Jason Robards Quotes

Any actor worth his salt is looking for truth, the core of truth of the particular situation he is portraying, of that play. The playwright, the actors and the audience, that’s what we’re all there seeking. When it’s working, time is destroyed. Sometimes ‘Moon,’ a play of four hours, would go by in a snap of the fingers.

I finally realize that I have earned my happiness and what little success I have. And I’m not guilty about it any more. It just happened one day. It just came out.

I almost failed one drama course. All the actors talked in phony accents. It shocked me. I went out for track instead.

I almost failed one drama

Eugene O’Neil is always exploring our want to love but can’t get it out there.

To be true to a play, you can’t add something that takes away from the author’s intent.

When you act, you take on the attitudes and the emotions of others. There has to be a release. Most often done in conviviality. That’s why there are clubs like the Players, the Friars – in London, the Garrick.

When you act, you take

As a baseball player, you know the commodity you’re selling, but with acting, you wonder, ‘What the hell am I doing that is so hot?’

I had a choice whether to live or die, and I chose to live.

It’s 90 percent rejection, being an actor.

We grow each day or don’t grow. Go the other way. We’re a different person all the time. The human being is something happening differently every day. That’s the challenge of doing a play: using your instrument to learn and to pull out these things.

We grow each day or don't

I always wanted to act. To be with my friends. To share something with the audience about the human condition.

Once you’re on, nobody can say, ‘Cut it.’ You’re out there on your own, and there’s always that thrill of a real live audience.

The theater has kept me alive, and it’s allowed me to work at my craft.

I don’t want actors reasoning with me about ‘motivation’ and all that bull.

I don't want actors reasoning

An actor doesn’t change thought, theme, or mood unless the character does, and the character only does it within the words of the play.

An actor doesn’t change thought, theme, or mood unless the character does, and the character only does it within the words of the play.

Theater is about life, not about television or movies

Projection of sound gives the stage a life different from real life. As actors and interpretive artists, we must not only be able to know the attitude of the script, we must also make ourselves heard – without amplification.

Projection of sound gives the

I was a radioman first class in the Navy. I put in seven years. I was around a lot of admirals; I served on destroyers, cruisers, and a flat top for a little while.

Iceman’ covers a bigger scope than ‘Long Day’s Journey.’ But they’re both fabulous pieces of work. ‘Iceman’ is like a symphony. It’s got all the movements, all these different voices. ‘Long Day’s Journey’ is more like a beautiful string quartet.

It was 1939. There was no money or jobs around. I did my parents a favor and joined the Navy.

Actors usually have a lot in common with kids.

Actors usually have a lot

That’s what acting is: really make-believe.

I’ve played all kinds of TV roles, from cowboys to fathers of teenagers. It’s helped me a lot. Of course, I was very lucky to have had good directors.

I have six children, and we neglect our older ones more. Because we were so busy trying to make a living, we just say hello and goodbye… I’m sure those things stick with you

My father has the most tremendous personality and wonderful looks – he looks like Fredric March.

My father has the most

I sort of go with the flow of what’s happening on the set.

I got hooked on ‘All Things Considered.’

I love the theater because it’s alive. It’s a beginning, a middle and an end, and it begins a life.

I go to the theater and dream. You learn your lines, and that gives you the security to allow the imagination and heart to come out.

I go to the theater and dream.

All I know about acting is that I just have to keep on doing it.

That’s what interests me about film: directing.

I used to just do movies for alimony purposes, between plays.

I used to just do movies for

It doesn’t do to eat too much before a performance.

I did a lot of violent junk just because I needed the money – alimony movies, you might call them – and then I decided to start turning down the junk scripts and wait for something better, no matter how long.