Elia Kazan on Paul Newman

Paul Newman at The Actors Studio.

I remember that he was something of a joke--an erotic joke--at The Actors Studio, because he was so handsome. Frighteningly handsome. He caused as much physical commotion as Marilyn [Monroe] did. He aroused the women and he created a lot of tension and jealousy and competition among the men--merely by showing up. He is a kind and patient and careful man--and he is a kind and patient and careful actor. His incremental method of working can give some the impression that he doesn't know what he's doing, but he does: He investigates stealthily, and he gets things done. He waited a long time to prove that he was a good actor.

Elia Kazan
Interview with James Grissom

In class at The Actors Studio.

© 2014 James Grissom


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