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Cary Grant (1937)

1970 Honorary Oscar acceptance speech: “You know that I may never look at this without remembering the quiet patience of directors who were so kind to me, who were kind enough to put up with me more than once, some of them even three or four times. I trust they and all the other directors, writers and producers and my leading women have forgiven me for what I didn`t know. You know that I`ve never been a joiner or a member of any particular social set, but I`ve been privileged to be a part of Hollywood`s most glorious era.”

 

“The secret of comedy is doing it naturally under the most difficult circumstances. And film comedy is the most difficult of all. At least on stage you know right away if you`re getting laughs or not. But making a movie, you have no way of knowing. So you try to time the thing for space and length and can only hope when it plays in the movie theaters months later that you have timed the thing right. It`s difficult and it takes experience. I’ll always remember the great actor, A.E. Matthews, who said on his death bed, `Dying’s tough, but not as tough as comedy.`”

 

“Actors today try to avoid comedy because if you write a comedy that’s not a success, the lack of success is immediately apparent because the audience is not laughing. A comedy is a big risk. This is a tremendously costly business and to put money into a picture that might not come off… oh, that’s pretty risky.”

 

“There is no doubt I am aging. My format of comedy is still the same as ever. I gravitate toward scripts that put me in an untenable position. Then the rest of the picture is spent in trying to squirm out of it. Naturally, I always get the girl in the end. It may appear old-fashioned. There seems to be a trend toward satirical comedy, like The Apartment (1960). Perhaps it is because young writers today feel satirical living in a world that seems headed for destruction.” (1961)

 

“I can’t portray Bing Crosby, I’m Cary Grant. I’m myself in that role. The most difficult thing is to be yourself, especially when you know it’s going to be seen immediately by 300 million people.”

 

Chaplin is waiting a long time at a trolley car stop. He’s the first in line of what turns out to be a huge crowd. The trolley finally arrives, he’s the first one on, but then the crowd behind him surges through the door and pushes him right through the door on the other side. And that’s a lot like what Hollywood is like. When you’re a young man, Douglas Fairbanks Sr. is driving. Wally Beery is the conductor, and Chaplin’s got a front row seat. You take your seat, and back behind you is Gary Cooper. He has got his long feet stuck out in front of one of the exit doors, and people keep tripping over him and onto the street. Suddenly a young man named Ty Power gets on. He asks you to move over. You make a picture with Joan Fontaine. You think you do a good job, but she wins the Oscar, and you get nothing. And pretty soon more and more people get on, it’s getting very crowded, and then you decide to get off. When you get off the trolley, you notice that it’s been doing nothing but going around in circles. It doesn’t go anywhere. You see the same things over and over. So you might as well get off.”

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