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" It's easy to fool the eye but it's hard to fool the heart. "
" There has been a lot of self-doubt and unwelcome events in my life. "
" Money makes your life easier. If you're lucky to have it, you're lucky. "
" Vanity is my favourite sin. "
" You need some insecurity if you're an actor. It keeps the pot boiling. I haven't yet started to think about retiring. I was shocked when I heard about Paul Newman retiring at age 82. Most actors just fade away like old soldiers. "
" My dad was in the army. World War II. He got his college education from the army. After World War II he became an insurance salesman. Really, I didn't know my dad very well. He and my mother split up after the war. I was raised by my maternal grandmother and grandfather, and by my mother. "
" My first language was shy. It's only by having been thrust into the limelight that I have learned to cope with my shyness. "
" There are a lot of roles in Shakespeare, basically. If I feel that the script is a movie, I would be interested in doing any role of Shakespeare's. "
" I don't need bodyguards. I'm from the South Bronx. "
" It would be hard to play a character you don't like - for me anyway - or can't find something in them to like. "
" The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You're in a conversation and everybody's agreeing with what you're saying - even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don't want to hear. "
" I don't ever give my opinion. Opinions I have about anything are in my personal life. "
" When I was younger, I would go to auditions to have the opportunity to audition, which would mean another chance to get up there and try out my stuff, or try out what I learned and see how it worked with an audience, because where are you gonna get an audience? "
" The truth is, you know, we need our anodynes. You know that word, anodynes? We need that in life some times. A good warm bath can be one for you, or a whatever. "
" I remember acting in a school play about the melting pot when I was very little. There was a great big pot onstage. On the other side of the pot was a little girl who had dark hair, and she and I were representing the Italians. And I thought: Is that what an Italian looked like? "
" I don't think actors should ever expect to get a role, because the disappointment is too great. You've got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition's an opportunity to have an audience. "
" The problem with me is, I guess, the way I express myself, you have to be with me 50 years before you can get a sense of what I'm talking about. "
" Doing Shakespeare once is not fair to the play. I have been in Shakespeare plays when it's not until the last two or three performances when I even understand certain things. In the old days star actors would travel the world doing the same parts over and over again. "
" Playing a character is an illusion, and I feel that when you know too much about a person, possibly part of that illusion is disrupted. "
" I like, for instance, 'Serpico.' I enjoyed playing Serpico because Frank Serpico was there. He existed. He was a real life person and I could - I could embody him. I could, you know, I could work and get to know him and have him help me with the text, the script and become him. It's almost like a painter having a model to become. "
" I'm an actor, not a star. Stars are people who live in Hollywood and have heart-shaped swimming pools. "
" I'm so shy now I wear sunglasses everywhere I go. "
" I've often said there's two kinds of actors. There's a more gregarious type and the shy type. "
" I've never liked the recognition, the questions, the publicity. I have often felt like running away and hiding. "
" Shakespeare's plays are more violent than 'Scarface.' "