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Paul Newman (1925 – 2008)


American actor and film director.
Paul Newman
I never ask my wife about my flaws. Instead I try to get her to ignore them and concentrate on my sense of humor. You don't want any woman to look under the carpet because there's lots of flaws underneath. Joanne believes my character in a film we did together, "Mr. and Mrs. Bridge" comes closest to who I really am. I personally don't think there's one character who comes close... but I learned a long time ago not to disagree on things that I don't have a solid opinion about.
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It's like chasing a beautiful woman for 80 years. Finally, she relents and you say, "I am terribly sorry. I'm tired."
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Study your craft and know who you are and what's special about you. Find out what everyone does on a film set, ask questions and listen. Make sure you live life, which means don't do things where you court celebrity, and give something positive back to our society.




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I'd like to be remembered as a guy who tried ó tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being. Someone who isn't complacent, who doesn't cop out.
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I'm like a good cheese. I'm just getting mouldy enough to be interesting.
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Building weapons that we donít need, donít work, and arenít necessary, and have no mission ó thatís not bad politics, thatís robbery.
Paul Newman
I don't think there's anything exceptional or noble in being philanthropic. It's the other attitude that confuses me.
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To be an actor, you have to be a child.
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He makes it look so easy, and he looks so wonderful, that everybody assumes he isn't acting.
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The embarrassing thing is that my salad dressing is out-grossing my films.
Paul Newman
I had no natural gift to be anything ó not an athlete, not an actor, not a writer, not a director, a painter of garden porches ó not anything. So I've worked really hard, because nothing ever came easily to me.




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Twenty-five years ago I couldn't walk down the street without being recognized. Now I can put a cap on, walk anywhere and no one pays me any attention. They don't ask me about my movies and they don't ask me about my salad dressing because they don't know who I am. Am I happy about this? You bet.
Paul Newman
I started my career giving a clinic in bad acting in the film, "The Silver Chalice," and now I'm playing a crusty old man who's an animated automobile [in "Cars"]. That's a creative arc for you, isn't it?
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It's all been a bad joke that just ran out of control. I got into food for fun but the business got a mind of its own. Now ó my good Lord ó look where it has gotten me. My products are on supermarket shelves, in cinemas, in the theater. And they say show business is odd.
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The concept that a person who has a lot holds his hand out to someone who has less, or someone who isn't hurting holds his hand out to someone who is, is simply a human trait that has nothing to do with celebrity. I am confounded at the stinginess of some institutions and some people. I'm bewildered by it. You can only put away so much stuff in your closet. In 1987, the average CEO against someone who was working in his factory was 70 times. It's now 410 times.
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I cannot bear to look at a film that I made before 1990. Maybe 1985. There's no sense even trying to explain it. I really just can't watch myself. I see all the machinery at work and it just drives me nuts, so I don't look at anything.
Paul Newman
Being on President Nixon's enemies list was the highest single honor I've ever received. Who knows who's listening to me now and what government list I'm on?
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He has the attention span of a bolt of lightning.
Paul Newman
Just when things look darkest, they go black.
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He has a good character, and not many people do. I think he would rather not do anything wrong, whether on a moral or an artistic level. He is what you would call a man of conscience ó not necessarily of judgment, but of conscience. I don't know any actors like that.


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