Robert Brustein on Laurence Olivier as Hamlet in a 1948 film: Olivier's idea of introspection was to hood his eyes, dentalize his consonants and let the camera circle his blondined head like a sparrow looking for a place to deposit its droppings.
Laurence Olivier (1907 - 1989)
Source: New Republic, 3 Nov 1986.
Contributed by: Zaady
On belief that John Gielgud was infatuated with his own voice: If he was lost for a moment, he would dive straight back into its honey.
Source: On Acting, Simon & Schuster 86, quoted by Robert Brustein, New Republic, 3 Nov 86
I'm rather bored by the subject - meaning me. It's a sort of a yoke, but at times you know, a yoke is a kind of comfort. And it's always there.
Source: Interview at age 72; in New York Times, 27 Feb 1980.
Surely we have always acted; it is an instinct inherent in all of us. Some of us are better at it than others, but we all do it.
Source: Olivier on Acting in New York Times, 26 Oct 1986.
We ape, we mimic, we mock. We act.
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