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Albert Brooks Quotes

As an actor, if you’re just sitting and staring and you don’t know who you are in your own mind, it’s vacant. And sometimes the camera is an X-ray machine, it can pick it up.
Albert Brooks
Mind, Camera, Pick

I don’t think the goal is, ‘How big a star did you ever become?’ I think the goal is, ‘Were you able to express yourself?’
Albert Brooks
Yourself, Able, Goal

I’ve been to many funerals of funny people, and they’re some of the funniest days you’ll ever have, because the emotions run high.
Albert Brooks
Funny, High, Days

When I die, if the word ‘thong’ appears in the first or second sentence of my obituary, I’ve screwed up.
Albert Brooks
Die, Word, Second

If you paint, write, do mosaics, knit – if it’s solving that part of your brain saying, ‘I need to do this,’ you’ve won.
Albert Brooks
Saying, Brain, Won

Twitter, to me, works if you’re funny. Twitter doesn’t work as a promotional tool unless you do it very, very, very occasionally.
Albert Brooks
Funny, Work, Unless

I was in Kashmir last weekend. Went to visit one of my sweaters.
Albert Brooks
Last, Weekend, Visit

You know what it is, the reason so many 18-year-olds, 19-year-olds are saying ‘Drive’ is their favorite movie is that ‘Drive’ is a 90-minute trip into what a lot of seventies filmmaking was. It encapsulates the best of a certain kind of style, and a style that a lot of people haven’t seen before, with the music and the way it’s edited.
Albert Brooks
Music, Best, Reason

I’ve always been the king of silence. I’ve always been a minimalist comedian. I’ve taken my influence from Jack Benny, who was the king of that… I’ve always done ‘less is more.’
Albert Brooks
Less, Silence, Influence

All improv turns into anger. All comedy improv basically turns into anger, because that’s all people know how to do when they’re improvising. If you notice shows that are improvising are generally people yelling at each other.
Albert Brooks
Anger, Comedy, Each

What’s interesting about books that take place in the future, even twenty years in the future, is that many of them are black or white: It’s either a utopia or it’s misery. The real truth is that there’s going to be both things in any future, just like there is now.
Albert Brooks
Truth, Future, Black

I’m not Elvis. I don’t get chased by paparazzi.
Albert Brooks
Elvis, Paparazzi, Chased

I think anger and laughter are very close to each other, when you think about it.
Albert Brooks
Anger, Laughter, Each

I’ve done performances in movies that I was immensely proud of and the movies didn’t take off like a rocket at Cape Canaveral, it didn’t take off.
Albert Brooks
Movies, Proud, Rocket

If we had 3 million exhibitionists and only one voyeur, nobody could make any money.
Albert Brooks
Money, Nobody, Million

I cast unusual people in my movies.
Albert Brooks
Movies, Cast, Unusual

I don’t want to be the one to break it to you, but the future ain’t that funny.
Albert Brooks
Funny, Future, Break

I just like making people laugh, and buried in that I like to bring up topics and start discussions.
Albert Brooks
Making, Start, Laugh

I like movies about failing.
Albert Brooks
Movies, Failing

I’ve always been in the middle of making my own movies, so taking acting jobs that take me away from that has been impossible.
Albert Brooks
Movies, Away, Making

Most entertainment is trying to get you. It’s tested, like toothpaste.
Albert Brooks
Trying, Tested, Toothpaste

Movies are an expensive business.
Albert Brooks
Business, Movies, Expensive

Be generous and you can be the best person who ever lived.
Albert Brooks
Best, Lived, Generous

Even though my father was a radio comedian, it wasn’t cool to say, at a young age, ‘I want to be a comedian.’
Albert Brooks
Age, Cool, Father

How many people didn’t get a part who would have been better than the person who got the part? Thousands.
Albert Brooks
Thousands

My friend Harry Nilsson used to say the definition of an artist was someone who rode way ahead of the herd and was sort of the lookout. Now you don’t have to be that, to be an artist. You can be right smack-dab in the middle of the herd. If you are, you’ll be the richest.
Albert Brooks
Used, Friend, Artist

Nobody will leave any place unless they’re forced out. That’s the nature of humans. Once you’re there, you’re there. I’ve never seen anybody get up voluntarily and leave any place.
Albert Brooks
Nature, Once, Leave

Once you sign on as an actor, you know, you don’t go to the editing room, you don’t see how they cut, you don’t see how they score, you don’t see how they cast the rest of the movie.
Albert Brooks
Once, Rest, Movie

Steven Spielberg seems to have wanted to be a director from 13. He put his dog in a certain position and made him eat at four o’clock. He liked to direct it. But, to me, directing is tedious. Especially if you’re acting in it. And I’m inherently lazy.
Albert Brooks
Acting, Seems, Lazy

There’s always the standard six people you can hire that have played all these villains in Hollywood. Instinctively, when they come on screen, you know what’s going to happen. You don’t know the story, but you know what they do.
Albert Brooks
Happen, Story, Hollywood

When I audition, I understand what it takes and the insecurities that come with it. If I do anything, I put actors at ease. I used to tell directors who weren’t actors, the best thing they could do was take an acting class for a couple of months. Just to understand.
Albert Brooks
Best, Tell, Understand

When I went to acting school, the kids that got the best grades were the kids that could cry on cue. But it didn’t really translate into careers for any of them, because the external is the easy part.
Albert Brooks
Best, Kids, Easy

You never do a movie and not want it to work. You accept whatever it is. You have to, but nobody in their right mind would not want the movie to be getting talked about at the end of the year.
Albert Brooks
Work, Mind, End

I had a very wise person tell me that he thinks marriage, when you’re younger, you keep thinking you can fix things. That’s what people do. And you can’t really fix anything. It shouldn’t be a massive difficult thing every day. Life’s difficult enough.
Albert Brooks
Life, Marriage, Wise

I’ve always liked to think ahead. Not stupid-far ahead. A hundred years doesn’t interest me. But 20 years interests me, and more for what happens to humans as opposed to things.
Albert Brooks
Happens, Interest, Ahead

If you look at the best-seller list for American fiction, they’re all sequels to detective stories or stories about hunting serial killers. That’s what’s called American fiction these days.
Albert Brooks
Days, Stories, Fiction

Listen, there are some movies that are set in stone and the writer or the director does not want to change, but I’ve never worked on a movie, including my own, that didn’t take advantage of a rehearsal process.
Albert Brooks
Change, Movies, Movie

My mom was a professional. My dad and mom met each other in a movie called ‘New Faces of 1937.’ My mom went under the name Thelma Leeds, and she did a few movies, and she was really a great singer, and when she married my dad and started to have a family, she sang at parties.
Albert Brooks
Great, Family, Movies

One of the things I like about a character: I always think it’s fascinating when a character can turn on a dime and go from one emotion to another. I like watching that.
Albert Brooks
Character, Another, Turn

Well, you know, with every character, if you’re going to expose yourself, you’ve got to figure out every detail that you’re going to play. So there’s no character that you can just go put on his shirt and be fully prepared.
Albert Brooks
Yourself, Character, Figure

I can’t not put humor in a book.
Albert Brooks
Humor, Book

I come from the place where I am thinking ‘I have put my blood on the pages.’
Albert Brooks
Thinking, Blood, Pages

I never wanted to be a director.
Albert Brooks
Director

I take anything other than ‘you big pig!’ as a compliment.
Albert Brooks
Compliment, Pig

I’m a member of the Academy, but I don’t know who all the other Academy members are. It’s not like a politician who knows who is in the Iowa caucus.
Albert Brooks
Knows, Politician, Member

I’m a strong fellow.
Albert Brooks
Strong, Fellow

I’m not a big fan of the post-Armageddon stories, where Denzel Washington is walking around in a torn coat.
Albert Brooks
Stories, Fan, Walking

I’m not interesting enough on my own that you’d want to see a film about me.
Albert Brooks
Enough, Film

I, sort of, got into comedy accidentally, and it got bigger than I wanted it to.
Albert Brooks
Comedy, Sort, Bigger

If I’m going to act in someone’s movie, I want the movie to be interesting and be able to get a couple of solid doubles.
Albert Brooks
Able, Act, Movie

If you want to be a writer, just write. There’s no magic to it.
Albert Brooks
Writer, Magic

If you’re going to act and do this for a living, you want to play something that the audience didn’t expect.
Albert Brooks
Living, Act, Expect

In my screenplays – from the very beginning I’ve always used tape. I talk my screenplays. And then have somebody transcribe them.
Albert Brooks
Used, Talk, Somebody

It’s better to be known by six people for something you’re proud of than by 60 million for something you’re not.
Albert Brooks
Proud, Known, Million

It’s interesting when you’re part of a group – the Jews, to be exact – that the world has had such problems with.
Albert Brooks
Problems, Group, Jews

Twitter is the Devil’s playground.
Albert Brooks
Devil, Twitter, Playground

You know, I became a director out of necessity. I was writing comedies, and I couldn’t find anybody to deliver it correctly.
Albert Brooks
Anybody, Director, Necessity

You know, when cameras are rolling, improvisation doesn’t feel natural. The pressure is too great. You’re on a time schedule. You’ve got 60 crewmen.
Albert Brooks
Time, Great, Natural

When I was younger, I wasn’t concentrating on good days. I was managing a career and trying to have a good year. It would always ‘lead’ to something, which never leads to anything except death, where everything leads to. And then as I got older, and then I had my kids and everything, I began to appreciate a great Wednesday.
Albert Brooks
Good, Great, Death

Bullfights are hugely popular because you can sit comfortably with a hot dog and possibly watch a man die. It won’t be me, but I can sit comfortably and watch it.
Albert Brooks
Die, Dog, Watch

By the way, movies are like sporting events in that you’re as good as the movie you’re in. You can sit in a room for 20 years and go do a movie and you can just kill in it and you move to the head of the line again. By the same token, you can do five movies a year and if they’re dreck, it’s nothing.
Albert Brooks
Good, Sports, Movies

‘Drive’ came to me because the casting director knew my manager and called and said, ‘You’ve always talked to me about Albert wanting to play the heavy. I think he should read this.’ My ears just perked up.
Albert Brooks
Said, Read, Knew

Even if you didn’t see the movie, you’d see two words you’d never seen put together before – comedy and Muslim. Comedy is friendly – it’s the least offensive word in our language.
Albert Brooks
Together, Words, Word

I guess ‘The Player’ was a pretty good L.A. movie. And ‘Chinatown.’ Was there ever a better L.A. movie about a certain period in L.A.? That was terrific.
Albert Brooks
Good, Pretty, Movie

I’d still like to see ‘Survivor’ minus the planned show-biz parts. That would be the purest form of show business – I want to see someone so hungry that they eat somebody else’s foot.
Albert Brooks
Business, Somebody, Eat

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