Kurt Russell Quotes

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Kurt Russell quotes: on why he doesn’t consider acting real work, how to pick roles when you don’t need the money, giving bad interviews, what’s worth dying for, and more.

“Great moments are born from great opportunity.  This is your time.  Now go out there and take it.”

“Let your performances do the talking for you.  Living in the day of the Kardashians and social media, where we are in a world where they do nothing but toot their own horn – but I grew up in a family where you did not toot your own horn, ever… if you did that you had made a family violation… you let your bat do the talking for you.”

“When you think you’re good, you will play at that level.  If you doubt yourself, you will play like crap.”

“I just don’t know how to not go after it when you’re going to work.”

“I have a secret admiration for insurance salesmen, doormen, taxi drivers, guys working on the Alaska pipeline… many hundreds of jobs where they work.  There’s lots of jobs now in the world where we don’t work, we push a button.  I don’t work.  I’ve never worked.  I take great pride in the fact that I played baseball, I drove race cars, I drove racing boats, I flew airplanes, and I acted.  None of those things are work.  Doing what you want to do, that’s not work.  When you’re working, you’re doing, sometimes, things that you don’t want to do – you’d rather be doing something else.  That’s work.”

“If I see one side of somebody, I want to see the other side.”

“We all are capable of many different emotions and behaviors and thoughts and abilities and the way we sometimes respond to something is just very, it could be very, very different.  You can one day feel this way, and the next day, feel that way.”

“Acting was something that just came along.  But I made good money, so it wasn’t something I was just going to put aside and pretend it didn’t exist.”

“[On pursuing acting] And the one that’s gotten me into a lot of trouble is, yeah, the money.  It was just fun to do and God, you know, I couldn’t believe the amount of money you could make.”

“I’d been paid a lot to do Stargate, and then I got paid a lot to do movies after that.  For the first time I realized, hey, I have a future here – not just in the business, but to make some money.”

“There were a couple [movies] I turned down that were really, really big – $20 million.  But money wasn’t sufficient lure.  I had enough… I just said, ‘I’ve got the things I want – I don’t need this.  My wife and I, my family, can live our lives pretty much the way we want to.’  From time to time I’ll do something, but it’ll only be because I want to buy something, I wanna do something, or I wanna work with somebody.”

“I wasn’t really serious about acting – I was serious about baseball.”

“I was brought up by two people who just said, ‘Whatever it is you’re interested in, go do it.’  There is no winning or losing.  You find out when you do it what the experience is.”

“I started playing ball when I was a kid.  My dad was a pro ball player and he passed on his knowledge to me.”

“I played professional level sports.  When you’re playing for money, it’s a whole other level.  For guys playing sports at a high level, for money, I can’t put my finger on it, but in a man’s world of sport, there is something visceral to beating another man.”

“Baseball shaded my entire outlook on life, because that’s how I first saw the world.  I looked at everything, even today, through what I learned about the game.  Like pacing yourself, focusing yourself, preparing yourself for what you want to do, keeping yourself healthy for the game.  I do all that through the eyes of a ballplayer.”

“When I was working on my career, I was very aware of what I had done, what I wanted to do next.  I’m having a good time just reading things that might be interesting to do.”

“If Quentin Tarantino is your writer-director then you’re going to learn the words and you’re gonna learn why they’re the words.  You’re gonna learn why they’re the best words to say.”

“I always look forward to working with Goldie because she’s a great person to work with.”

“I’ve never looked at my career in terms of, ‘What haven’t I done that I want to do?’  I just generally find a story that I think is a good one and go to work.”

“I don’t really look for specific types of projects any more.  I’m not taking care of a career anymore.  I’m just having fun acting.”

“I no longer look at my life and times in the motion picture industry as my career.  I just look at it now as something I like and want to do.”

“Important is worth dying for.  Fun is not.  That’s me, that’s Kurt to Kurt – just because it’s fun, it’s not worth dying for.”

“If I’d had a different career I don’t think I’d have been very interested.  So I think I had to do what I had to do.”

“If I have to speak in public I feel like you should present yourself in a way that you’re there for the night, you’re not there for you.”

“The reason I’m doing the interview is because I feel obligated in some regard to do something that says something about the movies that I’m coming out in, because people put money into them, and they want people to know it’s open for business.  And so do I because I want to continue to work again and get paid?  I mean, both of those things, separately.  I want to continue to work again because it’s fun to do, and I want to get paid because I like to live my life.”

“I do very bad interviews.  They look horrible in print because you can’t see my behavior, you can’t see my flippancy, you can’t see my sense of humor.  It always comes out impossibly different from what I imagine it to be.  But I also realize I don’t f*cking care.  I’m not going to spend the time that it takes to answer properly.  I should, but I don’t.  And then someone can have, I guess, some sort of insight into you.  My problem is who the f*ck cares?  I don’t!  I only care that I say and do the right things around my family, my friends, people I work with.”

“I am an actor.  But I embrace it.  I don’t care.  I don’t pretend to be more than a man, more than I am.  I’ve always admired the man who could go to work everyday and do it.  I’m not that guy.  I don’t have that gene.  I wasn’t born with that.  So, I guess, I’m so thankful that I live in a place to get the opportunity to do what I do.  You know, being less.”

“As soon as that day’s done, as soon as that clapper bangs, I’m out.  ‘Goodnight guys, see you tomorrow – I’m going into my life now.'”

“All I can say is, I just kept working.  And whatever anyone appreciates, that’s good.  Whatever I’ve got, I’ve earned.”

“A certain attitude to life may be ‘a DNA thing.’  Just something that you’re born with.  My mother and I share something that is so obvious to us and that is, we generally just enjoy life.  We just generally enjoy the day.  Whatever it is.  I mean, if the day is nothing… watching a little TV, reading a little paper, taking a nap, feeding the dogs, and… woah, where did the day go?  It was a great day.  I had a good time today.”

“I was just loving life, you know.  Sometimes I think I just want to do that.”

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