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Stella Adler Quotes and Sayings

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The actor cannot afford to look only to his own life
for all his material nor pull strictly from his own
experience to find his acting choices and feelings.
- Stella Adler

The theatre was created to tell people the truth about
life and the social situation.
- Stella Adler

When you stand on the stage you must have a sense that
you are addressing the whole world,
and that what you say is so important the whole world must listen.
- Stella Adler

You have to get beyond your own precious inner experiences.
- Stella Adler

 

The play is not in the words, it's in you!
- Stella Adler

Your talent is in your choice.
- Stella Adler

The word theatre comes from the Greeks.
It means the seeing place.
It is the place people come to see the truth about
life and the social situation.
- Stella Adler

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One way we can enliven the imagination is to push it toward the illogical.
We're not scientists.
We don't always have to make the logical,
reasonable leap.
- Stella Adler

The actor has to develop his body.
The actor has to work on his voice.
But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.
- Stella Adler

The theatre is a spiritual and social X-ray of its time.
- Stella Adler

Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
- Stella Adler

The ideas of the great playwrights are almost always
larger than the experiences of even the best actors.
- Stella Adler

A junkie is someone who uses their body to tell society that something is wrong.
- Stella Adler

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

Obama is a very good actor.
He knows how to play it.
And he is very adept at creating this 'Obama' -
this character who is there whenever the world needs something.
- Jon Voight

As a director, I've been able to combine with what
I've learned as an actor and as a producer:
it melds quite nicely into what I feel like I should
have been doing all along.
- Griffin Dunne

I think basically an actor is a salesman.
- Paul Lynde

An actor really suffers when the director isn't prepared
because you start running out of time for the shoot
and then have to do it fast.
- Carol Kane

There is always one person on the set who has a lot of anxiety,
an actor who is really intense and has to stay in character
and holds himself away from the rest of us.
- Maria Bello

Got through it without fluffing, that's the main thing any actor can hope for.
- John Leeson

I look for things that are going to challenge me as an actor.
- Devon Sawa

Fate destined me to play Fagin.
It was the part of a lifetime, and I was the only actor
to be in the stage production and in the film.
- Ron Moody

I should be getting photographs of me with my arm around
these people like restaurant owners do,
because eventually I am going to have to prove to my
kids that once I was an actor!
- Josh Hartnett

My hunger and desperation, being an actor,
an out of work actor - my memory of that is as fresh as an open wound.
- Griffin Dunne

As far as my dreams go, all I want to do is be a working actor,
and I happily achieved that.
- Lucas Grabeel

I pray and try every day to be a better actor.
- Rod Taylor

I'm an actor.
And I guess I've done so many movies I've achieved some high visibility.
But a star? I guess I still think of myself as kind of a worker ant.
- Bill Vaughan

I'm an actor who believes we all have triggers to any stage of emotion.
It's not always easy to find but it's still there.
- Hugh Jackman

In the meantime, I just have to create those realistic
goals about the fact that I don't have a ton of options
as an actor who's been on a science fiction show for 8 years.
- Michael Shanks

It's no accident that Tony Hopkins is a wonderful film actor.
- Shirley Knight

I didn't come to Hollywood to drink or get high,
and I don't want to be considered a cool actor -
I want to be a great actor.
- Tom Sizemore

I didn't get into this so I could talk about my work,
my movies.
You become an actor to act.
- Kevin Bacon

As an actor there's no autonomy, unless you're prepared
to risk the possibility of starving.
- Ben Kingsley

I knew an actor's career goes up and down and back up again.
Your standing in this business can't be your whole identity;
otherwise,
you're doomed.
- Lisa Kudrow

Being an actor is an extension of telling a story and
I loved story telling as a child.
- Amanda Burton

I'm exceedingly proud of being an actor,
but I never recommend it to anyone.
- Theodore Bikel

Every actor is somewhat mad, or else he'd be a plumber
or a bookkeeper or a salesman.
- Bela Lugosi

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

I don't like people who use the press to advance themselves
in a way that they haven't earned as an actor,
performer or director.
- Jason Patric

Celebrity is death - celebrity - that's the worst thing
that can happen to an actor.
- Glenn Close

I'm supposed to be a pretty good theater actor.
- John Malkovich

As an actor, I was just satisfied to work.
- Thayer David

An actor really is a kind of intermediary between an audience and the piece,
whether it's a play or movie.
- Christopher Walken

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

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

I don't really think of myself as an actor.
- Dylan Moran

So, one way or another, I found myself in a few movies.
I take it seriously when I'm on the set,
but I don't take myself seriously as an actor.
- Henry Rollins

I'm just back in line with every other actor looking
for a job right now and keeping my fingers crossed.
- Joe Lando

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

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

The actor is concerned with his own bit of it,
but the director's somehow trying to work the whole
thing into a much bigger picture.
It's like conducting an orchestra.
- Roland Joffe

My college training was primarily in theatre,
with an eye to becoming a director, actor,
or producer.
- Orson Scott Card

My belief in God is responsible for what I am...
How can I refuse to talk about something which is so
much a prt of my life both as a man and as a actor?
- Robert Vaughn

When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character,
I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says,
'But what's my motivation?, ' I say,
'Your salary.'
- Alfred Hitchcock

As an actor, you ask yourself what you can do to put
yourself in a position where you can play that role.
- Jeremy Northam

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

The only thing an actor owes his public is not to bore them.
- Marlon Brando

I'm not an instinctive actor.
- John Thaw

The reason I wanted to be an actor is that I don't
want to play me for the rest of my life and make money out of that.
- James D'arcy

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

In the theatre, the actor is given immediate feedback.
- Charles Keating

Jim Carrey is a consummate actor and professional.
He comes on set, knows his lines and knows his moves.
- Christine Baranski

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

Work is fun to me.
All those years of being an actor and a director and
not being able to get a job -
two weeks is too long to not know what my next job will be.
- Dennis Hopper

The actor's popularity is evanescent;
applauded today,
forgotten tomorrow.
- Harrison Ford

I'm a character actor, so I don't take the hit if the movie's bad,
the lead does.
So, I don't want to be the lead.
He takes the hit, I don't.
- Brion James

Most actors spend a lot of time training themselves to be an actor.
And I kind of didn't do that.
I just started doin' it in front of an audience and had to deliver.
- David Carradine

I think I'm good at amplifying an actor's strengths,
and minimizing their weaknesses.
And they all have strengths and weaknesses.
- Steven Soderbergh

As an actor, I go where the good writing is.
That's the bottom line.
- Glenn Close

John Goodman is more that just a big guy,
he's a wonderful actor.
- Gene Siskel

Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character.
There are a lot of things I learned from animals.
One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me.
- James Dean


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