Preparing a character is the opposite of building-it is a demolishing, removing brick by brick everything in the actor's muscles, ideas and inhibitions that stands between him and the part, until one day, with a great rush of air, the character invades his every pore.— Peter Brook
Jittery Character Actors quotations
We are what we believe we are.
The actor must know that since he, himself, is the instrument, he must play on it to serve the character with the same effortless dexterity with which the violinist makes music on his. Just because he doesn't look like a violin is no reason to assume his techniques should be thought of as less difficult.
Every animator is really an actor performing in slow motion, living the character a drawing at a time.
You're a work of art. Not everyone will understand you, but the ones who do, will never forget about you.
I like the sensibility of Australian film a lot and the crews are fantastic.
Great characters, wonderful people and no line between - I think in Hollywood they have this line between actors and crew a lot, and that just didn't exist, which I really appreciated.
I was always a character actor. I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.
The nice thing is that, at least in Los Angeles, I'm known as a character actor and I do auditions for other things besides just cartoon shows.
When someone disrespects you, beware the impulse to win their respect. For disrespect is not a valuation of your worth but a signal of their character.
Acting is not that far from mental disease: An actor works on splitting his character into others. It is like a kind of schizophrenia.
I go through a whole process with the actors first, building and creating characters, then I encourage them to sort of live in that character when they're in the screen.
Although there was a screenplay, the actors never knew what questions I was going to ask them, and all of my character's voice-over narration and scenes were added after the fact.
Accept both compliments and criticism. It takes both sun and rain for a flower to grow.
Whether it is the cavemen in the caves thousands of years ago, Shakespeare plays, television, movies and books, stories and characters take us on a journey. All I do is tell those stories without scripts and without actors.
It is scary for an actor when you get hired as a lead.
No matter what the plot is, it is your job to do something interesting enough to make them want to get inside the lead character's head.
The actor should not play a part. Like the Aeolian harps that used to be hung in the trees to be played only by the breeze, the actor should be an instrument played upon by the character he depicts.
To be yourself in a world that in constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
An actor is an actor is an actor. The less personality an actor has off stage the better. A blank canvas on which to draw the characters he plays.
There's always a concern as an actor that you'll be boring unless your character is swinging from a chandelier.
I start with the story, almost in the old campfire sense, and the story leads to both the characters, which actors should best be cast in this story, and the language. The choice of words, more than anything else, creates the feeling that the story gives off.
A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.
I like the character roles. Somewhere back there I really came to the conclusion in my mind that the difference between acting and stardom was major. And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in.
When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, 'But what's my motivation?, ' I say, 'Your salary.'
To me, it's the kiss of death when you start winking at the audience as an actor. I just never liked it. I don't like it when we do monologues, looking into the character.
Remind yourself that you cannot fail at being yourself.
Once the curtain is raised, the actor is ceases to belong to himself.
He belongs to his character, to his author, to his public. He must do the impossible to identify himself with the first, not to betray the second, and not to disappoint the third.
The virtue you would like to have, assume it is already yours, appropriate it, enter into the part and live the character just as the great actor is absorbed in... the part he plays.
As an actor, the biggest compliment you can get, in my book is for someone to believe that you're the character.
Let yourself be drawn by the strange pull of what you love. It will not lead you astray.
There's a lot of great writing, and characters, and stories being told in television nowadays. And much more than there used to be. The opportunities to tell stories, because of the opportunities to show content. And so it's drawing actors from cinema, movie actors, actors to where there's a lot of opportunities to where you can tell stories.
You, the actor, must be aware of when you're being funny, but the character you're playing should always be oblivious to the fact.
The director's job is to know what emotional statement he wants a character to convey in his scene or his line, and to exercise taste and judgment in helping the actor give his best possible performance.
Be curious, bot judgmental.
I think you have to be schizoid three different ways to be an actor .
.. You have to be a human being. Then you have to be the character you're playing. And on top of that you've got to be the guy sitting out there in Row 10, watching yourself and judging yourself. That's why most of us are crazy to start with, or go nuts once we get into it.
You know what I would like to do: make a film with actors standing in empty space so that the spectator would have to imagine the background of the characters.
When you work with a good actor, there is this natural rapport and chemistry that develops over time. That chemistry helps your characters come alive and makes the story of the film that much more convincing.
Keep your words positive because your words become your behavior.
I was born a character actor. I was never really a leading man type.
As an actor I'm part of a long line of character people you can take back to the silent movies. There's always the little guy who's the sidekick to the tall, good-looking guy who gets the girl.
I became an actor to escape my own personality.
Acting is the most therapeutic thing in the world. You see, through acting you come full circle in your personality and, oh, what a grand time you can have along the way being wonderful people through your characters...I think all the courage that I may lack personally I have as an actor.
There is a battle of two wolves inside us all. One is evil. It is anger, jealousy, greed, resentment, lies, inferiority and ego. The other is good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, humility, kindness, empathy and truth. The wolf that wins? The one you feed.
I always think that trying to push yourself as an actor in a direction that you've never been before, developing characters which are more difficult to get into the head of, or are more interesting and further away from yourself, is always a challenge. But, you want to take up that challenge and try your best.
As an actor, you're used to putting on characters, taking them off, becoming someone else, doing your research, and working on that.
The balance of the frame - the way an actor is relating to the space in the frame - is the most important factor in helping the audience feel what the character is thinking.
The role of an actor is to make every character believable.
The thing is, I want to play real characters and not all girls can be pretty.
The thing is, you get these girls who say 'I'm a character actor' then you see them in a role and nothing has really changed but the outfit.