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Steve Buscemi Quotes


An American actor, writer and film director.
(1957 - )

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All these directors, and I would include the Coen brothers and Quentin, have a very unique vision of what they want. They listen to ideas and make people feel like everyone is making the film.
 

Anything you write, even if you have to start over, is valuable. I let the story write itself through the characters.
 

Bob Altman had this relaxed but serious attitude. Everybody loved him. I wanted him to adopt me.
 

Communication is the key, and it's one thing I had to learn-to talk to the actors. I was so involved with the visual and technical aspects that I would forget about the actors.
 

Directing television is really hard - it's so fast. You shoot an hour show in seven days.
 

I did stand-up. I loved George Carlin and Steve Martin.
 

I didn't really like the aloneness of doing stand-up.
 

I didn't think I'd ever be able to do movies. That was for serious actors.
 

I don't tend to think of these characters as losers. I like the struggles that people have, people who are feeling like they don't fit into society, because I still sort of feel that way.
 

I never made a daring rescue, which is the story people want to hear. I did go to my share of fires.
 

I talked with Quentin about where the character came from, and he told me Kansas City. I don't know how somebody talks from Kansas City, so I made him from New York.
 

I think all comics borrow from each other. Only a few have an original voice, and I wasn't one of them. In the end, I couldn't figure out who to steal from, so I stopped doing it.
 

I usually get freaked out if I'm in a situation where a lot of people recognise me at once.
 

I was going to buy a van and move to LA so I could secretly pursue acting without any of my friends knowing.
 

I was very surprised that for a while I could only get cast as straight. It was that way for a few years.
 

I'm terrible at story and structure, but I'm not so bad at writing dialogue.
 

In the beginning, it wasn't even a question of deciding I'm going to do independent film and not commercial films - I wasn't being offered any commercial films, and there wasn't an independent scene.
 

It doesn't matter so much where the material comes from, as long as it's good.
 

It doesn't matter to me what the genre is.
 

It doesn't matter what part I play, I try and commit myself 100 percent.
 


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