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I used to do a lot of serious theatre during my school and college days. Comedy was only reserved for youth festival and inter-college competitions. Then once 'The Great Indian Laughter Challenge' was launched, a regional channel in Punjab started a program based on that. I participated in it and emerged as the winner.
Opera is the original marriage of words and music, and there's a theatre element, a dramatic element. It's right up my alley.
I have the terrible feeling that, because I am wearing a white beard and am sitting in the back of the theatre, you expect me to tell you the truth about something. These are the cheap seats, not Mount Sinai.
Also, if you want to reach people, theatre is not always the best way to do it.
Stage actors are usually much more conscious of speaking up and making sure that everyone can hear in the back of the theatre; a film actor probably thinks of that a little less.
But men must know, that in this theatre of man's life it is reserved only for God and angels to be lookers on.
My plan is to have a theatre in some small town or something and I'll be manager. Ill be the crazy old movie guy.
Because theatre is a story-telling art form, we feel entitled to assume that the playwright got there before we got there.
I think any classical training in the theatre is of enormous value.
I tell my children to avoid theatre and go into cinema and TV.
It's one of the tragic ironies of the theatre that only one man in it can count on steady work - the night watchman.
I don't profess to have music as my big wheel and there are a number of other things as important to me apart from music. Theatre and mime, for instance.
I think as a filmmaker my first contribution would just be to make a good movie that people would love to see and leave the theatre charged, with a sense of excitement.
I like the detail work of telling a story in small pieces, as is done in movie-making, and also the long leap of faith needed to see a theatre performance through each night. Both require focus and self-discipline.
For the theatre one needs long arms... an artiste with short arms can never make a fine gesture.
In the theatre, people talk. Talk, talk until the cows come home about journeys of discovery and about what Hazlitt thought of a line of Shakespeare. I can't stand it.
Yeah, well I've always played comedy. My background is musical comedy theatre and that's really where my training is. As an actor, that's my training.
Theatre is immediate, it's alive, you're there with the audience, it can't be done again and again and again and again, it's organic.
I definitely think that theatre is something I'll keep coming back to in my career for as long as I can. I also think theatre's something you have to be very fit to do. I am fairly fit, but I don't think I could do it all the time.
There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theatre actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn't have anybody to look down on.
I spent two years in the military service, then I trudged around in repertory for quite a while. I somehow wound up at the National Theatre, though, and then I was definitely on my way.
I am a nationalist... my native soil is the theatre.
Theatre just fills me up so much.
People ask me if I ever feel outside the Hollywood loop, and I never do, because both of us do a lot of theatre, so it's great for New York and it's also half-way between Europe and the west coast, so it's the best of both worlds.
I like simple things. I like to sneak in the theatre and watch movies. I'm a movie buff.
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