What Advice Would You Give the Younger You?

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I’d probably say just calm down. Don’t worry so much, the way you tend to in your twenties. When young actors ask for advice, I tell them to treat it like a business. You lower the awning of the fruit stand at the beginning of the day and you do the best that you can, and at the end of the day you reel it back up and go to dinner. Somehow if you understand it’s a long-term business, it eases you into not beating yourself up. That’s a tendency of a lot of younger people — they’re pretty hard on themselves.

– Martin Short, Actor –

Accepting.

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Sam: Why do I and everyone I love pick people who treat us like we’re nothing?

Charlie: We accept the love we think we deserve. 

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, 2012 –

It doesn’t hurt.


“I was able to convince my body that I could take it and nobody could hurt me. I might’ve gotten cut, stitches over my eyes. Broken nose. Broken hands. But I never really got hurt.”

– Jake LaMotta, Boxer –

 


Simplicity.

 

 

The Princess Bride was the simplest experience I ever had with a script in my life. Rob Reiner sent me the script and said, “Think about which part interests you.” I started to read it, and there was no question. I wanted to play Inigo Montoya, the world’s greatest sword fighter. There was that line that kept repeating itself: “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” I hadn’t even finished and I said to myself, “If I can get that six-fingered man, my father will come back and visit me.”

– Mandy Patinkin, Actor –