Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him ain't listening.
If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
All I want to be is normally insane.
Privacy is not something that I'm merely entitled to, it's an absolute prerequisite.
I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.
Even today I meet people who think of me automatically as a tough, insensitive, coarse guy named Stanley Kowalski. They can't help it, but, it is troubling.
The power and influence of a movie star is curious: I didn't ask for it or take it; people gave it to me. Simply because you're a movie star, people empower you with special rights and privileges.
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.
There's a line in the picture where he snarls, 'Nobody tells me what to do.' That's exactly how I've felt all my life.
To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty, to interpret it is his problem, and to express it his dedication.
Acting serves as the quintessential social lubricant and a device for protecting our interests and gaining advantage in every aspect of life.
I suppose the story of my life is a search for love, but more than that, I have been looking for a way to repair myself from the damages I suffered early on and to define my obligation, if I had any, to myself and my species.
I don't mind that I'm fat. You still get the same money.
The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have the moral courage to refuse the money.
The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.
I don't think I was constructed to be monogamous. I don't think it's the nature of any man to be monogamous. Men are propelled by genetically ordained impulses over which they have no control to distribute their seed.
With women, I've got a long bamboo pole with a leather loop on the end. I slip the loop around their necks so they can't get away or come too close. Like catching snakes.
It is a simple fact that all of us use the techniques of acting to achieve whatever ends we seek.
I think awards in this country at this time are inappropriate to be received or given until the condition of the American Indian is drastically altered. If we are not our brother's keeper, at least let us not be his executioner.
The close-up says everything, it's then that an actor's learned, rehearsed behavior becomes most obvious to an audience and chips away, unconsciously, at its experience of reality. In a close-up, the audience is only inches away, and your face becomes the stage.
Kazan is a performer's director, the best director I ever worked with... Most actors don't get any help from directors. Emotional help, if you're playing an emotional part. Kazan is the only one I know who really gives you help.
You are very attractive, but the coat you're wearing makes me think you are either a very rich woman or a very rich man's mistress.
Chaplin you got to go with. Chaplin is a man whose talents is such that you have to gamble. First off, comedy is his backyard. He's a genius, a cinematic genius. A comedic talent without peer.
The only thing an actor owes his public is not to bore them.