I didn't think that a career in theater was very realistic so I thought the only thing I could make money doing and still be somewhat artistic was, god help me, advertising.— Liev Schreiber
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I was a writer. I just wasn't a very good one. I was lucky enough to have a playwriting teacher who told me that I'd be a better actor than I would a playwright.
I grew up in the Lower East Side of New York.
I'm misrepresented as a scary person. I'm not. It's all about my size and my eyebrows.
He was very supportive of me, ... He saw every single play I did in New York. Ill never forget looking out into the audience and watching my brother, who was 40 years younger than my grandfather, sleeping in his chair during some of my early plays. My grandfather Alex never fell asleep.
You watch a hockey game, and the hand-eye coordination and the speed is really miraculous; how those guys track the puck alone, just following it with their eyes.
I was always drawn to tough girls. I liked that domineering thing.
I'm not that interested in working with impervious people.
There's something cathartic about swearing 150 times after spending ten hours in the editing room.
I've always been more interested in the audience than I have in the plays.
I like that idea of all those people sitting in the dark together. It's kind of fun.
And I think for me theres a lot of neurosis involved with where you should be or thinking about where you are all the time instead of being where you are.
You know, I have a deep, deep affinity for Dr. Suess.
I really don't think there is anybody in the business with better eyes than Elijah Wood.
I manage to hide in my movies.
I get very nervous around famous people and I get nervous around beautiful women.
I think people respond to truthful, simple narrative, and the more you try to dress it up to try and do something else, the harder it is for people to relate to.
Don't hit people; don't let it get you too angry; remember that everything you do can and will be used against you. And take a breath and have some perspective.
I think it’s really, really important to mix it up as an actor, to try to get as much kind of varied experience as you can, not only for your own personal growth as an actor but for the audience to keep them guessing about what you’re going to do.
You should never ask actors about politics.
That's one of the benefits of working on big budget films.
You work with people who have a lot of experience and you get to learn a lot.
I am so used to being able to express myself from being an actor.
So when people don't understand me, I'm just completely lost.
Actors, you know, they're often awkward people in real life.
I was always curious about motivation and intention, and really, that's a lot of what acting is.
Someone very smart once said to me, "Steal, don't borrow.
" So if there's anything good in anything anyone else does, it's fair game. I think that everything I've ever done at some point is part of someone else's legacy.
I'm drawn to people who share that sense of loss.
All actors are trying to repair damaged relationships. I think that might be why I've been drawn to other actors.
I find that the most interestingly written parts happen to be the bad guys.
Flaws reveal a lot about a character and who people are.
The flawed elements of a character are where I find their humanity. Those are the things I tend to identify with - the weaknesses. I don't know why, but I identify with struggle more than with success.
I think New York will always be this incredible international crossroads, and I don't think that will ever change.
Its the difference between instinct and intuition.
Part of what I enjoy about the theatre and acting is that sense of history.
It's good to overexpose yourself with work. But don't expose yourself too much with the press.
I'm actually a very bad surfer, which is good because everybody likes a bad surfer. Nobody likes a good surfer.
I get panic attacks in big crowds.
The celebrity mill is so active these days that actors can make careers out of being themselves, and I don't know that I want to. I think I'm just figuring out how to make a career out of not being myself. It's hard.
You can think about your career or you can think about your job. I like to think about my job.
Pitching. You're pitching yourself constantly which is probably why there are so many plays about sales. I think also it's like life.
I'm kind of an obsessive-compulsive person, like, neat obsessive.
My publicist told me not to talk about politics but, yes, I think we have a president who stole the election.
I love having that creative discussion where, at the end of the day, you both feel better for having done it. Maybe it's a typically Jewish thing, where you sort of go at each other.
Style, no matter how outrageous it is, is still an expression of someone's personality. And my personality is somewhere stuck in the classics.
You always have to create the character from the ground up.
If you are going to remake a film, you may as well remake a classic.
The skill set for hockey is so specific to skating and if you haven’t been skating as a kid it’s impossible to play - and I wasn’t a skater.
Ever since I was a little kid I was obsessed with films, and I always wanted to make them
I am very good with dialects, but the two that I can't do for some reason are the South African and Australian.
Everyone assumes that novelists are smarter and more interesting.
They're generally smarter and more interesting, but they're often very short. So it kind of cancels all the smart and interesting stuff out.
I actually loved Winnipeg. Everyone told me I was going to hate it, but it was great.
You are what you know, as an actor, so you gotta try to know as much as you possibly can.
A lot of times in Hollywood you're as good as your last job.
I don't think I've ever been a huge target for the press, and I value that to a degree, because there's a certain value for actors staying beneath the radar so they can play characters.