“To be an actor is to play any part, large or small, that truly believes he has something to say.”
“Investigate.” Paul Newman
“Being an actor takes time. I had been in movies, I’d played leads in movies, and I was still down at unemployment, waiting in line for my check. It wasn’t until Godfather 2 that I could make a living acting.”
"People have an idea of me which is not the reality. On set I’m an actor like every other actor. Most times, for every part I play, I can think of other actors who would be better. I worry from the moment I take a job. I worry about how I'm going to do it, if I can do it. I try to work out what I have to do on set and how I do that.
"I get extremely anxious. I panic. I can't get it. It happens every time, and I get myself into this state, and then I walk on set and the director says, 'Roll', and all of a sudden all of it disappears and it's all happening, and I relax and I'm doing what I do and I'm not even thinking about it. And I relax up until the moment they yell 'Cut'."
"If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it. It's the hard that makes it great."
‘I think there’s a myth that Actors are all extroverts and I don’t think that that’s true, I think that’s there’s something that happens in that five seconds before you walk on stage, I don’t know what it is, where you enter a different zone and that zone doesn’t always translate into everyday life’
"One of the reasons people sell out so quickly is because even the talented think they're frauds. It's a culture that doesn't encourage people to believe in the work they do. You're told to second guess yourself all the time...
That's where I think a little hostility and arrogance can save you."
"Listening is everything. Listening is the whole deal. That's what I think."
"Being with other actors is my idea of fun.
Acting has always been my sandbox and it's where I'm happiest."
"I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited, imagination encircles the world..."
"How you experience the world is who you are."
"Where you find great training has to do with your connection with a teacher. But what is imperative is that you train. Studying not only improves your craft, but also teaches you pride and respect for the work. It helps you see your place in a long, beautiful line of people who have followed this profession before you."
Tim Guinee, Actor--the Good Wife
"Where you find challenge is where you approach development."
“Laugh at yourself, but don’t ever aim your doubt at yourself. Be bold. When you embark for strange places, don’t leave any of yourself safely on the shore. Have the nerve to go into unexplored territory.”
"I think dancing is a primal urge coming to life at the first moment we need to express joy."
"The hardest thing for an actor is to tell the truth, to simply tell the truth. And, of course, truth is relatable only to one's experience. But if you can take what's happening in the play and equate it with your own life, to speak it in the way you understand it in your soul and not try to figure out what anyone else thinks about it, that's it. Because one's vision of something is different from anyone else's in the world and the trick is to find it yourself."
On the initial driving force that took him into acting:
"I didn't think I was particularly good at it, but I wanted to be, I had a strong WILL to be good at it. And it was my need to know, my need to draw my pictures on the cave walls about what my fears were, what my needs were. Somewhere in there. I was in a cave and I needed to draw some pictures on the wall about what my journey was, and that drive, that need, led me to acting. I wasn't good at it, but I had a deep, intense desire to be good at it, and all my failings didn't stop me. I had that will to learn that kept me going through all my effort, through all of my struggle."
“The very first time I saw myself on-screen, I almost died."
"I remember the first time I saw myself on screen, in Heat and Dust, I just hated everything I was doing, I just hated myself,' Scacchi says, putting her hands to her neck in a strangling gesture. 'I kept sneaking out at the Baftas to dry-retch in the loo. And when the lights came up I ran out, down the stairs and on to Piccadilly and hid in a doorway gasping. But, over the years, seeing the rushes on screen, I started to swallow that… allergy to myself.'"
“When I saw myself on screen for the first time, I was horrified. I had a bad wig and they took the words from a scene I shot with Jane and put them in my mouth in a different scene. I thought, I’ve made a terrible mistake, no more movies. I hate this business”.
I think you start to prepare the minute you read something.