Quote Unquote: 11 different takes on actors & acting

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Is it pure coincidence that many of the plays I’ve seen recently feature actors as characters? And, consequently, a range of views on the life of actors and the nature of acting, which got my quote-taking pen twitching. For any actors or FFOAs (friends or family of actors) reading, please tell me which most closely sums up your perspective.

The quotes below are care of the following four plays and playwrights. You can see them delivered yourself if you click the links and buy tickets for each before their runs finish.

  • Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Truman Capote, adapted by Richard Greenberg) – runs at Theatre Royal Haymarket until 17 September, then touring until 19 November 2016
  • Waiting for Waiting for Godot (by Dave Hanson) – runs at St James Studio until 24 September 2016
  • Unfaithful (by Owen McCafferty) – runs at Found111 until 8 October 2016
  • The Entertainer (by John Osborne) – runs at the Garrick Theatre until 12 November 2016

11 quotes on actors & acting

“I knew damn well I’d never be a movie star. My complexes aren’t inferior enough.”

“I do believe in GOD. Good Orderly Direction. I can sum up most of my beliefs with a good acronym.”

“An actor must learn to forget and then forgive himself for forgetting.”

“Acting is not that hard. You wear a costume someone else made, you stand where someone else tells you to. And then you say lines someone else wrote. What’s the big deal?”

“We are actors, sir! Professional artists! We live for creative purpose, not material wealth! The bravery of what we do for the world every day makes us heroes. For we are the men in the arena, our faces dirty with blood and grime! We fail sometimes and succeed others, but we always get back up and keep trying. That’s what makes us different from those people out there. Those people with the houses and refrigerators full of food….”

“What kind of people hang around waiting for a promise that doesn’t come?”

“Never argue a note. Acting is difficult. Actors never should be.”

Matthew Lewis (formerly Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films) plays a gigolo in Unfaithful at Found111

“I’m an out of work actor who was told my talents were best applied to either modeling or porn movies.”

Kenneth Branagh stars as Archie Rice in The Entertainer at the Garrick Theatre

“Observation is the basis of all art.”

“I have a go, don’t I? I do.”

“Just one more performance.”

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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.
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Terri Paddock runs the Terri Paddock Group, which provides content and social media marketing services for theatre clients across channels including MyTheatreMates.com, StageFaves.com, Stage Talk and TerriPaddock.com. Previously,
Terri Paddock founded WhatsOnStage.com and the WhatsOnStage Awards, running the company and its events from 1996 to 2013. Terri is also the author of two novels, Come Clean and Beware the Dwarfs, and has previously written for the Evening Standard, Independent, The Times and other national publications. She is renowed for her 'legendary' post-show Q&As and also produces the annual Critics' Circle Theatre Awards and acts as a digital, content strategy and event consultant for theatre, producers and other clients. She tweets about theatre at @TerriPaddock.

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