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James Woods

James Woods

Birthday: 18 April 1947, Vernal, Utah, USA
Birth Name: James Howard Woods
Height: 180 cm

James Woods is a leanly built, strangely handsome actor-producer-director with intense eyes and a sometimes untrustworthy grin, who has been impressing audiences for over three decades with his compel ...Show more

James Woods
A cardinal rule of being a movie star, according to the agents and all the people who have wisdom, i Show more A cardinal rule of being a movie star, according to the agents and all the people who have wisdom, is that you should be aloof, do very little press and you shouldn't ever get on television. I don't think there is a piece of political film making in the United States that is a good as, let alone better than, Citizen Cohn. Let's assume that I am not even in the picture. I mean, just the writer of the piece, David Franzoni. I look at Promise, written by Richard Friendenberg and directed by Glenn Jordan, a wonderful director. Forgetting that I am in it, just looking at the material itself, My Name Is Bill W. would not have had the same impact if it were a feature film; it would have come and gone. But on television, 25 million people get to watch it all at the same time. So television has a power all its own and it has an allure all its own, and I think that television often deals with more meaningful subjects than many feature films do. Hide
[on Oliver Stone] An artist whose vision transcends politics. And his passion isn't bogus - he doesn Show more [on Oliver Stone] An artist whose vision transcends politics. And his passion isn't bogus - he doesn't play "Imagine" at the end of Platoon (1986) to break people's hearts. Hide
"It was a very wrenching and painful decision for me--in my senior year at MIT, on high dean's list Show more "It was a very wrenching and painful decision for me--in my senior year at MIT, on high dean's list and full scholarships--to decide that maybe I wanted to be an artist. I think it is actually something that my father would understand. Whether I'm making 30 grand a day or union scale, I have found something that I truly love, and that is something he would have admired." - On leaving school to go to NYC and become an actor. Hide
My nightmare in life, my absolute fundamental, overwhelming, egregious nightmare, is Bill Gates' vis Show more My nightmare in life, my absolute fundamental, overwhelming, egregious nightmare, is Bill Gates' vision of the future, where there will be a video camera on every corner and every conversation will be recorded. Man, I'd rather put a pitchfork in my eyes than live in a world like that. Hide
After I read the script for Shark (2006), I thought, Wow I haven't read a part like this in 10 years Show more After I read the script for Shark (2006), I thought, Wow I haven't read a part like this in 10 years. Men in their 50s are typecast as the corporate villain. Shark (2006) gave me the opportunity to be a tainted hero - the best kind of hero to portray. It's a golden opportunity for an old samurai like myself. Hide
So much of what Hollywood does now, I'm sorry to say... they're busy with the political agenda, soci Show more So much of what Hollywood does now, I'm sorry to say... they're busy with the political agenda, socially political agenda, and that's fine. But the older white heterosexual European male is only the villain in movies. Very rarely are we anything but the villain now. Hide
But, you know, feminists have just destroyed the world as we, know it. I haven't met a woman lately, Show more But, you know, feminists have just destroyed the world as we, know it. I haven't met a woman lately, and I'm talking about women who work and have a high position, who doesn't agree with that. It has just destroyed relationships between men and women. Men and women are very wary of each other now. I listen to these feminists rave about, "How dare they attack Bill Clinton for having a little consensual sex act", but went nuts because Clarence Thomas allegedly made a joke about a Coke can. And the other guy is humiliating his wife and getting oral sex while he's talking about Bosnia to a congressman. Hello? Barbara Boxer is, you know, the most worthless, hypocritical "feminist" loser on the face of the earth .... I just loathe with every fiber of my being, liars. My second ex-wife was a liar. And Nixon was a liar. And this Clinton is a liar. I have no respect for him no matter what in the world he ever does. Hide
Oliver Stone was pretty much going to offer me Wall Street (1987), but I was committed to doing Cop Show more Oliver Stone was pretty much going to offer me Wall Street (1987), but I was committed to doing Cop (1988). He said, "Don't be silly, go and do Wall Street", and I told him I was going to do Cop. You know, could have been a mistake! But I have no regrets. Hide
I was really bright as a kid and tested well, and it was clear that I was going to get scholarships Show more I was really bright as a kid and tested well, and it was clear that I was going to get scholarships to any schools I wanted. My dad always said I could be an engineer; at that time it was the elite of society: steady job, working in science, which was then the answer to every problem we had. It was kind of a mandate. Kind of a dream he had for me. Hide
If you star in movies, which I predominantly do, most agents would assume that you don't want to do Show more If you star in movies, which I predominantly do, most agents would assume that you don't want to do a two-day part in a movie. But when you read a script like Casino and you know it is being directed by a genius like Martin Scorcese, you say, hey, I'll be an extra in this movie. I'll do anything. I called up Marty and said, 'Any part, anytime, anyplace, anywhere.' Because I want to work in good scripts with good directors, and this was a great script with a phenomenal director, it makes the choice really easy. We ended up making a two-scene part into a 10- scene part. Which proves my point. When you're working with great people and great material, you're going to milk it. I have learned that you can't be a champion unless you are in the championship zone. You can't win unless you're in the zone, whatever winning might mean. Right now, maybe they are not going to star me in a $100 million movie all by myself the way they would some other actor, but if I'm in that championship zone, I have got a shot. Hide
I am one of those guys who could do the most emotional scene and crack a joke instantly. I'm lucky. Show more I am one of those guys who could do the most emotional scene and crack a joke instantly. I'm lucky. I'm just like an idiot savant. I have one enormously enjoyable, pleasurable--for me--talent, which is being able to act. I do it without any confusion or restriction or ambivalence or hesitation, and it just flows, almost as naturally as anything in my life. So I don't have a big burden about it. I'm not one of those 'method' guys. I'm tired of the Actors' Studio bullshit that has ruined movies for 40 years. All these guys running around pretending they are turnips or whatever the hell they do. You just play the character as he really is. As a loudmouth, blowhard, coward, shithead. You know, it's OK to be just who the guy is. One of the reasons that I'm not very good about talking about the process of acting is that so much of it requires you to be unconscious [of it] when you do it. When you're aware of what you're doing, it's never very good. If you just let go and you're in the scene, all of a sudden, it's good. I can't act; I swear to you, I feel like I can't. I dread it every time I do it. I feel like the more I do it, the less I know. Which is a good thing. Hide
I'm cautious of people who are too charming. Charming people can be dangerous - my alarm goes off im Show more I'm cautious of people who are too charming. Charming people can be dangerous - my alarm goes off immediately. Hide
Do you think I want to be the one lone voice against the Hollywood liberal establishment? It's not g Show more Do you think I want to be the one lone voice against the Hollywood liberal establishment? It's not going to do me any good. Hide
[2005] I can honestly say that I'm in a business where I would happily have worked for free every da Show more [2005] I can honestly say that I'm in a business where I would happily have worked for free every day of my life. Hide
[on working on independent films] Starting with The Onion Field (1979) and Salvador (1986) and movie Show more [on working on independent films] Starting with The Onion Field (1979) and Salvador (1986) and movies like that, I've been doing this for 20 years. And the lifeblood of my career has been independent film. I mean, I got one Oscar nomination for a studio film, Ghosts of Mississippi (1996), but, you know, its heart was in the right place. It was dealing with a socially important issue. Hide
I always have a rule that acting is acting and truth is truth and you just go out there and you do i Show more I always have a rule that acting is acting and truth is truth and you just go out there and you do it. But what happens in each medium is that you have other responsibilities. The acting remains the same, but each medium dictates assuming other halves to make the acting work. When I'm working on a film, I just play the absolute purity of the moments. I don't worry about the pacing, because the pacing is going to be dictated by the director and the editor. On the stage I have to give pacing to the play. As an actor, you, in fact, become the editor of the piece, in terms of the timing. You are required to engineer the pace yourself. In television, everything is in so close, that you realize that most of what you do has to register in your thought process. Hide
I've never formally studied with anybody but I've always loved great photography. I like to shoot pe Show more I've never formally studied with anybody but I've always loved great photography. I like to shoot people. I always like to get into faces when there is something happening. It comes from the same motive as acting -- which is wanting to understand how people think and what they do. It feels exactly the same. You are observing human nature. I'm doing one by recreating it on film and another by capturing it on film. I just love studying human behavior. Hide
Robert Redford understands film acting better than anybody on the face on the earth. You know how so Show more Robert Redford understands film acting better than anybody on the face on the earth. You know how some carnivores get every bit of meat off of a carcass they can? Well, there's nobody who gets as much blood out of a moment as Redford. Within the range of his talent, he knows how to get every single note available, and he is a genius not only at getting those notes but in making them fully accessible to his audience. He is one of the few actors that can play three or four emotions at the same time, and he is amazing; he truly understands the subtlety of film acting. Hide
"Scratch a liberal and you'll find a fascist ... I'm not joking. You look at what's happening in thi Show more "Scratch a liberal and you'll find a fascist ... I'm not joking. You look at what's happening in this country now. Catharine MacKinnon thinks that we should now limit free speech, anything that offends a woman should now no longer be allowed - no reasonable man or woman in this country would subscribe to that, it's just insanity." (1994) Hide
Shark (2006) came at a time when I didn't really need the work at all. I didn't take it for the mone Show more Shark (2006) came at a time when I didn't really need the work at all. I didn't take it for the money. I live a very modest life. I don't want a private jet. I'm just a non-material guy. Hide
I just like to pick things that are just different, challenging and that maybe people wouldn't expec Show more I just like to pick things that are just different, challenging and that maybe people wouldn't expect me to do or that I wouldn't have done before. Hide
"I love George W. Bush right now - and I always have! I'm the only guy in L.A. who voted for him" (J Show more "I love George W. Bush right now - and I always have! I'm the only guy in L.A. who voted for him" (January 2002). Hide
My parents loved each other. I was raised in a house of total love and respect. My dad worked very h Show more My parents loved each other. I was raised in a house of total love and respect. My dad worked very hard and my mother was incredibly devoted to him. I can unequivocally, without any peradventure of doubt, tell you that I was raised with the kind of love that we only dream of. My mother and my father loved me and my brother like we love the air we breathe--out of necessity. It was a necessity for them to love us in some deep inner genetic calling in their hearts and minds and souls. I have that as a standard. Hide
Achieving success as an actor has not been easy for me. My biggest, probably most irrational complai Show more Achieving success as an actor has not been easy for me. My biggest, probably most irrational complaint has been that I've had to work harder for what I've gotten. I've seen other people with nepotism or wealth or cheesy good looks on their side who've had it easy, whereas I felt that I had to 'overprove' myself. No one ever went out of their way and said, 'Let's make Jimmy Woods a star.' With many frustrations and disappointments early in my career, I went into a deep depression. One time, I just sat in a chair for eighteen days. I worked my way out of that depressed state, but it took three years of therapy. Hide
The '80s period was some of the greatest filmmaking ever, and a lot of those films are lost forever. The '80s period was some of the greatest filmmaking ever, and a lot of those films are lost forever.
James Woods's FILMOGRAPHY
as Actor (97)
James Woods James Woods'S roles
Richard Boyle
Richard Boyle

Joseph Scott
Joseph Scott

Tommy Athens
Tommy Athens

Secret Service Agent Walker
Secret Service Agent Walker

Patrick 'Sully' Sullivan
Patrick 'Sully' Sullivan

Ned Trent
Ned Trent

Lester Diamond
Lester Diamond

Richard Fuld
Richard Fuld

Reggie Belafonte
Reggie Belafonte

Detective Lt. John Moss, NYPD
Detective Lt. John Moss, NYPD

Jack Crow
Jack Crow

Owlman
Owlman

James Woods
James Woods

Father McFeely
Father McFeely

Sully Sullivan
Sully Sullivan

Dr. Raymond Turner
Dr. Raymond Turner

Maximilian 'Max' Bercovicz
Maximilian 'Max' Bercovicz

Gabriel Caine
Gabriel Caine

Falcon
Falcon

Tom Hedden
Tom Hedden

Michael Kitz
Michael Kitz

Hades
Hades

Max Renn
Max Renn

Lt. Falton
Lt. Falton

Ronald Lisbon
Ronald Lisbon

Byron De La Beckwith
Byron De La Beckwith

Dr. Nate Lennox
Dr. Nate Lennox

Jack Dudman
Jack Dudman

James Woods, Family Guy James Woods, James Woods as General Veers, Simpsons James Woods
James Woods, Family Guy James Woods, James Woods as General Veers, Simpsons James Woods

Edward 'Eddie' Dodd
Edward 'Eddie' Dodd

Dick Morrison
Dick Morrison

Alan Mann
Alan Mann

Dr. Harvey Mandrake
Dr. Harvey Mandrake

Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor

General Hein
General Hein

Dr. Philliam
Dr. Philliam

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