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" A lot of my best parts I've been the second choice for, so you never get too egotistical about anything. "
" 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. "
" January is the garbage can of movies in America, directly after all the Oscar contenders have been out. "
" I don't meet stockbrokers or carpenters or coal miners; I spend all day with actors, composers and photographers. "
" At 69, I got the girl! And it wasn't a 68-year-old girl, either. "
" What a lot of people don't realize about gangs, in my opinion, is that a gang is not there to attack you. Eighty percent of the people in a gang are there to stop anyone from attacking them. You join a gang for protection, not to go out and hit someone. "
" I've made the transition from star to character actor and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. "
" Anyone can write. But comedy, you've got to do some writing. You get one comedy script to every 20 dramas. "
" 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. "
" Do I believe in God? Yes I do. When you've had a life like mine, you have to. "
" I won an Academy Award for 'The Cider House Rules,' playing an American. "
" My problem was that I was blond. There were no heroes with blond hair. Robert Taylor and Henry Fonda, they all had dark hair. The only one I found was Van Johnson, who wasn't too cool. He was a nice, homely American boy. So I created my own image. It worked. "
" I am a great admirer of other actors, but I never compete with other actors. I always compete with what I did last, and I'm my own most vicious critic. So I'm always trying to do it better. "
" The standing ovation threw me... to be held in such regard in a town so full of talent is quite something. "
" I think what is British about me is my feelings and awareness of others and their situations. English people are always known to be well mannered and cold but we are not cold - we don't interfere in your situation. If we are heartbroken, we don't scream in your face with tears - we go home and cry on our own. "
" You get paid the same for a bad film as you do for a good one. "
" I learned about life before I went into the theater, which is why I've been so happy. I was a soldier. "
" My view of actors is that basically they're all harmless lunatics who'd be on the psychiatrist's couch, except that we get this sort of catharsis every six months or so, and we go and be absolutely someone else. "
" Hollywood is a cross between a health farm, a recreation center and an insane asylum. It's a company town, and I happen to like the company! "
" At age 11, I went to a Jewish school. I speak Yiddish. I'm Church of England Protestant. My father was Catholic, and my mother was Protestant. My wife is a Muslim. "
" Alfie was the first time I was above the title; the first time I became a star in America. "
" I read books like mad, but I am careful to to let anything I read influence me. "
" If you're a movie actor, you're on your own - you cannot control the stage. The director controls it. "
" I'm a sort of boy next door. If that boy has a good scriptwriter. "
" I started with the firm conviction that when I came to the end, I wanted to be regretting the things that I had done, not the things I hadn't. "
" I'm trying to work only with established, respected directors. I took a lot of bad scripts and worked for a lot of lazy directors, and it was discouraging to go to the screenings and see that the director had added nothing, the editor had added nothing, there was nothing to see. "
" 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. "
" The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years. "
" I think life has got to develop as you get older, and I don't want to be wandering along doing the same old thing. I want more out of life. "
" I wouldn't make an anti-American film. I'm one of the most pro-American foreigners I know. I love America and Americans. "
" In England, I was a Cockney actor. In America, I was an actor. "