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Jimmy Stewart

You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it, not just develop a bag of tricks. Always be yourself.

James Maitland Stewart (20 May 19082 July 1997), popularly known as Jimmy Stewart, was an iconic, Academy Award-winning American film and stage actor, best known for his self-effacing screen persona. He also had a noted military career, rising to the rank of Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve.

QuotesEdit

  • I've always been skeptical of people who say they lose themselves in a part. Someone once came up to Spencer Tracy and asked, "Aren't you tired of always playing Tracy?" Tracy replied, "What am I supposed to do, play Bogart?" You have to develop a style that suits you and pursue it, not just develop a bag of tricks.
    • As quoted in "Innocent Revisited" in TIME magazine (29 June 1970)
Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
  • If you can do a part and not have the acting show.
    • A definition of good acting, given in an interview on WNET TV (13 March 1987); sometimes quoted as "It’s well done if you can do a part and not have the acting show."
  • Hollywood dishes out too much praise for small things I won't let it get me, but too much praise can turn a fellow's head if he doesn't watch his step.
    • As quoted in "Hollywood legend Jimmy Stewart dead at 89" at CNN (2 July 1997)
  • Never treat your audience as customers, always as partners.
    • As quoted in The Ultimate Writer's Guide to Hollywood (2004) by Skip Press, p. 199

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