Zitat des Tages von James Dean:
Studying cows, pigs and chickens can help an actor develop his character. There are a lot of things I learned from animals. One was that they couldn't hiss or boo me.
Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today.
Only the gentle are ever really strong.
The gratification comes in the doing, not in the results.
I also became close to nature, and am now able to appreciate the beauty with which this world is endowed.
To my way of thinking, an actor's course is set even before he's out of the cradle.
Trust and belief are two prime considerations. You must not allow yourself to be opinionated.
Being an actor is the loneliest thing in the world. You are all alone with your concentration and imagination, and that's all you have.
To grasp the full significance of life is the actor's duty; to interpret it his problem; and to express it his dedication.
There is no way to be truly great in this world. We are all impaled on the crook of conditioning.
Being a good actor isn't easy. Being a man is even harder. I want to be both before I'm done.
Racing is the only time I feel whole.
I'm a serious-minded and intense little devil, terribly gauche and so tense I don't see how people stay in the same room with me. I know I wouldn't tolerate myself.
When an actor plays a scene exactly the way a director orders, it isn't acting. It's following instructions. Anyone with the physical qualifications can do that.
The only greatness for man is immortality.
If a man can bridge the gap between life and death, if he can live on after he's dead, then maybe he was a great man.
But you can't show some far off idyllic conception of behavior if you want the kids to come and see the picture. You've got to show what it's really like, and try to reach them on their own grounds.
You can do 'Hamlet' while performing cartwheels... as long as the audience sees your eyes - you can make the performance real.
I don't want anything seventy-thirty. Fifty-fifty's always good enough for me. I don't want to have to give anybody seventy; I don't want anybody to give me seventy. I want fifty.
The only way to make a scene realistic is to do it the way you know it would really happen.
An actor should be judged by his performance only.
I used to fly around quite a bit, you know? I took a lot of unnecessary chances on the highways. And I started racing, and now I drive on the highways, I'm extra cautious because no one knows what they're doing half the time. You don't know what this guy is going to do or that one.