Alan Arkin

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Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin

I know that if I can't move people, then I have no business being an actor.More Alan Arkin [04/18/2008 12:04:00]
I know that if I can't move people, then I have no business being an actor.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think a very bad time for the arts. I think we're in a tough time in our culture.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I used to watch the world as if it was a performance and I would realize that certain things that people did moved me, and certain things didn't move me, and I tried to analyze, even at that age, six and seven and eight, why I was moved by certain things they did.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Every one of them shows a different picture of misery.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Marriage requires searing honesty at all costs. I learned that from my third wife.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
TV has taken reflection out of the human condition. People didn't use to have a ready answer for everything, whether they knew something about it or not. People think they have to have an answer for everything because the guys on TV have an answer for everything. But it's bullsh**t! Reflection is crucial.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Truth is always unfolding. It's not an absolute.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I read somewhere that some people believe that the entire universe is a matrix of living thought. And I said, "Man, if that's not a definition of God, I don't know what is.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
For many years my acting came from a place of surmounting some enormous obstacle, confronting some stern and faceless judge who would condemn me to a pit of hell if I didn't achieve the "zone," if even for a moment. Not a particularly happy place to work from.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Creativity means learning where the rules exist, and then breaking them! Saying, "It's better this way." But you have to know the rules in order to break them with any grace.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Hollywood is a strange place. The class structure here is more rigid than almost anyplace I've ever experienced. It's made more difficult by the fact that it's constantly changing. You never know what class you belong to unless you're one of the two or three people that have been in the same echelon for a long, long time.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I'm an actor. My life as an actor depends on who sends me what. I'm just taking the best stuff that I can find that's sent my way, regardless of how big or little the paycheck is. I don't want to work for scale anymore. I'm at a point now where, no matter how good something is, I'm not going to kill myself and end up in the hole.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Is it possible to have an endless series of successes without falling on our faces? I suppose it is, but I think it would entail doing the same things over and over again without taking chances, without taking risks or exploring our limits, without finding out what we can and can't do.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I gotta keep busy. I'm not happy unless I'm working on two, three things.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
That's what we're all doing, all the time, whether we know it or not. Whether we like it or not. Creating something on the spur of the moment with the materials at hand. We might just as well let the rest of it go, join the party, and dance our hearts out.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Improvisation sometimes seemed more like jazz than acting, like verbal jazz, with the actors playing a theme back and forth, and then introducing another theme, incorporating it, somehow trying to work their way all together to a meaning of some kind, or at least a conclusion.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I don't think it does the audience any good to know what I do to prepare. It keeps it more of a surprise. I don't feel like it has to be a mystery.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I played guitar. I've always considered myself an actor, but I wasn't making a living as an actor. So I was in a couple of folk groups that managed to keep me in underwear and burritos.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Two-thirds of American movies are extensions of commercials -- they tell you how to feel and they tell you how to think -- rather than letting you figure it out on your own.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You know what Andy Warhol's sole contribution to this country has been? He made Campbell's Soup a household word.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
You can begin to see an amalgamation of cultures, the real beginning of one world. Ten years ago, it would have been impossible to imagine a Cockney singing group with a Southern Negro style and Indian and electronic music. I wonder if people have even noticed what a tremendous cultural signal the Beatles are.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There's a familiarity that sometimes shocks and annoys the hell out of me. People want a relationship with you that they haven't earned.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Either you're growing or you're decaying; there's no middle ground. If you're standing still, you're decaying.More Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I used to watch the world as if it was a performance and I would realize that certain things that people did moved me, and certain things didn't move me, and I tried to analyze, even at that age, six and seven and eight, why I was moved by certain things they didMore Alan Arkin [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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