In this post, you will find great Dramatic Quotes from famous people, such as Ajit Pai, Aimee Osbourne, Deborah Norville, Lily-Rose Depp, Peter Maurer. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.
There are some guys I know for a fact, like Louis C.K., who always talk about how not-great of an actor he is, and he’s terrific on his show. But I know Louis would play a fantastic dramatic role in something, too. He just needssomebody to grab him and say, ‘Come in here and do this.’
If you are a great dramatic actor then you often don’t know if people are enjoying your stuff at all because they are sitting there in silence. But with comedy it’s a simplepremise. If it’s funny, people laugh. If it’s not, they don’t.
Don’t you understand how dramatic it is to be a comic? To be a fool, to get people to laugh at this show-off? Milton Berle could take Laurence Olivier and stick him under the table if he wanted to. And so could I.
The cutest part is that both my grandparents have tried to adapt to my dream. When I sat them down and showed them a film that I did – with an intimate scene in it – I was surprised that their reaction wasn’t dramatic. My grandmother even came to me to ask, ‘How do you do it?’
Obviously, when you do something with drama and comedy in it – and by that, I mean a scene that has drama and comedy in it – you know the minute you introduce music, you’re either scoring the drama or you’re scoring the comedy, and therefore the scene becomes either dramatic or comedic.
I like the freedom of novels. With the memoirs, I always had to keep to the facts. I like that with novels, if I want to go off and write something quite dramatic or outrageous or something completely different, I can do it if I want to.
I’m obviously very keen on the theater and I think it’s inevitable that some of the orchestral and chamber pieces have got dramatic elements which might even suggest an unspecified dramatic plot of some kind or other, even though it’s not in my mind at the time.
You say to yourself: ‘What could people, in all these countries, find in my books?’ and yet I think we’re all the same, anywhere. Everybody is a hero or a dramatic person in their own story if you just know where to look.
Before the whole Disneyrealm had undergone this huge revamping, as a kid, I always saw myself doing these dramatic indieparts. And then I fell in love with doing comedy and doing kid shows and really working for kids.
I never really thought about myself being in really big movies at all. In fact, I always though I’d do, I don’t know, smaller movies is not quite the right word, but more character-oriented, dramatic things. I took myself a little bit seriously.
My dad was a singer. Old classic stuff like ‘Brown Eyed Girl,’ or ‘Delilah’ if he was getting really dramatic. And there was always a gig. All the men would go out and play, congregate back at our house, and I would be up with them wailing into the weehours.
I don’t listen to a lot of new stuff. I just like the old stuff. It’s all quite dramatic and atmospheric. You’d have an entire story in song. I never listen to, like, white music – I couldn’t sing you a Zeppelin or Floyd song.
‘Writer’s block‘ sounds so dramatic and worrisome, and I don’t worry about it. I know deep down that I’m a writer, and it’s just a matter of time until it comes back, and when it does, it’ll be good like it’s always been.
But I think Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang really got that thing where, if a movie reads really funny and then has some dramatic or violent or sinister stuff in it, you can’t forget that primarily it has to be even funnier than you read it or that other stuff doesn’t work.
Sometimes when you belt, it kinda makes the song more dramatic than it really needs to be. There are certain songs that you hear, and you’re like, ‘Wow, he’s singing about his girlfriend, but he sounds kinda mad the way he’s yelling, ‘You’re so pretty!”
I don’t want to be someone whose shot takes you out of the dramatic sequence or takes you out of the emotional story that you’re trying to tell or says, ‘Hey, look at this cool shot I have here.’ To me, that’s not right.
There’s a lot of actors that I admire because they can just switch one second into the character. Then, they go back to jokes, and then they’re doing something really dramatic. I can’t do that. I have to really focus.
I’m at least getting my foot in the dooras far as doing straight dramatic parts, which no one would have ever considered me for in the ’80s. I never objected to that because I love doing comedy, and I’m not the kind of actor that insists that unless you’re doing a serious dramatic role, you’re not acting.
Some novels present a story form many points of view. Most movies tell only one person’s side of the story. Sometime it’s easy to use the strongest point of view, or find the character with the most dramatic experience. It depends on which themes the scriptwriter wants to explore.
When I do an action thing, it speakslouder than the things that I’ve done that are dramatic and comedy. Actually, if you look at my resume, I have just as much comedic things as dramas, and I have far less action things than all of the other things, but I’m kind of defined as an action person.
I’ve wanted to follow my dad into acting for as long as I can remember. ‘I’ve had a very serious round of dramatic training, and I like action films that take their characters seriously, so I figure I’m making it the best of both worlds if I try to bring some serious acting to a shoot-’em-up picture.
I find it extraordinary that contemporary dramatists don’t find women interesting. Women are rarely, if ever, the central dramatic engine; they’re there as an adjunct, and that hasn’t changed at all.
The play is one of the very few pieces of great dramatic and comic writing that I have read in a long, long time. I was drawn to it because of the power of the writing, which gives me the actor a chance to explore many facets of myself.
I love comedy, but I did always consider myself a dramatic comedian.
In high school, I got into a speech class run by a nun who used to put on plays. She put me in a oratorical competitive program. You would tell a story, and they were very corny, something like ‘My Childhood Hero.’ It was something out of ‘Readers Digest.’ I always thought it was too much and too dramatic.
I want to keep doing different things. I’d like to do a more personal, dramatic movie next, I think. But as long as it’s about characters and good writing and good parts for actors, that’s what’s important.
Until Genevieve I had tended towards the more dramatic type of role.
I was trained as a dramatic actor. I’m really excited to do some more dramatic stuff.
I love Agassi – I really followed him a lot when I was a teenager and remember when guys like him and Michael Chang were just unstoppable. He was really inspiring. Every match was so dramatic and exciting. The guy played with a lot of heart.
When I moved to New York out of college, that was my goal. To be a stage actress. And to do dramatic works. Like ‘Madea’, and ‘Night, Mother’, and ‘Sam Shepard’, and all that kind of stuff. That’s what I really wanted to do.
I was really more interested in dramatic work, but I thought, ‘Well, I guess I could do comedy.’
Coming from the Malayalam sets, when I went to Telugu, people told me that I wasn’t acting and that it felt dead. It was very subtle in Malayalam, while it is slightly dramatic in Telugu. It is quite fascinating to understand what each industry expects of you and work according to that.
I’ve always said people say on a dramatic show, ‘I was crying. It was so emotional when he went and grabbed that little girl from a burning building and handed her over to her mother.’ In comedy, the best thing you can say is, ‘I think it’s funny.’
I want to be a little more dramatic nowadays. I definitely want something big and funny, but I look for things that can just have people see me in a different light and let me mature as both an entertainer and an actor and a comedian.
Cedric the Entertainer
I was originally a painter, and I made films sort of as an extension of that, and then I started to try to make dramatic films because the early films were experimental films.
What I like writing about are people’s relationships, not necessarily great big dramatic things but the smaller things in life and how they affect characters and challenge and change the people that they are. I do like a happy ending, so my books have to have a happy ending.
I’ve noticed, as a comedy fan, that I really like Paul ThomasAnderson or Quentin Tarantino because when they’re funny, they’re actually funny. It’s not like when other dramatic writers have comedy, and I’m just like, ‘Well, that’s not funny. Why are you even trying to make a joke here?’
Life is full of trials and tribulations. It’s dramatic when you don’t treat people right when you’re in the tribulations, but I know now how to get out of it. You have to make a decision to say ‘No more’, and then you know what to do when the trials happen.
We had a teacher in school who would organize dramatic shows. And she decided to put on a show about – I don’t know whether you remember – ‘Ferdinand the Bull‘, the comic script. However, she decided, you’re going to sing Ferdinand, me, as a role.
In books or films, it is desirable to have a climactic battle scene, but the world does not operate in those gross dramatic terms. In Vietnam, there was a general aimlessness, not just in the physical sense, but beyond that in the moral and ethical sense.
Usually, in musical theater, if you sing operatically or if you sing in a legit style, you’re the heart of the show. You maybe get to be moving and do dramatic stuff, but it’s very rare to be that funny.
Forgotten was presented to me by the drama department at LWT as a concept and I found it immediately intriguing and very powerful. I was completely led by the power of the piece and its dramatic potential.
There was a little less pressure to be fit on ‘The Avengers‘ than ‘Captain America.’ I had just finished ‘Captain America,’ so I was already built. Plus, ‘Captain America’ has that one scene dramatic scene where my transformation is revealed. ‘The Avengers’ has not one shirtless scene.
In a film, there are dramatic moments and a bunch of different moments that lead up to a dramatic moment. On some songs, I try to paint the picture of before that drama happens, so by the time you get to the end of the project you’ve experienced infatuation and intimacy before it dives off to drama.
It allows you to say things that sound very dramatic and get away with it. If you had characters in modern fiction say the same things as they’re driving down the street in an Oldsmobile they’d sound ludicrous!
I dream of acting with Kevin Costner. I would love to do a movie with him. Not something funny, but a dramatic role.
I do appreciate the ’80s as an era, the general sounds and aesthetics of the era. The Cure, that whole kind of image is really kind of amazing, I think. The power ballads and how everything sparkles and words are really dramatic. Huge drums, things like that. I do really find it inspiring.
I never consciously got into comedy. It was sort of one of those things where I was a theater student, I was acting, I was doing comedy, I was doing dramatic stuff, so it’s been something that I’ve always done and enjoyed doing and had an instinct to be relatively good at.
I try to approach all episodic work the same. No matter the content. I look for a dramatic or emotional spine to the story I’m telling, something that stands out to me thematically about the episode and its relationship to the rest of the season/series.
I think some peoplewatch ‘Raging Bull,’ or they watch ‘The Piano Teacher,’ and I think they’re more, maybe, able to process an antihero in a dramatic context, where people more want comedy to take care of them. But that’s not really taking care of people. That’s just providing escape, which sometimes is necessary.
The Medicaid program has been on the books for more than 50 years. The Graham-Cassidy bill proposes a dramatic, sweeping change in the way that program would be allocated and administered. And a program which does need reform, but we need careful reform. And I don’t think this bill does that.
Kelly Preston is a remarkable human being and a great dramatic actress. It was a privilege as a director to tap into this part of her. Rarely do I make a kind of spiritual connection with my cast. Kelly was a wonderful exception. She is truly very special and I adore her.
My kids make me laugh every single day – especially when they’re their most precocious. My son said to me the other day, ‘Why are you so dramatic?’ And I just thought, ‘Really? You know that word? And also, you’ve already noticed how dramatic I am?’ That just really made me laugh.
Fred Hoyle was one of the first scientists to become famous on television and radio. It was because he told a dramatic story about the universe – about how amazing it is and the extraordinary discoveries that astronomers like him were making.
I’m always looking for silhouettes that seem ‘invisible‘ to the eye, as in that it’s so well-tailored to your body that you won’t even notice what you’re wearing. It needs to be dramatic in a subtle way.
In real life, I’m very rational, and I’m not very dramatic.
Sophie Kennedy Clark
The nature of the global business environment guarantees that no matter how hard we work to create a stable and healthyorganisation, our organisation will continue to experience dramatic changes far beyond our control.
You’re creating a score that has to have an emotional and story logic to it. You want a dramatic arc. You want all the songs to push story forward. That’s the same whether it’s for stage or film or television or whatever.
I had a teacher/director at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, where I trained for a year, namedMary Duff, who taught me practically everything I know.
In the film world, and I know this from just talking to other people, that I’m known as a kind of dramatic, serious, almost humorless actor, and the fact is I’m a funny guy, and I spend most of my life trying to find a lighter side of things and on stage was given plenty of opportunity to do that.
My mother was a dramatic and egocentric person, and she died before my father, who died of Alzheimer‘s disease. But I’d often thought, God, we were so lucky that was the order in which they died because she would have felt put upon.
I’m more dramatic than other people are, or I just show it more. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. I have a lot of passion.
When I was 16 years old, I joined a drama group called North Queensland Academy of Dramatic Art under a woman called Maggie Shephard-King. She inspired me to audition for the role of Romeo in ‘Romeo and Juliet.’
Don’t ever take a dramatic lesson. They will try to put your voice in a dinner jacket, and people like their hominy and grits in everydayclothes.
My grandmother, Angela, was the Foxfamily matriarch. She was magnetic but also wicked. She had this huge life force and was great fun, but she would play each member of the family off against each other, which could make for extremely dramatic Christmases.
English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare has already implanted in his mind.
Everything I write about either I have gone through or I know somebody has gone through, so it’s very close to me, but sometimes it’s about taking those feelings and exaggerating on them a little bit: being a bit more dramatic but still keeping them relatable.
I learned to dive in Belize, which is sort of like learning to drive in an Aston Martin. The reefs and refuges are some of the most dramatic in the world. But the real reason I went was to dive the Blue Hole, a 400 ft. sinkhole near Ambergris Caye. Google it, and you’ll see why.
I think the most significant change in my life is the decision to do a series. An hourlong dramatic television series on a broadcastnetwork swallows you and chews you up and refuses to spit you out. You’re making a decision that’s going to be a profound and significant impact on the practical aspects of your life.
There were certain young actors I had trained with at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art who had always got the big parts and I was always the spear-carrier. Suddenly the roles were reversed and I couldn’t understand why, and nor could they.
My favorite makeup look was for my ‘Eyes Wide Open’ video done by Torsten Witte. It was so dramatic and definitely captured the magic of the video.
For a lot of readers these days, a book is something you have to agree or disagree with. But you can’t agree with a novel. For my generation, it was assumed that a book is a dramatic thing, that the eye of the book is not telling you what to think.
There I was limited to what happened the same way I am with Riel. It doesn’t feel like a great burden to have your story, to some degree, set. I am enjoying figuring out what I think is the most dramatic way of telling this set of historical facts.
I was a dramatic kid. I was always like, ‘Watch me put on my play, Mom and Dad! You have to watch me put on all these outfits and do this play!’ But my family is very academic and straightforward and normal Midwestern people, so the idea that I could act as an actual job wasn’t really there.
I am used to doing dramatic work, but its fun to grab a gun, and go running around, getting beat-up. Its fun to do the action stuff, because it is really physical. There is nothing like getting into a character by getting beaten up physically.
I like to consider myself a problem solver. I don’t like to spend a lot of time talking about the problem, stressing out or being dramatic about it. I like to try and figure out how I can fix it.
I think that’s what distinguishes Schmidt, really. In the movies now, so much of what is appealing to an audience is the dramatic or has to do with science fiction, and Schmidt is simply human. There’s no melodrama; there’s no device, It’s just about a human being.
I look for two things when I am about to launch into a book. First, there has to be a dramatic arc to the story itself that will carry me, and the reader, from beginning to end. Second, the story has to weave through larger themes that can illuminate the world of the subject.
I’m known as a kind of dramatic, serious, almost humorless actor and the fact is, I’m a funny guy, and I spend most of my life trying to find a lighter side of things, and on stage was given plenty of opportunity to do that.
It’s funny, because I was trained as a dramatic actor at New York’s Colonnades Theater Lab in the ’70s, along with Jeff Goldblum, Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman. People I worked with there saw a comedian in me. I’m still most at home in comedy.
Leave America and you’ll find that the consumers in many other countries enjoy watching advertising. Not because the products are better, but because the ads are produced to be entertaining. Sometimes they are funny. Sometimes they are dramatic. Sometimes they are just beautiful.
What is more important is finding the soul of the character, and making sure it fits well into this story. And that it be dramatic and interesting and captivating, because these people weren’t entertainers, you know.
Mary Stuart Masterson
I happen to still like really dark, dramatic, fractured characters. They’re the reason I got into movies.
That’s the thing: pop music has sometimes had a bad reputation for being about a lot of other stuff than the music. And I am just a lover of pop music. I love pop. I love big choruses. Dramatic choruses – they’re the best thing in the world. And I do this because I love making music and performing the songs.
I hoped the dramatic power of the play would rest on that tension between elegant structure – the underlying plan is that you see the first and last meeting of every couple in the play – and inelegant emotion.
My dad was obviously a really quirky, unconventionalAsian man who didn’t care about what other people thought. When he would fight with my mom, he would be really dramatic. He would be like, ‘Devil, get away, for I am God’s property.’ He would say crazy things that were so melodramatic but so theatrical and funny.
I enjoy dramatic narration, of course, because I’m an actor and I started as an actor. But I love things that are a challenge, and I look forward to more work with that in the future. So there’s always a sun coming up the following day for me.
My father started out as a riveter, but he had the soul of an artist. He worshiped Shakespeare and had aspirations to be an actor. He claimed that from the first day he laid eyes on me, I was going to be this great dramatic actress.
I was really dramatic, really concerned with love or life.
I worked on dramas before, I love sinking my teeth into something dramatic or a period piece, but there’s something so fun about doing a comedy. When you go to set and your only job is to make people laugh, there’s an unbelievable energy on set.
Journalists, whose job is to pull back and tell dramatic stories that bring power into focus, find it impossible because things like economic theory are both incomprehensible and, above all, boring. The same is true of ‘management science.’
States are like people. They do not question the awfulstatus quo until some dramatic event overturns the conventional and lax way of thinking.
Victor Davis Hanson
I just don’t think there are any rules to color. You have a small space with no windows? Put lamps in there, make it dramatic, paint the ceiling black. Do something with it. If it’s dark, accentuate the darkness.
I know my voice has a limited range of motion; I don’t write dramatic monologues and pretend to be other people. But so far, my voice is broad enough to accommodate most of what I want to put into my poetry. I like my persona; I often wish I were him and not me.
The great amount of fun that I have is I can cast dramatic actors to play comedic roles, and I can cast comedic actors to play dramatic roles because, really, there’s no such thing. There’s just actors.
Every species becomes extinct; at some point, we will go extinct. The question is, as Homo sapiens, are we going to be able to adapt to the change that we’re actually part of? We’re causing such dramatic changes to the planet, so yes, you do stop and think, ‘I wonder where we’re headed.’
For some reason, people imagine that dramatic things happen to people who don’t look beautiful.
From the director’s point of view, it’s infinitely easier to do violence than to do a good dramatic scene.
The really cool challenge of ’24’ was learning on camera how to be a dramatic actress. The biggest difficulty was the industry side of things. I was very lucky that I had Joel Surnow, one of the creators of ’24,’ in my corner. Early on, the Fox executives couldn’t believe that I was on the show.
I stopped being interested in improvisation, and I continue to not be that interested in it. Comedians can do it on a different level because they have a goal, but if you’re improvising something that’s dramatic, there’s not that much to be good at.
We designed a car that is for daily commutes and that you charge every day. The less you use the gasoline engine, the better mpg. Essentially, the Karma can achieve dramatic savings and low CO2output when used as intended, as a daily commuter.
I’ve just always been interested in alter-naturalism and seeing if you can make real life interesting enough to be dramatic without enhancing it. Like, could you make a movie or write a play in which there’s no compression of time, there’s no enhanced event, it’s just real life?
We must develop huge demonstrations, because the world is used to big dramatic affairs. They think in terms of hundreds of thousands and millions and billions… Billions of dollars are appropriated at the twinkling of an eye. Nothing little counts.
I’m getting to the end of my magnifyingglasses now. One eye’s gone completely. The other is gradually dimming. Dimming – that sounds very dramatic, doesn’t it? I’m so lucky. I can still make a living – and the same kind of living.
The United States came within a whisker of invadingUtah in 1858 and starting a civil war three years before the Civil War. Because the conflict ended up fizzling out, it’s not the most dramatic story about the West.
But I think Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang really got that thing where, if a movie reads really funny and then has some dramatic or violent or sinister stuff in it, you can’t forget that primarily it has to be even funnier than you read it or that other stuff doesn’t work.
I went to the London Academy Of Music and Dramatic Art and returned to New York where I started my career.
Maybe six months out of drama school, I was working at the Dundee Rep Theatre, I worked there for about a year, and I had an audition for the National Theatre of Scotland. I went into the audition room and when I came out I realized my fly was undone. I did this whole dramatic speech with my fly hanging low.
But, sooner or later I’d love to do a comedy. I mean I think that, you know, people don’t think that that’s in my wheelhouse because I’ve sort of played a lot of dramatic stuff and that’s certainly a side of myself that I want at some point in the right context, in the right stuff, that I find really funny.
I always use some fake lashes for any kind of dressed-up face, whether it’s a few individual lashes, or a dramatic strip. I find that fake lashes really bump the beauty up a notch and make me feel great.
People often want the big dramatic works, not the smaller quieter ones, but I don’t worry about how it fits together anymore; I just have to do it. I feel compelled to make a work: it’s like an itch I have to scratch, and once it’s been scratched, it goes away.
There is a severehorse overpopulation crisis caused by overbreeding in the racing industry. It’s time for that industry to accept responsibility for its castoffs and take dramatic action to protect a species that has so loyally served humankind.
When I was young, I was ratherattractive, and I thought that I would be a leading lady. I always thought of myself as a dramatic actress, but of course the opportunities for blacks weren’t there at the time.
I like to watch comedies; the most dramatic that I used to get was ‘Forrest Gump.’
I always found the dramatic side of things easier than the comedy, because there’s so many ways to do comedy, and it’s also subjective. Someone might not laugh at what you do, whereas if you’re going to do a dramatic scene, there’s usually only one wayyou can do it.
Gene Colan was like no other artist of his generation. His ability to create dramatic, multi-valued tonal illustrations using straight India ink and board was unparalleled.
I can’t imagine myself doing something like ‘Narnia’ again. I would love to do something with Ridley Scott, you know, some action/adventure or something like that. But I’d also love to do a dramatic piece. It’s really just whatever you read and take to.
Schengen cannot survive without the most dramatic reform, and the externalborders of Europe must be rapidly strengthened.
What does it feel like to be a parent? What does it feel like to be a child? And that’s what stories do. They bring you there. They offer a dramatic explanation, which is always different from an expository explanation.
I’m aware of other artists, but what I’m really most interested in is viewing individual pictures. I like dramatic pictures.
I know that sounds dramatic, but shooting everything twice and going through the emotions of two different humans was crazy for me at 16. In terms of my career, that was something that really, really formed me.
That’s what I love about those old movies – the music is like a constantcompanion. Even in scenes that aren’t particularly dramatic, like a woman checking her watch, you hear the music as a comment on that action.
Jessica Lange in Frances… was dramatic and passionate and one of the strongest performances I’ve seen a woman do.
The birthplace of ‘Western’ civilization is generally agreed to be Greece, and its birth date is generally agreed to be some time during the 6th century B.C.E. Obviously, there is not one single dramatic moment that definitively started the whole thing.
I was very dramatic – very, like, ‘It’s never going to happen. My life is over at 16 because I’m not already famous. I’m not going to get my record deal. I’m not going to be able to sing for a living.’
I want to photograph what I see and put it in a dramatic context. I’m an actor and a writer, and I want to tell these stories and present these shapes, colors and movements as I see them, as I see them serve a narrative. As I see that narrative serve an audience. That’s what I want to do.
Every story about me is so heavy and dramatic. That’s not how I do life. But that’s the impression people have, and that’s what keeps getting reiterated. As if I’m still stuck in all the muck of the past. And I am so not.
I like dark, dramatic roles; they’re just really powerful and real.
If you look at the exports, Sasha Baron Cohen, Simon Pegg, Ricky Gervais, all these actors are comedians arent they? But they seem to be excelling in the dramatic world as much as the comedy world, so I think the days of people saying if youre a comedian, you wont get drama I think thats all out of the window now.