Wallace Shawn

In an amusement park, you can go on a roller coaster that carries you up and down, or you can go on another kind of ride that whirls you around in a circle. Similarly, there are different sorts of entertaining experiences in the theater.Wallace Shawn

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I probably have a higher opinion of my writing than the average person, at least when I'm in a good mood, but I don't really think of my plays as only being relevant to a particular month or year.Wallace Shawn

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Children, I always think, are just putting on a performance of being naive and not understanding anything. I have worked with children in films, and they're treated as adults and they just drop the pretense of being children.Wallace Shawn

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We're in an emergency situation. The United States has become an absolutely terrifying country, and I would hope that I could participate in some way in stopping the horror and the brutality.Wallace Shawn

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When I was a child, I did always feel that people were hiding things, and that they weren't expressing their true feelings. When adults are too complicated, and cover their emotions with layers of well-intentioned subterfuge, the child isn't seeing reality clearly enough and gets upset.Wallace Shawn

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I choose parts because I don't want to be embarrassed when the movie comes out. What if my friends were to see the movie? What if my niece or nephew wandered into the theater and saw the movie? I don't want to be too ashamed of it.Wallace Shawn

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Interestingly, the actress who, in her own persona, may be gentle, shy, and socially awkward, someone whose hand trembles when pouring a cup of tea for a visiting friend, can convincingly portray an elegant, cruel aristocrat tossing off malicious epigrams in an eighteenth-century chocolate house.Wallace Shawn

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We are not what we seem. We are more than what we seem. The actor knows that. And because the actor knows that hidden inside himself there's a wizard and a king, he also knows that when he's playing himself in his daily life, he's playing a part, he's performing, just as he's performing when he plays a part on stage.Wallace Shawn

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'The Fever' is a one-person play. I decided I would perform it myself, and I decided I would not perform it in theaters, because the character in the play says certain things that I meant.Wallace Shawn

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I'm being mocked because I don't live up to a socially determined view of what other people think a person should look like.Wallace Shawn

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'The Princess Bride' is by far the most popular film I've ever done. I don't think I'll ever top it.Wallace Shawn

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In real life, every person is the leading man or woman. We don't think of ourselves as supporting or character actors.Wallace Shawn

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It is hard enough to make a plan for how you are going to spend an evening with somebody else. So to make a plan for how you are going to behave in 25 years seems based on a view of life that is incomprehensible to me.Wallace Shawn

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I am recognized a lot for 'Clueless,' but I am recognized a great deal for 'The Princess Bride.' I don't know... maybe everybody who has seen that movie just goes out on the street.Wallace Shawn

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I see myself as a citizen of the planet. Even as a child, I always found it mindless to root for your own team. I was puzzled by the fact that people said their own team was better than other teams simply because it was theirs.Wallace Shawn

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I sincerely believe that if Bush and Cheney recognized the full humanity of other people's mothers around the world, they wouldn't commit the crimes they commit.Wallace Shawn

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Contrary to the popular misconception, the actor is not necessarily a specialist in imitating or portraying what he knows about other people. On the contrary, the actor may simply be a person who's more willing than others to reveal some truths about himself.Wallace Shawn

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I have more free time than a lot of individuals, so, instead of talking, I sometimes write.Wallace Shawn

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Even with my wife, I find sharing soup is hard.Wallace Shawn

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I was making my living from a joke about my appearance that I didn't understand, and in a way still don't, because when I look in a mirror it doesn't seem funny to me.Wallace Shawn

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Acting is trying to be absolutely truthful; to get audiences to believe that you are a dean, when, actually, not only are you not the dean, but if you walked into the building they'd probably throw you out. That's very hard.Wallace Shawn

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Before I was 5, I did have a lot of time on my hands. I had no job and really no career, and I spent an awful lot of time listening to records. It was more the classical ones, really - Prokofiev, and I think there was some Mozart in there, and more impressionistic composers like Delius.Wallace Shawn

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I spend most of my time thinking about things like laundry and buying stationery supplies.Wallace Shawn

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From being a writer of plays, it was not that surprising that somebody thought of giving me a job as an actor. After I played one part, others came along.Wallace Shawn

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Patriotism is considered to be an emotion a person ought to feel. But why? Why is it nobler to love your own country than to love someone else's?Wallace Shawn

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If I had even the tiniest scrap of advice to give to a young actor who was figuring out how to audition, I would say don't memorize the script... The reality about auditions is that 98 percent of the results has to do with what you are, not with what you did in the audition.Wallace Shawn

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I don't happen to have a sense of humor personally, so I don't know what's funny about a character... This happens to be a feature of my life generally.Wallace Shawn

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I have been vain since birth. I expected other people to like what I did, although my vanity has definitely diminished over the years.Wallace Shawn

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I never planned to be an actor. It turned out I could make a living doing it.Wallace Shawn

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For me, a play is a form of writing which isn't complete until it is interpreted by actors. But it's still a form of writing. And so most of my time is spent thinking about how to write a sentence.Wallace Shawn

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