In this post, you will find great Cast Quotes from famous people, such as Kenneth Blackwell, Katherine Kelly, Victoria Jackson, Christopher Meloni, Laraine Day. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.
I had a dream cast when Dan first went off and wrote ‘Ghostbusters 3’ by himself. It was so long ago that my dream cast was Ben Stiller, Chris Farley, and Chris Rock. That would have beencool. Now, a lot of time has passed, and there are a lot of young funny people.
When you cast somebody, you write to their strengths.
The role of my agent has just been to get me in the room. If I can get in the room – say the character is just a charming man who livesnext door – then I’ll walk in there and be as charming as I can and they will think to themselves, ‘I don’t see why we can’t cast him.’
I think that just because the show is titled ‘Awkward Black Girl’ and it is a predominantly black cast doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be able to relate to these people. We’re all human beings. We all essentially go through the same things when it comes down to it, so I don’t I think that should limit who watches it.
I signed up for ‘Brothers & Sisters‘ because I think it’s a really great show. I like my character, and I’m really interested in what he has to do every day – and this cast is so spectacular. I really wanted to work with this particular group of people.
On ‘There Will Be Blood,’ I was cast at the last minute. I had 3 and a half to 4 days to get ready for the first day. I just went for it, threwmyself in there and gave it everything I had. That was just guts and instinct, not a lot of preparation.
I was cast in ‘Thor’ and I’m cast as a Nordic god. If you know anything about the Nords, they don’t look like me but there you go. I think that’s a sign of the times for the future. I think we will see multi-level casting. I think we will see that, and I think that’s good.
When watching movies, I was always inspired by the performances of the cast. Of course, the story and the direction and all that intrigued me. But what actors would propel themselves to do, and be, was awesome. It was like, how could these people give so much?
Sure, I’ll have characters drop in and out of books but the main cast of characters always changes. Maybe I’m wrong but I think if had the same joedetective guy or gal, I wouldn’t write them as well; I wouldn’t do as good a job.
It is long since I could have adventured on eternity, through God’s mercy and Christ’s merits; but death remainedsomewhat terrible, and that now is taken away; and now death is no more to me, but to cast myself into my husband‘s arms, and to lie down with Him.
I originally got into this because of a five-year-old‘s begrudgery of his teacher. Mrs. Lawlor cast me as a tree, and I was disgusted. I was sure I had more to offer than that. It was like, ‘OK, if you want me to be set dressing, fine, I’ll take it on the chin but I’ll show you – I’m going to be a big actor some day.’
When I do research, I cast my net very widely and then snatch what feels right out of that. Occasionally I’ll read a specific book for a specific book, but usually I’m trying to increase my general understanding.
The point of being a movie star is that people cast you in a role. Actors tie themselves in knots trying to get out of that.
I have the strangest time to get cast in anything. ‘Ghost‘ was the same thing. Six months I had to wait for them to decide they had seen everybody possible. Why not? What limits me? I’m black? Oh, am I black?
The Chinese Student Association at Cornell put together their own play. It was all Asian people in the cast except for me, because they wanted to do a couple of scenes about an interracial relationship. I was the only non-Asian person on stage; the entire audience was Asian apart from my 10 friends that showed up.
You know, I find it so difficult being a… as a matter of fact, little do people know that most of the leading members of the cast have a background that they would never expect them to have, and play the show they did.
I had the opportunity to go cast for a Hollywood film that was filming in Thailand called ‘Mortal Kombat 2.’ Out of 100 people, I was cast to be the stuntdouble for Robin Shou.
Just personally, I’ve been attached to ‘On the Road’ since 2007 and it was the greatest thing in my life when I got cast in it. I couldn’t believe it. When I was 17 and read the book, I looked it up on IMDb and it said that Francis Ford Coppola was going to direct it.
I think back at the time, if it had been 1988, I would have thought Michael and Sarah probably would have been cast but I don’t think, I think it’s much better that the girl is younger and if Sarah would have been 26 or 27 then.
Always when I directed the play, I was always trying to cast people not who were necessarily like the characters, but people who I felt had the essentialcomponent that the character had, some kind of soul for it.
Dickens‘s final book, ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood,’ forms the jumping-off point for my new novel, ‘The Last Dickens’. This last work by Dickens has very little socialcommentary and a pretty tightlyefficientstoryline and cast of characters. Not necessarily what we think of when we think what characterizes Dickens.
I don’t know that ‘NCIS: Los Angeles‘ is a complete reinvention, but I’m playing one of the guys in charge this time. Before I’d be cast as a young impressionable character. I think part of that is just being more mature.
I could never work in that kind of commercial environment where the stars have a lot to say, where the producers kind of push you around and tell you who to cast and who not to cast. I’m just not interested in that at all.
I think most actors go into the business thinking, ‘I can play everything. Why can’t I play a black woman? Just give me a chance.’ Then you grow up and realize it’s probably better that they cast an actual black woman.
A good actor is someone who knows how to take the part and make it real and make it honest and be effective in it. If it’s in a funny movie and, as long as they are cast in an appropriate way, humor will come from it.
I was a temp for three years in New York when I was auditioning; when I was cast in ‘Mad Men,’ I was still a temp. I’m good at making copies; I’m good at typing things. I’m good at killing the day and making it look like I’m doing something.
I don’t necessarily find superheroes in general, for me, that appealing. I’d much prefer to play, if I was to be cast in a superhero film, I’d prefer to play the villain because there’s a reason, there’s a motivebehind their madness.
As a young actor, I played a lot of ‘exotic’ parts and was stuck with the tag ‘sultry.’ I had to refuse such parts if I were ever to play anything else. It did the trick, but my agent feared it made me harder to cast.
Oh my goodness, I’m in love with Channing Tatum, although I think I’m too old to play his love interest. They’d probably cast me as his grandmomma’s friend or something like that, but anything to be in a movie with Channing.
I believe we have a double in every country. There’s something about that that is probably a commonness that we don’t make note of. That maybe there’s only a cast for so many faces, and we live everywhere.
I was doing a Broadway musical called ‘Smile‘ with Howard Ashman and Marvin Hamlisch in 1984/5 when it abruptly closed. Howard was in the middle of pre-production for ‘The Little Mermaid,’ so he kindlyinvited all the girls in our cast to audition for the film.
Working with people like Jennifer Aniston and Jason Sudeikis is such a blessing because I’ve watched them a great deal. I grew up with ‘Friends’ and always aspired to work with someone from that cast. Jason is just such an amazing comedian.
I think with animation there’s a certain freedom that you’re given. You don’t have a thought at the back of your mind, that worry that you’ll have to cut and go back to the top of the scene. You’re not working with anyone else from the cast. It’s just you.
It’s a funny show. The characters are surprisinglylikable, given how ugly they are. We’ve got this huge cast of characters that we can move around. And over the last fewseasons, we’ve explored some of the secondary characters’ personal lives a bit more.
I think it’s particularly stupid that filmmakers have traditionally said, ‘Yeah, I like baseball, but the movie’s not going to be about the intricacies of the game.’ I mean, you wouldn’t cast an overweight guy with stubble if you were doing a ballet film.
A filmmakerchooses an actresskeeping the best interest of the film in mind. If he doesn’t cast you, it doesn’t mean there’s a personal agenda. Change is constant, and if you have agreed to be part of this industry, you will have to go with the change. The films and filmmakers, even the audience has changed.
I have thought about Happy Days made into a movie. As far as the original cast not being a part of it, wow, I don’t know who could be who! I just don’t see it going in that direction. I can see the original cast doing the movie very easily though.
One of the things I learned very early on is you need to cast the kids for the characters you want them to play. They need to be who they are, right? If you want a loud, boisterous kid character, you need to find that kid.
I was the only Christian on the cast, but that was cool because we all respected each others talent and mostly they respected me a lot even though I was the only Christian.
I’ve always wanted to be on an original cast recording. I grew up listening to them, and now to know that my voice is heard on three or four of them is just surreal. I never thought I would be that person.
It’s important for us to certainly cast some Christian actors who can speak to our audience when we market the films, but obviously we don’t discriminate. So our crew and our cast, the beliefs don’t really matter.
I started with Sidney Poitier and Ruby Dee and Lou Gossett, Jr. and the rest of the wonderful cast of ‘A Raisin In The Sun.’ We were directed by the great Lloyd Richards. The play was written by the wonderful Lorraine Hansberry, and it was produced by Phil Rose. That’s where my start was, so… not a bad way to start.
I loved ‘Dirty Sexy Money.’ That didn’t have a long enough shelf life. I would’ve liked to explore that character and play with that cast longer. That was a lot of fun to shoot.
I’m delighted to join the cast of ‘Field Of Blood: The Dead Hour.’
I’m as anxious as any viewer would be to see what Temple is going to do next. All I know is that in the second half of the season, he’s going to have more sexual tensiondeveloping. And it’s a great cast – they’re all Broadway actors except for me. I aspire to that.
Sean Patrick Thomas
Working with the cast of ‘Glee‘ was inspiring. To be around a group of kids who work so hard and love what they do is so refreshing.
I think going into ‘New Moon,’ I knew the characters better. I knew the world better and I knew the actors who would be playing these roles. I had a sense of their rhythms and tones. ‘Twilight’ I was writing in a vacuum. We hadn’t cast it yet.
My first job was in pantomime; I was a chorus girl in ‘Dick Whittington’ at 16. I got the part by ringing the director daily to see if anyone had dropped out, and it paid off eventually, when I was cast as a rat!
I grew up in Arizona, but I moved to L.A. when I was 18 to model. I was doing work for American Apparel and then got cast in the Yeezus tour. Vanessa Beecroft did the creative direction, and they hired three American Apparel models and ninedancers – it wasn’t a lot of dancing; we were mostly just walking.
I think that the wonderful advantage we have in the film of being able to cast a girl as young as Emmy and which we couldn’t do in the theatre of course because no girl of 16 or 17 could sing 8 shows a week, couldn’t sing two.
But, you know there’s a lot of westerns – not that they were bad – it’s just that they can be remade because they’re great stories that aren’t indelible in an audience’s mind when it comes to both the cast and the story.
I have a lot of respect for, always dig, the crew. Sometimes a lot more than the cast. But a good run production team is paramount to making a good film. You just can’t it done without a good line producer, without creative producers, without people who are making stuff happen.
Certain scripts require an ensemble cast. I’m absolutely fine with that. I will not deprive myself of the chance to be part of a good film because of insecurities or fear of losing my market. But my role must be well-defined.
Being on ‘Whitney’ is a job, but stand-up is my life. I could never stop. There’s an art to it. I love having strangers laugh with me, so as long as I can continue doing that, I’ll be happy. Working on a show and collectivelysharing ideas with a cast is great, but stand-up is my first love.
There’s room for Spike Lee’s movies; there’s room for Tyler Perry‘s movies. There’s room for classics with an all black cast. There’s room for all of it as long as we don’t try to make any one piece define us as a race.
We are supposed to believe that every dollar given to a Clinton is a dollar that improves the world. But is it? Clintonworld is a galaxy where personal enrichment and political advancementblend seamlessly, and where a cast of jarringly familiar characters pad their pockets every which way to Sunday.
So vast is the shadow cast by the MGM production of ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ so indelible are its characterizations, so perfect its music, and so assured is its cinematicimmortality, that most people think of it as ‘The Original.’ In fact, it isn’t.
I just think the mood of the country is now that people don’t necessarily want an electedofficial to tell them how they ought to cast their vote. Matter of fact, it’s the opposite, and they want to express themselves, and they have a right to, and I’ll respect their choice.
The BachelorCanada‘ will be uniquelyCanadian in and of itself because you’re going to have a 100 percent Canadian cast, you’re going to use Canada as a backdrop, you’ll be going to all of those iconic places around Canada from coast-to-coast.
As a director you’re always so busy – you’re go, go, go, you’re always moving, moving, moving – so I’m not actually privy to all the weird stuff that’s happening around me, but for a lot of the cast and crew, that’s what I hear stories from them about weird stuff happening.
Established actors will challenge you if they don’t agree with the way you are taking it, and you have to argue it. But with a younger cast, they are more likely to wonder whether what they are doing is okay instead of trying to second guess the director. That helps push you.
People sometimes ask who I would cast in my books and I never have any idea. I don’t think I could ever write a book thinking of it as a movie the whole time. This would be like building a house and filling it with furniture just so you could have blueprints.
To be totally honest? I don’t know if I’ll keep doing more impressions. People told me I had a facility for it, and I was like, ‘Okay, I’m the impression guy.’ So you imagine the cast at ‘SNL‘ is an A-Team, and you’ve got the explosives guy, and I’m the impression guy.
It’s not about the script: it’s about who the director is and who the other people in the cast are. Because you can look at a great script and execute it in a very sophomoric way, and you can look at an OK script, and you can execute it in a very sophisticated way and come out with something really good.
I’d love to play a femme fatale in a film noir. I’m thinking of one of those roles that Lauren Bacall or Bette Davis might have played. What I wouldn’t like is to suddenly find myself being cast, as many senior actresses seem to be, as the abbess in a convent.
I grew up idolizing Madeline Kahn and Lily Tomlin and Carol Burnett, Ruth Gordon, Rosalind Russell, Amy Irving, women who were stylish and real actresses who did real work and could not be replaced with anyone else. You cannot cast anyone else in Madeline Kahn’s roles.
As an actor, I’ve been all over the map, but since I’ve moved to Hollywood, people tend to cast me in these more imposing characters, which is actually really fun for me. I’ve always been way more attracted to playing that than the hero.
When you’re doing a film and the majority of the film is cast black, for me, it’s most important to get people to view those movies as just movies, as just good movies. At the end of the day, regardless of the color of the cast, we’re all doing the same thing in this business: trying to make a good film.
When I am cast in a movie where I feel that the woman’s part is more interesting, I usually start thinking about Spencer Tracy and Fred Astaire. They seem to be the most clear actors when working with women.
I have six brothers, so I definitely was aware of Marvel more than I was of princesses, but once you’re cast in a Joss Whedon Marvel show, you go and become even more of a bigger fan. You do your homework.
Everyone at ‘CSI’ has been so great to work with, and so great in terms of scheduling. There’s a real feeling of family on that set… I’ve grown to have so much respect for the cast and crew – they’re been together so many years and still care about the show and each other.
I was just standing around and suddenly I was cast as an extra. I hated it because I was so shy.
Video game voicing is absolutely different from cartoon work. In cartoons, you’re almost always there with the entire cast, and the entire script is acted out in sequence. With video games, it’s you by yourself, in a room with a script you just got when you walked in.
I think if people stick with ‘The Leftovers,’ it’s a very rewardingviewing experience. I wanted to be part of that – and what a great cast we got. I wanted to be one of those actors, in that show!
A lot of times I think the cast members, the lead characters in a show really set the tone for the show. On some shows, the stars of the show will just be whining and complaining and spending the whole time texting their boyfriends on their Blackberries, and there’s just no attention given to the work.
The cast of ‘Vikings’ is a real team, a true ensemble. It’s a mad, eclectic, great bunch! But we support each other and trust each other completely. There are no egos.
I want to do all kinds of things. I want to do some comedy. I’d love to do a romantic comedy, and I’d love to do some period pieces with classical text. I’d love somebody to cast me as Macbeth, but for a film. I just want to be all over the place.
It was a huge shock. I’ve never had hair that short in my life! I think the rest of the cast and crew were mourning my haircut more than I was! But after a while, I felt liberated, I learned to embrace it.
After all, at end of the day, when you’re breathing your last, it’s not your producer, director, or cast mates by your bedside; it’s your children. Keep that in mind.
I wanted to be cast because I’m an actor and not because of how I look or where I’m from. I’m brown. I want to be able to play a Spanish girl some day or a Mexican girl and learn the language. That’s what actors do: we act.
I’d like to be involved in ‘SNL’ somehow. I mean, being a permanent cast member is a stretch! That’s pretty damned hard, but to host it one day would be a dream come true. And I would like to play the DC Comics villain Harley Quinn.
Harley Quinn Smith
In television, I was first cast as a cavalryofficer because of my name.
When I left ‘Downton Abbey,’ it hadn’t yet taken off and become the phenomenon that it is, to this day. That all happened after I left. But, it was fabulous to be a part of it and to be a part of the cast. We had an absolute ball!
There’s something rare and wonderful that’s very particular to television, and it’s when a great cast meets a great show runner/creator with the right set of characters to play. That’s what happened with ‘Arrested Development.’ It happens every so often, but all too rarely on TV.
Life labeled me, people gave up on me, and thought that there was no hope, but God takes the people who have been cast aside and look like trash. God’s in the recycling business. He recycles that trash and brings forthtreasure.
Who could have asked for anything better? I was cast in movies with great actors, with great leading men.
We were all so different, temperamentally from one another, it’s impossible to believe that we were together for so long. The cast and crew. How could we be more different from one another? It’s difficult to imagine. But something lovely came of it.
When I write stuff and I help cast it, I turn away good people all the time. I may turn them down because this one’s too tall and that one doesn’t have a high enough voice or this one looks to old to match up with that one – there’s a billion reasons not to hire somebody.
I usually played out and out heavies. No one else ‘saw’ me in any other role. No one else had ever believed I could be anything but a heavy. It was a heavy in a picture with Clara Kimball Young that June Mathis saw me and decided to cast me as Julio. ‘There is the man for Julio,’ she said, ‘He, and no one other.’
I think there are shows that are long-running and successful, where some or all of the cast members hate each other, but I think it’s a lot easier to have an environment where everyone feels secure and supported to do the best work possible.
The Swords were still interesting but by then a cast of characters had started to appear and go on from book to book, and other things about the world began to feel constricting. And there were other things I wanted to do, so I closed the series up and stopped it.
As I’ve always said, preproduction is so important. When you cast the actors, you’ve done much of the work. Now, you may need to guide them a little, take it up or down, have them go faster or slower, but the casting process is crucial.
I’ll get cast occasionally as sort of the jerk version of myself, and I have fun doing that. But it’s really better for everyone if I stay behind the camera.
I feel as though my career really hit its high point when I was cast as a supporting actress in ‘American Wedding‘. I thought the script had a lot of depth and intelligence, and it really just jumped off the page.
I miss the cast and crew of ‘Supernatural’ immensely. I know it’s a cliche to say your cast and crew are like your family, but it’s really the case there.
Before ‘Scandal,’ I was actually cast in two other pilots. Both went to series, but I was fired and recast. For both, it was because they wanted me to sound more ‘girlfriend,’ more like ‘hood,’ more ‘urban.’
Not to say people shouldn’t get rich from art. I adore the alchemy wherein artists who cast a complex spell make rich people give them their money. (Just writing it makes me cackle.) But too many artists have been making money without magic.
I know an actor who would play one type of part but could never get cast as tough. Once he got cast as tough, as a cop, he only got offered cop roles. It’s a funny business in that regard. It’s all about perception.
I do miss ‘Battlestar’, the cast and crew. That was a pretty well-oiled machine. It’s sort of like you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone. But I go to a lot of sci-ficonventions, and I love going and talking about the show.
The fact ‘TwinPeaks‘ had a life at all took most of us in the cast by surprise. We thought it would be too unusual for network television. The original intention was that it would be a two-hour movie. If the network didn’t want to pick it up as a series, it could just show that. But ABC took a chance.
Usually, you see this play as a guy who can’t make up his mind, but our version is more of a revengethriller than a man who is pontificating what he should do next. I’ve never seen a ‘Hamlet‘ this big, this exciting, with this many cast members; it’s quite a spectacle.
Instead of playing something heavily, I play it lightly. Since people like to cast cyclically, once you’ve done one thing, people want to put you in that bag again. And since I want to work, I let it happen.
I’ve always been cast in authority roles; I think because I have that presence… Comedically, I can play against that pretty well. I enjoy playing that arrogantignorance. That’s one of my favorite games to play in comedy.
For some ungodly reason, I end up being naked in a lot of stuff. But there is a certain grace and kudos that come with taking your clothes off on the first day, a respect that is given by the rest of the cast.
I usually decide if I’m going to do a movie based on if I like the script or not. I thought ‘PullingStrings‘ had every single element that a classic romantic comedy needs to be a success. It’s very well written. The cast was amazing. It was a decision I made based on the power of the script.
We were younger. And it’s basically like looking at football classics. You see things that you did, you see things that you could’ve done better and you think about all the good relationships that you had with the cast.
On ‘Saturday Night Live,’ I never really wrote. You know, I would just – I would let the writers cast me into the show. So my strength – and I put all my energies into performance. I just couldn’t deal with the rejection, you know, getting your sketches cut, and it was hard for me.
It is enough that the people know there was an election. The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything.
For ‘Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam,’ Guru Duttji wanted to cast Shashi Kapoor in the role of Bhootnath. However, Guru Duttji wanted bulkdates from Shashiji because he had already built a huge set and had acquired Meena Kumari’s dates. Shashiji couldn’t spare the required dates even though he was still a newcomer.
So many people wanted an adventure. It was really more about finding the cast that I wanted for ‘Expedition Impossible,’ so it had good diversity, and people could really say, ‘Oh, there’s the firefighters, there’s the team of cops, there’s the grandpa‘ – so that you can really relate with them.
Out of 30 years of Second City I was probably the third African-American with the main stage cast. I was surprised when I first heard that. I think part of the reason that improvisation has never been popular with African-Americans is that it isn’t popular in the innercities.
The ‘DuckTales’ ensemble is clearlycritical. There’s the core set of characters – Scrooge, Webby, Launchpad, Huey, Dewey and Louie… Plus there’s Gyro and Duckworth and Mrs. Beakley and so on. The cast is huge.
Strangely, when I was a kid, my first acting job, at 5 years old, was a performance of ‘The Three Little Pigs.’ They cast me as the Big Bad Wolf.
During shooting, you have the idea, like, of this certain dress on this actress, but it’s not to fit, so you have to make all of these alterations and modifications. So in a way, I build the characters with the cast, and it’s sort of custom-made, the whole process, and then you have to make all of these adjustments.
You can relax more when you’re playing a silly character than when you’re playing a really rigid character. But to be fair, I think George Clooney is a bigger teenager than any of the ‘Twilight’ cast. He’s the guy throwing a football at your head and then hiding around the corner, pretending it wasn’t him!
I was trained classically in violin and voice, which led to musical theater. Then I left the music scene to chase acting, which is when ‘Neighbours’ came along. It was a fantasticplayground for actors, and the cast around me taught me a lot.
When walking through the ‘valley of shadows,’ remember, a shadow is cast by a Light.
I can’t tell you the thrill and joy of when I was cast in my first Broadway show. Granted, it was ‘Starlight Express’ and it was exhausting, but it was my first time on Broadway, and there was nothing like it.
In all the things I’ve gone through as a politician, I have seen that in this system it is really very difficult to make any headway without being somehow tainted. And let me say, ‘Let him who is without sin cast the first stone.’
I genuinely liked all of the cast members very much. Steve had a wicked sense of humor. I remember Russell coming to my rescue, once. I watched Eric evolve before everyone’s eyes. Maurice loved what he did, so. He treated his character with respect, down to the costuming.
As a teenager and a student, I totally cast away the Christian faith. I just believed it was stupid, and only stupid people could believe it. I actually became an anti-Christian, and very antagonistic.
When you think of the sacrifices our firefighters make, think about the service of soldiers in foreignlands and listen to their lives, you have to be careful that whatever you do, don’t cast a shadow on what these great people do.
I don’t want to be reincarnated, that’s for sure. When you’ve had rewarding experiences in your life – a loving family, friends – you don’t need additional reassurances that you’re going to do something with a new cast of characters. I’d just as soon pass.
I still have a lot of judgmentalism in me, where I’d see somebody, and I just would, you know, I disagree with this person, and you kind of automatically cast them away. And even though you don’t do anything physically, you don’t say anything, but people get a real sense of your heart.
I quit it because at the end of seven years in an ensemble show with one leader, I thought: ‘I will be known as ‘Dallas‘ starring Larry Hagman and the cast.’ And at this point in my career – I was in my mid to late 30s – I thought, ‘Now is the time when it’s hottest for me to go out and establish my thing.’
Many of us grew up with a kind of puritanism against shopping. But shopping can be much more than how it is cast. If you are bored or you have problems, it can be a way of lifting your spirits, by doing something light and superficial. Why not?
I’ve always liked shows that have a strong cast of secondary characters. One of the greatest examples ever I would say is ‘The Simpsons.’ If you think about it, you could name 100 characters recognizable from that show. I think ‘Scrubs’ has done a good job of having a strong team coming off the bench.
My role models were always the Pacinos and the Oldmans, the guys who get dirty with their characters, and I arrived in L.A. during the big boom of ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ I was getting cast as the boy next door, or the friend of the jock. I thought, ‘Did I really have to do all that studying?’
Yeah, it’s funny, working on a show with as large a cast as we have here, your work gets sort of compartmentalized. There’s still about half the cast that I’ve never had a scene with but I have missed working with Terry.
It’s about storytelling. The story is told through images. So with the cast, I had to make sure that the emotions were readable without sound… I know some great actors, if you turn off the sound, you don’t really know what they’re saying.
There’s one thing about TV that I really think is true. If you find the right cast and the right writers, and you got some chemistry going, even if a show is taking a little while to find an audience, if you keep it there, that audience will find it. Because that’s what happened with ‘Cheers.’
Every man ought to be inquisitive through every hour of his great adventure down to the day when he shall no longer cast a shadow in the sun. For if he dies without a question in his heart, what excuse is there for his continuance?
Frank Moore Colby
If you’re the handsome white guy, you tend to get cast as guys who are meant to beconvincing in their jobs. What I’ve been fortunate enough to do, whether it’s playing a certified idiot on ’30 Rock’ or a weirdo in ‘Bridesmaids,’ is play against that in a lot of ways.
For some reason, it popped into my head the notion that a lot of the Next Generation cast in the long run of that show managed to step behind the camera.
At issue in the Hiss Case was the question whether this sick society, which we call Western civilization, could in its extremity still cast up a man whose faith in it was so great that he would voluntarilyabandon those things which men hold good, including life, to defend it.
I have such respect for guest actors. They don’t know all the characters as deeply as the regulars, and the cast isn’t your family, so you have more at stake.
The network shows have this very commercial voice that you have to adhere to, and the cable shows, it’s kind of like winning the lottery. The independent film world is a world you can actually get to. You can get the under-a-million-dollar film by finding a good cast and financing.
I did two commercials, one for Porsche, but I was definitely not the type of child one would cast in a commercial or any TV that you’d typically go out for as a young kid. I wasn’t the type of kid who would be in stuff that kids watch. I wasn’t cutesy.
I had a brilliant time working with the entire cast and crew at ‘Return To Nim’s Island.’ It’s amazing how, after working on a film, you really become a family, and you build these really special bonds together.
People are free to campaign and they will be free to vote. There won’t be any soldiers, you know, at the queues. Anyone who has the right to vote is free to go and cast his vote anywhere in his own area, in his own constituency.
I throw everything I have into whatever story I’m writing – and so there’s something immensely gratifying about finishing one piece and then starting fresh with a new setting, time period and cast of characters, getting to see the world through a completely different lenseach time.
I was not paying attention during physics in high school; I was wondering if I was going to be cast in ‘Pippin.’
John Benjamin Hickey
I’m 100 percent Irish by birth, grew up Italian, and yet I constantly get cast as playing Jewish.
Curiously enough, I was one of the first to have some say in Hollywood. By sheeraccident, I had four successes in a row in the early 30’s and, although I was still in my 20’s, I demanded and receivedapproval of cast, story and director. I don’t know how I got away with it, but I did!
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.
From its inception by Michael Bennett, ‘Dreamgirls’ has always been an epic story with an ensemble cast. I didn’t change that. The screen version remains, really, a group story.
Every drama requires a cast. The cast may be so huge, as in Leo Tolstoy’s ‘Anna Karenina,’ that the author or editor provides a list of characters to keep them straight. Or it may be an intimate cast of two.
Growing up as a singer, and a cast member, and now as an adult, a songwriter, I get the luxury of choosing the kinds of songs that I want to sing, because I’ll write, you know, hundreds of songs. Even though only 12 appear on the album. That’s 12 that I’ve chosen to sing of my catalog.
I know that I’ve played a lot of comedic roles. It’s a visual medium. When you get one role, you start to get cast in that role for awhile because that’s what people have seen you do, and have hopefully seen you do it successfully.
As an actor, you’re always worried about getting stuck on a show that’s not good because working actors need the paycheck. So being cast on a regular procedural, where everything gets wrapped up by the end of the episode, was always a fear of mine because that doesn’t really test you as an actor.
So I write melodies – thirty, forty, fifty – then I cast them off until I have just two or three. If only one is needed, I go see the director and ask him to decide.
My very first role was the character of Barbara Winslow in the movie ‘Marmaduke.’ Up until that point, I had only done commercials. I had never done a guest star role or a series, and yet they cast me!
I always approach every play based on the cast. When Denzel and I did ‘Fences,’ I didn’t go to rehearsals and say, ‘OK, James Earl Jones did a wonderful job in ’87. Let me see if you can come close to James Earl Jones.’
Before Hurricane Katrina, I always felt like I could come back home. And home was a real place, and also it had this mythical weight for me. Because of the way that Hurricane Katrina ripped everything away, it cast that idea in doubt.
In general, I don’t even have the luxury of rehearsal time on most films that I make. It is just a scene-by-scene full cast read through. It’s very much just doing the rehearsal sometimes the day before, at the end of the day, but just on the spot as the scene unfolds.
I had thirty weeks of prep on ‘Captain America.’ I have a small team of qualified, supportive, creative producers who are actually helping me achieve my vision of the film. I had a dream cast headed by Chris Evans. I had the best designers, artists, sculptors, craftspeople.
That’s the fun part about being a director. You get to say, ‘Oh, now that I’m in charge, I can try and cast whoever I want.’ They can always say no, but that’s okay.
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 spiritualconnection with my cast. Kelly was a wonderful exception. She is truly very special and I adore her.
I just feel incredibly lucky to be employed when there are so many actors and actresses who are not employed. That’s why, you know, I sometimes feel desperate, in case I’m not going to be cast again.
A casting director who’d cast me in ‘Assassins’ sent a video to Kevin Reynolds, the director, and Mel Gibson, whose company is producing ‘187.’ Then I went in and auditioned, and a few hours later, they called me.
I don’t feel guilty about the music I love. If you feel guilty about something you dig, then you should stop feeling guilty about it. One of my favorite albums to this day is the 10th anniversary ensemble cast of ‘Les Miserables,’ the ultimate cast recording, and it is still something I love listening to top to bottom.
Everything related to ‘SNL,’ that was very sudden – from the time I found out I was joining the cast to the time I could read on a blog that someone watching the show thinks I’m fat, that was about 30 days. That blog part, that could’ve moved a little more slowly. But hey – it’s all material, right?
‘Alien‘ is a C film elevated to an A film, honestly, by it being well done and a great monster. If it hadn’t had that great monster, even with a wonderful cast, it wouldn’t have been as good, I don’t think.
A quarter of my life has been spent on ‘Secret Life.’ I’m 20 and I’ve been doing it for five years, so I think the best moments have been when all the cast members get to work together and we get to collaborate and share experiences. We all grew up together.
It’s the most amazing cast, a dream cast. We laugh all the time.
There are so many people who come to me to be an actor, but I select only those people who I feel can fit my script. If they do, I immediately say yes. I don’t do screen tests. I talk to them and see how their mind functions. I read their mind and cast them.