Saturday, September 27, 2008
A movie star with the soul of a character actor. Paul Newman had grit and depth that belied his handsome face. He is made acting look so easy. Only great ones can do that. I found wonderful quotes on acting from Paul on imdb. I think it says much more about him that I can ever write. As I wrote about Christopher Reeve, it's hard when artists you adore die; but, They live on in the movies they leave behind. May Paul rest now in the bosoms of angels.
Acting is like letting your pants down - you're exposed.
Every time I get a script it's a matter of trying to know what I could do with it. I see colors, imagery. It has to have a smell. It's like falling in love. You can't give a reason why.
I really just can't watch myself. I see all the machinery at work and it just drives me nuts.
Study your craft and know who you are and what's special about you. Find out what everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means don't do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society.
I'd like to be remembered as a guy who tried - who tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being. Someone who isn't complacent, who doesn't cop out.