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Acting On Inspiration
by Ron Tatar

November 2004

Good words are something actors love. I have always liked finding quotes, thoughts and sayings and sharing them with people I thought might enjoy them. Each month I will share some words that have inspired me, given me understanding and helped me keep things in perspective when times were rocky.

"What would I have wanted to be different? I would like to have worked with and been an enduring part of a company that was small; that didn't have enormous budgets, overweighted with huge salaries; a company that could work because of the love of it and the harmony born of mutual appreciation of the art form; and where the writer would be respected first; in the beginning is the script. I would like to be thought of not as a star but as a co-worker; and as much as I have regard for unions, not be afraid to move a vase on a table if I heard the cameraman say that was needed. I would like the public to be able to see a film for one-tenth of what they must pay today. I would like there to be at least one day a year when movies could be seen by poor people for absolutely nothing. I would like there to be less box-office competition and more thought about content in filmmaking."

---Fay Wray

"I've been advised against almost everything I've ever done at some point."

---Clint Eastwood

"I always used to say when I was broke, "Why is it that people with money say, 'Money doesn't make you happy'?" I've never heard a poor person say that. But then when I started to make money I realized they were absolutely right. The things that are inside you as a human being that bother you will always bother you, even when you become rich, even when you become famous. In fact, it will bother you even more, because now you have all this money you have nothing to worry about. You got the money for the rent. You got the money for the car. You got the money if your car breaks down. So all you can think about now are the things that really bother you. It actually makes
life worse."

---Chazz Palminteri

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