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" Actors know what actors are insecure about - and they're all insecure. "
" I'm just a kid - I've got a lot of stuff to do yet. "
" There's a rebel lying deep in my soul. "
" When I do a picture and it's 90% black, like 'Bird,' I use 90% black people. "
" Every picture has its own demands, and every picture stimulates something within you to tell it a certain way. I don't know what that is; I don't think too much about that. "
" When I did 'Bird,' it was a surprise to some people, first because I wasn't in it and second because most of the films I'd been doing were cop movies or westerns or adventure films, so to be doing one about Charlie Parker, who was a great influence on American music, was a great thrill for me. "
" I'm not a New Age person, but I do believe in meditation, and for that reason I've always liked the Buddhist religion. When I've been to Japan, I've been to Buddhist temples and meditated, and I found that rewarding. "
" I have been trying to retire to the back of the camera for quite a few years, and in 1970, when I first started directing, I said, 'If I could pull this off, I can some day move to the back of the camera and stay there.' "
" I want the troops from Great Britain and the U.S. to be successful, but by the same token, Afghanistan has always been a screw-up. "
" I always thought of myself as a character actor. I never thought of myself as a leading man. "
" I am a good listener. I think that came from my schooling. "
" I think being able to age gracefully is a very important talent. It is too late for me. "
" In school, I could hear the leaves rustle and go on a journey. "
" I like working. That's when I'm feeling my best. And the people around me know that. My wife knows that. "
" Actors know, with me they aren't going to be allowed to rehearse a scene for a couple of hours and then get away with doing 25 takes before we get it right. So they come with their full bag of tricks. "
" In 'Changeling,' I tried to show something you'd never see nowadays - a kid sitting and looking at the radio. Just sitting in front of the radio and listening. Your mind does the rest. "
" You have to feel confident. If you don't, then you're going to be hesitant and defensive, and there'll be a lot of things working against you. "
" If you're really satisfied with your position on something, you just say, 'Hey;' you just very calmly present something. "
" I have worked ever since I was 13. "
" The stronger the participation of the female characters, the better the movie. They knew that in the old days, when women stars were equally as important as men. "
" When you work with kids, especially, you want to be ready to turn the camera on at a moment's notice. "
" Yes, I'm always - I'm always surprised when you make a film and you live with it a while and you put it out, you never dream that anybody is ever going to want to really see it. "
" I think kids are natural actors. You watch most kids; if they don't have a toy, they'll pick up a stick and make a toy out of it. Kids will daydream all the time. "
" It would be great to be 105 and still making films. "
" When you listen to Ray Charles, there's never any doubt whose voice that is. "
" Every story has its demands. "
" My old drama coach used to say, 'Don't just do something, stand there.' Gary Cooper wasn't afraid to do nothing. "
" Men must know their limitations. "
" I became a Republican in 1951, the first year I could vote. "
" It must be the Brit in me, because I like animals. "
" When I was born, the economy wasn't in a great state; it was the Depression, and my father had to be quick to try and find work. "