Actors in any capacity, artists of any stripe, are inspired by their curiosity, by their desire to explore all quarters of life, in light and in dark, and reflect what they find in their work. Artists instinctively want to reflect humanity, their own and each other’s, in all its intermittent virtue and vitality, frailty and fallibility.
If you don’t lose first you are not entitled to win.
Whenever you take on playing a villain, he has to cease to be a villain to you. If you judge this man by his time, he’s doing very little wrong.
Invent nothing, deny nothing, speak up, stand up, stay out of school.
Totus mundus agit histrionem. (All the World’s a Stage.)”
[Motto of William Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (f. 1599) and its acting company, The King’s Men; taken from the first play to be performed on the new stage.]
Out of perverseness, I jumped on the subway and went down to a sound stage on Fourth Street to watch the shooting of Kay Doubleday’s big strip scene in Mad Dog Coll, a gangster film that can still, to my embarrassment, be seen occasionally on late-night TV… Kay Doubleday was in my class at Lee Strasberg’s; it was in the interest of art, I told myself, to watch her prance down a ramp, singing and stripping her heart out.
I’m not a film star, I am an actress. Being a film star is such a false life, lived for fake values and for publicity.
[on Martin Freeman playing Bilbo Baggins] It was great. I got to hang out with him, and I kept a straight face for a bit and then I started giggling because I know Martin, I don’t know Bilbo. For Martin to be sitting there playing Bilbo is amazing. He’s going to be amazing, he’s going to be fantastic in this film.
Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is, and not so much a matter of being real.
I’m not that good of an actor to fake something like that.