menu Language Is A Virus

James Lipton Quotes

James Lipton Quotes & Quotations
James Lipton
Birth day:
Birth year:

  • 1
    And I thought if I don't pre-interview - first of all, we couldn't afford it - but the second thing was it would force me to do my own research, which takes two weeks. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 2
    And I thought, my God, there's an off chance that they will say something that's really worth preserving and there is one way to do that and I knew what it was because I come from television. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 3
    Because - Bobby Lewis said this once to us in class, the better you get, the less credit you'll get. Because the better you are, the more it looks like walking and talking and everybody thinks they can walk and talk. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 4
    Comedians don't laugh. They're too busy analyzing why it's funny or not. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 5
    Geniuses always think it's easier than we make it out to be. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 6
    Hackman is able to live in the moment which means there is nothing for him at that split second than what is occurring in the scene. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 7
    I criticize those critics. The reason being that they're doing one of the worst things that ever can be done to an actor, which is to say, Look, you do what we like you to do or else. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 8
    I did get Tom Hanks to say, Life is just a box of chocolates. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 9
    I had something called the back of the chair test. Where I sit, we don't sit like you and I do. I can see a sliver right behind them and they come out and they sit like this like god students and they don't touch the back of the chair. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 10
    I thought we would have at most an audience of 5,000 devotees because I made the decision to stick to craft, not to gossip, not to be interested in any of the juicy stuff that they talk about on other shows, but stick to the question of craft. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 11
    I was dealing with craft, and that's the surprising thing, the number of people who have literally broken down on our stage, because when you're talking about the thing that is most important to someone, they're liable to feel something strong. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 12
    I'll tell you why, I don't invite the ones I don't like. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 13
    It can be summed up in one sentence. Does this person have something to teach my students? No one has ever let us down. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 14
    Not just project, but on stage, you have to begin at the beginning and end at the end, and you're out there, you can't stop for anything. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 15
    Olivier was another case of a genius, who couldn't understand why anybody would have any trouble doing this, because for him it came so easily. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 16
    The definition of genius, really, should be that that person can do what the rest of us have to learn how to do. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 17
    The difference - the fundamental difference between theater acting and film acting is that film acting is disjunctive. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 18
    The first people who responded were Arthur Penn and Sally Field and Dennis Hopper and Alec Baldwin and Paul Newman. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 19
    The studio is meant to be always a place where, first of all, they can be out of spotlight, and second, where they could work with a peer group on parts that they might not have played otherwise. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 20
    They change. They're different. There are no two alike, that's the miracle of it. But if they have something to teach the students. You can see them writing during the show. James-LiptonJames Lipton
  • 21
    We are the only school in America, drama school in America that trains actors, writers and directors side by side for three years in a master's degree program, and we want them - to expose them to everything. James-Lipton/">James Lipton
  • 22
    We teach them ballroom dancing, because for so much of their careers they will be partnering each other the way you and I are right now. James-Lipton/">James Lipton
  • 23
    What I didn't know that by sticking to craft we would blow open some doors that I never saw opened before. James-Lipton/">James Lipton
  • 24
    When it began I wrote this passionate letter to people I knew, studio members, of course, and other people with whom we have worked over the years and I said come and teach our students. James-Lipton/">James Lipton