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Albert Brooks quotes

My mom was a professional. My dad and mom met each other in a movie called 'New Faces of 1937.' My mom went under the name Thelma Leeds, and she did a few movies, and she was really a great singer, and when she married my dad and started to have a family, she sang at parties.

When I audition, I understand what it takes and the insecurities that come with it. If I do anything, I put actors at ease. I used to tell directors who weren't actors, the best thing they could do was take an acting class for a couple of months. Just to understand.

Movies are an expensive business.

As an actor, if you're just sitting and staring and you don't know who you are in your own mind, it's vacant. And sometimes the camera is an X-ray machine, it can pick it up.

You never do a movie and not want it to work. You accept whatever it is. You have to, but nobody in their right mind would not want the movie to be getting talked about at the end of the year.

I don't think the goal is, 'How big a star did you ever become?' I think the goal is, 'Were you able to express yourself?'

I'm not Elvis. I don't get chased by paparazzi.

I think anger and laughter are very close to each other, when you think about it.

If we had 3 million exhibitionists and only one voyeur, nobody could make any money.

When I die, if the word 'thong' appears in the first or second sentence of my obituary, I've screwed up.

Be generous and you can be the best person who ever lived.

Even though my father was a radio comedian, it wasn't cool to say, at a young age, 'I want to be a comedian.'

How many people didn't get a part who would have been better than the person who got the part? Thousands.

I can't not put humor in a book.

I cast unusual people in my movies.

I come from the place where I am thinking 'I have put my blood on the pages.'

I don't want to be the one to break it to you, but the future ain't that funny.

I just like making people laugh, and buried in that I like to bring up topics and start discussions.

I like movies about failing.

I never wanted to be a director.