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Alec Guinness Quotes and Sayings

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An actor is totally vulnerable.
His total personality is exposed to critical judgment -
his intellect,
his bearing, his diction, his whole appearance.
In short, his ego.
- Alec Guinness

Essentially, I'm a small-part actor who's been lucky
enough to play leading roles for most of his life.
- Alec Guinness

I don't know what else I could do but pretend to be an actor.
- Alec Guinness

A superb tenor voice, like a silver trumpet muffled in silk.
- Alec Guinness

 

Who is more foolish? The fool or the fool that follows it?
- Alec Guinness

There is but one stage for the peasant and the actor.
- Henry David Thoreau

It was difficult every ten days having a new director.
I'm a real collaborator and, as an actor,
I want to be directed.
It's hard for me to shift gears.
- Jeanne Tripplehorn

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The reason that I'm an actor, or an artist,
is ultimately because I'm trying to paint a self-portrait,
and the most complete and beautiful self-portrait that you can.
- Terrence Howard

Just about every actor wants to be a Disney cartoon voice at some point.
- Randy Quaid

If someone plays a brooding actor in a film,
people think they're brooding all the time.
- Joe Rogan

I'll never be a good writer, and no chance of being a good actor.
- Matthew Vaughn

As an actor, there's a bit of you that's decided you
want to be looked at and watched,
but there's a paradoxical bit that wants to run away.
- Ralph Fiennes

If you had asked me back in grade school what I wanted to be when I grew up,
I would have said my first choice was an actor,
but if I couldn't be that, I'd want to be a superhero.
- Vin Diesel

The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years.
- Michael Caine

I'm so uncomfortable, especially in emotional situations,
having to say sentences that don't feel right.
As an actor - or really, as any kind of person sensitive to it.
- Franka Potente

I didn't think I was an actor and fought it for a long time.
Nobody paid for that but me.
- Kathleen Quinlan

I was always a character actor.
I just looked like Little Red Riding Hood.
- Paul Newman

For a child actor, it's a matter of listening,
reacting, and being able to put yourself in a new place without being scared.
- Jena Malone

Growing up an only child with a single parent is probably why I'm an actor.
- Lauren Graham

I don't like talking about myself.
I'm not really interested in myself.
One of the good things about being a supporting actor
is that you get to talk about other people.
- David Morse

If you're a movie actor, you're on your own -
you cannot control the stage.
The director controls it.
- Michael Caine

But the one thing that I did do was establish myself as a good actor.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Each action of the actor on the stage should be the
visible concomitant of his thoughts.
- Sarah Bernhardt

Yeah, well I've always played comedy.
My background is musical comedy theatre and that's
really where my training is.
As an actor, that's my training.
- Christopher Walken

My favorite actor is Wallace Beery.
- Don Johnson

Acting is really scary, but it's also challenging,
fun, hard work.
There's always an element of improvisation with every actor,
even when something is really scripted.
- Michael Pitt

I've probably had more jobs than any other actor living.
- Dick Van Patten

One of the first lessons you learn as an actor is to listen.
- John Frankenheimer

But here I am today recording this and I'm in the studio
with all the others on a clean mic.
It's extraordinary, the actor's found a way of doing it for himself.
- John Leeson

In L.A., if you're an actor, your personal and professional
lives are too intertwined.
- Jena Malone

It was only when I finished the course and left my
graduation diploma on the bus that I realised I'd become an actor.
- James D'arcy

When I decided I wanted to be an actor,
I said I wanted to work with quality actors and directors.
- Puff Daddy

When I go to a movie, I'm always thrilled if I've seen
an actor do something and I didn't realize until the
end of the movie that that was that person.
I love that.
- Guy Pearce

In the beginning was the Word.
Man acts it out.
He is the act, not the actor.
- Henry Miller

What I ended up doing was becoming an actor who didn't
mind doing other people's words.
- Gregory Harrison

I'm becoming a frustrated director, I think,
in an actor's body.
- David Wenham

My goal was just to work regularly.
I didn't ever expect to be rich or famous.
I wanted to be a working character actor.
- Harrison Ford

I'm an actor in between jobs right now,
so I kind of live the life of a 7-year old.
- Aaron Yoo

The energy released by it is enormous and it becomes quite addictive,
the power between the audience and the actor.
- Fiona Shaw

I consider myself a very lucky actor that,
approaching 60, I'm still employed and employable.
- John Lithgow

I wouldn't say I'm a method actor.
I do research when I feel I don't have enough experience
for the part I'm playing.
- Tim Robbins

I found my niche as a character actor,
and I've never felt like a movie star or teen idol and never wanted to.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

How can a president not be an actor?
- Ronald Reagan

I started to act in highschool and became a professional actor at 19.
- Nick Mancuso

An actor is something less than a man,
while an actress is something more than a woman.
- Richard Burton

We are not the originators of the story.
I think it's actually the opposite when you're an actor.
You're telling somebody else's story.
- Jessica Lange

It does make you a better director and a better actor.
- Charles Keating

That's what makes a character interesting from an actor's perspective -
the more screwed up,
the better.
- Jeri Ryan

No one asked me to be an actor, so no one owed me.
There was no entitlement.
- James Earl Jones

I don't do stunts and I don't think many actors do.
For an actor to say they do their own stunts I don't
think is very respectful of the profession of stunt men and women.
- Nick Stahl

I'm not the kind of actor who goes into exhaustive research for each role.
- Clive Owen

I'm an actor and this is a role I'm playing.
But people can get wacky.
- Dean Cain

As an actor, I travel around a lot and live in a lot of hotels,
and many times I've been in a town where the only entertainment
to be had is what you find in the hotel bar or lobby.
- Beau Bridges

I think every leading man wants to be a character actor,
and every character actor wants to be a leading man.
- Bruce Boxleitner

I still have the actor's disease.
I always think I'll never get another job.
- Roddy McDowall

It's an incredible privilege for an actor to look into the camera.
It's like looking right into the heart of the film,
and you can't take that lightly.
- Emily Watson

The film business is absurd.
Stars don't last very long.
It's much more interesting to be a proper actor.
- Tom Courtenay

I saw and I met a lot of people who were in the field.
It also provided a context in which I came to respect what the actor did,
because I saw how difficult it actually was to do.
- Ron Silver

A fan club is a group of people who tell an actor he's
not alone in the way he feels about himself.
- Kenneth Williams

The whole point of being an actor is to get satisfaction out of a role -
unless you're just vain about celebrity.
- Jonny Lee Miller

I'm an actor, coming from New York theater.
- Skeet Ulrich

I know every actor says this, but the people behind the camera are great.
They always have answers.
- Joel Gretsch

You are always damned by things that you do well as an actor.
- Christine Baranski

The actor is too prone to exaggerate his powers;
he wants to play Hamlet when his appearance is more suitable to King Lear.
- Sarah Bernhardt

Nobody became an actor because he had a good childhood.
- William H. Macy

When I became a director, I wanted to convince a very
reluctant Sidney into allowing me to go on the journey of his life.
Sidney had gone ahead of every other African American actor.
- Lee Grant

I do not regret one professional enemy I have made.
Any actor who doesn't dare to make an enemy should get out of the business.
- Bette Davis

There are lots of wonderful old Italian actors.
You don't need to take an Egyptian to play an Italian actor.
- Omar Sharif

The only actor who I think probably might have possibly
taken a swing at me if he could have would be Burt Reynolds.
He used to call Roger and me the Bruise Brothers,
out of Chicago.
- Gene Siskel

I never planned to be an actor.
It turned out I could make a living doing it.
- Wallace Shawn

Once you've gotten the job, there's nothing to it.
If you're an actor, you're an actor.
Doing it is not the hard part.
The hard part is getting to do it.
- Morgan Freeman


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