I have a theory about that, if you have to say something, if you have encourage for one second a prospective acting student – he should not go in to acting.
There is something about New York City that in and of itself is so theatrical hat I use to think… I use to feel when I walked out of my apartment on the way to school or anywhere that I was walking out on stage.
The career doesn’t get any easier. A career stays tough.
No not pigeon holed me as an actor, or as a character, or as to what I could do – but what I would do… and the fact is the things you don’t do are almost as important as as the things that you do.
I was very lucky in as much as I played a lot of tennis.
I think that you get something for your acting from almost anything you do.
I have worked with some great directors.
I didn’t have any extra money. But I can’t say that I had a hard early career.
I did two or three plays every summer.
When I go to where I was getting excellent parts in movies I may have taken a few too soon, too anxious to go back to work and to anxious to make another film and to succeed more.
But it was this tough little character part that I was playing, a very funny little guy that I invented over a weekend, because I realized I was not contributing to the humor of this thing. And I had to do something.
It takes a lot of energy to teach.
But it is a hard, it’s a hard profession teaching acting.
The next night I got on an airplane, and flew to New York and looked into acting schools. Four or five acting schools. One of which was the Neighborhood Playhouse, which I started at six months there after.
I work with Sally and I can see Sally doing that. She is very aggressive. Very fun loving and charming… and pushy in a very competitive way and a very healthy way and a very good actress.
To tell you the truth I am hard put to think of anyone who’s career was affected significantly by making all those phone calls and I must be wrong. I must be wrong! Because it has just got to pay off!