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Films must all have the same structure.
by Dirk Benedict

Films must all have the same structure.
All of this to guarantee box office bonanza,
which of course it never does, but that's another discussion entirely.
- Dirk Benedict

You can't leave civilization behind entirely.
- Dirk Benedict

Change is good.
And in fact unavoidable.
- Dirk Benedict

In many ways I wish I wasn't an actor dragging around
the baggage from being one so that I could just devote
my energies to encouraging people to find their true selves.
- Dirk Benedict

 

Anybody can write a film script 'cuz it has been reduced to a formula.
- Dirk Benedict

Hollywood today is all about being consistent.
All thinking in mainstream film business takes place in one box.
- Dirk Benedict

Children...
are our legacy.
Our responsibility.
They are our destiny and we are theirs.
The extent to which we fail as parents,
we fail as God's children.
- Dirk Benedict

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When I was a young actor...
the more different you were from the part you played,
the more talent it reflected.
- Dirk Benedict

Time is money, as they say, and it was never more apropos
than on a television show,
where a minute is worth about $200!
- Dirk Benedict

I am very willing to share whatever I know or feel
I know about finding some serenity in this lifetime.
- Dirk Benedict

If you want to have great success, you'd better give them what they want,
but so be it.
- Dirk Benedict

My favorite thing is to be alone in a room with a blank
paper in front of me and the time to fill it.
- Dirk Benedict

The only difference from one $100 million budget film
to another is which of the 12 box stars are getting $20 million to be in it.
- Dirk Benedict

Be very clear as to what your dream is.
Nowadays it is fairly certain that 90 percent of all
actors really just want to be rich and famous as the
solution to all that ails.
- Dirk Benedict

I can still fit into my Battlestar Galactica costume!
- Dirk Benedict

I have written two nonfiction books,
I'm embarrassed to say.
- Dirk Benedict

Children who cling to parents or who don't want to
leave home are stunted in their emotional,
psychological growth.
- Dirk Benedict

If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty,
then we wait forever.
And miss the entire point.
- Dirk Benedict

It is all about marketing; that is where the real craft comes in.
The best actors do not necessarily become the biggest stars.
And vice versa.
- Dirk Benedict

Life has never been easy.
Nor is it meant to be.
It is a matter of being joyous in the face of sorrow.
- Dirk Benedict

The space genre is timeless.
- Dirk Benedict

America is terrified of the passage of time.
Prozac Nation.
Land of Face Lifts.
- Dirk Benedict

To me, all writing is like music.
And especially dialogue.
I studied music in college; that is what I wanted to be,
a composer.
Acting got me sidetracked.
- Dirk Benedict

There is a divine moment in our lives when we all become one.
It's called procreation, and it is reborn,
continually and forever.
- Dirk Benedict

I believe that the first 8 years are most important
and the time in a child's life when parents must be
absolutely and completely present.
- Dirk Benedict

Hollywood...
a city I was to come back to time and again,
in sickness and in health, in success and in failure,
with anticipation and with dread.
- Dirk Benedict

Generally speaking, actors are allowed NO input.
Actors are dumb.
- Dirk Benedict

Movies are movies, television is television.
- Dirk Benedict

A stage play requires very different craft from a book,
fiction or otherwise, and ditto from a screenplay.
- Dirk Benedict

Harrison Ford was pretty content as a carpenter who
thought it would be nice to work on TV and ended up
being the biggest film star in the history of cinema.
- Dirk Benedict

I write from the same place I parent,
and since becoming a single parent, I have found it difficult,
if not impossible, to write anything of length.
- Dirk Benedict

We are all vegetarians here, and except for a mountain
lion that's been hanging around and killed our dog,
we don't have a care in the world.
- Dirk Benedict

From dear, dear Gloria Swanson, I learned how to live long,
happy and free of health problems.
I owe her my life.
- Dirk Benedict

I'm a classic example of what can happen if you follow your inner voice.
I was cursed with interests and some talent in many different areas.
It confuses people.
- Dirk Benedict

From Fred Astaire I learned discipline and hard work.
- Dirk Benedict

Life: my favorite occupation.
- Dirk Benedict

I write from my imagination, not from what I've read
in books or seen on TV or to make money.
I wrote from an idea I was passionate about.
- Dirk Benedict

I never get involved with the ladies I work with.
- Dirk Benedict

I wanted to be Anthony Hopkins and ended up being neither
a film star nor having a career on the stage.
- Dirk Benedict

I am very abnormal...
But it wasn't very long ago that I wasn't so abnormal.
I was very normal and headed for a lifetime of paying
medical bills as proof of my normalcy.
- Dirk Benedict

The best things in life are usually difficult.
- Dirk Benedict

It helps to be able to be alone.
'Cuz writing is done alone, unless you collaborate,
but I don't do that.
Ask my ex-wife.
- Dirk Benedict

It is a good motive, fame and money,
as it is tangible and measurable.
Being an artist is neither measurable nor tangible
and certainly not a way to become rich.
- Dirk Benedict

I'm the worst person to ask about how to get noticed.
It took me 25 years.
- Dirk Benedict

Why should people go out and pay money to see bad films
when they can stay at home and see bad television for nothing?
- Samuel Goldwyn

If my films don't show a profit, I know I'm doing something right.
- Woody Allen

If my films make one more person miserable,
I'll feel I have done my job.
- Woody Allen

I'm married to the theater but my mistress is the films.
- Oskar Werner

Movies are not scripts - movies are films;
they're not books,
they're not the theatre.
- Nicolas Roeg

And in movies you must be a gambler.
To produce films is to gamble.
- Douglas Sirk

Everything makes me nervous - except making films.
- Elizabeth Taylor

I have a love interest in every one of my films:
a gun.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

In America there's no rights for the artist,
so whatever films I've made kind of belong to the studio.
- Norman Jewison

In 2003, I had the pleasure of acting in three films.
- Janine Turner

The great mystery is why robots come off so well in
science-fiction films when the human characters are
often so astoundingly wooden.
- John Podhoretz

I do what I do because of Walt Disney -
his films and his theme park and his characters and his joy in entertaining.
- John Lasseter

For me, making films is like being on vacation,
it's a nice walk.
But theatre is like mountaineering.
You never know whether you're going to fall off or make it to the top.
- Isabelle Huppert

I'm not a guy who takes films for strong political messages.
- Ewan McGregor

Being an actress is a very physical thing.
If I didn't look the way I looked, I would never have started in films.
- Catherine Deneuve

Filmmakers who use narrators pay a price for taking the easy way:
narrated films date far more quickly than films without narrators.
- Bruce Jackson

Television has dried up for my generation,
so it's plays and films.
- Michael Gambon

I worked for Sam Peckinpah on quite a bit of action in his films,
and he got excited once in a while.
- Richard Farnsworth

I've worked for 27 years nonstop in theater and films.
That's a lot of work.
- Armand Assante

I knew by heart all the dialogue of James Dean's films;
I could watch Rebel Without a Cause a hundred times over.
- Elvis Presley

I've done some music for films and I really enjoy doing it.
- Ikue Mori

My friend James Cameron and I made three films together -
True Lies,
The Terminator and Terminator 2.
Of course, that was during his early,
low-budget, art-house period.
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

But no one should have the right to manipulate my films in the first place.
- Dario Argento

So that, to me, is important that audiences are treated
with an amount of respect toward their intelligence.
Most Hollywood films don't respect their intelligence.
- Eriq La Salle

Usually people like to categorise artists.
With my films, I categorise people: if I know which
one of my movies you like,
I can tell which kind of a person you are.
- Mohsen Makhmalbaf

I really, really love directing films.
- John Frankenheimer

I moved to LA and decided to do films and television,
mainly because the theater in New York is totally dead.
- Shirley Knight


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