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शुक्रवार, 11 नवंबर 2011

Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act!


George Bernard Shaw - Why, except as a means of livelihood, a man should desire to act on the stage when he has the whole world to act in, is not clear to me.
Michael Chekhov - An actor has to burn inside with an outer ease.
Marlon Brando - Acting is the least mysterious of all crafts. Whenever we want something from somebody or when we want to hide something or pretend, we're acting. Most people do it all day long.
Craig MacDonald The best acting is instinctive. It's not intellectual, it's not mechanical, and it’s instinctive.
Rosalind Russell - Acting is standing up naked and turning around very slowly.
William Esper - Good acting -- real acting is impossible to spot. Do you ever catch talents like Robert Duvall or Kathy Bates acting? No. I defy you to show me where.
Craig MacDonald - Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act!
Sanford Meisner - Find in yourself those human things which are universal... The more personal, the more universal….Gary Ballinger
Gene Hackman - Honesty isn't enough for me. That becomes very boring. If you can convince people what you're doing is real and it's also bigger than life -- that's exciting.
Miguel de Cervantes - The most difficult character in comedy is that of the fool, and he must be no simpleton that plays that part.
William Esper - Actors think more with their hearts than with their heads.
Michael Caine - I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.
Tim Robbins - There's nothing more boring than unintelligent actors, because all they have to talk about is themselves and acting. There have to be other things.
Ethel Barrymore - For an actress to be a success she must have the face of Venus, the brains of Minerva, the grace of Terpsichore, the memory of Macaulay, the figure of Juno, and the hide of a rhinoceros.
Edward Albee - There are always going to be more actors than anybody can ever use.
Sarah Bernhardt - A defective voice will always preclude an artist from achieving the complete development of his art, however intelligent he may be.... The voice is an instrument which the artist must learn to use with suppleness and sureness, as if it were a limb.
Adrian Brody - Film is a time capsule. If I have a lack of dedication or focus, it's permanently there as a negative reminder.
Sally Field - For almost every character I’ve played in the 43 years I’ve been working as a professional actor, I’ve found parts of myself. We are all bipolar in the tiniest essence of what it is. We are all multiple personalities, in a sense, and to be healthy mentally, I think, learning what those multiple personalities are and inviting them in your life is really important.
Antonin Artaud - The actor is an athlete of the heart.
Katharine Hepburn - Life's what's important. Walking, houses, family. Birth and pain and joy. Acting's just waiting for the custard pie.
Kyra Sedgwick - When I connect to my soul, project it into another character, and then bring it to the stage or to a film--that has always been for me the great joy of acting. It's been as if my soul kind of leaps out of my body and is able to be free and dance around.
Sarah Jessica Parker - Work was never about wanting fame or money. I never thought about that. I loved getting the job, going to rehearsal, playing someone else, hanging around with a bunch of actors. I needed that, the way you need water.
Jessica Alba - Good actors, never use the script unless it's amazing writing. All the good actors I've worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.
George Burns - Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
Jack Lemmon - If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable.
Meryl Streep
· My job is usually to express emotion as freely as possible.
· I'm curious about other people. That's the essence of my acting. I'm interested in what it would be like to be you,
· I think the most liberating thing I did early on was to free myself from any concern with my looks as they pertained to my work, I believe in imagination. I did Kramer vs. Kramer before I had children. But the mother I would be was already inside me.
· All an actor has is their blind faith that they are who they say they are today, in any scene.
· I think your self emerges more clearly over time.
· I need to go where people are serious about acting.
· The work will stand, no matter what.
· Acting is not about being someone different. It's finding the similarity in what is apparently different, and then finding myself in there.
Michael Shurtleff
· Conflict is what creates drama. The more conflict actors find, the more interesting the performance.
· Creating relationship is the heart of acting. It is basic. It is essential.
· Listening is not merely hearing. Listening is reacting. Listening is being affected by what you hear. Listening is active.
· Whatever you decide is your motivation in the scene, the opposite of that is also true and should be in it.
· Humor [in a scene] is not jokes. It is that attitude toward being alive without which you would long ago have jumped off the 59th Street Bridge.
· Every scene you will ever act begins in the middle, and it is up to you, the actor, to provide what comes before.
· The first step to a better audition is to give up character and use yourself.
· Take nothing for granted. Make an emotional discovery as often as you can find one in every scene. Ask yourself: What is new?
· Acting in theatre or television or screen is only for the irrecoverably diseased, those so smitten with the need that there is no choice.
· There's only one reason why a character drinks: to seek confrontation. To fight for what they want in ways normally denied them.
· Competition [in a scene] is healthy. Competition is life. Yet most actors refuse to acknowledge this. They don't want to compete. They want to get along. And they are therefore not first-rate actors.
· Use what you know. Don't worry about what you don't know.

Gerardine Clark

· An actor is a fool for God.

· That's what makes acting so attractive. You get to break all your own rules.
Sally Field
· I find that’s one of the great things about acting—you have the opportunity to stand in somebody else’s shoes, whether it’s someone with mental health problems or someone who lives and works in a small town. Each character faces a dilemma in her life, and as an actor you’re able to step into that character’s skin, look through her eyes. You leave transformed, a different person, because once you live a little bit of someone’s life, it changes you.

Sanford Meisner

· Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.

· An ounce of behavior is worth a pound of words.

Bette Davis

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

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

Stella Adler
· Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.
· The actor has to develop his body. The actor has to work on his voice. But the most important thing the actor has to work on is his mind.
· The word theatre comes from the Greeks. It means the seeing place. It is the place people come to see the truth about life and the social situation.
Funny Acting Quotes
W. C. Fields - Show me a great actor and I'll show you a lousy husband. Show me a great actress, and you've seen the devil.
George Burns - Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you've got it made.
W.H. Auden - The theater has never been any good since the actors became gentlemen.
Henry Miller - Actors die so loud.
Oscar Wilde - I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
Thornton Wilder - If I wasn't an actor, I'd be a secret agent.

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