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All Quotes by author - Joseph Gordon-Levitt
" Actors didn't use to be celebrities. A hundred years ago, they put the theaters next to the brothels. "
" A lot of the motivation for doing the 'Make 'Em Laugh' on SNL was because I had just finished shooting 'Inception,' where there were zero-gravity scenes and I got into really good shape and was training and did all these stunts. Coming off of that, that instilled me with the confidence to do 'Make 'Em Laugh.' "
" Even today, in our progressive times, in most movies that come out, the men have to have biceps and the women have to be thin or something. "
" Every day I've got to be thankful that I am alive, and you never know - the cliche is, I guess, you could get hit by a bus tomorrow, so you'd better be at peace with whatever you got going at the moment. "
" Hollywood has the idea that movies have to be dumb. But especially movies for or about teenagers have to be really dumb! "
" I didn't want to just work within Hollywood when I started a production company. I wanted to be able to collaborate with great artists from all over the world. "
" If you're going to put yourself above everybody else, you might end up alone. "
" I think some of the best actors ever were little kids. "
" It's less about what you do and more about who you are doing it with. "
" I was just watching baby videos of me and I was obviously an exhibitionist. "
" I was such a big Dustin Hoffman fan when I was young. "
" Most scripts are bad. I read a lot of them. "
" My dad never blew anything up, but he probably had friends who did. He and my mom have always preached that the pen is mightier than a Molotov cocktail. "
" Storytelling in general is a communal act. Throughout human history, people would gather around, whether by the fire or at a tavern, and tell stories. One person would chime in, then another, maybe someone would repeat a story they heard already but with a different spin. It's a collective process. "
" Supermarket tabloids and celebrity gossip shows are not just innocently shallow entertainment, but a fundamental part of a much larger movement that involves apathy, greed and hierarchy. "
" The Internet is allowing us to get back to what's really more natural, which is that storytelling is a shared thing. It's our natural way to be communal. "
" The most valiant thing you can do as an artist is inspire someone else to be creative. "
" The movies I watch and the music I listen to and the books I read - those are important to me. It's very important to me, and I don't know what I would do without those things. "
" The only thing I want to do is stuff with people who care about what they're doing. "
" There's no royalty in America, so people deify actors. "
" There's something really appealing about the simplicity of black-and-white images. "
" The spiral in a snail's shell is the same mathematically as the spiral in the Milky Way galaxy, and it's also the same mathematically as the spirals in our DNA. It's the same ratio that you'll find in very basic music that transcends cultures all over the world. "
" To me, a sex scene in a movie generally means a gratuitous scene that doesn't serve the story but gives a kind of excuse - we've got these two actors, we want to see them naked, so let's bring in the music and the soft light. "
" Ummm... well, the only thing I want to do is stuff with people who care about what they're doing, which sounds obvious, but it's really not. "
" When I was a teenager I loved acting, but I really just loved it for myself. I didn't like the fact that anyone else saw the work I was doing. When I moved to New York, I started to realize that I wanted people to see the stuff that I was doing, and I wanted it to mean something to them. "
" While I'm not a celebrity, it's such a weird concept that society has cooked up for us. Astronauts and teachers are much more amazing than actors. "
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