I am a poor student sitting at the feet of giants, yearning for their wisdom and begging for lessons that might one day make me a complete artist, so that if all goes well, I may one day sit beside them.
I suddenly realized how much I loved her when we attended Alfred Hitchcock's 75th birthday party last August. There was something magical about that night, and it made me see how much she really meant to me.
To put what you see on paper is the same as funneling what you feel through yourself as a performer.
In the beginning I had a real work problem. Every time I had job I had to convince the immigration authorities I was the only man for that job and get a special work permit until I went under contract to MGM.
The fact that I'm going to be unsuccessful at times is pretty well-balanced by the fact that I'm going to be successful at others.
I was one of the first of the uglies. Rock Hudson and Tab Hunter... were very pretty fellows, and that was the trend. I was one of the first of the uglies to get lucky.
When people think it's successful, I'm grateful. When they don't - OK, I'll try again.
Anyway, when I was a kid, I dutifully went to the Sydney Technical and Fine Arts College.
I worked at Mark Foy's during the day and studied drama at night.
When I said I no longer wanted to be a painter, that I wanted to be an actor, the first thing I did was get a stinking job in an insurance building.
I am proud to be an actor.
I pray and try every day to be a better actor.
I'd much rather turn down a starring role in a bad picture and do a small role in a very good picture.
So I went and did an audition and became the biggest radio actor in Sydney, and that's how it all started.
Apart from being interested in a good role, I think it's necessary to make up your mind as to whether it will make a movie that will entertain an audience all over the world and not just in your own backyard.
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