John Malkovich Famous Quotes & Sayings

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100 John Malkovich Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

John Malkovich Sayings: I admire sensible, kind people. They're not often famous. I admire sensible, kind people. They're not often famous.
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John Malkovich Sayings: I grew tired of religion some time not long after birth. I believe in people, I grew tired of religion some time not long after birth. I believe in people, I believe in humans, I believe in a car, but I don't believe something I can't have absolutely no evidence of for millenniums. And it's funny, people think analysis or psychiatry is mad, and they go to church ...
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John Malkovich Sayings: I'd hate to see any film I'm involved in fail, especially artistically but also business-wise. I'd hate to see any film I'm involved in fail, especially artistically but also business-wise.
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John Malkovich Sayings: I don't really have a comprehension of being a public figure. I don't really have a comprehension of being a public figure.
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John Malkovich Sayings: You can't work in the movies. Movies are all about lighting. Very few filmmakers will You can't work in the movies. Movies are all about lighting. Very few filmmakers will concentrate on the story. You get very little rehearsal time, so anything you do onscreen is a kind of speed painting.
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John Malkovich Sayings: The world is ruled by violence, or at least the imminent threat of violence. It The world is ruled by violence, or at least the imminent threat of violence. It always has been.
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John Malkovich Sayings: My father was a very contradictory man. My father was a very contradictory man.
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John Malkovich Sayings: Utopia means elsewhere. Utopia means elsewhere.
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John Malkovich Sayings: You can't take a play someone has directed and do whatever you want with it. You can't take a play someone has directed and do whatever you want with it.
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John Malkovich Sayings: I was a very good baseball player and football player as a kid. I was a very good baseball player and football player as a kid.
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John Malkovich Sayings: We're all animals. We're all animals.
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John Malkovich Sayings: I can have incredible self-discipline. But see, I think it's obviously a form of stupidity. I can have incredible self-discipline. But see, I think it's obviously a form of stupidity.
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John Malkovich Sayings: And if you say a word about this over the radio, the next wings you And if you say a word about this over the radio, the next wings you see will belong to the flies buzzing over your rotting corpse.
John Malkovich Sayings: I don't mind tracksuits. At the track. I don't mind tracksuits. At the track.
John Malkovich Sayings: The theater is so disappointing, really, that it's hard to go again and again. It's The theater is so disappointing, really, that it's hard to go again and again. It's just too heartbreaking. I'd rather watch football or play a game or read.
John Malkovich Sayings: I am inspired by the appearance of a bohemian of the new millennium. I am inspired by the appearance of a bohemian of the new millennium.
John Malkovich Sayings: There will be people who hate everything you do. And some people will really love There will be people who hate everything you do. And some people will really love it. But that's not really different from the people who really hate it.
John Malkovich Sayings: There's a reason screens are only this thick. There's a reason screens are only this thick.
John Malkovich Sayings: I prefer to conduct my life based on how I treat people. I prefer to conduct my life based on how I treat people.
John Malkovich Sayings: I grew up in the Midwest, quite far from any ocean or any beach, a I grew up in the Midwest, quite far from any ocean or any beach, a million miles. I think for kids who grew up where I did, the idea of California, surfing and beach life was so exotic and glamorous.
John Malkovich Sayings: Nothing you do particularly matters. But I'm not sure that's a great excuse for doing Nothing you do particularly matters. But I'm not sure that's a great excuse for doing it poorly.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'm more likely to lose my temper on a film set than almost anywhere. Often I'm more likely to lose my temper on a film set than almost anywhere. Often the level of idiocy is so exalted that it's impossible to comprehend.
John Malkovich Sayings: I brought my first fall/winter line to New York, and it was confiscated by U.S. I brought my first fall/winter line to New York, and it was confiscated by U.S. Customs. They asked, 'What is the value of this?' I said, 'I'm not so good with existential questions.'
John Malkovich Sayings: I don't care what other people think. I don't think it matters. I don't care what other people think. I don't think it matters.
John Malkovich Sayings: I don't throw things or yell. I don't throw things or yell.
John Malkovich Sayings: Things are so much global and Americanised. Things are so much global and Americanised.
John Malkovich Sayings: Well, I like to have fun at work. Well, I like to have fun at work.
John Malkovich Sayings: Some directors expect you to do everything; write, be producer, psychiatrist. Some just want you Some directors expect you to do everything; write, be producer, psychiatrist. Some just want you to die in a tragic accident during the shooting so they can get the insurance.
John Malkovich Sayings: I don't understand how somebody wouldn't have a sense of humor about themselves. I don't understand how somebody wouldn't have a sense of humor about themselves.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'm a little bit of a fabric lunatic. I'm a little bit of a fabric lunatic.
John Malkovich Sayings: You can be a mason and build 50 buildings, but it doesn't mean you can You can be a mason and build 50 buildings, but it doesn't mean you can design one.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'm not a Method actor. I don't believe acting should be psychodrama. I look within I'm not a Method actor. I don't believe acting should be psychodrama. I look within myself and see what I can find to play the role with. If I'm playing a blind man, I don't go around blindfolded for days. A lot of good actors would, but I don't go in for that very much. I like to just make it up as I go along.
John Malkovich Sayings: I still have a temper, I suppose. I still have a temper, I suppose.
John Malkovich Sayings: I can see how, given a certain degree of sensitivities, proclivities and rage, I could I can see how, given a certain degree of sensitivities, proclivities and rage, I could have ended up differently.
John Malkovich Sayings: Theater is so ephemeral, and I love that. Theater is so ephemeral, and I love that.
John Malkovich Sayings: I think probably when I was little, after my brother turned on me, I just I think probably when I was little, after my brother turned on me, I just had to play by myself or with myself. I've always done that. I think either it's some kind of weirdly competitive streak or it takes my mind off whatever's bothering me.
John Malkovich Sayings: I always wanted to be fashionable. I always wanted to be fashionable.
John Malkovich Sayings: If you're too smart it can limit you because you spend so much time thinking If you're too smart it can limit you because you spend so much time thinking that you don't do anything.
John Malkovich Sayings: I don't have a saviour or a royal family. I don't have a saviour or a royal family.
John Malkovich Sayings: Most filmmakers' entire body of knowledge is of other movies. When they describe things, they Most filmmakers' entire body of knowledge is of other movies. When they describe things, they describe them in relation to other movies. That's why we have so many cyclical movies that look like other movies. But I'm not cynical. I even go to some of those movies.
John Malkovich Sayings: In New York in the Forties or Fifties, everybody's in a suit, an overcoat and In New York in the Forties or Fifties, everybody's in a suit, an overcoat and a hat.
John Malkovich Sayings: Of course it's trivial, but then most things are. Of course it's trivial, but then most things are.
John Malkovich Sayings: There are many, many benefits to being known for whatever it is you do. To There are many, many benefits to being known for whatever it is you do. To deny that would be sort of asinine and vulgar.
John Malkovich Sayings: 'Secretariat' was such a magnificent animal, unbelievably beautiful and powerful. It's always nice to see 'Secretariat' was such a magnificent animal, unbelievably beautiful and powerful. It's always nice to see something that close to perfection, a reason to celebrate.
John Malkovich Sayings: I go around the world, working with all kinds of people who I love. I go around the world, working with all kinds of people who I love.
John Malkovich Sayings: Failure's a natural part of life. Failure's a natural part of life.
John Malkovich Sayings: It never occurred to me to be an actor. It never occurred to me to be an actor.
John Malkovich Sayings: Art is not disposable. If you want it, you have to hold it and smell Art is not disposable. If you want it, you have to hold it and smell it and touch it and read the credits and enjoy it and put it on your wall.
John Malkovich Sayings: It's a little bit hard to have personal things subject to public scrutiny, and it's It's a little bit hard to have personal things subject to public scrutiny, and it's a pressure that other people aren't under, but then they're under a lot of pressures that we're not under.
John Malkovich Sayings: I mean, a lot of time rehearsals are taken up with other things other than I mean, a lot of time rehearsals are taken up with other things other than preparing a character.
John Malkovich Sayings: We have a tendency to think everyone's idiotic and everyone's only doing something idiotic, and We have a tendency to think everyone's idiotic and everyone's only doing something idiotic, and the world is controlled by a not-so-secret group of morons. There's great truth in that, I suppose, but then it's also not true.
John Malkovich Sayings: Most of the women that I like have a haunted quality - they're sort of Most of the women that I like have a haunted quality - they're sort of like women who live in a haunted house by themselves.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'll never be the biggest kind of star; I'll be like Bob Duvall, respected as I'll never be the biggest kind of star; I'll be like Bob Duvall, respected as an actor but a lot of people can't identify the face. I don't have the personality of a big star, or the looks of a Mel Gibson or a Paul Newman, or the style of a George C. Scott.
John Malkovich Sayings: I think I was born at a time when an American male had so many I think I was born at a time when an American male had so many advantages and opportunities that weren't available to men before or after, just a very brief period.
John Malkovich Sayings: Quite often - a lot of the work I had done had been extensively with Quite often - a lot of the work I had done had been extensively with women. Most especially in the theater, but also quite often in the movies. That has its own delights, and maybe pitfalls too.
John Malkovich Sayings: If you don't interfere with me, I'll always do something really good. If you don't interfere with me, I'll always do something really good.
John Malkovich Sayings: I don't mind what I play, really. I don't mind what I play, really.
John Malkovich Sayings: You know, I'm really not interested in someone telling me that something's good or bad. You know, I'm really not interested in someone telling me that something's good or bad.
John Malkovich Sayings: Most films, it doesn't matter if you see them or not. Most films, it doesn't matter if you see them or not.
John Malkovich Sayings: People get up, they go to work, they have their lives, but you'll never see People get up, they go to work, they have their lives, but you'll never see the headlines say, 'Six billion people got along rather well today.' You'll have the headline about the 30 people who shot each other.
John Malkovich Sayings: I wasn't really raised to be the type of person to have doubts. I wasn't really raised to be the type of person to have doubts.
John Malkovich Sayings: Even if you do succeed most people wouldn't notice anyway. Even if you do succeed most people wouldn't notice anyway.
John Malkovich Sayings: With acting it's your neck up there in the end. And if you think the With acting it's your neck up there in the end. And if you think the director can't help you it's one thing. But if you feel they're reining you in when they need to be giving you some rope, or vice versa, then I just don't tolerate that.
John Malkovich Sayings: And may the best of you - for it will only be the best of And may the best of you - for it will only be the best of you, and even then only in the rarest and briefest moments - succeed in framing that most basic of questions, 'how do we live?'
John Malkovich Sayings: When you think of how history is revealed, we know certain things to be facts When you think of how history is revealed, we know certain things to be facts at certain periods of time, which turn out not to be so factual as time marches on.
John Malkovich Sayings: Every country has their problems. Every country has their problems.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'm very much a typical midwesterner, and I don't think the condition is curable. I'm very much a typical midwesterner, and I don't think the condition is curable.
John Malkovich Sayings: I have at times spoken with my peers and the head of the actors' union I have at times spoken with my peers and the head of the actors' union about why we're not paid when we appear in, say, a 'TMZ' production, but there seems to be no real interest in combatting it.
John Malkovich Sayings: Anybody doing something brings something to it. Anybody doing something brings something to it.
John Malkovich Sayings: You have to do things people see or you don't get to do anything. You have to do things people see or you don't get to do anything.
John Malkovich Sayings: I love to watch good actors who surprise and amuse me. I love to watch good actors who surprise and amuse me.
John Malkovich Sayings: A dog that has rabies probably will do things it wouldn't do if it didn't A dog that has rabies probably will do things it wouldn't do if it didn't have rabies. But that doesn't change the fact that it has rabies.
John Malkovich Sayings: People always say life is short. I've never been convinced of that - mine seems People always say life is short. I've never been convinced of that - mine seems to have a tendency to go on and on.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'm not a very skeptical person. I'm not a very skeptical person.
John Malkovich Sayings: There's no worse feeling in the world than realizing the play you've directed doesn't work. There's no worse feeling in the world than realizing the play you've directed doesn't work.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'm not a psychiatrist. I'm not treating patients. I'm not a psychiatrist. I'm not treating patients.
John Malkovich Sayings: All you have is the writer's imagination. You have a very limited time to take All you have is the writer's imagination. You have a very limited time to take this imaginary person and bring the details of their life, as you perceive them, to life. You attempt to do to that as fully and as vibrantly as you can. It's depressing to read how much you've failed. And it's not even particularly instructive or necessary to read how you succeeded because in the end don't you have to judge that?
John Malkovich Sayings: I don't think my parents know what I do. I don't think my parents know what I do.
John Malkovich Sayings: The projects I look for to produce or direct would not be ones in which The projects I look for to produce or direct would not be ones in which I would want to act.
John Malkovich Sayings: I don't need to be liked. I don't need to be liked.
John Malkovich Sayings: I know I have a fairly strong feminine side. I find myself really distanced from I know I have a fairly strong feminine side. I find myself really distanced from male behavior.
John Malkovich Sayings: I never really did a western western. I never really did a western western.
John Malkovich Sayings: I haven't physically attacked anyone in a couple of years. I haven't physically attacked anyone in a couple of years.
John Malkovich Sayings: I find it hard to pre-plan every element of everything I do. It's not my I find it hard to pre-plan every element of everything I do. It's not my thing.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'm not a control maniac. I'm not a control maniac.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'm a little bit phobic about stains on my clothes, so I never travel without I'm a little bit phobic about stains on my clothes, so I never travel without a little packet of organic stain remover.
John Malkovich Sayings: I've permitted myself to learn and to fail with some regularity. And that is probably I've permitted myself to learn and to fail with some regularity. And that is probably the one thing I was given, and that I'm still grateful for.
John Malkovich Sayings: I was a very good baseball and football player, but my father always told me I was a very good baseball and football player, but my father always told me I was much more interested in how I looked playing baseball or football than in actually playing. There's great truth in that.
John Malkovich Sayings: One doesn't know if one had a happy childhood or not. I don't really know One doesn't know if one had a happy childhood or not. I don't really know what it means.
John Malkovich Sayings: Politics is not really my thing. Politics is not really my thing.
John Malkovich Sayings: It's tough to figure out how do we compete in Europe and North America, when It's tough to figure out how do we compete in Europe and North America, when obviously a living wage for us is very different than a living wage in Indonesia.
John Malkovich Sayings: Scary monsters are like Hula Hoops. They come in and out of fashion. Scary monsters are like Hula Hoops. They come in and out of fashion.
John Malkovich Sayings: I like very much to do movies. I like very much to do movies.
John Malkovich Sayings: As an actor there are no drawbacks. As an actor there are no drawbacks.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me than my father was whenever he felt I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn't measure up to the standard he set.
John Malkovich Sayings: I think with actors, if you just don't set about trying to crush their confidence I think with actors, if you just don't set about trying to crush their confidence immediately, you're usually OK.
John Malkovich Sayings: I'm supposed to be a pretty good theater actor. I'm supposed to be a pretty good theater actor.
John Malkovich Sayings: I know for a fact that a lot of actors are desperate and unhappy if I know for a fact that a lot of actors are desperate and unhappy if their careers are not progressing at what they think is the correct rate. They just go crazy if they're not working. I don't feel I'd be that way. You can always get a few people together and put on a play. Maybe not in New York or L.A., but in a lot of other towns, you can.
John Malkovich Sayings: I don't remember my life before I had children. I don't remember my life before I had children.
John Malkovich Sayings: If I had spent as much time in the weight room as I did designing If I had spent as much time in the weight room as I did designing football uniforms, I probably would have had a free college education.