You don’t merely give over your creativity to making a film — you give over your life! In theatre, by contrast, you live these two rather strange lives simultaneously; you have no option but to confront the mould on last night’s washing-up.
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- The thing about performance, even if it’s only an illusion, is that it is a celebration of the fact that we do contain within ourselves infinite possibilities.
- Being at the center of a film is a burden one takes on with innocence — the first time. Thereafter, you take it on with trepidation.
- I’d prefer not to be the pretty thing in a film. It’s such a bloody responsibility to look cute, because people know when you don’t and they’re like, They’re trying to pass her off as the cute girl and she’s looking like a bedraggled sack of potatoes.
- Unless the theatre can ennoble you, make you a better person, you should flee from it.
- For the theatre one needs long arms; it is better to have them too long than too short. An artiste with short arms can never, never make a fine gesture.
- Remember this practical piece of advice: Never come into the theatre with mud on your feet. Leave your dust and dirt outside. Check your little worries, squabbles, petty difficulties with your outside clothing — all the things that ruin your life and draw your attention away from your art — at the door.