Ben Stiller quotes

  • Fashion is so over the top.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Fashion

  • I know that I'm better as an actor when I'm working with a good actor. I think anytime you're working with a better actor, it makes you a better actor.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #Actors

  • I have a lot of nervous energy. Work is my best way of channelling that into something productive unless I want to wind up assaulting the postman or gardener.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Wind #Energy #Want

  • You have to stay in character in between takes.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Character

  • I actually started working on Madagascar before my daughter was born.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Daughter #My Daughter #Madagascar

  • When you have kids you want to be able to go to movies and take the family too, and actually all enjoy it together. I don't think there are that many great, live action family movies that everybody can enjoy.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Kids #Thinking #Together

  • It's weird that people expect me to be funny. I find it a real burden when I'm expected to be humorous on talk shows.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Real #Humorous #People

  • I don't think it's ever easy to be funny. I find it easy to amuse myself with a certain sort of cynical dark humor that tends toward the meaner side, like my character in Happy Gilmore. Those kinds of characters come easily to me.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Character #Dark #Thinking

  • I'm just not a naturally cheery person. I'm naturally moody. I know that from people who spend a lot of time with me. People who spend a lot of time with me may not wish to spend a lot more time with me.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #People #Wish #May

  • I don't know what that weid fantasy is that makes people go, "Oh, you must have had a great childhood."
    -- Ben Stiller

    #People #Childhood #Fantasy

  • I recently watched that Lucie Arnaz-produced documentary [Lucy and Desi: A Home Movie, 1992] about her parents [Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz], and I saw so much of my own childhood there.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Home #Childhood #Parent

  • I think this whole celebrity world is weird anyway. Weird and funny and kind of pathetic and yet so right for parody.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #World #Kind

  • There's a sense here in L.A. that everybody's aware of everybody all the time. It's funny but we choose it. People who are here want to be here, including me.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #People #Want

  • It's what I wanted to do with my life. Not necessarily just direct Jim Carrey movies, but to direct and act and write and create and along the way discover what it is that I'm about.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Writing #Way #Wanted

  • Success doesn't necessarily mean happiness.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Mean

  • I was a bad student. I liked archaeology actually, I was interested in maybe becoming an archaeologist but I was such a bad student and had such bad grades that I wasn't going to get into any really good college so I fell back on acting.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #College #Acting #Becoming

  • When I was growing up, This is Spinal Tap [1984] was the ultimate comedy, and it was the kind of thing I wanted to do. But you get to a point with parody where you can't go much further because ultimately it's feeding off of somebody else's creativity.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Growing Up #Creativity #Spinal Tap

  • I don't even want to think of myself as an actor because it's such an insecure place to go.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Insecure #Thinking #Actors

  • I studied Tom Cruise running in all the Mission Impossibles. I think he's one of the best screen runners.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Running #Thinking #Cruise

  • I think you never want to have to go into the scene having to improvise; you want to make sure its working on the page. But I do like to have the ability to try stuff just in the moment, to give it some sort of spontaneity.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #Giving #Trying

  • I don't play hockey at all. I'm not comfortable on skates.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Hockey #Play

  • I love history. I'm very interested by it and I think it's great to have a movie that brings it alive in a way. It's sort of that romanticized version of it.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #Alive #Way

  • I'm very interested in the early American history, the time when the country came together.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Country #Together #American History

  • I'd love to travel more. I really look forward to traveling with my kids. I'm just waiting for them to want to travel with me.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Kids #Waiting #Looks

  • I've been to Japan but I've never been to China, I'd love to go to China. I don't know, I like to go to places that are remote. So, I think I'd like to do that more. And just sort of also explore not having a structured work life someday, to have more free time to sort of see what happens.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #Japan #Someday

  • I'm Jewish, but my mom's Catholic, so the guilt area is covered. I have the highest expectations, along with the lowest. I tried to put as much of myself as possible in Reality Bites, but in terms of my humor, I'm still trying to figure out what my sensibility is. It's a process, really. I don't feel like I have a very clear idea of what I'm supposed to be, or even of how people perceive me, except that I got put into this Generation X file.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Mom #Reality #Ideas

  • I had two projects that fell apart during preproduction. The first one was this movie that Judd Apatow and I had written about two guys following the Rolling Stones. It was going to be half concert film, half pseudo-documentary. It was Mick Jagger's idea.The other one was Simple Plan, based on a novel by Scott Smith. It's a great book - really stark, not a comedy - about a guy who finds $4 million in a plane crash and decides to keep it.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Book #Simple #Ideas

  • I was staying on [writer/director/actor] Eric Schaeffer's couch in New York, and he said, "I've got this movie [If Lucy Fell]. Can you do five days on it?" And I was like, "Yeah, anything. Twenty-four hours times five is 120 hours. Oh, great, I'll fill 120 hours of my life with something." So I did that and it was fun, and then I did Flirting with Disaster.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #New York #Fun #Flirting

  • When you're doing a comedy and you want to somehow satirise people who are taking themselves seriously, I think the most serious genre is the thing you're going to get the most out of. If you're trying to satirise a comedy, it's hard to do that - it doesn't really work as well. But I love the war movie genre and I'm a fan of all those movies that are part of what this movie is.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #War #Thinking #People

  • Whatever talent I had, I'm sure it helped that my parents were in the business and that I grew up around actors, comedians and directors.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Parent #Comedian #Directors

  • I don't think the public is dying to see me necessarily be funny all the time.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #Dying

  • I enjoy the work I do in comedies. It's a valid test of your creative abilities.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Creative #Tests #Comedy

  • I grew up wanting to make movies, and along the way I suddenly found that I had a career doing comedy.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Careers #Way #Comedy

  • I think most politicians could take a dodgeball in the face.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #Dodgeball #Faces

  • I don't need a compass to tell me which way the wind shines !
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Wind #Shining #Needs

  • Maybe forced retirement isn't necessary after all.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Retirement

  • I've had a very good career and I'm grateful that the public has had some level of acceptance and appreciation of my work.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Appreciation #Grateful #Acceptance

  • I love New York. I was sad, depressed and incredibly moved by our fellow countrymen and what they've done. I wanted to give people a chance to see something funny, have a distraction.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #New York #Giving Up #People

  • I'm pretty sure there's a lot more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. And I plan on finding out what that is.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Being Real #Looking Good #More To Life

  • Jim Carrey, a comic genius, has a harder time overcoming the public's desire for him to be funny simply because he's so good at it.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Desire #Overcoming #Genius

  • I don't think know if anything's going to translate anywhere. You're making a movie, you hope it's going to be funny, you can't think about how it's going to go over.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #Translate

  • I don't have a burning desire to be taken seriously as an actor. I don't have a master plan in that way.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Taken #Desire #Burning

  • My parents used to throw great New Year's Eve parties. They invited such an eclectic mix of showbiz people. All those cool people were always hanging out at our apartment.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #New Year #Party #Years

  • It was a mixed blessing to have famous parents. It was tough to go to auditions and be bad, since I couldn't be anonymous.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Blessing #Parent #Auditions

  • The cliches are that it's the most generic Starsky and Hutch plot you can find.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Plot #Cliche #Generic

  • The failure of The Cable Guy impacted my career. I had to start writing and acting again.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Writing #Careers #Guy

  • You're freaked out that you're going to be having a child, and once you're looking after your daughter, it's the most beautiful thing in the world.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Beautiful #Daughter #Mother

  • I have not been an easygoing guy. I think it's called bipolar manic depression. I've got a rich history of that in my family.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #Guy #Bipolar

  • Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Essence #Moisture #Wetness

  • Oh, dear God, thank you, you are such a good God to us. A kind and gentle and accommodating God, and we thank You oh sweet, sweet Lord of hosts for the smörgÃ¥sbord You have so aptly laid at our table this day, and each day, by day, day by day, by day oh dear Lord three things we pray to love Thee more dearly, to see Thee more clearly, to follow Thee more nearly, day, by day, by day. Amen.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Sweet #Sms #Three

  • I don't devalue comedy as compared to drama. Not one bit.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Drama #Comedy #Devalue

  • God was showing off when he made you.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Made #Showing Off

  • Oh, you can milk just about anything with nipples.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Nipples #Milk

  • A eugoogoolizer...one who speaks at funerals...Or did you think I was too stupid to know what a eugoogooly was?
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Stupid #Thinking #Funeral

  • Words can only hurt you if you try to read them. Don't play their game!
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Hurt #Games #Play

  • People like to define you through what they've seen you do ... There are aspects of my personality, I guess, that come through on-screen, but I don't sit around thinking, I've been a bumbling suitor all my life.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #People #Personality

  • When I didn't have a family, I was much more of a workaholic ... I still like to work, but I also want to be home with them. As you get older, you realize you need balance. If it's not fun, what's the point?
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Fun #Home #Balance

  • There's an old saying in Hollywood: It's not the length of your film, it's how you use it.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Hollywood #Use #Film

  • First of all, the first cut of the movie was like three and a half hours and I walked away going, 'Wow, I know there's like twenty minutes that I can cut -' when I first saw it 'But I don't know after that.' The first time I put up then in front of people I was like, 'Oh, my God, I can take that out and that out and that out.'
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Cutting #People #Twenties

  • Paul is Starsky, and I met him before shooting. He was very kind and encouraged us to go with what we wanted to do. It was very sweet to see them back with the car after 25 years.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Sweet #Years #Car

  • Very quickly after meeting Dustin, the whole image I had of him was shattered.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Comedy #Shattered #Meetings

  • Well, this movie I've been working on for a while. I had the idea for the movie like twenty years ago when I was doing 'Empire of the Sun' in 1987 because at that time that's when all these Vietnam movies were being made and my friends and I were going on auditions for these Vietnam movies and my friends were getting them and going away to fake boot camps.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Years #Ideas #Fake

  • Zoolander was more of my own sensibility.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Comedy #Sensibility

  • If you look at my eyes when I'm dancing, you'll see that glazed look.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Eye #Dancing #Looks

  • I would like to do more dramas when I find a good role that will allow me to politely upset people's expectations of me as a comic actor.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Drama #People #Expectations

  • There's always an element of fear that you need to work a lot until people get sick and tired of you or finally figure out that you're a fraud after all!
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Tired #People #Sick

  • Stiller was able to reach speeds of around 35 miles per hour, no small task for someone who had never longboarded before.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Tasks #Able #Speed

  • What the hell am I doing with my life?
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Hell

  • It's important that we came here, just to touch base here in this great country... When I was about 16 I came with my dad for a couple of weeks and had a great time and I've wanted to come back, it's been way too long. So, I'm very happy to be here and I want to come back longer with the rest of my family.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Country #Couple #Dad

  • I'm not an expert on the Malaysian sense of humor.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Humor #Experts #Sense Of Humor

  • Sometimes I wondered whether I hadn't let my career get confined to one direction, but lately I've decided to accept the fact that I have this opportunity to be successful doing comedies.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Successful #Opportunity #One Direction

  • I'm always willing to endure humiliation on behalf of my characters.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Character #Endure #Humiliation

  • My own parents were touchy-feely.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Parent #Touchy

  • I think people will be curious to see what I can do as a dramatic actor.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Thinking #People #Actors

  • I wanted to be funny for people who didn't care about fashion at all, to just to kind of exist as a silly character.
    -- Ben Stiller

    #Funny #Fashion #Silly