The big secret in acting is listening to people
If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?
Having the critics praise you is like having the hangman say you've got a pretty neck.
When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.
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.
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.
I don't act to live. I live to act.
Recipe? Recipe? We don' need no stinkin' recipe.
I always end up being the evil one, and I wouldn't hurt a fly.
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.
One thing changes every evening: It's the audience, and I'm working my magic. I'm always learning from it
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 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
Well, I've maybe gotten 200 requests for interviews about Marilyn, and I just decided I'm gonna do my own.
My first Western was called The Magnificent Seven.
But Clint I love, because Clint was my mentor. I knew nothing about making an Italian movie.
I've never lost my appetite for acting; it's innovative and challenging.
The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends.
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 never dreamed I would do Westerns
From the age of four or five. I went to see a lot of Westerns then. But it was silent movies and I loved everything that happened then.
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.
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
Fifty million dollars is not to be sneezed at. Of course, I never catch cold.
Everyone thinks acting is easy. It's far from easy, but it's the most gratifying thing I do.
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