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After 2000 or so, I started to realize I wanted to be doing something else. I didn't want to be in front of a camera. I was frustrated. I didn't think I would stop acting, but I didn't want to be seen.

Tags: After, Else  ✍ Author: Ben Affleck

I like acting for myself as a director. I act and I know that I'll have a chance to have some say in what gets used and that I'll be able to give myself enough takes and be on the same page as myself about how the scene should play.

Tags: Enough, Give  ✍ Author: Ben Affleck

My movies are unadorned, they're not particularly fancy, I think they're kind of workmanlike in some ways, focusing on the writing and the acting.

Tags: Movies, Writing  ✍ Author: Ben Affleck

Men acquire a particular quality by constantly acting in a particular way.

Tags: Men, Quality  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

I enjoy acting when you really hit it right.

Tags: Enjoy, Hit  ✍ Author: Marilyn Monroe

There is a need for aloneness, which I don't think most people realise for an actor. It's almost having certain kinds of secrets for yourself that you'll let the whole world in on only for a moment, when you're acting. But everybody is always tugging at you. They'd all like sort of a chunk of you.

Tags: Moment, Yourself  ✍ Author: Marilyn Monroe

Actors today go into TV, which I don't consider has a lot to do with acting.

Tags: Consider, Today  ✍ Author: Lauren Bacall

You don't see Indians in Hollywood films around which a story can revolve. As soon as we have a social presence in your society, I am sure there will be many actors from our part of the world that will be acting in Hollywood films.

Tags: Social, Society  ✍ Author: Amitabh Bachchan

Some people have therapy, some people are alcoholics or they're in AA. Some people jump out of planes on weekends or find ways to release this kind of thing. And for me, it's acting. I find acting very therapeutic for whatever it is.

Tags: Ways, Whatever  ✍ Author: Kevin Bacon

I don't want to stop acting, but acting in some ways is a young man's game.

Tags: Game, Young  ✍ Author: Kevin Bacon

I think if you're half-hearted you shouldn't go into acting.

 ✍ Author: Jane Badler

I'm an actor. If you had said to me before I started acting that I'd get two bites of the cherry - you would do things that people will remember forever like 'The Brothers' which I did in the '70s and now 'Doctor Who' - I'd have been overjoyed and I still am.

Tags: Remember, Said  ✍ Author: Colin Baker

I always think that a director who knows about the technical side, but cares about the acting performances and casting as well, is ahead of the game.

Tags: Game, Knows  ✍ Author: Bob Balaban

I don't think I really have a talent for movie acting.

Tags: Movie, Talent  ✍ Author: Alec Baldwin

I feel I'm two people: I have my interest in acting and I have a lot of other political interests I'd like to pursue.

Tags: Interest, Political  ✍ Author: Alec Baldwin

Acting is my career and activism is my passionate hobby. But acting is my livelihood.

Tags: Career, Passionate  ✍ Author: William Baldwin

I could count my modeling jobs on my hands and toes. When I graduated from college, I moved to New York specifically to study acting, and I needed to pay the bills, and it's better to make a couple thousand dollars in one day than to wait tables six days a week.

Tags: Study, Wait  ✍ Author: William Baldwin

It's got to do with putting yourself in other people's shoes and seeing how far you can come to truly understand them. I like the empathy that comes from acting.

Tags: Understand, Yourself  ✍ Author: Christian Bale

Obviously there are times with acting when exactly what is required is just going through the motions, and when doing nothing is the best thing. But at other times, you have to make that leap beyond the immediate environment of people putting up lights on the set.

Tags: Best, Times  ✍ Author: Christian Bale

I start from scratch with each movie; I wipe the slate and I certainly don't rely on some bag of acting tricks I've amassed over the years.

Tags: Movie, Start  ✍ Author: Christian Bale

I'm used to American actors who have a movie career thinking television acting is beneath them.

Tags: Career, Thinking  ✍ Author: Alan Ball

Each time you go to the same track you know whether you're improving or whether you're not... it's not open to interpretation. It's measurable - unlike acting.

Tags: Time, Whether  ✍ Author: Eric Bana

I always feel that art in general and acting in particular should make the audience a little uncomfortable, to slap them and wake them up.

Tags: Art, General  ✍ Author: Antonio Banderas

Acting is a form of confession.

Tags: Confession  ✍ Author: Tallulah Bankhead

Acting is a form of confusion.

Tags: Confusion  ✍ Author: Tallulah Bankhead
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People always ask me if I'm going to stop modeling because I have started an acting career. I hope to continue to model for years to come.

Tags: Career, Hope  ✍ Author: Tyra Banks

If you took acting away from me, I'd stop breathing.

Tags: Away, Stop  ✍ Author: Ingrid Bergman

Some scenes you juggle two balls, some scenes you juggle three balls, some scenes you can juggle five balls. The key is always to speak in your own voice. Speak the truth. That's Acting 101. Then you start putting layers on top of that.

Tags: Start, Truth  ✍ Author: John Burroughs

I am acquainted with no immaterial sensuality so delightful as good acting.

Tags: Delightful, Good  ✍ Author: Lord Byron

There's nothing more boring than actors talking about acting.

Tags: Boring, Talking  ✍ Author: James Caan

Now my drug is writing or acting, being creative.

Tags: Creative, Writing  ✍ Author: Scott Caan

If you hang around long enough to show these people what you can do, you have a chance in this acting business.

Tags: Business, Enough  ✍ Author: Frank Cady

My mother was a dancer, so I like to use the body as part of the instrument of acting.

Tags: Body, Mother  ✍ Author: John Cage

For me, acting was a way of taking destructive energy and doing something productive with it, and in that way it was quite a life saver.

Tags: Energy, Life  ✍ Author: John Cage

Acting with Denzel is like playing tennis with someone that's better than you. You either play better tennis or get blown off the court.

Tags: Off, Someone  ✍ Author: Dean Cain

My most useful acting tip came from my pal John Wayne. Talk low, talk slow, and don't say too much.

Tags: Talk, Useful  ✍ Author: Michael Caine

Movie acting is about covering the machinery. Stage acting is about exposing the machinery. In cinema, you should think the actor is playing himself, if he's that good. It looks very easy. It should. But it's not, I assure you.

Tags: Easy, Good  ✍ Author: Michael Caine

You don't take a job in acting at all expecting 25 years in and a pension.

Tags: Expecting, Job  ✍ Author: Sarah Wayne Callies

I love doing action scenes, there's that great thing when you sort of stop acting because if you're running, you're not acting like you're running, you are just actually running.

Tags: Great, Love  ✍ Author: Sarah Wayne Callies

I would say critically of myself that I am somebody without secrets. Sometimes acting depends on you having a secret. I don't think I've ever had that.

Tags: Secret, Sometimes  ✍ Author: Simon Callow

I've come to this conclusion: What makes a great actor is great need. A huge need of acting.

Tags: Great, Makes  ✍ Author: Simon Callow

Increasingly I've come to think that what's at the core of acting is thinking. Most people would say it's feeling.

Tags: Feeling, Thinking  ✍ Author: Simon Callow

There is a growing frustration that the EU is seen as something that is done to people rather than acting on their behalf. And this is being intensified by the very solutions required to resolve the economic problems.

Tags: Done, Problems  ✍ Author: David Cameron

I've been acting since second grade, and I just remember when I first moved to New York and I was living in Washington Heights with three other actors in this tiny apartment and busting my butt to get to the subway, walking to, like, five auditions in a day.

Tags: Living, Remember  ✍ Author: Anna Camp

The feeling of being at sea has put me in touch with who I am to a greater degree than if I had been on land all these years. So, in a roundabout way, I imagine it does inform my acting.

Tags: Feeling, Put  ✍ Author: Billy Campbell

You're being cast for your acting ability. It's not based on the way your body functions. If you're playing a lead in a movie, it's for that character and they'll tailor it to you. In a dance company, you have to fit in a definite mold.

Tags: Character, Dance  ✍ Author: Neve Campbell

Between 18 and 26 I acted professionally, on the stage and a little bit on television. Acting is okay, but it's quite pressurized. Then I went to England - I wanted to reinvent myself.

Tags: Between, Wanted  ✍ Author: Jane Campion

There's a great deal of child left in me and acting is fun. It's a make believe thing.

Tags: Fun, Great  ✍ Author: David Canary

His acting remains forever fixed in a time that never dates.

Tags: Forever, Time  ✍ Author: Vincent Canby

I love doing scripted things. What little acting ability I have I am holding on with my hangnails.

Tags: Ability, Love  ✍ Author: Mario Cantone

It appears that Wall Street is not acting as a force for economic expansion, providing access to capital for companies that make things. Rather, it seems, Wall Street is using government bailouts to lever up.

Tags: Government, Rather  ✍ Author: Maria Cantwell

Yes, I made mistakes by rebelling, by acting out in confused ways.

Tags: Confused, Mistakes  ✍ Author: Jennifer Capriati

There is more good writing and good acting in any ten minutes of Twister than in, say, all of Citizen Kane.

Tags: Good, Writing  ✍ Author: Orson Scott Card

I was planning to go into architecture. But when I arrived, architecture was filled up. Acting was right next to it, so I signed up for acting instead.

Tags: Next, Planning  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

I'm too busy acting like I'm not Naive. I've seen it all, I was here first.

Tags: Busy, Here  ✍ Author: Kurt Cobain

The two worst strategic mistakes to make are acting prematurely and letting an opportunity slip; to avoid this, the warrior treats each situation as if it were unique and never resorts to formulae, recipes or other people's opinions.

Tags: Mistakes, Warrior  ✍ Author: Paulo Coelho

I think personal growth has much to do with acting ability.

Tags: Growth, Personal  ✍ Author: Beverly D\'Angelo

Acting is not a mystery. There's nothing that I know that other actors don't know. We all act, we're all actors, we all know the same thing. The only thing that separates us is experience.

Tags: Act, Experience  ✍ Author: Vincent D\'Onofrio

I took a route of acting, rather than starmaking, so it cost me a lot financially.

Tags: Rather, Took  ✍ Author: Vincent D\'Onofrio

Good acting is consistency of performance.

Tags: Good  ✍ Author: Jim Dale

I've always felt if my nose were more crooked, critics would focus more on my acting.

Tags: Focus, Nose  ✍ Author: Tim Daly

Love is as strict as acting. If you want to love somebody, stand there and do it. If you don't, don't. There are no other choices.

Tags: Love, Stand  ✍ Author: Tyne Daly

You have to believe what you say, and if you believe what you are saying, then acting is easy.

Tags: Easy, Saying  ✍ Author: Jean-Claude Van Damme

I think what makes a good actor's director is the same thing that makes a good director. Acting is just one of the trades necessary to make a movie.

Tags: Good, Makes  ✍ Author: Matt Damon

In my experience it's not essential to get on with the person that you're acting opposite.

Tags: Essential, Experience  ✍ Author: Hugh Dancy

Psychology and acting are very closely linked. It's just about studying people and how they work. It can be an incredible discipline and exercise.

Tags: Discipline, Work  ✍ Author: Claire Danes

When you really get it right in acting, it's an act of empathy. You feel less distant from others, and that is really exciting.

Tags: Less, Others  ✍ Author: Claire Danes

Acting is the greatest answer to my loneliness that I have found.

Tags: Greatest, Loneliness  ✍ Author: Claire Danes

Acting is a humiliating job, from start to finish.

Tags: Job, Start  ✍ Author: Claire Danes

Acting deals with very delicate emotions. It is not putting up a mask. Each time an actor acts he does not hide; he exposes himself.

Tags: Himself, Time  ✍ Author: Rodney Dangerfield

I think it's a style of acting that you trust. You trust the instincts.

Tags: Style, Trust  ✍ Author: Jeff Daniels

Acting is really only part of my life. I'm addicted to it.

Tags: Addicted, Life  ✍ Author: Blythe Danner

It was in high school that I first became interested in acting. We put on lots of plays.

Tags: Put, School  ✍ Author: Blythe Danner

Maybe subconsciously I've kept activism separate from acting because it's important to me in a more profound way.

Tags: Maybe, Profound  ✍ Author: Blythe Danner

I decided I was going to give up singing and concentrate on acting, and a result of that, I didn't do another film for two to three years, and I don't blame it on anybody but myself.

Tags: Blame, Give  ✍ Author: Bobby Darin

In those days, reserve duty lasted for six years, which, I might add, was three times as long as service in the regular army, although to be perfectly honest, I was unable to fulfill my entire obligation because I was taking acting classes and they said I could skip my last year.

Tags: Honest, Said  ✍ Author: Larry David

With a recent birthday, I've been acting now for twenty years.

Tags: Birthday, Recent  ✍ Author: Thayer David

I see myself as a comic but the acting helps sell tickets for gigs.

Tags: Comic, Sell  ✍ Author: Alan Davies

Acting should be bigger than life. Scripts should be bigger than life. It should all be bigger than life.

Tags: Bigger, Life  ✍ Author: Bette Davis

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a trade. With it, it becomes creation.

Tags: Creation, Wonder  ✍ Author: Bette Davis

To me, acting is the most logical way for people's neuroses to manifest themselves, in this great need we all have to express ourselves.

Tags: Great, Themselves  ✍ Author: Richard Dawkins

When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.

Tags: Actor, Anyone  ✍ Author: Richard Dawkins

With any part you play, there is a certain amount of yourself in it. There has to be, otherwise it's just not acting. It's lying.

Tags: Lying, Yourself  ✍ Author: Johnny Depp

My point here is I think international pressures of our acting unilaterally again are going to be such that the administration will say, well, we just can't take this on now.

Tags: Again, Here  ✍ Author: Lawrence Eagleburger

You know, a lot of actors I think go into acting for therapy from whatever trauma has affected them as children. But for me, I think I sought out the drama. That's why I like doing what I do.

Tags: Children, Why  ✍ Author: Michael Ealy

Even though Rush is not me and the situations were very different, I think, in the Rush Limbaugh thing, ESPN was criticized for not acting, and you remember that after a couple days of controversy over Rush.

Tags: After, Remember  ✍ Author: Michael East

I did a film once that I was killed in. It was a painful, horrifying day. It was a wonderful day from the standpoint of acting, but I was a wreck otherwise.

Tags: Once, Wonderful  ✍ Author: Leslie Easterbrook

When I first started acting, I started in opera and had a great desire to play grand, tragic characters. I got sidetracked in musical theater and ended up doing a lot of comedy.

Tags: Desire, Great  ✍ Author: Leslie Easterbrook

In the world of acting, many are thin but few are talented.

Tags: Few, Thin  ✍ Author: Roger Ebert

The money is better in films and television. But in terms of acting, theatre is more rewarding.

Tags: Money, Theatre  ✍ Author: Christopher Eccleston

When I was a little kid, my parents would show me Marx Brothers' films and westerns and stuff like that. That's where all my desire to be an actor comes from and probably most of my understanding of acting comes from for sure.

Tags: Parents, Show  ✍ Author: Alden Ehrenreich

In acting class, you're trained to express yourself as much as you can.

Tags: Class, Yourself  ✍ Author: Jesse Eisenberg

If you're acting, then there's a prescribed way to behave; whereas in life, there's no prescribed way. So acting feels like a comfortable way to get through the day.

Tags: Feels, Life  ✍ Author: Jesse Eisenberg

The joy of acting for me is to be able to experience emotions in a safe environment. You can't scream and cry in the street because everybody will look. If you do it on a movie set, you get applauded.

Tags: Experience, Joy  ✍ Author: Jesse Eisenberg

When you're acting in a movie, you never consider the reception of it. It's impossible to predict how something will be received. Even if you think it's the greatest thing in the world, other people might not like it. Or agree with it.

Tags: Greatest, Impossible  ✍ Author: Jesse Eisenberg

Acting forces me to socialise, which is good for me, I think.

Tags: Forces, Good  ✍ Author: Jesse Eisenberg

Whether it's music or acting, that creativity all comes from the same source.

Tags: Creativity, Music  ✍ Author: Idris Elba

I've always had ambition, and the acting was successful and put my name on the map, but it was never the plan to stop there.

Tags: Put, Successful  ✍ Author: Idris Elba

Yeah, I think the common denominator - and this is probably going to sound like Acting 101 - but the common denominator is belief in the character in the moment.

Tags: Character, Moment  ✍ Author: Jenna Elfman

Consequences are unpitying.

Tags: Idea, Life  ✍ Author: George Eliot