conspirators.
The audience has spoken. They want stories. They’re dying for them. They’re rooting for us to give the right thing. And they will talk about it, binge on it, carry it with them on the bus and to the hairdresser, force it on their friends, tweet, blog, Facebook, make fan pages, silly GIFs, and god knows what else about it..
I can't imagine that anyone in Hollywood is sitting around trying to decide what actor is good or right or qualified for a role and is being denied a role because of their political views. I don't think that's the way Hollywood works. We're not living in an era of blacklisting.
Theatre is alive and it is now, and then it's gone.
Secondarily, I think films that are driven by music also terrify studios.
Over the years, I've been trying to build a relationship with an audience.
I've tried to maintain as much of a low profile as I could so that those characters would emerge and their relationship with audiences would be protected.
There are times when you do a play when you are living in the character over a two-and-a-half-hour period or longer, and you come to the end of the night, and you can feel like you were hit by a truck.
I like being able to go to a local pub and have great food and particularly love pubs that welcome my dogs.
The characters created cannot just be a mouthpiece for the writer.
When you look at a piece of writing, and it's genuine and it doesn't feel like every character is just a mouthpiece for the writer, but that they've been created in such a way that they're expressing an idea that a writer wants to get across, that's when a story succeeds.
Fortunately for me, I don't come from the school where you only measure success by how much money something makes or whether it has a big box-office weekend. I measure it by how much people actually participate in the process.
Anyone with a internet connection and an idea can develop an audience
It takes stamina to get up like an athlete every single night, seven to eight performances a week, 20 weeks in a row. And there are many young performers who only learn their craft in the two minute bits it takes to film a scene. You never learn the arc of storytelling, the arc of a character that way.