Acting is not about being someone different. It’s finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
We can see the film stars of yesterday in yesterday’s films, hear the voices of poets and singers on a record, keep the plays of dead dramatists upon our bookshelves, but the actor who holds his audience captive for one brief moment upon a lighted stage vanishes forever when the curtain falls.
Daphne du Maurier
In painting, the form arises from abstract elements of line and color, while in cinema, the material concreteness of the image within the frame presents - as an element - the greatest difficulty in manipulation.
Garbo was shy, insecure. She felt that, as a person, she actually had nothing special or unusual for others to make a fuss over.
I went to [producer-director] Thomas H. Ince and said, 'I would like some retakes.' Retakes are costly, and when he pointed that out, I said, 'Yes, I know that, Tom, but I still want the retakes.' Now, Tom liked to gamble. I did, too. So I said, 'I'll tell what I'll do, Tom. Heads or tails. If you win, okay, then I pay for the retakes. If I win, you pay.' He said, 'Fine,' and he tossed. I felt that Tom would take chances, but I didn't think he would cheat, and he didn't. He never did. It was my week's salary for or against the retakes. And I won.
Actress Blanche Sweet about film pioneer Thomas H. Ince during the making of "Anna Christie" (1923)
I like people to be entertained, but I don't want it to be empty. I like to give some nourishment.
I don't think anybody can be told how to act. I think you can give advice. But you have to find your own way through it.