Lesson number one: Don't underestimate the other guy's greed.
We rehearsed our 'Scarface' to the nines. Long period of rehearsal, so that by the time we started to shoot, it was almost like doing a play. We all had a grand time doing it. It was a wonderful cast.
I think a lot of what you do depends on the other people in the cast. It doesn't only depend on you the actor, but it depends on a variety of things, what the other actors are like.
If the guy has a gun, that's the power. He doesn't need to wave the gun; he just needs to point the gun in a very relaxed fashion.
An actor is an impersonator; he plays many different roles. If you played the same role all the time, God that'd be a boring career.
Nevertheless, I tend to get offensive easily.
When you read a script, you don't want to be the same guy all the time, you want to change, you're a different person. That's why acting is a wonderful career. You're not the same guy all the time.
The Italian mafia, they're very [into] construction. They're in a whole different way of operating than they did back in the '20s.
When you take on different roles and become a different person, that's called acting ... It's a challenge.
When you play somebody, you pick up a lot of their gestures, his voice, the way he speaks, his body language. You don't often get that opportunity.
John Huston is more of a creative director than most.
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