10. Robert De Niro
When you read, the only thing you have is your own uniqueness. Don’t be afraid to follow your instincts about what you think the character is doing. Just go with it, because if nothing else, the people watching you, the director, the casting people, whatever, will be impressed by what you’ve done and they’ll take notice. You have to try and be courageous.
9. Tom Hardy
Anything you do on stage or film has a direct relation to something you have experienced in one form or another in real life. Use your imagination to exaggerate or lessen that sensation. Then, disguise it in characterization and don’t forget to make lots and lots of mistakes, and look like a complete asshole. You’ll do fine
8. Edward Norton
It really is about getting you to listen. I would put that very high on the list of things that good actors do
7. Harrison Ford
All I would tell people is to hold onto what is individual about themselves, not to allow their ambition for success to cause them to try to imitate the success of others. You’ve got to find it on your own term
6. Vincent Cassell
I have learned that acting is not about beauty… in real life, I don’t know any good guys. I know okay guys. I know polite guys. I know people who can control themselves.
5. Paul Newman
Study your craft and know who you are and what’s special about you. Find out what everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means don’t do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society
4. Meryl Streep
Acting is not about being different. Its finding the similarity in what is apparently different, then finding myself in there.
3. Michael Fassbender
You have to keep in your head: what’s the worst that can happen? I’m trying to tell a story – what’s the worst that can happen? You fall flat on your face, then hopefully you get back up again and go for it again and try something else. We’re all going to die one day.
2. Jack Lemmon
If you really do want to be an actor who can satisfy himself and his audience, you need to be vulnerable. [You must] reach the emotional and intellectual level of ability where you can go out stark naked, emotionally, in front of an audience.
1. Marlon Brando
Just because they say ‘Action’ doesn’t mean you have to do anything