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    You're the only one who's closing your eyes at night. There's no one else who can do it for you.
    — James Caan
    tags: night  eyes 
     
    One night I went over to get some dope from some Hollywood tough guy. After I left, my son Scott, who was only fifteen, went over with a baseball bat to kill him. I was laughing out of one eye and crying out of the other. I thought, Who am I kidding?
    — James Caan
    tags: thoughts  night  eyes  crying  son  baseball 
     
    I never did anything else. In college I switched majors every two weeks, and acting was the only thing that held my interest.
    — James Caan
    tags: college 
     
    It's a very charming movie about the mob - a real stretch for me.
    — James Caan
    tags: real  movie 
     
    No matter what heights you achieve, even if you're Brad Pitt, the slide is coming, sure as death and taxes.
    — James Caan
    tags: death  achieve  tax 
     
    I've never been difficult to anybody or with anybody on a picture. Especially when you're in that nice status of hierarchy of actors and actresses who get to approve directors. Because once you make that choice, it's my belief that the director's boss.
    — James Caan
    tags: belief  choice 
     
    I really believe that you grow up a certain way in New York. There's a New York morality, a sense of loyalty. You know how to win and lose. There's a thousand kids outside, you know who to push and who not to push. There's a sixth sense you develop just because it's New York.
    — James Caan
    Anyone of my generation who tells you he hasn't 'done Brando' is lying.
    — James Caan
    tags: lying 
     
    My acting technique is to look up at God just before the camera rolls and say, 'Give me a break.'
    — James Caan
    tags: god 
     
    My kid was a great baseball player. I thought I had it made. Front-row seats at Yankee Stadium. Then he turned sixteen and wanted to be a rapper.
    — James Caan
    tags: thoughts  kids  baseball 
     
    I'm sort of a Walter Mitty. I got fewer brain cells than most people, so when I got friendly with cowboys, I started rodeoing. When I was calf-roping, there was something about the dirt that made me feel clean.
    — James Caan
    tags: people  brain 
     
    I always thought of myself as some sort of athlete until I started playing golf a couple years ago.
    — James Caan
    tags: thoughts  golf  year 
     
    I went to a shrink once, but I caught him going to a fortune-teller so I quit.
    — James Caan
    Showing up every day isn't enough. There are a lot of guys who show up every day who shouldn't have showed up at all.
    — James Caan
    It is that, but really, it's about how we don't recognise the little things in life, or appreciate the little things in life like belonging. A sense of belonging is a big thing today.
    — James Caan
    tags: appreciate 
     
    There's nothing more boring than actors talking about acting.
    — James Caan
    Observe the masses and do the opposite
    — James Caan
    To get over my divorce, I got a prescription to live at the Playboy Mansion for a while.
    — James Caan
    tags: live  divorce 
     
    Actors have bodyguards and entourages not because anybody wants to hurt them - who would want to hurt an actor? - but because they want to get recognized. God forbid someone doesn't recognize them.
    — James Caan
    tags: hurt  god 
     
    My least favorite phrase in the English language is 'I don't care.'
    — James Caan
    tags: language  care 
     
    Never stop asking yourself whether you can do things better. Keep testing every aspect of your business to the nth degree, and challenge every one of your assumptions. The tougher you are on yourself now, the tougher your business will be out there in the real world.
    — James Caan
    Obstacles are only opportunities to succeed or fail; how we handle them determines what will happen.
    — James Caan
    Success is the result of clear goal, unshakable confidence, proper planning, enthusiastic ACTION and consistent persistence.
    — James Caan
    I won't mention names, but in my career, the most talented people invariably are the easiest and nicest to get along with.
    — James Caan
    tags: people  career 
     
    Someone's always saying, "It's not whether you win or lose," but if you feel that way, you're as good as dead.
    — James Caan
    tags: saying 
     
    I never rode a bull - I'm not that stupid.
    — James Caan
    People are always backing up when I'm just going to shake their hands.
    — James Caan
    tags: people 
     
    People say, 'Gee, you do a lot of mafia movies.' I think I've done two, out of 60.
    — James Caan
    tags: people  movie 
     
    Saving a letter from an old friend doesn't exist anymore. Everything is texted or emailed.
    — James Caan
    tags: friends 
     
    Some guys say beauty is only skin deep. But when you walk into a party, you don't see somebody's brain. The initial contact has to be the sniffing.
    — James Caan
    tags: beauty  brain 
     
    I remember at 16 years old, growing up in Queens, we were punks, but hey, when we went to the theater, we wore a shirt and tie! Similarly, I believe that to keep movie theaters in existence, they're gonna have to make 'em an event, have a couch, a table and drinks or something. Otherwise, there's no reason to get out of your bed!
    — James Caan
    tags: believe  existence  movie  year 
     
    I'm here instead of having shoulder surgery. But I'm not sure which is more painful.
    — James Caan
    I've been lucky. The critics never went out of their way to single me out for doing bad work.
    — James Caan
    tags: work  bad 
     
    The most talented people are always the nicest.
    — James Caan
    tags: people 
     
    Sometimes it seems like this is the choice - either kick ass or kiss ass.
    — James Caan
    tags: choice  kiss 
     
    I never saw my dad cry. My son saw me cry. My dad never told me he loved me, and consequently I told Scott I loved him every other minute. The point is, I'll make less mistakes than my dad, my sons hopefully will make less mistakes than me, and their sons will make less mistakes than their dads.
    — James Caan
    tags: mistakes  son 
     
    What I do quite honestly and seriously and not in any way being humble is not as important as what the garbage collector does. People make actors important.
    — James Caan
    tags: people 
     
    Unless I love something or hate it, I don't want to deal with it.
    — James Caan
    tags: hate 
     
    Sure, I want to be the best actor in the world. But my life is my family, my son, my friends. I don't know how anyone can find fault with that.
    — James Caan
    tags: world  friends  son 
     
    I lost my passion for work. No, that's a negative statement. I just had a bigger passion for something else, for my son, and growing up with him.
    — James Caan
    tags: work  lost  passion  son 
     
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