Subject: Entertainment » Acting

Sarah Brightman couldn't act scared on the New York subway at four o'clock in the morning.

(1943 – 2007) American film critic

It is disappointing to report that George Bernard Shaw appearing as George Bernard Shaw is sadly miscast in the part; satirists should be heard and not seen.

(1896 – 1955) American playwright

I've made so many movies playing a hooker that they don't pay me in the regular way any more… they leave it on the dresser.

(1934 – ) American actress, dancer, activist & author

Alison Skipworth: You forget I’ve been an actress for forty years.

West: Don’t worry dear, I’ll keep your secret.

(1893 – 1980) actress, playwright, screenwriter & sex symbol

Theatre director: a person engaged by the management to conceal the fact that the players cannot act.

(1877 – 1947) British diarist & critic

I started my career in kindergarten playing a tube of toothpaste in a hygiene play.

(1945 – ) American actor, director, comedian, producer & author

Acting: Farting about in disguise.

(1932 – 2013) Irish stage & film actor

All through the five acts of that Shakespearean tragedy he played the King as though under momentary apprehension that someone else was about to play the Ace.

(1850 – 1895) American writer

Wet she’s a star; dry she ain’t.

(1891 – 1951) comedian, singer, theater & film actress

The worst of failure of this kind is that it spoils the market for more competent performers.

(1877 – 1947) British diarist & critic

[Katherine Hepburn] is not a great actress, but one with a certain distinction which, with training, might possibly take the place of great acting in an emergency.

(1889 – 1945) actor, author & humorist

Barbra’s only spontaneous moment in Prince of Tides comes when Nick tosses her a football and she screams “My nails!”

(Paul Rudnick) (1957 – ) Satiric film critic & author

I was never so scared in my life… and I was in the war!

(1908 – 2005) English actor

What makes him think a middle-aged actor, who’s played with a chimp, could have a future in politics?

(1911 – 2004) 40th U.S. president & actor

To Raoul Walsh a tender love scene is burning down a whorehouse.

(1892 – 1978) Canadian-American film producer (Warner Brothers)

I used to work for a living, then I became an actor.

(1927 – ) English actor

The pain goes away on payday.

(1902 – 1975) comedian, actor & member of The Three Stooges

It's our fault… we should have given him better parts.

(1892 – 1978) Canadian-American film producer (Warner Brothers)

If [an actor] says, 'But what's my motivation?… 'I say, 'Your salary.'

(1899 – 1980) English filmmaker & producer

The best research [for playing a drunk] is being a British actor for 20 years.

(1933 – ) English actor

Golf is my real profession – show business pays my greens fees.

(1903 – 2003) English-born American comedian & actor
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