Richard Masur quotes

  • But people who think they can project themselves into deafness are mistaken because you can't. And I'm not talking about imagining what a deaf person's whole life is like I even mean just realizing what it is like for an instant.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Mean #Thinking #Talking

  • For example, the first time McDonald's put a deaf person in a commercial they saw a jump in sales. I think that happens with other kinds of disabilities and products and that is something that is being realized more and more.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Thinking #Mcdonalds #Being Real

  • You have to give access to people with disabilities but there is no requirement to hire them. What I mean by affirmative obligation is that producers must take the necessary steps to include opportunities for people with disabilities and a vast majority of them do.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Mean #Opportunity #Giving

  • Most profoundly deaf people have speech that is very difficult to understand.
    -- Richard Masur

    #People #Speech #Deaf

  • Spelling is very easy to practice yourself whereas signing is not. So I would sit on the subway riding around New York and I would spell whatever I would see. When I watched a movie I would spell words as they came up.
    -- Richard Masur

    #New York #Practice #Subway

  • You have to give people the opportunity to prove themselves.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Opportunity #People #Giving

  • I know deaf people. I have discussed the issues with them I've also thought about them a lot so I have some insights that go a little further than people who haven't had contact with the deaf community.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Issues #People #Community

  • There is no relation to sound for deaf people. It is a totally different mental process.
    -- Richard Masur

    #People #Different #Sound

  • The difference between deafness and any other disability is that there is no way to put yourself in a position of knowing what it would be like because you can't stop yourself from hearing your own breath or your own heartbeat. You can not remove sound entirely from your life. You can get a sense of what being blind is like by closing and covering your eyes which provides a source of empathy because we can all project ourselves to that. But people who think they can project themselves into deafness are mistaken because you can't.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Eye #Thinking #People

  • I was doing a play in New York, which we had done in New Haven, Connecticut. It was an American premiere of a play called The Changing Room written by a wonderful man named David Story. It was about a rugby team in the North of England. It got just screaming rave reviews. At that time, virtually every major critic went up to the Long Wharf Theater to see a new play like that.
    -- Richard Masur

    #New York #Team #Men

  • I did my first movie,a movie called Whiffs, which very few people ever saw.
    -- Richard Masur

    #People #Saws #Firsts

  • I had a very low voice for the character in the show. I said, "That's not actually my voice. That's the character's voice." I'm being such an actor.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Character #Voice #Actors

  • People who just wanted to make it work and knew it was going to be a real challenge. We were on the beach the first day and Donald [Sutherland] and I are playing best friends our whole lives. We met each other for 10 seconds the night before and we're sitting on a beach lining up a shot that we shoot a few minutes later, never having had a conversation with each other and then end up going skinny dipping in the Pacific Ocean buck-ass naked, not knowing who the other person is.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Beach #Real #Ocean

  • I'm one of the handful of survivors of the guys I came up with.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Guy #Survivor #Handful

  • I moved out to L.A. in July and Hot L Baltimore started in September or October. So I had done a few things. I'd done a Mary [Tyler Moore]. I'd done a Waltons. I hadn't done a Rhoda yet I don't think.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Thinking #July #Hot

  • I mean God knows I've done tons of schlock during the course of my career and stuff that's been very low budget and really pressed for time, but I've never had an experience like this. I kept saying to people, "How do you do this?" I said to Susan [Lucci], "How do you do it?" I don't recall exactly what she answered me but it was something like "Close my eyes and think of England. You just do it."
    -- Richard Masur

    #Mean #Eye #Thinking

  • If people don't actively knock the scenery over and they get the words out in something approximating the right order, you're moving on.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Moving #Order #People

  • She [Susan Lucci] was extraordinary. She wouldn't look at the scene until you walked in to rehearse it. It was amazing to me. That's the impression I got anyway.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Looks #Scene #Impression

  • I'm grateful I got the opportunity to do it because I know this now. If anybody ever asked me to do a daytime show again I would go no, no. I can't do that. Not because it's beneath me. It's above me. It's beyond my resources.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Grateful #Opportunity #Resources

  • Maybe if I'd gone in younger, I wouldn't have had that feeling, but I've seen an enormous amount of changes since the early-'70s in how this stuff is shot. I did the first TV movie ever shot in 18 days; before this film the normal length of shooting a TV movie was between 21 and 26 days. We shot a full-up, two-hour TV movie in 18 days with Donald Sutherland playing the lead, who had never worked on television before.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Two #Feelings #Gone

  • After three days of shooting with Donald [ Sutherland], I was the only one he worked with for the first three days of the movie [The Winter Of Our Discontent] because of the crazy schedule. We [shot] a lot of this stuff, some of it incredibly intense and emotional. We had never had a conversation during that whole time. We didn't have time.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Crazy #Winter #Emotional

  • I used to be the youngest person on the set [of Bored To Death]. Now I'm very often the oldest person on the set. I feel lucky about that, to be honest. Lena [Dunham], by the way is a doll to me. So much fun to work with and really open.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Fun #Bored #Dolls

  • I would never ever, ever, ever, ever do it again [All My Children]. It was the scariest thing I've ever done. I have such respect for people who do it, who can do it. What happened was they caught me at a good moment. I could use the money and this came along and it was with Susan and I thought, "Susan Lucci. I have to do this.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Children #People #Use

  • I still to this day maintain that in that million-and-a-half feet of film [Heaven's Gate] that we shot, we thought we were making a great American film. I honestly believe that Michael [Cimino] was under a tremendous amount of pressure, and Michael's response to pressure from what I saw was to double down and to get more aggressive and to get more kind of arrogant, but I don't think it was real. I think it was the response to pressure.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Real #Believe #Thinking

  • I have to say I was very lucky in this [movie] business. I was in the right place at the right time when I first got started.
    -- Richard Masur

    #Lucky #Firsts #Right Time