The Actor should make you forget the existence of author and director, and even forget the actor.
Privacy is not negotiable.
It isn't difficult to leave King Lear or Macbeth, but once you have gone back to yourself, you want it to be the same self you have always been.
I decided a long time ago I didn't want to be a star personality and live my life out in public. I don't think it's a good idea to wave personality about like a flag and become labeled.
I found at this point that effective acting wasn't what I wanted to do, that I didn't want to make effects, that I wanted, as it were, to leave an impression of a particular kind of human being.
King Lear is undoubtedly the greatest play ever written by Shakespeare — or anybody else for that matter. Hamlet is certainly great, but it doesn't contain as many elements of humanity as we see in Lear.
I should in fairness add that my taste in music is reputedly deplorable.
Cheating on a quiz show? That's sort of like plagiarizing a comic strip.
A book is worth a few francs; we Germans can afford to destroy those. We all may not appreciate artistic merit, but cash value is another matter.
Oh, I suppose my wife and I will open a bottle of champagne with another couple.
As you get older, the more you know, so the more nervous you become. The risks are much bigger.
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