John Hurt quotes

  • Pretending to be other people is my game and that to me is the essence of the whole business of acting.
    -- John Hurt

    #Essence #Games #People

  • My fathers a clergyman, and he was in the mission field for a certain amount of time in British Honduras, which is now Belize.
    -- John Hurt

    #Father #Fields #Clergymen

  • Society is constantly recalibrating, redefining what it considers to be moral and immoral.
    -- John Hurt

    #Moral #Redefining #Immoral

  • It's an immensely competitive business, and I can tell you the older you get, the parts are fewer, and the people who are proven performers are greater.
    -- John Hurt

    #Business #People #Performers

  • It's quite a dangerous career move to go wilfully on making films that may not find a distributor.
    -- John Hurt

    #Moving #Careers #May

  • Each day, as you get older, there is a new perspective on life. It's a progression of some sort.
    -- John Hurt

    #Perspective #Each Day #Progression

  • If you do an interview in 1960, something it's bound to change by the year 2000. And if it doesn't, then there's something drastically wrong.
    -- John Hurt

    #Change #Years #Interviews

  • It would be difficult to have any unfulfilled ambitions because I don't have any ambitions. I've never been that kind of performer.
    -- John Hurt

    #Ambition #Would Be #Kind

  • My parents felt that acting was far too insecure. Don't ask me what made them think that painting would be more secure.
    -- John Hurt

    #Insecure #Thinking #Parent

  • My mother's father drank and her mother was an unhappy, neurotic woman, and I think she has lived all her life afraid of anyone who drinks for fear something like that might happen to her.
    -- John Hurt

    #Mother #Father #Thinking

  • Nudes are the greatest to paint. Everything you can find in a landscape or a still life or anything else is there: darkness and light, character dimension, texture. I painted heads too, of course.
    -- John Hurt

    #Character #Light #Darkness

  • I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine. How that process happens, I'm sorry to tell you I can't describe.
    -- John Hurt

    #Sorry #Wine #Mind

  • I've spent a great deal of my life doing independent film, and that is partly because the subject matter interests me and partly because that is the basis of the film industry. That's where the filmmakers come from, it's where they start and sometimes its where they should have stayed.
    -- John Hurt

    #Independent #Matter #Film

  • I remember once when I told Lindsay Anderson at a party that acting was just a sophisticated way of playing cowboys and Indians he almost had a fit.
    -- John Hurt

    #Party #Cowboy #Acting

  • As Beckett said, it's not enough to die, one has to be forgotten as well.
    -- John Hurt

    #Forgotten #Enough #Said

  • I am not an enormous believer in research being the be-all and end-all. I get suspicious when I read about actors spending six months in a clinic, say, in order to play someone who is sick.
    -- John Hurt

    #Play #Order #Sick

  • I mark a script like an exam, and I try not to do anything under 50 per cent. Similarly with the part. And also film is a peculiar thing, parts don't necessarily read in script form anything like as well as they can do when it comes to materialising.
    -- John Hurt

    #Trying #Scripts #Peculiar

  • I have lots of favourite memories but I can't say that I have a favourite film.
    -- John Hurt

    #Memories #Film #Favourite

  • I never quite understand why we watch the news. There doesn't really seem much point watching somebody tell you what the news is when you could quite easily listen to it on the radio.
    -- John Hurt

    #Watches #News #Radio

  • I never had any ambition to be a star, or whatever it is called, and I'm still embarrassed at the word.
    -- John Hurt

    #Stars #Ambition #Embarrassed

  • I turn up in Los Angeles every now and then, so I can get some big money films in order to finance my smaller money films.
    -- John Hurt

    #Order #Film #Finance

  • If I'm in theatre, cinema doesn't even cross my mind. Similarly when I'm making a film, theatre doesn't cross my mind.
    -- John Hurt

    #Mind #Theatre #Cinema

  • We are all racing towards death. No matter how many great, intellectual conclusions we draw during our lives, we know they're all only man-made, like God. I begin to wonder where it all leads. What can you do, except do what you can do as best you know how.
    -- John Hurt

    #Men #Intellectual #Racing

  • Also the wonderful thing about film, you can see light at the end of the tunnel. You did realize that it is going to come to an end at some stage.
    -- John Hurt

    #Tunnels #Light #Film