The big secret in acting is listening to people
No, I never thought of it in those terms. I used to go into agents' offices and they'd have pictures of these handsome movie men and I knew I'd never be up there. I'm a journeyman actor. I didn't think about stardom.
When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.
I've learned that life is very tricky business: Each person needs to find what they want to do in life and not be dissuaded when people question them.
Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
I don't act to live. I live to act.
If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?
I've never lost my appetite for acting; it's innovative and challenging.
So I wanted to show what I did with the money. So I got red silk shirts, beautiful hats, wonderful saddles, a great horse, and two gold teeth. So that was the way I did it.
What is it in my makeup that makes me grab any offer and fly around the world? Will I ever be satisfied? Can't I ever just rest?
One thing changes every evening: It's the audience, and I'm working my magic. I'm always learning from it
I love to tell stories and this is my way of getting them down on paper.
Well, I was getting a lot of money then, and I wasn't getting any Hollywood films, so I just did those. I'd always do a play in between. Whenever I ran low on funds, I'd always rush off to do a movie somewhere
My wife says that stage acting is like being on a tightrope with no net, and being in the movies, there is a net - because you stop and go over it again. It's very technical and mechanical. On stage you're on your own
I never dreamed I would do Westerns
In the book, I tell the story of seeing old movies when I was young and acting out scenes at home. Now I get scripts, and I act them out.
I'd come out of the army after five years as a medic. I was a medical administrator and we ran hospitals, and I was a Captain in the army at the end, in 1945
I've worked with wonderful actors like Marlon Brando and Henry Fonda.
But Clint I love, because Clint was my mentor. I knew nothing about making an Italian movie.
Recipe? Recipe? We don' need no stinkin' recipe.
Everyone thinks acting is easy. It's far from easy, but it's the most gratifying thing I do.
Fifty million dollars is not to be sneezed at. Of course, I never catch cold.
John Huston was a superb master. He knew how to make good films. I did three things with him. One is called Independence. It plays in Philadelphia, for free. It's been playing there for 25 years
Well, I go to the theater today, and its curtain - there is no curtain in this play; the lights go down and go up - and we start. And I live this character for two hours. There are only two of us in the play. And It's a complete experience
I always wanted to tell stories and act.
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