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    I was terrified of being on stage, and I had to work very hard at a craft to get past that.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: work  past  craft 
     
    I don't like improvising on camera, particularly, but very often, a scene will not be working, and you rehearse it once or twice, and you realize something's missing. So I'll play with it until it makes sense.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: missing 
     
    I don't mind watching plays once in a while, but as long as I don't have to be in them.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: mind 
     
    For everybody, the tide comes in, the tide goes out - if you're an actor, particularly.
    — Alan Arkin
    NI love watching science fiction because I feel like when it's done well, it's not just monsters, but philosophy. Really good science fiction like, '2001,' for example, or the first 'Matrix.' But it takes someone who's got a brain and thinks in order to do really good science fiction.
    — Alan Arkin
    I don't know what I'm proudest of. The fact that my kids still talk to me.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: facts  kids 
     
    My father was a painter. There was a lot of singing. We hung around with a lot of folk musicians. My family knew a lot of great folk musicians of the time, like Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, Leadbelly. They were all people we knew.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: time  people  father 
     
    Over the years, I played with a couple of spectacular guitar players, and playing with them has made me play better than I knew how to play. I hope the same thing is true with acting.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: true  hope  year 
     
    I'm used to changing a lot of the dialogue. But if I feel like the script is working, I don't want to mess with it.
    — Alan Arkin
    Something I miss terribly from the '60s - the most important phrase in the English language was, 'I got hung up.' Somebody says they got hung up, it's unassailable, you know? You don't go near that. Whoa! I know what that can be like.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: language 
     
    I wanted to make it in New York. I thought if I went out to the Midwest, I'd be burying myself. But I was wrong.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: thoughts  wrong 
     
    I would like to have a movie under my own control sometime, and see what could be done with it. Who knows? Maybe Hollywood will make an improvisational movie someday.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: control  movie 
     
    It's - everybody's looking at the bottom line all the time, and failure doesn't look good on the bottom line, and yet you don't learn anything without failing.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: failure  time  learn 
     
    I'd have to say that my favorite kind of film is serious comedy. Comedy with serious underpinning. 'Little Miss Sunshine' is like that. That's my fave genre, if I had to pick one.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: comedy  film 
     
    I love insane, stupid comedy, but I can only make it work if it's a character I can give some history to and make real. Like the guy I played in 'Little Miss Sunshine.' He's a maniac, but to me he was absolutely believable.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: character  work  comedy  real 
     
    You have to think of your career the way you look at the ocean, deciding which wave you're gonna take and which waves you're not gonna take. Some of the waves are going to be big, some are gonna be small, sometimes the sea is going to be calm. Your career is not going to be one steady march upward to glory.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: ocean  career 
     
    Things have got to add up to 100 points. The script is part of it, the character is part of it, the people I'm working with is the third part of it - and any combination of the three has got to add up to 100 points.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: character  people 
     
    The years I spent paying my dues are in the background, and so are my concerns about whether my performance is good or bad.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: bad  year 
     
    My favorite thing is to be working with people I enjoy working with. I've reached the point where, emotionally, I don't need to act any more. Financially, I do. But emotionally, it wouldn't matter to me if I never acted again.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: people 
     
    I don't care about names attached to the script. That doesn't matter to me. All things being equal, I would like to work with a good script with a good director, and the part I play is of less important than those two factors.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: work  care 
     
    It's not that there is a terrible morality in Hollywood. I think there isn't any. There isn't any, by and large.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: morality 
     
    People think that the people in Hollywood have some master plan. They just make the movies that people go to see. I think it's that simple. I promise you if people were lining up around the block to see a Bible movie, they'd make Bible movies from now to the end of time.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: time  people  master  movie  bible 
     
    I can't even pretend to play golf.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: golf 
     
    My favorite thing about making movies is that it's the only area of human life that I've ever discovered where I can walk away from somebody in the middle of a conversation with somebody and they won't be offended.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: human  movie 
     
    I was a stoopball fan. I played stoopball all the time.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: time 
     
    The last time I heard real screaming in the theatre was when I went to see a movie I did years ago, called 'Wait Until Dark.' Now, my mother was the least emotional person on the planet, but when I got killed in the movie, she stood up and screamed, 'That's my son!' At Radio City Music Hall in New York!
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: time  people  dark  real  emotional  movie  music  mother  year 
     
    I wrote my epitaph: He started out a particle and ended up a wave.
    — Alan Arkin
    I don't know why we have to put things in boxes of superlatives. That isolates them. Life is fluid, and the minute you start trying to put a line around something, it will deceive you and go away.
    — Alan Arkin
    I love doing kids' shows, and I love working with kids. I've done a lot of it. A lot of people don't like working with children, but I love it.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: children  people  child  kids 
     
    I get a little upset, yeah, if a year goes by and I don't get a script. Thank God I have other interests that keep me from becoming a nervous wreck.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: god  year 
     
    I gotta make a living. I make no bones about that. Most actors do. But within that context, I've never not tried to make something as fresh and alive as I possibly could make it.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: living 
     
    I'm as old as I am, and I don't try to hide it. It's not a big deal.
    — Alan Arkin
    I'm very old. I haven't got time to be charming.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: time 
     
    I used to have a lot of philosophies of acting; they all fell apart over the years.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: philosophy  year 
     
    Education does not mean jamming information into somebody's head. Rather, it's that ancient idea that all knowledge is within us; to teach is to help somebody pull it out of themselves.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: help  education  ideas 
     
    I never had a better role than I had in 'Little Miss Sunshine.' That was one of my favorite roles ever.
    — Alan Arkin
    I'm not sure if I've learned anything from show business. Life in general has taught me if you're kind to people, everything gets easier. Being a decent person really smoothes the way for you and everyone else.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: people  decent  business 
     
    A director without a vision is a catastrophe.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: vision 
     
    I did a couple of movies in Brazil, and the actors were incredibly congenial and hung out together a lot. Even the biggest stars would do radio commercials - they're not put on a pedestal like they are in the United States.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: star  movie 
     
    I would rather die than do a play - 10 years in solitary instead.
    — Alan Arkin
    tags: die  year 
     
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