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Steve Buscemi Quotes

The thrill of performing – that’s something that hasn’t changed for me. That simultaneous joy of creating something and sharing it with an audience – it’s the same now as it was then, when it was just my cousins’ birthday party.
Steve Buscemi
Birthday, Joy, Party

There’s a certain type of character that you can’t help but come in contact with growing up and living in Brooklyn and Long Island. A certain mixture of moxie, heart, and a wise guy sense of humor.
Steve Buscemi
Humor, Wise, Heart

My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds like a dig.
Steve Buscemi
Means, Favorite, Sounds

I just like playing interesting, complex, complicated characters. I like films that also have an element of humor.
Steve Buscemi
Humor, Playing, Films

Anything you write, even if you have to start over, is valuable. I let the story write itself through the characters.
Steve Buscemi
Start, Story, Itself

Every day’s an adventure when I step out of my door. That’s why I usually wear a hat and keep my head low.
Steve Buscemi
Keep, Head, Door

I could never have imagined the films I’ve done and the people I’ve worked with when I was starting out; I certainly did not have a career path.
Steve Buscemi
Career, Path, Films

I didn’t really like the aloneness of doing stand-up.
Steve Buscemi

I didn’t think I’d ever be able to do movies. That was for serious actors.
Steve Buscemi
Movies, Able, Serious

I don’t think about the characters I choose to play, analytically or consciously.
Steve Buscemi
Choose, Characters

I was very surprised that for a while I could only get cast as straight. It was that way for a few years.
Steve Buscemi
While, Few, Straight

It’s great working with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. Those guys are really funny.
Steve Buscemi
Funny, Great, Working

I like the struggles that people have, people who are feeling like they don’t fit into society, because I still sort of feel that way.
Steve Buscemi
Society, Feeling, Sort

I never know what I’m going to get. A ‘Sopranos’ fan is very different from a ‘Big Lebowski’ fan.
Steve Buscemi
Fan, Sopranos

It doesn’t matter to me what the genre is.
Steve Buscemi
Matter, Genre

It doesn’t matter what part I play, I try and commit myself 100 percent.
Steve Buscemi
Matter, Percent, Commit

Relationships are interesting to me. Not just between men and women, but fathers and sons, brothers and sisters and friends.
Steve Buscemi
Men, Women, Between

They’re not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.
Steve Buscemi
Films, Supposed, Prison

To me, it doesn’t really matter how big the part is as long as the part is important to the story.
Steve Buscemi
Matter, Story

I didn’t really like the aloneness of doing stand-up. The comedians by nature weren’t very – I mean, they were sociable, but they hung out in cliques, and it’s very hard to get accepted; lots of competition.
Steve Buscemi
Nature, Mean, Lots

All these directors, and I would include the Coen brothers and Quentin, have a very unique vision of what they want. They listen to ideas and make people feel like everyone is making the film.
Steve Buscemi
Everyone, Making, Film

Character actors just pile up the credits because you work on a movie for, like, a few days. It’s not like I’m the lead in everything I do – far from it. I’m not spending three or four months on a picture; I’m spending three or four weeks. Sometimes three or four days.
Steve Buscemi
Work, Character, Few

Growing up, yeah, I had a magic kit with learn tricks and learn card tricks, but I was never… I used to watch whatever magic special was on as a kid, but then, it’s not that I lost interest, but to be a magician, you really, it’s really hard work. Learning lines is hard enough; learning sleight of hand, that’s real practice.
Steve Buscemi
Work, Learning, Enough

I read the script and decide if a particular character looks fun to play. I look for complexity and a sense of humor. Those are crucial, real things to life.
Steve Buscemi
Life, Humor, Character

I think it’s important to create an atmosphere where actors feel like they can try things out. It doesn’t mean that I’ll take every suggestion, but I want there to be some room for actors to grow.
Steve Buscemi
Mean, Create, Grow

I’m terrible at story and structure, but I’m not so bad at writing dialogue.
Steve Buscemi
Bad, Story, Terrible

I’ve always been interested in character-driven pieces, and my approach to directing is through acting.
Steve Buscemi
Acting, Interested, Approach

I’ve always tried to have a healthy take on the characters I play; they are only characters I play.
Steve Buscemi
Healthy, Tried, Characters

I’ve certainly worked with really great directors who haven’t acted.
Steve Buscemi
Great, Worked, Certainly

It doesn’t matter so much where the material comes from, as long as it’s good.
Steve Buscemi
Good, Matter, Material

The director I had most involvement with was Alex Rockwell. He gave me a lot of responsibility as an actor.
Steve Buscemi
Gave, Director, Alex

When I get cast, I always flip to the end of the script to see if my character gets beaten up or killed.
Steve Buscemi
End, Character, Gets

I don’t tend to think of these characters as losers. I like the struggles that people have, people who are feeling like they don’t fit into society, because I still sort of feel that way.
Steve Buscemi
Society, Feeling, Sort

It’s not like I’m looking for things that I can direct that I can also act in, but when it’s right, I feel like the actor side of me wants to have that opportunity.
Steve Buscemi
Looking, Act, Wants

When I moved to the East Village in the late seventies, I wanted to be a street performer, so I practiced daily. I never did work up the skills or the courage to perform on the street, though.
Steve Buscemi
Work, Courage, Daily

By nature, I think I am a pretty private person, and that is what is hard even doing interviews for films that I really love doing, because in some ways, it diminishes the experience that I had.
Steve Buscemi
Love, Experience, Nature

Communication is the key, and it’s one thing I had to learn-to talk to the actors. I was so involved with the visual and technical aspects that I would forget about the actors.
Steve Buscemi
Talk, Forget, Key

I don’t think it’s necessary to be an actor to get great performances out of an actor. But I do think it helps me as a director because I know what I like as an actor, and I try to get that to the actors who I’m working with.
Steve Buscemi
Great, Working, Necessary

I love working with Scorsese. He’s not only a brilliant director and is great working with actors, but he’s also a walking human film encyclopedia. It’s fun to talk about movies with him.
Steve Buscemi
Love, Great, Movies

I talked with Quentin about where the character came from, and he told me Kansas City. I don’t know how somebody talks from Kansas City, so I made him from New York.
Steve Buscemi
Character, Somebody, City

I think all comics borrow from each other. Only a few have an original voice, and I wasn’t one of them. In the end, I couldn’t figure out who to steal from, so I stopped doing it.
Steve Buscemi
End, Few, Voice

I was really young, just playing with puppets a lot and doing all the voices and acting it out – normal kid stuff. But then I’d hear my mother talking about it to her relatives, marveling at it as if it was something unique. And it made me realize, ‘Oh, maybe I do have a talent for something.’
Steve Buscemi
Mother, Young, Her

I’d say that the director I had most involvement with was Alex Rockwell in ‘In the Soup’. It was one of my earliest leading roles, and he gave me a lot of responsibility as an actor.
Steve Buscemi
Gave, Director, Roles

I’m not so in a rush to direct just anything because I’m lucky that I can make a living so far as an actor and not have to worry about that as a director. And so I can be a little more choosy in things I direct.
Steve Buscemi
Living, Far, Worry

I’ve never had a grand plan. I’ve only just tried to keep open to many different possibilities, have fun and work with people who are passionate about what they do.
Steve Buscemi
Work, Fun, Keep

In the beginning, it wasn’t even a question of deciding I’m going to do independent film and not commercial films – I wasn’t being offered any commercial films, and there wasn’t an independent scene.
Steve Buscemi
Film, Question, Beginning

Shooting in sequence, I think it intensifies everybody’s relationship, the crew, the actors. You have to be very focused, and shooting at night is a challenge because you get tired. I think it requires a special kind of concentration, but it’s also exhilarating.
Steve Buscemi
Night, Everybody, Tired

When I was doing stand-up, I was about twenty, and I really think that that’s a little too young. I didn’t have a whole lot of life experience to draw on.
Steve Buscemi
Life, Experience, Whole

When I was in pre-production for Trees Lounge, I was hearing the cinematographer talking with the production designer about colours and this and that, and feeling like I was losing control.
Steve Buscemi
Feeling, Control, Talking

Whenever you do something that is in a continuous take, and something that we’re not used to doing, because it was all in the details of if you don’t make one move seem natural, it can give away all of it.
Steve Buscemi
Away, Used, Natural

My dad had a temper. I have a temper. Most people I know have a temper. And I think it comes out mostly with your family. I don’t think it’s unique to the Buscemis, but it’s something I’ve been able to tap into when I play certain roles.
Steve Buscemi
Family, Dad, Able

To me, score is really important. I would rather not have any score if it’s something that’s going to detract from the film. So often when I watch films, the score is what really bothers me.
Steve Buscemi
Often, Rather, Film

What was frustrating about Armageddon was the time I spent not doing anything. It was a big special effects film, and I wasn’t crazy about pretending I was in outer space. It feels ridiculous.
Steve Buscemi
Time, Crazy, Film

With Animal Factory you’d think that because it’s mostly interiors, you could shoot it anywhere. So we shot this in Philadelphia, and we had the cooperation of the prison system.
Steve Buscemi
System, Animal, Anywhere

My real training as an actor was when I started doing theatre.
Steve Buscemi
Started, Training, Theatre

I never made a daring rescue, which is the story people want to hear. I did go to my share of fires.
Steve Buscemi
Story, Hear, Share

I did stand-up. I loved George Carlin and Steve Martin.
Steve Buscemi
Loved, George, Martin

It wasn’t until my senior year in high school that I started acting.
Steve Buscemi
Until, High, Year

Bob Altman had this relaxed but serious attitude. Everybody loved him. I wanted him to adopt me.
Steve Buscemi
Attitude, Everybody, Loved

I was going to buy a van and move to LA so I could secretly pursue acting without any of my friends knowing.
Steve Buscemi
Friends, Acting, Knowing

Trees Lounge is based on my own life. Both my parents like the movie. My father, of course, thinks it’s a masterpiece.
Steve Buscemi
Life, Father, Parents

All the roles I play, I don’t see any of my roles in films that they’re typically leading men.
Steve Buscemi
Men, Films, Roles

Casting is everything. Getting the person that you imagined is this character and then seeing what they bring to it.
Steve Buscemi
Character, Getting, Bring

Directing television is really hard – it’s so fast. You shoot an hour show in seven days.
Steve Buscemi
Days, Television, Fast

I always find that it’s when a script is not detailed, then I have to do more work as an actor.
Steve Buscemi
Work, Script, Detailed

I had a magic kit. I never really followed through on it, but I had my phase of wanting to do it, sure.
Steve Buscemi
Sure, Magic, Wanting

I like character-driven stuff. It doesn’t matter, the size of the part.
Steve Buscemi
Matter, Stuff, Size

I like telling stories about people with problems. I can’t really put it much simpler than that.
Steve Buscemi
Problems, Stories, Telling

I never had any master plan about directing, and I don’t really write.
Steve Buscemi
Plan, Master, Directing

I usually get freaked out if I’m in a situation where a lot of people recognise me at once.
Steve Buscemi
Once, Situation, Recognise

My greatest hope was to get discovered as a comedian and get on a sitcom.
Steve Buscemi
Hope, Greatest, Discovered

The first movie I had a featured role in was Parting Glances.
Steve Buscemi
Movie, Role, Parting

The trend now is to shoot in Canada because it’s cheaper, and they don’t care what the location is.
Steve Buscemi
Care, Canada, Shoot

I never did improv professionally, but that was certainly in my training as an actor. I like it.
Steve Buscemi
Training, Certainly, Improv

I’m always looking for other interesting films to either act in or direct.
Steve Buscemi
Looking, Act, Either

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