The only reason they come to see me is that I know that life is great - and they know I know it.
I worked like a son of a bitch to learn a few tricks and I fight like a steer to avoid getting stuck with parts I
This 'King' stuff is pure bullshit. I eat and sleep and go to the bathroom just like everybody
There's no special light that shines inside me and makes me a star. I'm just a lucky slob from
Ohio. I happened to be in the right place at the right time, and I had a lot of smart guys helping
me - that's all.
Working with Marilyn Monroe on The Misfits nearly gave me a heart attack. I have
never been happier when a film ended.
This is the best picture I have made, and it's the only time I've been able to act. -- about The Misfits (1961)
Hell, if I'd jumped on all the dames I'm supposed to have jumped on, I'd have had no time to go fishing.
The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his
pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence. He's got to have some inner
standards worth fighting for or there won't be any way to bring him into conflict. And he must be ready to choose
death before dishonor without making too much song and dance about it. That's all there is to it.
It is an extra dividend when you like the girl you've fallen in love with.
I hate a liar. Maybe because I'm such a good one myself, heh? Anyway, to find someone has told an out-and-out lie
puts him on the other side of the fence from me for all time.
I'm no actor and I never have been. What people see on the screen is me.
I can't emote worth a damn. -- on rumors he was dull in bed.
Everything Marilyn [Monroe] does is different from any other woman, strange and exciting, from the
way she talks to the way she uses that magnificent torso.
The guy's good. There's nobody in the business who can touch him, and you're a fool to try. And the bastard knows
it, so don't fall for that humble stuff! -- on Spencer Tracy.
Every picture I make, every experience of my private life, every lesson I learn are the keys to my future. And I
have faith in it.
I am intrigued by glamorous women . . . A vain woman is continually taking out a compact to repair her makeup. A
glamorous woman knows she doesn't need to.
Coop (Gary Cooper) is a right guy, the kind you like to hunt and fish with and not talk about
making movies. I laid it on him one time about his romance with Carole [Lombard, Gable's wife] and
he got pale as hell. She told me about it during a drunken argument we had. After that, Coop and I didn't hunt
together so much and when we did, we kept an eye on each other. She used to throw him up to me in my face and that
was hard to take, especially since I didn't know the whole truth until years later. I got to admit I was jealous.
I discovered that Rhett was even harder to play than I had anticipated. With so much of
Scarlett preceding his entrance, Rhett's scenes were all climaxes. There was a
chance to build up to Scarlett, but Rhett represented drama and action every time
he appeared. He didn't figure in any of the battle scenes, being a guy who hated war, amid he wasn't in the
toughest of the siege of Atlanta shots. What I was fighting for was to hold my own in the first
half of the picture - which is all Vivien's - because I felt that after the scene with the baby,
Bonnie, Rhett could control the end of the film. That scene where
Bonnie dies, and the scene where I strike Scarlett and she accidentally tumbles
down stairs, thus losing her unborn child, were the two that worried me most.
Types really don't matter. I have been accused of preferring blondes. But I have known some mighty attractive
redheads, brunettes, and yes, women with grey hair. Age, height, weight haven't anything to do with glamour.
She didn't want to be famous. She wanted to be happy. -- on Jean Harlow.
I bring to a role everything I am, was and hope to be.
This power that I'm supposed to have over women was never noticed when I was a stage actor on
Broadway. I don't know when I got it. And by God, I can't explain it.
I don't believe I'm king of anything, but I know why they like to think I am. I'm not much of an actor, but I'm not
bad unless it's one of those things outside my comprehension. I work hard. I'm no Adonis, and I'm
as American as the telephone poles I used to climb to make a living. So men don't get sore if
their women folks like me on the screen. I'm one of them, they know it, so it's a compliment to them. They see me
broke, in trouble, scared of things that go bump in the night, but I come out fighting. They see me making love to
Jean Harlow or Claudette Colbert and they say, 'If he can do it, I can do it,'
and figure it'll be fun to go home and to make love to their wives.
My days of playing the dashing lover are over. I'm no longer believable in those parts. There has been considerable
talk about older guys wooing and winning leading ladies half their age. I don't think the public likes it, and I
don't care for it myself. It's not realistic. Actresses that I started out with like Joan Crawford
and Barbara Stanwyck have long since quit playing glamor girls and sweet young things. Now it's
time I acted my age. Let's be honest. It's a character role, and I'll be playing more of them. There's a risk
involved, of course. I have no idea if I can attain the success as a character actor as I did playing the dashing
young lover, but it's a chance I have to take. Not everybody is able to do it. -- in 1958.
I don't want a lot of strangers looking down at my wrinkles and my big fat belly when I'm dead.
When I die, don't let them make a circus out of it.
Method actors are like hams.
If any child of mine becomes an actor I will turn in my grave.
The public interest in my playing Rhett puzzled me. I was the only one, apparently, who didn't
take it for granted that I would. I found myself trapped by a series of circumstances over which I had no control.
It was a funny feeling. I think I know now how a fly must react after being caught in a spider's web.
Scarlett doesn't always love Rhett. It's the first time that the girl isn't sure
that she wants me from the minute she sets eyes on me.
Single men never have any problems. I suppose that the public builds some kind of idea from what they've seen of me
on the screen.
I don't discuss women at all with anyone. There are good qualities in all women. Some may be lacking in some of
these qualities and should have them. I'm liable to say so and hurt their feelings, and it wouldn't be meant that
way at all.