It's so wonderful... if your whole day is rotten, once they start the music, it seems to melt away.
I didn't smoke. I didn't smoke then, and I don't smoke now. We worked every day - that keeps you in pretty good shape. We could go for a long time in one take. You had to be in good shape with Gene Kelly.
You see, as far as the man's personality goes, there's no one who can touch Fred Astaire. He's unique. But for the work he does, I would say Tommy can do it, Fosse can do it.
Going up the walls doing somersaults, that trick took a couple of days.
I'm basically a hoofer, a tap dancer. I was always very good from the waist down, moving with the feet... I became what's known as a total dancer, using the entire body in order to express what you want to express in tap dancing and line.
I can picture things, like a painter would, though I'm not good at painting, either.
I like it live. I think the numbers are live in the movie. If they replaced any, it would have been due to extreme set noise.
I think you should make more movies, more musicals. I think the public deserves that. I think this country deserves to be able to get out and foster that talent. Give them an opportunity to become stars. I think the whole idea is wonderful.
Doing those costume pictures was wonderful.
We used to work in two great black houses: Chicago's Regal Theater, and the Apollo Theater on 125th Street in New York.
That is the godawful thing about television today. Performers don't have any place to hit and miss. You're either in or you're out; you don't have a chance to become good at your craft. If you make three pictures in a row and they don't go over, you're out of the business.
They put me in a harness, like a horse, to learn the back somersault. It was weird up there when I put on that harness for the first time. The courage came with practice.