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I try to build a full personality for each of our cartoon characters - to make them personalities.
In westerns, you meet a hardy bunch of characters. There is no jealousy on such pictures.
I like playing characters who are out there on the edge, where they can explode at any moment or fall off the precipice.
Don't think for a moment that I'm really like any of the characters I've played. I'm not. That's why it's called 'acting'.
What I do is put my characters into situations that are so precarious there is no way to get out. And then I figure how to get them out.
I do what I do because of Walt Disney - his films and his theme park and his characters and his joy in entertaining.
It's a trap I've fallen into earlier in my career - trying to be liked. Don't do it. When I watch TV and I see someone trying to make me like them, acting cute or quirky or goofy, I'm not impressed. Don't act like America's watching you. Just latch onto your character. Characters are flawed. Be unlikeable. Be flawed. Be a person.
And almost always there has to be change, change in the characters is the journey - it's the story.
It used to be that you had to make female TV characters perfect so no one would be offended by your 'portrayal' of women. Even when I started out on 'The Office' eight years ago, we could write our male characters funny and flawed, but not the women. And now, thankfully, it's completely different.
Revision has its own peculiar pleasures and its own peculiar frustrations. The ground rules are already established; the characters already exist. You don't have to bring the characters to life, but you do have to make them more convincing.
You know what I would like to do: make a film with actors standing in empty space so that the spectator would have to imagine the background of the characters.
I'm not in the business of meddling with people's destinies - and yes, my characters are real people to me. They have histories and thoughts and yearnings and hurts and misgivings and pleasures that don't belong to me.
Most artists like to think of themselves as rugged individualists, as independent characters.
For me, screenwriting is all about setting characters in motion and as a writer just chasing them. They should tell you what they'll do in any scene you put them in.
For me, writing is an experience. It's an exercise in which I want to discover myself by taking my characters to the edges of human experience, to the edges of themselves and then, asking certain questions - about love, what does it mean to love? What's beauty? What is true beauty? What does it mean to be insane - crazy?
The great thing about acting is that you get to be a lot of different things in one lifetime. You get to explore different personalities and characters.
Sometimes you have to delete characters from a scene just to keep from overcrowding the image.
States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.
I like down-to-Earth characters, but I also like being able to get outside my box of knowledge.
Performing comedy in San Francisco to begin with is pretty wild. You've got to - you've got the human game preserve to play off of. And it's a lot of great characters everywhere. You work off that, and then you play the rooms, and eventually you get to a point where you're playing a club that is a comedy club, with other comics.
The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way.
I like to hide behind the characters I play. Despite the public perception, I am a very private person who has a hard time with the fame thing.
I always liked characters that were more grounded in reality.
The stronger the participation of the female characters, the better the movie. They knew that in the old days, when women stars were equally as important as men.
I notice that my characters go out to dinner and have fun and take these great trips, but I spend so much time on their lives, I don't have much of a personal life of my own. I have to sort of remember to fill out that little notebook on me.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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