Stumbled across this amusing article of actors gently dissing their profession. Gotta say, I dig people that can find the balance of respect for the craft and awareness that we are playing pretend for a living. It takes a healthy dose of both to do good work, and not fall into the trap of believing your own hype.
A few highlights:
“I despise those prick actors who say, ‘I was in character,’ and ‘I became the character,’ and all that stuff. It’s hideous. It’s just masturbation at the highest level.”
“Why would I ever get cocky? I’m not saving anybody’s life. There are doctors who save lives and firemen who run into burning buildings. I’m making movies. It’s stupid.'”
“Acting is the most minor of gifts and not a very high-class way to earn a living. After all, Shirley Temple could do it at the age of four.”
“Acting is the perfect idiot’s profession.”
“It’s a business you go into because you’re an egocentric. It’s a very embarrassing profession.”
Robert Downey Jr.
“I know very little about acting. I’m just an incredibly gifted faker.”
To read the full article/list of quotes click here.