It’s a question we’ve all asked ourselves at one time or another. Sometimes one may ask it many many times over……WHY DO WE DO IT?
What is this urge in us to act? This itch which must be scratched. Where does it come from? What’s the point?
It’s a question a young DUSTIN HOFFMAN asked the great Lawrence Olivier when he was just starting out and in this interview the philosophical grappling comes full circle as an acting student puts that very question back to DUSTIN.
“I’m 68 years old and there are things that have not changed in me so I figure they’re real.”
“I know it. I know it as much as i know anything – I would be doing this period. You can do it anywhere.”
“If they took my paints away I’d use pastels, if they took my pastels away I’d use crayon, if they took my crayon I’d use a pencil, if they stripped me naked and stuck me in a cell I’d spit on my finger and draw on the wall” PABLO PICASSO
“People say ‘its easy for you to say you’re successful’… but if I hadn’t have got that movie I’d still be doing it. I’m convinced of it. There’s no question in my mind. Wether I’d be teaching at some college or go to some repertory theatre in Seattle or whatever…I’d be doing it.”
“You can play. You must, you MUST do that. It’s your only way not to go crazy….because if you’re gonna wait for the job you will die.”