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"Competition is healthy. Competition is life. Yet most actors refuse to acknowledge this. They don't want to compete. They want to get along. And they are therefore not first-rate actors. The good actor is the one who competes, willingly, who enjoys competing. An actor must compete, or die...Peacefulness and the avoidance of trouble won't help in his acting. It is just the opposite he must seek." - Michael Shurtleff

"I started doing yoga in my 20s. I did teacher training, that was what I was going to do if acting didn't work out. I started teaching other actors right at the beginning of the yoga craze - people still thought it was a little weird, but a lot of actors I knew were getting into it and didn't want to look foolish in class. So I started teaching them!" - Kristin Davis

"Our everyday self is a narrow construct...Our total self is far broader, ultimately infinite. Actors who seem to be playing themselves are actually playing roles they have become so skillful at that they seem pure and natural...Much bad Acting is the result of being too close to the Actor's everyday self, confining him in its rigid mold." - Richard Hornby

"Acting doesn't have anything to do with listening to the words. We never really listen, in general conversation, to what the other person is saying. We listen to what they mean. And what they mean is often quite apart from the words. When you see a scene between two actors that goes really well you can be sure they're not listening to each other - they're feeling what the other person is trying to get at. Know what I mean?" - Jack Lemmon

"If you've ever been around a group of actors, you've noticed, no doubt, that the can talk of nothing else under the sun but acting...It's exactly the same way with baseball players. Your heart must be in your work." - Christy Mathewson

"I love actors, and I love good acting. I love what actors do when they're good, and I'm a big acting fan." - John Carney

"I'd love to perform with other actors and act with actors, true actors. I would like to be in a movie and have full room for acting." - Xavier Dolan

"I love actors, and I'm passionate about the creative process of acting and filmmaking." - Tasha Smith

"The great difference between screen acting and theatre acting is that screen acting is about reacting - 75% of the time, great screen actors are great reactors." - Nicolas Roeg

"Competition [in a scene] is healthy. Competition is life. Yet most actors refuse to acknowledge this. They don't want to compete. They want to get along. And they are therefore not first-rate actors." - Michael Shurtleff

"My work requires acting at its most committed - it demands actors of enormous resilience, but also intelligence and wit. It doesn't work for narcissistic or selfish actors." - Mike Leigh

"I love talking about acting. I'm just such a fan of actors and filmmakers, and I try to choose roles where I get to talk to great actors about acting and learn." - Jessica Chastain

"When actors are being defensive and defending their position, that is when you get less than good acting." - John Boorman

"Acting is a form of deception, and actors can mesmerize themselves almost as easily as an audience." - Leo Rosten

"There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth." - Cynthia Heimel

"We are always complaining that our days are few, and acting as though there would be no end to them." - Seneca the Younger

"Love the battle between chaos and imagination. Remember: Acting is living truthfully in imaginary circumstances. Remember: Acting is the way to live the greatest number of lives. Remember: Acting is the same as real life, lived intentionally. Never forget: The Fruit is out on the end of the limb. Go there." - Robert Fulghum

"I think actors are privileged. Acting feeds you." - Alan Bates

"I'm acting with the best actors in the world." - Jeremy Piven

"There's nothing more boring than actors talking about acting." - James Caan

"People don't want their actors acting like musicians." - Josh Homme

"I love acting, truly my favorite people are actors." - Sean Penn

"The more that I can work in different mediums, the more I can grow, and learn from different actors and different types of actors and directors and different styles of acting and build a tool box." - Christina Ricci

"I already love acting and I love actors, so being able to communicate with actors and to bring performances out of them, and to tell a story and aid them, is really exciting for me." - Eric Balfour

"One of the things I love about acting is other actors, looking into their eyes, and working off them, and listening and responding to them." - Allison Janney

"In terms of acting, we go through phases of being really inspired by film and television and actors and works that we've read." - Laura Vandervoort

"For acting, darlings, is the world's most perilous trade. Compared with actors, steeple jacks and deep-sea divers lead snug and placid lives." - Tallulah Bankhead

"I went to college and stage school, and thought about acting, but... I just don't like actors very much! They're not as fun as musicians." - Martha Wainwright

"Actors are embracing a new aesthetic, which is leaning more toward truthful and simple and direct, as opposed to what we would normally call sitcom acting." - William H Macy

"So I find the fascination, the love, the incredible skill and everything to do with acting, writing plays, and doing them, just darling. Lovely. I love actors." - Patrick Macnee

"Actors have a magic gene within them - I think they're the finest descendants of rogues and vagabonds - and it's all too easily forgotten what the acting legacy is." - Julian Sands

"Acting and writing go together. Actors write because they love words and becoming other people - we love to escape into other characters." - Susannah York

"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

"Sometimes 'great acting' is just showing off - chewing up scenery and dialogue and other actors - the equivalent of a theatrical sugar rush." - Denis Leary

"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

"I'm such a fan of actors, and also enjoy watching them work, so that I can help their acting in any way I can." - Dito Montiel

"I want to make a clear distinction between people who take acting seriously and people who call themselves actors because theyve been on reality TV or something." - Damian Lewis

"Human beings are, necessarily, actors who...can be divided...into the sane who know they are acting and the mad who do not." - W H Auden

"At the Academy Award Dinners all the actors and actresses in Hollywood gather around to see what someone else thinks about their acting besides their press agents." - Bob Hope

"The reason why most of actors got into acting was so that we could become other people and have fun with being somebody else." - Scott Bakula

"Successful actors and actresses have to get themselves into their roles before acting. Therefore, you need to really care about what you are saying." - Jane Goodall

"You ever spent eight hours acting in water? It's a lot easier to get in and out of a bath. Hot tubs are bad news for actors, man." - Adam Pally

"After working with so many great actors and acting students in film school, it was a whole other thing working with Luke [Kirby]." - Paul Dalio

"I understand acting and I understand actors. I don't really understand the world of celebrity. That's just bizarre. Those sorts of elements I'm at sea with." - Sam Neill

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

"I'm always interested with other actors in what their process is, and are they still interested in acting, as opposed to being a star." - Martin Freeman

"I want to make a clear distinction between people who take acting seriously and people who call themselves actors because they've been on reality TV or something." - Damian Lewis

"Acting itself is quite scary. Some people say that actors are show-offs, very egotistical and all that kind of stuff, but it is quite scary." - Michael Sheen

"Acting is a very artistic profession and there are thousands of people out there who think they are actors but there are very few who have real talent." - Wolfgang Puck

"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

"Sean Penn, for his acting as well as his writing and directing. There are so many actors I respect, but his reach is so wide." - Boyd Holbrook

"We don't want bores in the theatre. We don't want standardised acting, standard actors with standard-shaped legs. Acting needs everybody, cripples, dwarfs and people with noses so long. Give us something that is different." - Sybil Thorndike

"I have done some formal acting training, because I sucked at acting when I first got to Los Angeles. I'm still one of the worst actors and auditions out there." - Eric Andre

"I know actors who say acting is acting, but I love the live-ness of an audience. I love feeling the energy of a room and allowing them to sort of teach you how to do it better." - Phoebe Waller-Bridge

"I didn't even know what acting was at 11 years old. I truly believed that acting was hidden cameras everywhere. And I felt that these actors on the screen were somehow real people." - Masiela Lusha

"Before I got into acting, I was always interested in psychology, which I think is very common with a lot of actors because in a weird way, psychology and acting kind of seem interwoven." - Megan Park

"I don't take acting classes - I'm quite an autodidact. I prefer to learn from other actors by watching various movies. Evaluate my acting, spot the flaws and fix them." - Joe Taslim

"To be a good patriot, a man must consider his countrymen as God's creatures, and himself as accountable for his acting towards them." - George Berkeley

"As Michael (Chekhov)'s pupil, I learned more about acting. I learned psychology, history, and the good manners of art - taste." - Marilyn Monroe

"Human beings, in their thinking, feeling and acting are not free agents but are as causally bound as the stars in their motion." - Albert Einstein

"Message to all rioters: put down your brick, put away the spray paint, and leave the cop cars alone; you're acting like soccer fans! It's embarrassing." - Jim Rome

"Acting became important. It became an art that belonged to the actor, not to the director or producer, or the man whose money had bought the studio. It was an art that transformed you into somebody else, that increased your life and mind. I had always loved acting and tried hard to learn it. But with Michael Chekhov, acting became more than a profession to me. It became a sort of religion." - Marilyn Monroe

"In my opinion, the actors I admire the most are also character actors - the Dustin Hoffmans and the Robert De Niros. You look at them from film to film, and there's clearly more going on than just the repeat of the same persona over and over again. They find characters, and they submerge themselves. I think good acting is always character acting." - William Sadler

"Everyone brings their own particular skill set to the job, and acting training can work for a lot of actors, and it can't. I've seen a lot of really good actors go into acting schools and then come out a little bit corrupted." - Xavier Samuel

"British actors come at acting from a slightly different angle. Because a lot of the films are cast out there, they are so used to the angle from which the Americans, and certainly the young guys from LA, are coming at it, that I think it's interesting for them to find these English actors who maybe approach acting from a different place." - Jim Sturgess

"Daniel Day-Lewis and Sean Penn to me are the two best actors of all time. I'm just glad to have the pleasure to be in an era that they're acting while I'm acting. They're probably the best actors in my mind." - Channing Tatum

"I think there's a lot of mythos about what's required in acting. The way that actors talk about acting is generally quite punishing, and I think actors want to put forward the idea that they do all of this work because, you know, it's a post-De Niro world, when, largely, in fact, it's almost never true." - Ben Mendelsohn

"British actors come at acting from a slightly different angle. Because a lot of the films are cast out there, they are so used to the angle from which the Americans, and certainly the young guys from L.A., are coming at it, that I think it's interesting for them to find these English actors who maybe approach acting from a different place." - Jim Sturgess

"A man of knowledge lives by acting, not by thinking about acting... Thus a man of knowledge sweats and puffs and if one looks at him he is just like an ordinary man, except that the folly of his life is under his control." - Carlos Castaneda

"The interesting thing with child actors is that kids are natural actors. They're wonderful actors, and most kids are acting all the time. They're imagining they're out in the yard playing. They're imagining that things happened, and they can get very vivid." - Clint Eastwood

"Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances." - Sanford Meisner

"Consistency is the death of good acting." - Michael Shurtleff

"Acting is pretending to be someone else." - Anna Paquin

"Acting is a sport. On stage you must be ready to move like a tennis player on his toes. Your concentration must be keen, your reflexes sharp; your body and mind are in top gear, the chase is on. Acting is energy. In the theatre people pay to see energy." - Clive Swift

"We need to practice acting in spite of fear, in spite of doubt, in spite of worry, in spite of uncertainty, in spite of inconvenience, in spite of discomfort, and even to practice acting when we're not in the mood to act." - T Harv Eker

"acting is a wild ride, shared in the company of other actors." - Diane Keaton

"Acting of some actors seems natural, because they have no talent." - Jules Renard

"That's why there's so much bad acting out there, because you could see actors watching themselves." - Viola Davis

"I don't think most people understand acting, even the people who call themselves savvy, even actors." - Viola Davis

"I think all actors have a sadomasochistic streak, because acting is kind of brutal, you know." - Michelle Pfeiffer

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

"I don't have the passion for acting that actors might have." - Jemima Kirke

"Actors today go into TV, which I don't consider has a lot to do with acting." - Lauren Bacall

"I'm used to American actors who have a movie career thinking television acting is beneath them." - Alan Ball

"A lot of child actors keep acting for the wrong reasons." - Nicholas Hoult

"Directing is kind of like acting through other people. You see moments and you see things and if you don't see the actors hit it, you paint in those little spaces and tell them what direction to go in." - Malik Yoba

"My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I've shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits." - Peter O'Toole

"My professional acting life, stage and screen, has brought me public support, emotional fulfillment and material comfort. It has brought me together with fine people, good companions with whom I've shared the inevitable lot of all actors: flops and hits." - Peter Otoole

"We have so much access to one another through technology and everything else, that we're very much used to people being real. When folks go on TV and they're basically acting - if they were good actors they'd be acting and paid for it for a living, but they're not good actors. When we see bad acting, it doesn't look like bad acting, it looks weird, and we are turned off by it. I'm not talking about anybody in particular, that's just politics right now. This generation, I feel like, has incredible bullshit detectors." - Jason Kander

"They're a very strange lot actors, very strange people." - Ben Kingsley

"Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?" - Harry Warner

"I spent a lot of time taking acting lessons Actors have no inhibitions, and Im inhibited by everything. To be able to make fun of yourself is a skill and a liberating experience." - Maksim Chmerkovskiy

"It was always my intention to direct. I went to film school. And then I wanted to know how to work with actors, so I went to acting school. And then by the end of that, I caught the bug." - Benn Northover

"I do not know if it is true that all actors want to direct and all directors want to act, but in 1972 I tried directing and decided I had better stick to acting." - James Earl Jones

"I think I've grown up in an era where character acting on film has become less desirable for the producers and directors and therefore the audience. They have got used to the people that those actors really are." - David Suchet

"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 do tend to like movies that challenge me, professionally. That's mostly on a smaller scale, when you have one or two or five actors, and it's all about the acting and not the camera." - Ayelet Zurer

"You never get tired of making money, and you never get tired of a great acting gig, a same role that you can play for years, with wonderful writing and wonderful actors." - Peter Jacobson

"I've dealt with a few method actors, and I don't know if should say this, but I think it's a bunch of nonsense. I think it's film acting and you just have to be on when the camera is rolling." - Natalie Portman

"I like to rehearse with the actors scenes that are not in the script and will not be in the film because what we're really doing is trying to establish their character, and good acting to me is about reacting." - Jim Jarmusch

"I do tend to like movies that challenge me professionally. That's mostly on a smaller scale, when you have one or two or five actors, and it's all about the acting and not the camera." - Ayelet Zurer

"I studied acting for 10 years before I went for an audition. I studied with Lee Strasberg and Actors Studio teachers, and went to the High School of Performing Arts." - Ellen Barkin

"I spent a lot of time taking acting lessons... Actors have no inhibitions, and I'm inhibited by everything. To be able to make fun of yourself is a skill and a liberating experience." - Maksim Chmerkovskiy

"Actors look for characters. If they read a well-written character, and if they think the director's not an idiot, they're going to sign up and do some acting." - Andrew Dominik

"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

"You cannot study acting in books. Do it, do it, do it. And watch good actors. See what they are doing and how they are doing it. You have to practically participate, I think, in order to develop yourself." - Max Von Sydow

"I love acting, every job is a dream job when you're an actor. I'd like to do eventually more film work and to collaborate with the best actors and directors in film." - Josh Hopkins

"I had a really great experience so far with film acting. And most experiences from most actors, I've heard, are not like this. But I want a career that has many disciplines and many options." - Thomas Horn

"My first job was a film called 'Storm Damage' for the BBC. I was 16 and working with really respected British actors. I didn't have an agent at the time, and it kind of threw me into real acting." - Ashley Madekwe

"For perpetrators, when they apologize and experience remorse, it gives them a chance to reclaim their own humanity. Some rise to the moral challenge. Others of course don't care, and they continue acting with contempt." - Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela

"Actors are con men and con men are actors." - Edward Burns

"Acting is a child's prerogative. Children are born to act. Usually, people grow up and out of it. Actors always seem to me to be people who never quite did grow out of it." - Joanne Woodward

"I started acting when I was 13 years old and I feel like I really admire actors who are these kind of amazing shape-changing people, that they almost can turn themselves into other people." - Ethan Hawke

"I learned a lot about acting - watching not just myself but other actors and learning how to distinguish between two great takes. It's also about one's own taste in performance." - Ralph Fiennes

"Some deeply untrusting actors - the kind that need to know exactly what's what and are completely insecure - might be quite good within the parameters of a certain sort of acting." - Mike Leigh

"I think directors should at least take acting lessons to see what's going on. And I think all actors should direct to see what a director has to go through." - Penny Marshall

"I have some friends who are actors. I've watched them work. And I would say that of all the arts, acting is the most grueling, thankless. Never apologize for your work." - Kristen Stewart

"While great leaders may be as rare as great runners, great actors, or great painters, everyone has leadership potential, just as everyone has some ability at running, acting, and painting." - Warren G. Bennis

"As far as a job, actors get treated a lot better than writers so I definitely prefer acting. A writer has to make his own coffee and an actor has somebody bring them coffee." - Colton Dunn

"With acting, you have to take it seriously because the other actors are putting in a lot of effort - and if you say, 'I'm just bullshitting here', it's like dissing 'em." - Ice T

"You never really know who you're going to be acting with, but that doesn't really matter. 99% of the actors I've worked with, and they number in the thousands, I've liked." - Sam Neill

"When I first started acting in movies - as probably a lot of naive young actors do - I made a list of directors that I wanted to work with and sent it to my agent at the time." - Justin Bartha

"It's a challenge, writing about actors, especially a good actor, because you can't always tell when they're being honest and when they're pretending - that is, when they're acting. The really good ones don't always seem to know themselves." - Rich Cohen

"Everyone forgets comedians are actors. There's no question about it. A Robin Williams cannot say the same line every night for 40 weeks and make it sound fresh unless he's doing an acting job." - Joan Rivers

"If you want to be a screenwriter, take an acting class to get a sense of what you're asking actors to do. Learning other skills will help you communicate with people and respect what they do." - Tina Fey

"I thought acting was all about natural instinct but I've realised, through working with so many talented actors on 'Wild Swans' and 'Run,' that I can see the training. That's why I am back at drama school." - Katie Leung

"I get asked all the time if I want to do more dramatic acting, and I really doubt that dramatic actors get asked if they want to do more comedies. I don't really know why that is." - Chris O'Dowd

"Listen, acting is not surgery, it's entertainment. You're doing something to hopefully move people, to make them laugh, to transport them. But actors are vulnerable, and the reason we're vulnerable is that we're always trying to recreate human behaviour." - Eddie Redmayne

"I feel like this is the way I was meant to interact with acting. Which is as a director, and helping, working with actors to find their way. Facilitating their performances is so satisfying for me." - Lynn Shelton

"With acting I am being led by the script, other actors, the director, etc. But with songwriting I feel it is much more self reliant and allows me to be in the creative experience without being as dependent on others." - Helen Slater

"When I was 15, 16, I studied with Stella Adler at the Conservatory of Acting, then I stopped again and went to the Actors Studio when I was 18." - Robert De Niro

"Actors walk around wearing these little tool-belts of acting skills. And I just don't find that interesting to watch. I never want to see someone who clearly can cry at the drop of a hat. That's so uninteresting." - Kristen Stewart

"I don't think many actors are the best judge of careers. I think generally we have good instincts about what we can do in terms of acting. And often they become directors, which I don't want to be." - Hugh Jackman

"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

"Over the years, I have realized that there's more to a film's fate than just good acting and a solid script. It needs to be marketed well. It's the package that sells - the songs, action, actors, etc." - Randeep Hooda

"Not taboo - it's just that straight actors still risk their careers commercially and economically. They have to please the crowd - they're movie stars; their image is their industry. It goes beyond acting." - Ang Lee

"Most actors are starving. Most of us are walking around with a flashlight and tweezers looking for evidence. When you have someone that actually writes an acting role, it's rare." - Dylan Mcdermott

"I believe, and this is perhaps too nationalistic a view, that the American style of acting puts actors quickly in touch with each other, so that their continuous presence in a company, as in England, is not absolutely necessary." - Arthur Penn

"I get asked all the time if I want to do more dramatic acting, and I really doubt that dramatic actors get asked if they want to do more comedies. I don't really know why that is." - Chris Odowd

"In this country, you have movie actors and theatre actors and television actors" - Max Von Sydow

"In this country, you have movie actors and theatre actors and television actors." - Max Von Sydow

"I think there are all sorts of ways of turning into an actor, and there are a vast variety of different actors. You know, you interview plenty of actors and you know they come at it from a different direction and acting means different things to a lot of people." - John Lithgow

"That's where you can find things and modulate your performance and give the other actors something fresh to respond to. We've probably all worked with actors who when it's suddenly your close up, they get sleepy. I don't like that. It's selfish acting, and I won't tolerate it." - Denzel Washington

"We're all always acting. You need to be able to sit in silence and not beat up on yourself. It's hard to say to yourself, 'You are human. Welcome to the human race.'" - Liam Neeson

"In civilized life, where the happiness, and indeed almost the existence, of man depends so much upon the opinion of his fellow men, he is constantly acting a studied part." - Washington Irving

"The prodigious waste of human life occasioned by this perpetual struggle for room and food, was more than supplied by the mighty power of population, acting, in some degree, unshackled, from the constant habit of emigration." - Thomas Malthus

"I love actors and I understand what has to happen within a scene. Any scene is an acting scene and actors never act alone, so there has to be an interchange. If it's a dialog scene, if it's a love scene, it doesn't matter because you need to establish a situation." - Taylor Hackford

"I think a lot of directors, they come out of film school, they don't know anything about acting. Or they're writers that don't know anything about the process. And I think they're afraid sometimes to talk to actors and be honest with actors." - Matt Dillon

"What I learned about acting, from my experiences directing, is why so many producers and directors don't like actors. You go through all of this work securing a location, figuring out how to get electricity there, how to get trucks parked where they need to be, and where catering is going to come from. And if the actors don't come up with some magic, it actually didn't matter. That creates a lot of animosity towards the actors." - Ethan Hawke

"I"ve never agreed with the conventional wisdom that "actors are great liars." If more people understood the acting process, the goals of good actors, the conventional wisdom would be "actors are terrible liars," because only bad actors lie on the job. The good ones hate fakery and avoid manufactured emotion at all costs. Any script is enough of a lie anyway. (What experience does any actor have with flying a spacecraft? Killing someone?) What's called for, what actors are hired for, is to bring reality to the arbitrary." - Rob Lowe



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