Quotes from Armand Assante
"Acting is a total physical, emotional sensation."
"All that truly matters is your home and the life you have established."
"HBO pursued me for a very long time. I didn't know if I wanted to do it. I went to Gotti's lawyers and asked them to approach his family to find out if they are aware of this project."
"How many times can you reformulate a formula? They send the same things over and over again, two or three times a week."
"I always wonder about these fragile lines of demarcation. If I hadn't known I was loved and cherished, what would have happened to me?"
"I became aware of how consuming the profession was and how it was ripping my family life apart."
"I do not want to act unless I have a a great intimacy with the people I'm working with."
"I don't champion the idea of being in a Hollywood movie. I never had fun in one of them."
"I don't have the hybris in me to say I could be married to a project for two or three years."
"I go out there and make a fool of myself. It's inevitable."
"I have seven horses. I'm known to go off on my horse for about six hours in the wilderness."
"I heard glowing things about Gotti from everyone we interviewed. He was admired by a lot of people."
"I live a very quiet life, although I'm very urban and a diehard New Yorker."
"I miss the reality of doing a play where the only thing at stake is the work."
"I never pursued a career relentlessly."
"I never pursued Hollywood banging my drum, because I was never in a film big enough to do that."
"I stopped courting Hollywood a long time ago."
"I was always the guy they called when somebody else dropped out."
"I was performing since I was a kid. I think it comes down to something physical. It's the use of your entire instrument as opposed to just playing an instrument."
"I've been looking for good material, good roles. I really want to produce my own material because I am frustrated by the material I read."
"I've brought my daughters all over the world-they travel with me. I drag them out of school just to keep the relationship. When I'm home I'm a big-time daddy."
"I've got the best deal on Earth. Where else can I sin and know that I'm forgiven for it?"
"I've never had an enormous career. I've always had to keep the ball rolling. I also stayed in New York on my farm."
"I've worked for 27 years nonstop in theater and films. That's a lot of work."
"If I'm in a big box-office film, I have no doubt I'll get 1,000 times the numbers of offers, and I'm offered a lot of work now."
"If you watch Goodfellas, you'll see it's about the good times, what a great time we're having."
"It's a blessing and a curse. But it's not always the best situation to be in. As a profession, I don't recommend acting at all."
"Literature is air, and I'm suffocating in mediocrity."
"Many men have gone through an enormous revolution in their lives and find out, at the heart of it are your children."
"Maybe you don't work for seven months a year, but you'll work again. It may be a piece of garbage, so you wear hip boots."
"More of the interesting roles I've had have been villains."
"My dream as a youngster was to be like Olivier. To be a great stage actor. To be a great Shakespearean actor. To me that is the Olympics of acting."
"Quinn is such a tremendous soul. He is truly one of the great actors I've ever played opposite. We became great friends."
"Real values, I think people want to return to, especially in my generation, when we destroyed about every value there was."
"The excitement of doing a matinee for 1,000 children or whatever it is-I miss the innocence, the sheer passion of that."
"The Italian gangster thing has become a form of the modern-day Western."
"The Mafia goes back to the 1500s and it was the Italian West."
"The profession had a profound saddening effect on my life."
"The whole industry is so screwed up by economics. It's disgusting to me."
"There are other stories about Italians I'd like to tell that have nothing to do with Westerns."
"You have to have some deep, inner love of what you're doing."
"You love what you do, you are cursed with it, and then you get known for being cursed with it."
"You will find me wearing the same clothes whether I work or not."
Total Quotes: 43
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