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Philip Seymour Hoffman Quotes and Sayings

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Actors are responsible to the people we play.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

The foibles of my body are pretty much out there in the work I do.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

If I was a little bit younger I would worry more.
I'd want to do one thing at a time but now I try to
do a bunch of different things at a time if I can.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

People actually live with their id exposed.
They're not good at concealing what's going on inside.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

 

My love for the theater has always been a priority.
That hasn't changed.
I got into acting that way.
The film work that came up was really a surprise.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

When you have a child, as anyone knows who has them,
that's basically all you want to talk about.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

The size of my head though is pretty abnormal.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

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It's important to say that actors can't act alone,
it's impossible.
What we have to do is support each other.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

I didn't have any idea that I would be able to have a career in film.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sometimes I'm uncomfortable with the level of fame I've got!
It all depends on the day and what's going on.
I don't desire any more fame.
I don't need it.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

Sometimes I have a great day of filming and sometimes
the theater strikes me better.
It just depends.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what
you share with someone else when you're uncool.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

Being unemployed is not good for an actor.
No, it isn't, no matter how unsuccessful you are.
Because you always remember getting fired from all the restaurants.
You remember that stuff very, very strongly.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

There are a lot of things going on with my life right
now that don't just have to do with career.
So I have a hard time making decisions about work.
That's really a luxury problem.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

I work constantly but I work at a lot of different things.
You know, I run a theater company in New York,
I direct plays, act in plays, in movies,
so I try to keep it eclectic.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

I have a fine level of recognition in the business
and among the acting community now,
so I consider myself one of the lucky ones.
If I didn't think that, there would be something wrong with me.
I'm grateful and thankful for what I've got.
- Philip Seymour Hoffman

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

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

I'll miss the relationships I have built with these actors.
I'll miss the devotion we have to this work.
Over this length of time, the tendency is to think it will never end.
- Dennis Franz

There's nothing more boring than unintelligent actors,
because all they have to talk about is themselves and acting.
There have to be other things.
- Tim Robbins

The public must suffer untold pangs from the stiffness,
the deliberate stifling of emotion, on the part of many British actors.
- Ivor Novello

The long version of the play is actually an easier version to follow.
In all of the cut versions the intense speeches are
cut too close together for the audience and the actors.
- Kenneth Branagh

I read a lot of scripts.
Most of 'em go to other actors.
- Sam Elliott

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

I always say if you've seen good acting on television,
those actors are really good.
Because there's just not enough time.
You don't have any preparation.
- Sasha Alexander

Today some actors get a little full of themselves about what they're doing.
- Ray Liotta

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

That's how I like to do it with actors,
have them really go for it and I'll tell them when it's too much.
It's always easier to bring it back then to push it further.
- Alexander Payne

I don't like actors who try to talk directors into
making their part bigger and that's really lame.
- Franka Potente

On general principle, I boycott shows that don't employ actors.
- Aisha Tyler

When you're doing a play you get to go full speed ahead,
all night, in front of an audience.
It's a roller-coaster ride, responding to other actors,
it feeds you.
- Sean Patrick Thomas

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

The great actresses and actors receive awards for great roles in great films.
- Gloria Stuart

Actors do like watching girls parade down the runway for some reason.
- Kate Moss

If I was going to be broke I decided I might as well
be with actors as anyone else.
They were cheerful idiots and seemed to take it better.
- Peter Finch

The big gap between the ability of actors is confidence.
- Kathleen Turner

The role of a do-gooder is not what actors call a fat part.
- Margaret Halsey

Actors search for rejection.
If they don't get it they reject themselves.
- Charlie Chaplin

A White House dinner is the American family assembled,
from labor leaders to billionaires, actors,
architects, academicians and athletes.
- Hugh Sidey

I want to prove a point.
That point is, actors are artists, not narcissists necessarily.
- William Hurt

I know a lot of actors don't watch themselves on TV,
but I think it's good to see how else you can improve.
- Michael Welch

A lot of actors said they hated the studio system,
but I loved it.
It was like a college; it was a great place to learn.
- Richard Widmark

I get to play a great character while working with
great actors and great directors on a great show.
- Harry Hamlin

Most child actors go through that.
Unless you can transition into an adult star,
your career is over.
- Morgan Brittany

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

There's something that sort of weirds me out about
actors who want to be rock stars,
and the other way around too.
- Gwyneth Paltrow

I try not to have high expectations of people because
it just sets you up for disappointment,
but it's great to work with actors who are that talented and accomplished.
- Famke Janssen

I think Star Trek has been very double-edged for all of us -
as actors,
writers, directors.
- Jonathan Frakes

Comedians are not usually actors, but imitations of actors.
- Johann Georg Zimmermann

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

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

I pray to be of service to the playwright,
the audience, the other actors and my character.
- Lusia Strus

Many plays - certainly mine - are like blank checks.
The actors and directors put their own signatures on them.
- Thornton Wilder

A Dumont actor was considered to be too stilted -
the way we Dumont actors used to speak.
- Leon Askin

The young actors coming out of the Universities are well trained.
- Tony Randall

Now, when I started my theater, the modus operandi
was having the actors stare right into the audience.
- Richard Foreman

I consider those actors who amaze me are somehow less
attractive to me than those actors who move me.
- Robert Lansing

We chose the actors thru a series of auditions when we started the show.
- Craig McCracken

There are professional negotiators working for the writers and the actors,
but basically you've got the writers and actors negotiating against businessmen.
That's why you get rhetoric.
- Dick Wolf

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

Dates with actors, finally, just seemed to me evenings of shop talk.
I got sick of it after a hile.
So the more famous I became, the more I narrowed down my choices.
- Hedy Lamarr

My favorite actors when I was a kid were in their '60s.
Spencer Tracy, Humphrey Bogart, John Wayne.
- Joseph Bologna

Seems to me that this business, for actors anyway,
is not so much about whether or not you do good work.
It's about whether or not you get the chance to do good work.
- Hugh Laurie

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

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

You know, there was not much wire work for any of us
actors to do because the extent of what they did was so huge.
I mean, they wouldn't just throw you from this table to that wall.
- Julian McMahon

I choose movies, I never choose roles.
I look at the script.
I look at the director.
I look at the other actors - and then the role.
- Elle Macpherson

To be able to rely completely on the actors was a very simple process for me.
- Stephen Hopkins

Well, acting is cheap; I knew all these actors who
weren't in the Screen Actors Guild yet,
and it happened that they were all just about thirty years old.
- John Sayles

When child actors act well they're just reacting to situations,
and they're acting very real because their life experience is so short;
there's no history to fall back on.
- Mariel Hemingway

People who call themselves actors and can't ever get work;
they do need to get another profession.
- Estelle Parsons


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