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Lee Strasberg Quotes and Sayings

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An actors' tribute to me is in his work.
- Lee Strasberg

A great actor is independent of the poet,
because the supreme essence of feeling does not reside in prose or in verse,
but in the accent with which it is delivered.
- Lee Strasberg

If we cannot see the possibility of greatness,
how can we dream it?
- Lee Strasberg

The actor creates with his own flesh and blood all
those things which all the arts try in some way to describe.
- Lee Strasberg

 

Art is longer than life.
- Lee Strasberg

Acting is the most personal of our crafts.
The make-up of a human being - his physical,
mental and emotional habits - influence his acting
to a much greater extent than commonly recognized.
- Lee Strasberg

It is the quality of the moment,
not the number of days, or events, or of actors, that imports.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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God writes a lot of comedy... the trouble is,
he's stuck with so many bad actors
who don't know how to play funny.
- Garrison Keillor

If there's anything unsettling to the stomach,
it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
- Marlon Brando

The difference between my generation of actors and
their generation is that they were bigger than life.
We are not bigger than life.
- Bruce Dern

There are 100,000 actors in the Screen Actors Guild.
Only 2,000 of them make more than $75,000 a year.
- Steve Guttenberg

There's a whole catalogue of actors that never went to acting school.
- Dennis Farina

I'm involved with Recording Artists and Actors Against Drunk Driving.
I'm also involved with most children's causes,
because children can't help the environment they're in.
- Judd Nelson

The reason actors, artists, writers have agents is
because we'll do it for nothing.
That's a basic fact - you gotta do it.
- Morgan Freeman

If a farmer fills his barn with grain,
he gets mice.
If he leaves it empty, he gets actors.
- Walter Scott

When the major studios flourished many years ago,
an actor was groomed, developed, and worked frequently at his craft.
The studios really took care of their actors.
- James MacArthur

Actors never retire, they just get less and less work.
- Desmond Llewelyn

Well, I've been in several films including documentaries,
but the big blockbuster, I was hired as advisor to the actors,
I was trying to make Jesuits out of them.
- Daniel Berrigan

Now while the German money is over for Hollywood,
I still have $80 million to make movies,
and we will have two things coming up:
less major movies and the price for actors will go down.
- Uwe Boll

I feel like I'm the most well-adjusted character on the show,
even though I'm sure the other actors would tell you
the same thing about their characters.
- Thomas Lennon

I got into radio when I was eight, and I was one of
the busiest child dramatic actors in America.
- Mel Torme

The reward is that you can actually create a world
separate from reality with a story,
actors, music, and camera design.
When it works it can entertain, move people and teach us all.
- Colleen Atwood

Agents are still asking for millions of dollars for
actors that don't sell one ticket.
- Uwe Boll

So many actors wear wigs nowadays.
Besides, if someone is hiring me because of how I wear my hair,
I don't want to work with them anyway.
- Maria Bello

People should realize that I shot a Coke commercial back in 1986.
So, you know, I've been around a long time.
I carry my Screen Actors Guild Card.
- Kato Kaelin

No matter what happens, we couldn't let people say
Asian-American actors can't act.
- Mako

Fonda and Gary Cooper had the best sense of timing
of all the actors I knew.
- Gene Tierney

I allow an area for improvisation because the chemical
things actors bring to stories make it not work.
- Vincente Minnelli

Ronnie Barker will forever be remembered as one of the great comic actors.
- John Major

If it's well written and well directed and you've got
good actors to work with,
acting is easy.
But making sure all the ducks are in a row is the hard part.
It's very rare.
- John Lithgow

I, also, found the opportunity to work with the actors
extremely gratifying and rewarding.
- Janine Turner

I can understand why people get annoyed at being remembered for one thing,
but a lot of actors aren't remembered for anything.
I don't mind that.
- Julie Walters

I'm not in the loop; I don't know any actors,
really, just the ones I work with.
- Denzel Washington

Whatever talent I had, I'm sure it helped that my parents
were in the business and that I grew up around actors,
comedians and directors.
- Ben Stiller

A reporter discovers, in the course of many years of
interviewing celebrities,
that most actors are more attractive behind a spotlight than over a spot of tea.
- Phyllis Battelle

Some actors couldn't figure out how to withstand the constant rejection.
They couldn't see the light at the end of the tunnel.
- Harrison Ford

And I think it is the genius of actors to be able to
escape whatever people are expecting of them.
Otherwise you become like a factory worker.
- Olivier Martinez

You respect all of these people that you know in the business as actors.
And they sort of turn around and say,
we really like your work.
It's a nice acknowledgment.
- Lucy Liu

A lot of American actors I work with are in character all day long.
You can't talk to them.
It's Method and the whole thing.
- Norman Jewison

The best actors do not let the wheels show.
- Milan Kundera

The crossover wasn't happening.
TV actors were TV actors, and film and stage actors
were a whole different thing.
And now there's just a lot of crossover.
- Christine Lahti

Actors cannot choose the manner in which they are born.
Consequently, it is the one gesture in their lives
completely devoid of self-consciousness.
- Helen Hayes

As a director, I also get to sit and watch actors and
learn from them in a way that I don't get to do when I'm just acting.
- Stanley Tucci

Great actors try to dismiss all ideas from their conscious
mind in order to provide an experience that is real.
- Mark Rylance

And I haven't met too many actors along the way that
haven't told me how much the show has meant to them.
It's one of the reasons they say they are doing what they're doing,
today.
- David Selby

A lot of actors talk about doing their homework,
but very few of them do it.
- Tony Scott

I don't feel particularly comfortable about actors
using whatever power they may have to push their beliefs,
unless they're extremely well informed.
- Ralph Fiennes

Actors are an insecure breed.
It's hard to have your career depend upon other people's opinions of what you do.
- Alyssa Milano

I can't remember ever staying for the end of a movie
in which the actors wore togas.
- Jimmy Cannon

I think most actors like to be liked.
- Anjelica Huston

It's eighty percent script and twenty percent you get great actors.
There's nothing else to it.
- William Wyler

I watch actors destroy themselves by trying to get it right.
- Frank Langella

I think that most actors don't have very good opinions of themselves.
- Charlotte Rampling

I think there are a lot of other actors that are just talented,
it's just about this opportunity - it's just about
when are we going to be put in those positions where we can shine.
- Nia Long

If I am not right for something there are many talented
actors out there that will get it.
- Tara Strong

The freshest moments in my films have always been with unknown actors.
- John Singleton

I think there are certain actors that have that kind of energy about them,
that taking over a room energy.
- Glenn Close

Television studios bet the farm on reality shows,
where they didn't need any actors and movie studios
had no plans for any quality movies that required the presence of me.
- Alfre Woodard

The great actors we had came from the actor-manager theaters.
Not only did they create a team, they were the generals
working with the soldiers.
- Steven Berkoff

Actors love mental disorders, dialects,
and corsets.
Give them one of the three and they're happy.
- Robin Tunney

If you watch the show and the characters don't look
at each other while they're talking,
the actors probably aren't getting along.
- Victoria Pratt

I pay attention to the actors and stuff,
but not even that much.
I don't pay attention to who's writing.
- Jason Mewes

And I think, on the other end, there were actors who
were not as good as I was,
perhaps who could have hung in too, but began to blame everything on race.
- James Earl Jones

These are extremely talented actors who are all putting
their talents into the Lost in Space movie.
- Mark Goddard

As a painter you're responsible yourself,
100 percent.
In film, you have the editor, the director,
the other actors.
It has the advantage of not being solitary.
- Sylvia Kristel

Directors say that you should get actors before they are recognized.
They will be a pain or have an opinion.
- Dianne Wiest

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 just love working with actors in general.
- Treat Williams

I've always thought that actors wanted to be pop musicians
and pop musicians wanted to be actors.
- Gary Kemp

A lot of actors don't like to see how they've done every day.
- Catherine Deneuve

I think the show does better with newsmakers and politicians
than it does with actors.
- Samantha Bee


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