Quotes by: Mandy Patinkin
Patinkin in 2008
||Mandel Bruce Patinkin
November 30, 1952
Chicago, Illinois, US
||Mandel Bruce Patinkin, Mardy Marterson
||Actor, singer, voice artist, comedian
||Kathryn Grody (m. 1980)
My inner motivation is to make the world a better place; the bad guy and the good guy think the same thing.
I didn't think of myself as a singer. I'm an actor who recites words, and sometimes that happens to be on musical notes.
I don't know what's going to happen in life, so I don't think it's fair that I know what's going to happen in 'Homeland.'
I'm a Jew. I'm fascinated by our culture and our history, by what made us the people we are. It influences every breath I take. It informs and guides me. Without it, I'd just be a vacuum.
But I loved the theatre and I was just doing theatre 24/7 and kept dropping courses because I didn't have the time and the chancellor thought that wasn't a good idea after awhile.
I don't want people to sit and process the song. I want them to just let them bathe over them.
If I hear a lie in my life with my children, with my wife, my work, my audiences, I want to annihilate myself, vaporize myself and wipe myself off the face of the earth.
I have no problem with violence, I have no problem playing horrible people.
I have the strength from my mother, the survivability. I have wonderful qualities from my mother - but please, Mother, forgive me - I heard judgment constantly about my father.
One of the greatest gifts that 'Homeland' has given me is it's affirming on a daily basis.
I moved to New York to go to Julliard Drama School. Didn't sing a single note of music.
We did a different show every night. We'd open a show, and then two weeks later we'd open the next show. And two weeks later we'd open the third show until we had all eight running. And it was just one of the richest experiences I'd ever had in my theatrical life.
I think it's fair to say I'm attracted to playing characters who are rather intense.
I try to say something about the human condition whenever I can when I'm lucky.
Well, I'm not a critic, I'm just a worker. So, I'm always grateful for anything the critics say - good or bad.
My sense of religion is Einstein's sense of relativity. I don't believe in God. I believe that energy never dies. So the possibility exists that you might be breathing in some other form of Moses or Buddha or Muhammad or Bobby Kennedy or Roosevelt or Martin Luther King or Jesus.
It's what Shakespeare's mission was - to illuminate our thoughts and struggles and bring about the possibility of getting the most we can out of a day as opposed to least in this brief moment we're here.
I guess I am sometimes over the top on stage, but then, that is my personality. I'm over the top in real life, too.
The way I like to work is to attach personal experiences to what I'm doing, so it helps tremendously if I can write my own play under what the writer has written.