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.
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.
Recipe? Recipe? We don' need no stinkin' recipe.
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 don't act to live. I live to act.
I always end up being the evil one, and I wouldn't hurt a fly.
The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends.
One thing changes every evening: It's the audience, and I'm working my magic. I'm always learning from 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.
I never dreamed I would do Westerns.
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.
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.
Even if I don't want to slow down, I'm slowing down.
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.
And I did Batman, too. I did Mr. Freeze. I get more mail for him than anything I've ever done.
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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