James Earl Jones
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James Earl Jones
You cannot be an actor like I am and not have been in some of the worst movies like I have. But I stand before…
When I was in New York after I left the Army, I studied for two years at the American Theater Wing, studied acting, which involved…
I think self-criticism is sort of a given when you’re an actor. It’s also about being curious and not being flippant. Anyone who accepts being…
I was preparing myself for the theater, and… I got a little job here and a job there, but it wasn’t going well, and I…
I love to see actors’ work. I love to surf channels late at night and accidentally run into movies I hadn’t seen before. It makes…
I happened to happened to land in a time, in the middle ’60s, that without knowing it, and without being told by the history of…
I got out of the Army – in my world – I came to New York, for instance, when the civil rights movement was just…
Denzel Washington, Sidney Poitier, Robert Redford, Tom Cruise: those guys have well-planned careers. I’m just on a journey. Wherever I run across a job, I…
And it was the idea that you can do a play – like a Shakespeare play, or any well-written play, Arthur Miller, whatever – and…
And I think, on the other end, there were actors who were not as good as I was, perhaps who could have hung in too,…
You sang in church, you know, and you didn’t act at all. You tried not to act, you tried to tell the truth. The idea…
So I was determined to use my last two years in college doing something I thought I would enjoy, which was acting. And it was…
You weren’t going to the theater to change the world, but you had a chance to affect the world, the thinking and the feelings of…
We children learned responsibility automatically.
There’s nothing I would retire for, so I won’t retire.
So by the time I got to Michigan I was a stutterer. I couldn’t talk. So my first year of school was my first mute…
So in my junior year, I switched to the drama department.
I was an adopted child of my grandparents, and I don’t know how I can ever express my gratitude for that, because my parents would…
Writing can give full meaning to characters and avoid pure stereotype.
There haven’t been enough profound things written about what being black means and what a black character is. Nobody knows.
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