Top 20 Quotes about Acting that Make Fun of It
March 31, 2010 | Celebrities
It’s much harder to act in a bad film than in a good one. A terrible script makes for very difficult acting. You can win an Academy Award for some of the easiest acting in your career, made possible by a brilliant script.
Jaws 3D must have been his King Lear
[Editor’s note: Oops. It was Jaws 4: The Revenge. We apologize as Sharks for this grievous error. However, in our defence, movies featuring large fish eating people tend to blend together]
Only a few of us will admit it, but actors will sometimes read a script like this: bullshit…bullshit…my part…blah, blah, blah…my part…bullshit…”
Michael J Fox
To be honest, I don’t usually do very much research, especially if I’m working with a director who also wrote the screenplay. They’ve usually done a tonne of research. And they’ll tell you about it from their perspective which is better than doing your own research…
Film acting would be about 80 percent better than it has been lately if actors did their homework, if they didn’t have egos that took the size of their talent for granted.
Mama gave me only one piece of acting advice: ‘Don’t do anything. It’s better than doing it wrong or badly. There will always be violins to give your character the right mood.’
Isabella Rossellini (referring to Ingrid Bergman)
So the wisdom that one of the legends of the silver screen had to pass on to her daughter, a famous screen presence in her own right, was basically: Be quiet and hope they don’t notice.
It’s really basically really easy. We’re not curing cancer—wish to God we were—we’re not. And it’s not rocket science. We’re just interpreting what somebody else who’s much cleverer than me, has written.
Clark Gable once said to me, “‘Acting school?’ [If you go,] I’ll kill ya!”
Show me a bad script and I will show you a big payday.
And for punishment, we’ll show you the lousy film that has been inflicted on the public.
My daughter used to sit and watch Murder, She Wrote. I tried to watch with her, but I fell asleep.
Anyone not wowed by the opening credit sequence of Murder She Wrote — where Lansbury rides around her hamlet on a bicycle — is a narcoleptic.
I don’t see that anybody needs to earn $12 million for three months’ work, quite honestly.
Not unless that person has invested time and effort into establishing a successful drug cartel.
Movies today are like fast food. Today’s names won’t become legendary and lead to the next generation
It’s a business you go into because you’re egocentric. It’s a very embarrassing profession.
Broadway producers are happy to have a big Hollywood name they can post on the marquee, but most of them assume that television and film stars really can’t handle stage work. Too often, they’re right.
Who could handle making adolescent males watching TV with their parents uncomfortable by playing a promiscuous senior citizen on a popular sitcom.
There is only one thing that can kill the movies and that is education.
That is especially true about when it comes to terrible movies about education, like Dangerous Minds.
An awful lot of actors who are considered very good actors are not very good actors. There are people who just strike gold, they have intrinsic talent but the point is that if they did train…it would only broaden them more.
The actor is merely a crude empiricist, a practitioner guided by vague instinct.
Artaud was best known for his Theatre of Cruelty manifesto—best experienced as the director’s cut of Batman & Robin.
I despise those prick actors who say ‘I was in character’, and ‘I became the character’ and all that stuff…It’s hideous. It’s just masturbation at the highest level.
Technique is something that you use if you need it. Otherwise, to hell with it.
Remind us not to visit his barber.
The performances you have in your head are always much better than the performances on stage.
Dame Maggie Smith
Also better in your head: The pool of people interested in having no-strings sex with you.
[Reference: The Quotable Actor by Damon DiMarco]