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By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Landau

I try to never repeat a character. I always try to find something new and fresh and interesting that inspires me.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Landau

If you don't trust yourself, you won't trust others. You make a choice and see where it goes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Landau

Playing a drunk doesn't mean being a drunk, only bad actors try to be drunk. A real drunk tries to be sober, he wants another drink. How a character hides their feelings tells us who they are, no one shows their feelings except bad actors.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Landau

You can have immediate regrets, but if you look at stuff and say, 'Things happen for a reason', there's a fatalistic thing about it. Something will happen that will justify it in some way

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Landau

Just five years before that the Russians were our allies

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Landau

The talented actor needs craft. When you do a stage play, you do it once each night in chronological order. In a film you're going to wind up doing a scene 15-20 times, just by the nature of the process. If I tell you a joke once, it's funny. The more times I tell, the less funny it is. How do you get to the point where you can laugh again? You also may have to cry again and again.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Landau

Any good director creates a playground. That's what they do. They hire the right actor, open the door and let them play because stuff will happen, right then and there. The audience wants to believe that what's going on is happening for the first time, ever. That's what acting is. That's what good scene writing is.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Landau

A good director creates a playground for actors, and lets them go. The trick for a good director is in casting properly, and creating the playroom, and then they'll get stuff that they don't expect, and can't even direct. All the audience wants to believe is that whatever is happening, it is happening for the first time. They want to see the people within the work exchanging dialogue and action in that moment. There are not a lot of actors that can do that.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Landau

It's OK to be wrong. You learn from your wrongs. You don't learn from being right. If you're right, you already know it. If you're wrong, it's because you don't know about it, and you made a mistake.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Landau

I always treat each take as a rehearsal for the next take. That way you can find stuff and keep adding and playing until they tell me to stop

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Landau

What can I do to help? I am asking my senator to support political action to end hunger in the greatest country on this planet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Landau

People are in denial all the time, hiding things. If I tell you a racist or dirty joke and you laugh, you're telling me something about yourself, which you don't want to reveal. Accessing that hidden side is what good acting is all about. And there are only a handful of people in the entire United States who interest me as actors, who surprise me. Even people who write about it, don't know anything about good performance. At least when you work at General Motors, you know something about cars.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Martin Landau

The real good comedians, like Chaplin, would make you laugh and a second later, cry

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Landau

An awful lot of actors who are considered very good actors are not very good actors. There are people who just strike gold, they have intrinsic talent, but the point is that if they did train, it would not inhibit them. If they were with a good teacher, it would only broaden them more.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Landau

God is a luxury I can't afford.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Landau

Doubt is a very important trait. Out of doubt comes thinking, decisions, choices. We learn stuff. We learn to make mistakes. Or not to.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Landau

If it bothers me on the page, I don't do it. If it attracts me on the page and moves me, makes me think a bit, makes me laugh, makes me cry, I'm interested in it. If it's there on the page, it means it's there and up to me to bring it out. I have done some films along the way that have been screwed up and not as good as they read. Some films that are not that good on the page turn into good movies. So I'm fallible is what I'm saying.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Landau

The actor has to have some degree of craft, along with the talent. No one tries to laugh except bad actors. No one tries to cry except bad actors. How a character hides his feelings tells us who he is. Most people don't know that, and most actors don't do that. Therefore, there are a lot of actors who put me to sleep, that are considered good actors, but they're predictable and boring. I know how the scene is going to end before it ends.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Landau

My mantra is "stay perpendicular." Horizontal is not as good. Half the people that came along and up with with me are either gone to another dimension or don't remember what they had for lunch. I'm fortunate. I don't know why. I just want to have a good time.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Martin Landau

I've always been interested in science fiction

By Anonym 13 Sep

Martin Landau

Bad guys don't think they're bad guys. Hitler probably thought he was a wonderful guy doing some wonderful and righteous work for Germany.