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
Satisfaction Great Actors quotations
Silence is a source of great strength.
I'm living every ten-year-old boy's fantasy.
The other day, Chris and I had this big scene where we had to pull out our guns, and I was thinking, 'Here we are in New York City - a place where every actor wants to be - and we are literally playing cops and robbers. How great is that?'
When the drama of history is over, Jesus Christ will stand alone on the stage.
All the great figures of history ... will realize that they have been but actors in a drama produced by another.
Make today so awesome, yesterday gets jealous.
An actor is never so great as when he reminds you of an animal - falling like a cat, lying like a dog, moving like a fox.
Cinema is a director's medium, so you're saying, "What do you want?" Being an actor is about adapting - physically and emotionally. If that means you have to look great for it and they can make you look great, then thank you. And if you have to have everything washed away, then I'm willing to do that too.
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.
Great minds discuss ideas.Average minds discuss events.Small minds discuss people.
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.
The first state an actor experiences onstage is the one he just experienced in life. One needs great courage not to portray this experience. One must surrender entirely to the power of one s artistic nature. It will do all the necessary things. Do not impose any solution upon yourself in advance. The quality to develop in an actor is courage.
If you are a great dramatic actor then you often don't know if people are enjoying your stuff at all because they are sitting there in silence. But with comedy it's a simple premise. If it's funny, people laugh. If it's not, they don't.
Failure is a great teacher, and, if you are open to it, every mistake has a lesson to offer.
My advice has always been to study the craft of acting if you want to be an actor. There are many great schools that teach acting. NYU being one of them.
When I played Robin Hood, I knew the great role was Alan Rickman's and it didn't bother me. I always think that leading actors should be called the best supporting actors.
I am hoping that I can be known as a great writer and actor some day, rather than a sex symbol.
Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
Drinking coffee is kinda my major hobby.
.. the great benefit of being an actor is you have all this spare time. My ideal is just hanging out with people - I think I am innately lazy.
Only a great actor finds the difficulties of the actor's art infinite.
A bunch of six nicer people, I couldn’t be more fortunate to call my family — from Lee Pace, who is so dear. When I first saw him, I said he’s like a Gary Cooper. He’s bashful, he’s shy, he’s sensitive, he’s a great actor, he’s beautiful, he’s delicious.
To a great mind, nothing is little.
The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.
Acting is all about big hair and funny props.
.. All the great actors knew it. Olivier knew it, Brando knew it.
The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
You need a little bit of insanity to do great things.
Just be truthful - and if you can fake that, you've got it made.
Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
When kids look up to great scientists the way they do to great musicians and actors, civilization will jump to the next level
Acknowledge all of your small victories. They will eventually add up to something great.
I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
I think the toughest thing for me to figure out, as an actor, was how to translate all those layers that are in there and that history that the writers have done such a great job at forming.
As an actor you have one great fear: pimples!
Average people have great ideas. Legends have great execution.
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.
Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband.
Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil.
I have a large watch collection, and classic watches are especially important to me. I had a silver Rolex, and I actually gave it to my little brother. He wears it every day. He's an actor, so whenever he goes to an audition, he can look down, see it, and it gives him confidence. It was a great thing to pass on.
It is a great thing to know the season for speech and the season for silence.
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.
As an actor, it's great to play a strong leader with a heart of gold.
My dad had been an actor... not only had my dad been an actor, but his dad had been an actor, and my great-grandfather had been an actor. And who knows before then?
No one has ever made himself great by showing how small someone else is.
Acting is a question of absorbing other people's personalities and adding some of your own experience.
Without discipline and detachment, an actor is an emotional slob, spilling his insides out. This abandonment is having an unfortunate vogue. It is tasteless, formless, absurd. Without containment there is no art. All this vomiting and wheezing and bursting at the seams is no more great acting than the convulsions of raving maniacs.
I never enjoyed my work more than when I worked with William Powell.
He was a brilliant actor, a delightful companion, a great friend and, above all, a true gentleman.
Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
What's funny is that there's a lot of great Australian actors in American movies but you don't often hear them do their Australian, original accent.