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?
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
I've never lost my appetite for acting; it's innovative and challenging.
Fifty million dollars is not to be sneezed at. Of course, I never catch cold.
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.
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.
All of these stories bounced around in my mind for a long time.
And I did Batman, too. I did Mr. Freeze. I get more mail for him than anything I've ever done.
And that movie was underrated - Nuts - because it deals with a terrible subject, but It's very well done.
Even if I don't want to slow down, I'm slowing down.
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.
What do I need a movie for? The stage is on a higher level in every way, and a more satisfying medium. Movies, by comparison, are like calendar art next to great paintings. You can't really do very much in movies or in television, but the stage is such an anarchistic medium.
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
Everyone thinks acting is easy. It's far from easy, but it's the most gratifying thing I do.
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
I always wanted to tell stories and act.
But I went to the University of Texas in the 30s, and while there I learned to ride. Mostly polo ponies.
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