It wasn't until I saw James Dean that I began to think that maybe I could actually do this. Movies didn't have to be just this fantasy with this impossibly handsome guy.
In my youth I dreamed of being an illustrator.
I loved the scent of the wallflowers in the evening.
I wasn't at all sure I could make that sort of leap into that sort of comic book reality.
I have to be stretched in some way. There's not enough things that come my way that I fancy.
From the very first movie I ever made to the current time, there have been times between action and cut when I've sensed some kind of new dimension that I haven't been familiar with before.
I have always had this energy, which I think of as overdrive.
As a boy I believed I could make myself invisible. I'm not sure that I ever could, but I certainly had the ability to pass unnoticed.
I'm still tap dancing. I'm still going.
The very first film I ever saw was during the war. My mother took me, I must have been about 4, and that was Beau Geste, with Gary Cooper.
A lot of newspapers say, Terence Stamp is playing himself and we're as bored as he is.
Peter Ustinov was the first really positive influence in my career. He was real and he bore witness to it. The things he said to you, he lived them.
A lot of people only see me as villains.
At this point, it's either for fun or it's for money. I don't take movies that I don't really like.
All actors are incredibly insecure.
Although you have some films that are a real bummer, there's always a film that comes up where it's just heaven.
He's Soderbergh, we're working for him. It doesn't matter what he's doing; we'll see it at the premiere.
My star was kind of fading towards the end of the '60s and suddenly I got this call from Fellini, who just appeared to kind of love me!
Unless I try, I'm never really going to be at ease with myself.
What I wanted more than anything was a long career.
A lot of young directors, they're not confident; they're not open to the emotional level of the scene.
I work primarily for the camera-it's not something I really talk about a lot, but it's part of the way I am as a movie actor. The camera is my girl, as it were.
My favorite film is Gene Tierney and Tyrone Power in The Razor's Edge.
I've been doing Tai Chi on and off for 20 years. The fundamentals of all martial arts are the same.
It's such a performance to bring stuff into America. It's a great luxury when I am in England.
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