Elia Kazan on Actors

Interview with Elia Kazan
Conducted by James Grissom
New York City

The predominant emotion of all actors is fear: Total and mortal fear. They are terrified that they are without talent and will soon be without work. All of the time. The light--of attention, of worthiness, of innovation--is always moving away from them, and they run to get back into the center of this healing glow. Forgive them much, even as they drive you patently insane. They are worth the trouble, once you allow them to work, to create, to share.

© 2014  James Grissom


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