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  • On his stance on adult films:
    “I've personally never seen a porno film, or had any desire to – it would be like invading someone's privacy."
    George C. Scott, in an interview about the movie Hardcore with Roger Ebert, March 12, 1978

  • On his drinking during the filming of Patton:
    "There were times when I got frightened. Things weren't going right, so I just went out and got smashed. That's me. Something goes wrong, I find a bottle. I don't like it about myself but I've done it before and I'll do it again. But I never vanished for days or held up shooting or quit the picture."
    George C. Scott, quoted in The New York Time, March 29, 1970

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  • On his proneness to physical violence:
    "One evening when George and I were heading out on liberty, Holmes [another Marine] made an extra effort to find reason to deny us exit, at which time George drew himself up to his 6-foot tallness, glowering down at the arrogant little corporal, and bellowed in his familiar raspy voice: 'I thought we were all Marines, one for all, corporal. Someday soon we're going to meet outside the gate and have a very serious discussion about your biased, chicken-shit antics.' Holmes read George loud and clear, paled, and waved us through the gate."
    Major Bob Morrissey, USMC, on his memories of George C. Scott at the Marine Corps Institute, on September 24, 1999

  • On his attitude towards his celebrity status:
    "There's no question you get pumped up by the recognition. And then a self-loathing sets in when you realise you're enjoying it."
    George C. Scott, in an interview to People Magazine, February 7, 1977

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  • On why he chose to become an actor:
    "I became an actor to escape my own personality. Acting is the most therapeutic thing in the world. You see, through acting you come full circle in your personality and, oh, what a grand time you can have along the way being wonderful people through your characters...I think all the courage that I may lack personally I have as an actor."
    George C. Scott, quoted in Life Magazine, March 8, 1968

  • On the underlying psychology of acting:
    "I think you have to be schizoid three different ways to be an actor ... You have to be a human being. Then you have to be the character you're playing. And on top of that you've got to be the guy sitting out there in Row 10, watching yourself and judging yourself. That's why most of us are crazy to start with, or go nuts once we get into it."
    George C. Scott, in an interview to Time Magazine, March 22, 1971

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  • On the Academy Awards:
    "The (Academy Award) ceremonies are a two-hour meat parade, a public display with contrived suspense for economic reasons...The whole thing is offensive, barbarous and innately corrupt"
    George C. Scott on why he would not attend the 43rd Academy Awards, 1971

  • On his love for the stage:
    "Acting on the stage is a luxury for me. I lose money. I make movies for financial reasons and this allows me the luxury of acting on Broadway. Hollywood, unfortunately, exploits actors for their own reasons, which are usually financial. So we might as well exploit Hollywood as much as it exploits us."
    George C. Scott, quoted in Life Magazine, March 8, 1968

  • On his fondness for animals:
    "Watching him with animals, you can see that he is a gentle man. A sour green apple with a soft core, hounded by the furies all his life."
    Rex Reed, The New York Times, March 29, 1970

  • On horse-riding:
    I am the world's worst rider, Trish [his wife] is excellent. She rides; I watch. I'm completely terrified of horses despite repeated attempts by great instructors to teach me. In films, I always use a stunt double for horse scenes."
    George C. Scott, quoted in The Cumberland Sunday Times, September 4, 1986.

  • On his political affiliation:
    "We [he and his wife Trish Van Devere] don't talk politics. I'm an independent conservative; she's a radical Democrat. We never vote together."
    George C. Scott, quoted in The Cumberland Sunday Times, September 4, 1986

  • On his screen image:
    "I think of myself as a fairly decent human being and it gives me great pain to be considered for all the mean S.O.B.s that come along. I've played bird decapitators, puppy stranglers, woman beaters, wife poisoners, child molesters - every goddamn thing you can think of. It was quite scene there for a while. But I think the image is changing...I hope to God the old image is fading from people's minds."
    George C. Scott, quoted in The New York Time, March 29, 1970

  • On how he has changed with age:
    "I'm really a pussycat and this [bad-boy] image has been totally overblown for 30 years. Sure, I used to rumble a little but I don't do that stuff anymore. I'm an old man now. When you reach your 50s, you realise that if you don't mellow, you won't last."
    George C. Scott, aged 58, quoted in The Cumberland Sunday Times, September 4, 1986


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