My circle of friends are not actors at all. None of them are actors, really, because they're are not available. They're always off somewhere.
When you're a young actor you ring your agent every evening. It's not like when you're in Hollywood where you do one picture a year. You just hope you get a day on television.
I need a challenge 'cause I don't get the girl anymore.
I just try to play more and more difficult roles.
I just work in order to improve myself as an actor which is what I've always done.
I've never taken drugs - if you take a drug of your choice, you get some ecstatic feeling.
I'm very, very family oriented. I'm a big cook and a good connoisseur and I only drink very good red wines now.
If you're a leading actor you don't work with another actor. You work with a lady.
If you're a gardener you don't need a gym. [...] You're always carrying large sacks of manure all over.
In my day, the drug was alcohol and the weapon was a fist, so it was very sort of innocent and primitive. Now you've got drugs, guns, and knives, which are so lethal.
We should vote for the welfare of the country, not for the welfare of the party.
Nobody's a criminal to himself. I never play a criminal like a bad person.
If I see any injustice done, I have a big enough mouth and the position to open up about it.
I'm not a betting man, and even if I was, I certainly wouldn't bet on this! I would not bet on the Best Actor.
I don't want to be an English actor doing the greatest American accent you've ever heard. I want to be an American doing nothing.
Since I was 19, I've had the most fun possible every single day, even when I had a rough life. It was the army which taught me about life, and the theater which taught me how good it could be.
That to me is what my idea of film acting should be. There shouldn't be any acting. You should just be watching a real person.
I spent my entire time reading books and going to the cinema, just to escape.
I think it would be great for the Academy to recognize old age.
There are loads of black actors.You can't say: I'm going to vote for him, he's not very good but he's black, [so] I'll vote for him. You've got to give a good performance.
In real life, I'm afraid of heights - and people who get moral convictions... Adolf Hitler in London.
I learn the whole time. I think it would be dull if I thought I was going to work and wouldn't find something new. We always learn.
I spent my life in the library reading books.
I'm the happiest grandfather in the world, I promise you.
No English director would've cast me as an officer, I promise you. Not one.
People say to me, why did you do those films, and I say, for money. It wasn't for diamond rings or kidney shaped swimming pools in Beverly Hills, it was in order to improve the lot of everyone around me.
I've been in every disco in the world. I saw a picture of my wife Shakira and I dancing in Studio 54; I didn't even know someone had taken that picture.
When I was a young actor I was in a lot of film doing one day work and two days' work, and they've included all those titles, which I don't even remember. I think I've played the lead in about 75 movies.
If you put someone on screen long enough, they become the hero.
One of the great things with comedy is that there's no such thing as a mediocre comedy; it's either uproarious or crap. That's the problem.
I have enough money not to do pictures ever. I'm seventy years old. I don't want to get up at 6:30 in the morning and learn ten pages of dialogue to do with a bunch of creeps I don't like. It's gotta be fun for me.
When you're a movie star and you're young, you are always playing someone who's a better fighter, a better lover, a better everything than you.
To disappear your complete self into a character is quite difficult. I've tried it 85 times, and I've succeeded two or three times.
I don't think you retire from movies; movies retire you.
I enjoy making people laugh. The trick is to tell them jokes against yourself. If you praise yourself, your stories aren't funny.
The trouble with women? Elbows.
Youre only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!
It's vital to have your own space so you aren't constantly in each other's pockets.
I've never been out with a married woman, never. I respect others' properties.
And to Tom Cruise, for if you had won this, your asking price would have gone down so fast. Do you have any idea what supporting actors get paid? We get only one trailer, a small one, in the back.
My mum never understood how much I earned. When I told her I earned a million pounds a film, she said, 'How much is that?'
About Superman and Batman: the former is how America views itself, the latter, darker character is how the rest of the world views America.
I had an extraordinary belief in myself. For years people told me to give it up and even though I was poverty- stricken, I never thought I should give it up.
I've got a lot of back-up because my father was a Catholic, my mother was a Protestant, I was educated by Jews and I'm married to a Muslim. So I won't lose out on a technicality.
I don't want to sound like Disgusted of Tunbridge Wells, but I do think there should be some sort of national service for young men.
I'm not in the Lifetime Achievement area yet-I'm still battling it out in the trenches.
I'm doing the next Batman. I have to become obsessed about what is offered to me.
I'd never been in one of those great big blockbusters.
I wear a baseball cap all the time, which I would never normally wear, and I walk very fast.
I want to stick around with the big boys. I don't want to be in the old folks home.
I spent 30 years of my life not being wanted at all for films.
I sit waiting for things that I can't refuse.
I had been in that part of the world as a soldier in Korea, so I had been interested in Vietnam.
I feel that I helped the working class by just saying there are no barriers, which I consider to be true.
I don't like getting up early in the morning and learning all that stuff. I work with offers that I can't refuse.
I'm very much more choosy now. I do stuff that I really, really, really like.
I've been on movies where I literally couldn't hear what the other actor was saying. It's very awkward.
I've done my job and I've got the picture out there, and I'm very happy with it.
You don't make any money when you're my age. The stars get it all. That's a lie, actually.
You can't get blase about something you haven't done yet.
You can write shorthand and still look at the guy you're talking to.
We can only use British actors because everybody's got to talk exactly the same.
The Quiet American is anti the people who took them into the Vietnam War.
Sometimes, in a part, everything comes together.
Nobody did a campaign for me. I was nominated out of the blue and won out of the blue. So that was it.
My dialogue coach said to do a Texas accent, you lean on the next word, and that was the clue to me.
If you held a pistol at my head, I couldn't tell you who they're going to vote for Best Actor.
If I work with a bad actor, my reaction is to immediately become worse than they are.
I don't have to work. I suppose I should retire. But I enjoy working.
I don't meet stockbrokers or carpenters or coal miners; I spend all day with actors, composers and photographers.
I've always loved reprehensible people because they're so much more interesting to play on screen.
I don't do it often, but I do cry. I also laugh a lot; people tell me I'm funny and I do like to laugh.
I'm a frustrated stand-up comic. If you hand me a microphone and I get one laugh, then I'll go on for 20 minutes.
By the time the Oscars are on I'll be seventy. How many more chances am I going to have to get nominated for an Oscar?
I didn't know what I knew. I wasn't aware of what I knew.
I can never be the hero now. You have to be young and all that stuff. I used to be the hero.
For Cider House Rules, I was doing a New England accent.
God willing, even I might scrape a nomination.
Ive read an awful lot of books, Ive read alot of awful books
You're never too old to be crazy.
This is your life, Larry. Learn to enjoy what you've got.
As an actor, I'll play anything.
I'll always be there because I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.
I wouldn't make an anti-American film. I'm one of the most pro-American foreigners I know. I love America and Americans.
I don't work very much, and I just sit here waiting for a script that I can't refuse - and I'm not talking about money.
I've made the transition from star to character actor and I'm thoroughly enjoying it.
In the sixties, everyone you knew became famous. My flatmate was Terence Stamp. My barber was Vidal Sassoon. David Hockney did the menu in a restaurant I went to. I didn't know anyone unknown who didn't become famous.
If you think you're going to be up for an Oscar, you schedule your moviemaking.
No matter what the reason, if you start to scream and shout, you look a fool, and you feel a fool, and you earn the disrespect of everyone.
Comedy is underrepresented in every actor's life, because it's so bloody difficult to write.
I'm a sort of boy next door. If that boy has a good scriptwriter.
I'm the audience's representative on earth.
There's quite a lot of bad stuff written about me. My wife even says a lot of bad stuff about me. But she is wonderful.
Obsession is a young man’s game.
I love the start of autumn when the trees in my garden change the colour of their leaves in one last dazzling display.
If you're blond, as I am, and you have blond lashes, you have to wear mascara, otherwise you're invisible on stage.
There's only two things I hate in this world. People who are intolerant of other people's cultures and the Dutch.
Not only is acting more than a part-time job, it's more than a full-time job. It's a full-time obsession.
My career is going better now than when I was younger. Now I get the part. Back then, I'd get the girl.
Just because I have made a point of never losing my accent it doesn't mean I'm an eel-and-pie yob.
I didn't want to come in the movie every so often, every 20 minutes saying, 'Dinner is served, would you like coffee?'
Movie actors earn their living and learn their craft through listening and reacting.