Michael Ironside Quotes

Edit Information Add Photos

Quotations by Michael Ironside.

Do you like Michael Ironside?

6,902 views


Acting itself is a very childlike thing. You`re asked to suspend reality and to play - and what better place than when you`re sitting there looking like the most weird villain imaginable? You have all these toys around you. It brings out the child in you much easier than when you`re standing around in a suit playing a cop.

(in a 1984 magazine interview) The characters I`ve played until now have been very sick people. These people are emotionally or physically damaged. Since I played killers so well, they wanted me to play a killer the next time. I used to call my roles "dog-eating" parts; you know, the director says, "We need somebody to bite a dog in this scene. Let`s call Ironside".

The weirder the role, the more toys around to help suspend reality, the easier it is - and the better I think my work gets. All of these things make it easier to take risks. Children - and actors - take risks all the time.

(on being typecast as a villain) I use the analogy that if you hit an old lady on screen with a shovel and kill her and somebody makes money from that moment, then they really don`t want you to step out from that parameter. They don`t want you to do anything but hit more old ladies with shovels and if that`s the trunk that I have to build my tree from, that`s fine.

If I didn`t like the attention, I suppose I wouldn`t be doing this job. What do you do? Destroy someone`s fantasy about you or play it to the limit? I still haven`t quite worked it all out and I don`t know how to resolve it. It`s said actors act because they fear death and it`s the one and only certainty for some kind of immortality. My attitude is: screw the future, let`s get on with here and now. You don`t know how long it`ll last.

I like to play bad guys, since good guys are always beaten up several times during the movie. Bad guys are beaten only once, in the end.

I get to bring these misshapen, emotionally unbalanced people to life.

The word "career" scares me! It`s the sort of thing you say about dead actors, old guys. I think this festival wanted to do a retrospective on me a few years ago and I told them to f**k off. Jesus, that`s for guys that are on crutches and in wheelchairs and that you need to spoon-feed . . . Aargh! I plan to be around for at least another 20 years!


Who's Dated Who? content is contributed and edited by our readers. You are most welcome to update, correct or add information to this page. Update Information
Michael Ironside

Main Details

Other Details

Career

Media

Publicity

Community

Features


Search by celebrity name, topic or keyword

Quick Links

Join Now

Register to update information, save favorites, post photos, news stories and comments.

Already A Member?

Email


Password