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Kevin Kline: “It’s a different sort of thrill”

September 10, 2014

Mr. Kline, if you could give your younger self any advice about the movie industry what would it be?

It’ll sound like I’m joking, but I’m serious: “Don’t listen to any advice from an older artist.” You sort of have to find your own way. The only thing I would say is the thing William Goldman said in his book about Hollywood – nobody knows anything. When you’re young you tend to think they know what they’re doing, but they don’t really know.


We’re all just making it up as we go along and trying to figure it out. Lord Byron said, “I doubt everything and deny nothing.” So, find your own way. You think there are rules – and there are some. There is a thing called discipline. I see young people, especially in acting, “I think I’d like to be an actor.” Okay, you ready to work?…

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