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"People ask me why I'm playing in this picture. The answer is simple: Money, dear boy. I'm like a vintage wine. You have to drink me quickly before I turn sour. I'm almost used up now and I can feel the end coming. That's why I'm taking money now. I've got nothing to leave my family but the money I can make from films. Nothing is beneath me if it pays well. I've earned the right to damn well grab whatever I can in the time I've got left."—Laurence Olivier, on his role in Inchon
"For the money, old chap, for the money!'"—Ray Milland When asked why he had appeared in so many bad films late in his career.
"You show me an actor doing a shit movie, I'll show you a guy with a bad divorce."
"I sell myself for the highest price. Exactly like a prostitute. There is no difference"
"First of all, I choose the great roles, and if none of these come, I choose the mediocre ones, and if they don't come, I choose the ones that pay the rent."—Michael Caine
Interviewer: You're quoted as saying you've only made five good movies in your career. True?
Michael Madsen: Pretty much. It's certainly less than ten. Kill Bill, Species, Free Willy, Thelma and Louise, Reservoir Dogs and Donnie Brasco. Six, that's it. That's not a low number. I'm just hard to please. I've made some crap but you've got to pay the bills.
"I made a picture called Super Mario Bros, and my six-year-old son at the time -- he's now 18 -- he said, 'Dad I think you're probably a pretty good actor, but why did you play that terrible guy King Koopa in Super Mario Bros?' And I said, 'Well Henry, I did that so you could have shoes,' and he said, 'Dad, I don't need shoes that badly.'"—Dennis Hopper
"You do what you gotta do. This is not heart surgery. I'm not curing cancer. I'm just trying to put my kids through school."