JACK NICHOLSON - "If you get an impulse in a scene, no matter how wrong it seems, follow the impulse. It might be something and if it ain't - take two! A question you always ask in acting is, 'Where were you going if this scene didn't interrupt the movements of the character?'"

MERYL STREEP - "Listening is everything. Listening is the whole deal. That's what I think. And I mean that in terms of before you work, after you work, in between work, with your children, with your husband, with your friends, with your mother, with your father. It's everything. And it's where you learn everything."

MARLON BRANDO - During an acting class, when the students were told to act out "a chicken hearing an air-raid siren," most of the students clucked and flapped their arms in a panic, while Brando stood stock-still, staring up at the ceiling. When asked to explain himself, Brando replied, "I'm a chicken - I don't know what an air-raid siren is."

ROBERT DENIRO - "The the key to it all. When you're relaxed and confident, you get good stuff."

ALLAN RICKMAN - "I approach every part I'm asked to do and decide to do from exactly the same angle: who is this person, what does he want, how does he attempt to get it, and what happens to him when he doesn't get it, or if he does?"

KATHERINE HEPBURN - "Don't act. Read the lines. Just be ... Watch Spencer Tracy. He didn't act. He just spoke the lines."