Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.— Constantin Stanislavski
Unexpected Acting From Actors quotations
It is highly possible that what is called 'talented behavior' is simply a greater individual capacity for experiencing. From this point of view, it is in the increasing of the individual capacity for experiencing that the untold potentiality of a personality can be evoked.
Acting in a scene is like paddling a canoe from a pebbly beach on to the river, the writer builds the canoe, and the actor provides the river. The river is the actor's thoughts and emotions.
Remember: there are no small parts, only small actors.
More than in any other performing arts the lack of respect for acting seems to spring from the fact that every layman considers himself a valid critic.
The number one thing I am earnestly attracted to is intelligence.
Writers are thus the pinnacle of intelligence. While actors are great and awesome, writers literally create new worlds from scratch. What is sexier than that? Personally, I don't know why every person out there isn't dating a writer.
Acting is not that far from mental disease: An actor works on splitting his character into others. It is like a kind of schizophrenia.
Acting is not being emotional, but being able to fully express emotion.
The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.
Make sure you live life, which means don't do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society.
Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
If, as an actor, you allow yourself to be cocooned from the boring pin-pricks of day-to-day existence - like standing in a queue at the butcher's or any of the other dreary little events that we all have in our daily lives - you begin to lose your lifeline to what people are. And if you lose that, you eventually lose the ability to act.
I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work.
I learned much more about acting from philosophy courses, psychology courses, history and anthropology than I ever learned in acting class.
I come from an era, in my world, where you just had to define yourself as who you are and what you do. I happen to be an actor. I happen to be someone that loves to act, that also likes music, that also likes to speak, and that also has an opinion.
Abused as we abuse it at present, dramatic art is in no sense cathartic;
it is merely a form of emotional masturbation.
I have never wanted to be typecast, one of those actors who plays a variation on a one-note theme. So just as I enjoy playing a wide variety of characters, from good to bad to ugly to cute - so I have enjoyed of late working in film and television, as well as in theatres of various sizes and shapes.
The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen.
I think all those actors from that generation, like Bogart - they were wonderful actors. They didn't act. They just came on and they did it, and the characters were wonderful.
When becoming a character, you have to steal.
Steal whatever you see. You can even steal from other actors' characterizations; but if you do, only steal from the best.
Most scripts are written to be green lit.
They're not written to be acted. And a lot of writers with the greatest intention in the world don't write for actors. They don't understand the architecture of what an actor needs to get from point A to point B.
[on whether he harbored any resentment at his forced retirement from the stage after he was fired by Britain's National Theater] I should be soaring away with my head tilted slightly toward the gods, feeding on the caviar of Shakespeare... An actor must act.
Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.
Period films to me are very often alienating to the audience.
There's very often a formality. A staunchy quality to them that comes from the misenscene. It also comes from the performances of the actors, because they're acting Victorian which really means that they're just acting the way they've seen previous actors act Victorian.
The more that I can work in different mediums, the more I can grow, and learn from different actors and different types of actors and directors and different styles of acting and build a tool box.
I had just arrived in New York from California.
I was nineteen years old and excited beyond belief. I was an art student and an acting student and behaved as most young actors did - meaning that there was no such thing as a good actor, 'cause you yourself hadn't shown up yet.
I went to NYU for acting, for six years.
I thought acting was the easy way out or in because I didn't put in enough effort in school, being a crazy kid in college. But, I was good at it, so that was the other side of it. I would love to direct. What I've learned from being on set is more how to deal with actors than even the visual part of it all.
If you get a chance to act in a room that somebody else has paid rent for, then you're given a free chance to practice your craft.
I don't think the concept of "directing actors" exists in the sense that if you get what you order from an actor you'll always get bad acting. Every actor is scared just like a regular person.
The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life for all his material nor pull strictly from his own experience to find his acting choices and feelings.
When I first started out on the soap, I was more theatrical, like a stage actor, a little bigger than life. As I did more and more Love Of Life, I became more natural. I learned the value of underplaying. It was a great training ground for me. There was a big difference in my style of acting from where I started with that show and where I ended, and where I ended was a good jumping-off point for doing nighttime television and movies.
I want to establish a wide range and play all kinds of parts.
It's that sort of acting career I really respect. I like to turn a sharp left from whatever I've done before because that keeps me awake. That's why I want to be an actor - I don't want to play endless variations on one character.
When you're a working actor and you're happy to be one, you can't focus all your energy on acting because you will go crazy. You have to focus as much energy as you can away from yourself.
It's funny, when you become an actor and you're successful, they don't want to talk about acting any more. 'Hey let's talk about that stuff you were fired from.'