Character Quotes

“Now what’s important is that they have an attitude. Everybody has a look, but not everybody has cultivated what their stage persona is. And so when you’re dealing with actors, it just makes it more difficult, because you have to help them come up with one. You know, Johnny Depp has no Johnny Depp character when he’s onstage. You haven’t seen An Evening With Johnny Depp at Carnegie Hall.”

The “magic if” is a tool invented by Stanislavski, the father of acting craft, is to help an actor make appropriate choices. Essentially, the “magic if” refers to the answer to the question, “What would I do if I were this character in this situation?” Note that the question is not “What would I do if I were in this situation?” What you would do may be very different from what the character would do. Your job, based on your analysis of the script, the scene, and the given circumstances regarding the who of your character, is to decide what he or she would do.

I was exhilarated by the new realization that I could change the character of my life by changing my beliefs. I was instantly energized because I realized that there was a science-based path that would take me from my job as a perennial “victim” to my new position as “co-creator” of my destiny. (Prologue, xv)

Recently, results of the Human Genome Project have shattered one of Science’s fundamental core beliefs, the concept of genetic determinism. We have been led to believe that our genes determine the character of our lives, yet new research surprisingly reveals that it is the character of our lives that controls our genes. Rather than being victims of our heredity, we are actually masters of our genome.

Adam and Eve – and especially Eve – are victims of the greatest character assassination the world has ever known. Eve is not secondary. Eve, if anything, is the great initiator in the story. She’s the first independent woman. For me, rediscovering that Eve was the greatest bad**s women of all time was a revelation.

I see parody as another form of comedy. If you are making a comedy, there are a lot of different ways to do it. I’m not necessarily always aware of my quote-unquote persona when doing things like that. It’s more, “What does the character need at the time?” I’m certainly drawn to certain types of material, there’s no doubt about that.