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.
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.
When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk.
Recipe? Recipe? We don' need no stinkin' recipe.
I always end up being the evil one, and I wouldn't hurt a fly.
I don't act to live. I live to act.
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.
The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends.
I never dreamed I would do Westerns.
One thing changes every evening: It's the audience, and I'm working my magic. I'm always learning from it.
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 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.
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.
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.
But Clint I love, because Clint was my mentor. I knew nothing about making an Italian movie.
My first Western was called The Magnificent Seven.
I've never lost my appetite for acting; it's innovative and challenging.
Even if I don't want to slow down, I'm slowing down.
I met my wife and, for the next ten years, we did no films at all. She did the first movie and then I did several after. My first movie was written by Tennessee Williams and directed by [Elia] Kazan and was called Baby Doll.
I always wanted to tell stories and act.
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.
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.
Well, I've maybe gotten 200 requests for interviews about Marilyn, and I just decided I'm gonna do my own.
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