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Harold Ramis Quotes and Sayings

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If Chevy Chase had not been an actor,
he might have been a very popular guy in advertising
or whatever field he would have gone into,
because of his charisma.
- Harold Ramis

Acting is all about big hair and funny props...
All the great actors knew it.
Olivier knew it, Brando knew it.
- Harold Ramis

The first comedy screenplay that I wrote was Animal
House and I always thought I could and should be a
director but no one was about to give me that opportunity on Animal House.
- Harold Ramis

I had a lot of fun working with John Candy.
We had a pretty good rapport.
- Harold Ramis

 

I'd like to think I'd never do a gratuitous fart joke.
- Harold Ramis

I've been directing for 25 years almost,
and I've only directed nine films in that time because I like to be careful.
- Harold Ramis

We are all several different people.
There are different aspects of our nature that are competing.
- Harold Ramis

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I always claim that the writer has done 90 percent of the director's work.
- Harold Ramis

My job is to come up with something that you like and
you agree with that you would play wholeheartedly.
If we disagree, I may not be doing my job correctly.
- Harold Ramis

Nothing reinforces a professional relationship more
than enjoying success with someone.
- Harold Ramis

You just make sure you don't screw it up.
It's going to work as long as you don't mess it up.
Hopefully you have plenty of those moments in a big comedy.
- Harold Ramis

No matter what I have to say, I'm still trying to say it in comedic form.
- Harold Ramis

Multiplicity was a movie that tested really well.
People seeing the movie really liked it,
but then the studio couldn't market it.
We opened on a weekend with nine other films.
- Harold Ramis

The cutting room is where you discover the optimal length of the movie.
- Harold Ramis

I'm not a believer in the pratfall.
I don't think it's funny just to have someone fall down.
- Harold Ramis

You can't not have feelings about country clubs,
whichever side you're on.
- Harold Ramis

I never work just to work.
It's some combination of laziness and self-respect.
- Harold Ramis

I used to be married to a woman who pursued every spiritual
trend with tremendous passion and dragged me along.
I don't believe in anything.
I'd seen mediums and readers.
- Harold Ramis

That's one of the great things about DVD:
In addition to reaching people who didn't catch the movie in theaters,
you get to have this interaction of sorts.
- Harold Ramis

Whenever a critic mentions the salary of an actor,
I'm thinking, He's not talking about the movie.
- Harold Ramis

I never read Playboy before I started working there
and stopped reading it the day I quit.
- Harold Ramis

My characters aren't losers.
They're rebels.
They win by their refusal to play by everyone else's rules.
- Harold Ramis

How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood.
- Harold Ramis

First and foremost, you have to make the movie for yourself.
And that's not to say, to hell with everyone else,
but what else have you got to go on but your own taste and judgment?
- Harold Ramis

Billy Crystal knows how to make people laugh.
He's got 30 years on stage...
there's no telling him what's funny.
- Harold Ramis

I believe things happen that can't be explained,
but so many people seem intent on explaining them.
Everyone has an answer for them.
Either aliens or things from the spirit world.
- Harold Ramis

We were tremendously encouraged by the testing of Analyze That.
Audiences loved it.
They were telling us that they liked it as much as the original.
We recorded the laughs in the theater.
- Harold Ramis

With both Caddyshack and Vacation, it's not like the
subjects were serious enough that they engaged my interest for another round.
I love the characters, and the actors were great,
but I didn't see the need to make another Vacation movie.
- Harold Ramis

It's like the old rule-if you introduce a gun into the first act of a play,
it's going to be used in the third act.
So if you do a movie about criminals,
you have to accept there's going to be Some action.
- Harold Ramis

There's a personal story of my own that I will write at some point,
and it's a film that I will happily make.
It could very well be the next thing I do,
unless someone shows me something great.
- Harold Ramis

We all wish we could be in more than one place at the same time.
People with families feel guilty all the time-if we
spend too much time with our family,
we feel we're not working hard enough.
- Harold Ramis

My first few films were institutional comedies,
and you're on pretty safe ground when you're dealing
with an institution that vast numbers of people have experienced:
college,
summer camp, the military, the country club.
- Harold Ramis

A psychologist said to me, there are only two important
questions you have to ask yourself.
What do you really feel? And, what do you really want?
If you can answer those two,
you probably can leave your neuroses behind you.
- Harold Ramis

As much as we'd like to believe that our work is great
and that we're infallible,
we're not.
Hollywood movies are made for the audience.
These are not small European art films we're making.
- Harold Ramis

I feel a big obligation to the audience,
almost in a moral sense, to say something useful.
If I'm going to spend a year of my life on these things,
I want something that I feel that strongly about.
- Harold Ramis

Parrots make great pets.
They have more personality than goldfish.
- Chevy Chase

A laugh is a surprise.
And all humor is physical.
I was always athletic, so that came naturally to me.
- Chevy Chase

They can't make any of these talented young actors Fletch.
You might as well make a movie called Chevy Chase.
- Chevy Chase

I like jazz, but I could never play it.
You just sit there with a guitar the size of a Chevy on your chest,
wearing a stupid hat, playing the same solo for an hour.
- Dave Mustaine

Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles,
because it seemed wrong to have my 3-year-old wondering
why Daddy was kissing someone else.
- Chevy Chase

Since my induction into the Sports Hall of Fame,
I have wanted to have my No.
3 Chevy on exhibit for sports fans to see.
I hope others will enjoy the car as much as I have.
- Junior Johnson

I'm Chevy Chase, and you're not.
- Chevy Chase

I just went into this business for laughs.
I guess I don't mind being an actor so much now.
- Chevy Chase

I don't know if my looks will ever get any better,
but my pratfalls sure won't.
- Chevy Chase

Every Vacation movie didn't just make the studio money.
They each made the studio a lot of money.
- Chevy Chase

You may have read that I went to M.I.T.
In 1982 I filled out a Who's Who survey with joking responses,
and they never bothered to check the facts.
- Chevy Chase

Chevy Chase and Bill Murray - we thought those guys were funny.
We love Bill Murray, but we didn't think they were right for Airplane!
because it would step on the joke if there was a known comedian.
- David Zucker

With Clinton, there's no question that I would have
made fun of his out-and-out lying.
But he's also a good friend.
- Chevy Chase

Television doesn't make stars.
It's the written media, the press, that makes stars.
- Chevy Chase

It's never a good idea for a celebrity to sign autographs
or take pictures if a crowd is gathering.
- Chevy Chase

Some Harvard guy said that acid would open our minds,
pot wouldn't hurt us, and cocaine was benign.
- Chevy Chase

Last good pratfall I did, I broke bones in both hands.
I still feel it when people shake my hand.
- Chevy Chase

I think the Clintons are brilliant.
I've never met a person as intelligent as Bill,
and I think Hillary is right up there with him.
They're too smart for Washington.
- Chevy Chase

I was always the guy getting kicked out of my classes
at school for having an attitude problem.
- Chevy Chase

The fact was, Ford kept stumbling around.
I didn't want him in the White House.
I wanted Carter in, and I had a forum of 20 million people watching.
- Chevy Chase

I tell the person I won't take a picture or sign the autograph,
but I will shake their hand.
That kind of personal touch is all they're really seeking.
- Chevy Chase

We never could have performed live for an hour and
a half every week if we were doing drugs.
- Chevy Chase

It took me 20 years of making movies to learn how to do it.
- Chevy Chase

All my children inherited perfect pitch.
- Chevy Chase

I learned a lot about handling fans from established stars.
- Chevy Chase

I watched every single Charlie Chaplin film.
- Chevy Chase

I have three daughters.
I wanted them to be raised where there are real seasons
and where everyone their age wasn't trying to get into movies.
- Chevy Chase

Most of the films I've done were ruined in the postproduction,
not during filming.
- Chevy Chase

If you're in the White House, it's your house,
and you can invite whatever friend you want.
- Chevy Chase

I made about 28 movies, and I think about five of them were good.
- Chevy Chase

The best comedy I ever did was when people didn't know who I was.
- Chevy Chase

Anyone who wants to run has to be a Jimmy Swaggart,
minus the default.
- Chevy Chase

There are very few solid family films.
A lot of the writing is awful.
- Chevy Chase

The first thing that happens is that you're overwhelmed by so much attention.
It's just so unnatural.
Only people who've been in that position can realize what it's like.
I mean, you have to be there.
- Chevy Chase

Parrots, tortoises and redwoods live a longer life than men do;
Men a longer life than dogs do; Dogs a longer life than love does.
- Edna St.
Vincent Millay

The only animals I'm not comfortable with are parrots,
but I'm learning as I go.
I'm getting better and better at 'em.
I really am.
- Steve Irwin


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