James Caan quotes

Born
March 26, 1940, New York City, U.S.

Occupation
Actor.

James Caan is an American actor.

My big thing is that I always get typecast.
– James Caan

It’s a very charming movie about the mob – a real stretch for me.
– James Caan

My acting technique is to look up at God just before the camera rolls and say, ‘Give me a break.’
– James Caan

I went to a shrink once, but I caught him going to a fortune-teller so I quit.
– James Caan

I’m an ultra-conservative.
– James Caan

You’re the only one who’s closing your eyes at night. There’s no one else who can do it for you.
– James Caan

Some guys say beauty is only skin deep. But when you walk into a party, you don’t see somebody’s brain. The initial contact has to be the sniffing.
– James Caan

I rodeo-ed for nine years. That’s my other life.
– James Caan

A lot of young actors look up to me, and I wouldn’t trade that for any money in the world. I don’t want to lose their respect and be a hypocrite.
– James Caan

I’ve been lucky. The critics never went out of their way to single me out for doing bad work.
– James Caan

My least favorite phrase in the English language is ‘I don’t care.’
– James Caan

There’s nothing more boring than actors talking about acting.
– James Caan

You have to be very careful when you let someone win.
– James Caan

People are always backing up when I’m just going to shake their hands.
– James Caan

I lost my passion for work. No, that’s a negative statement. I just had a bigger passion for something else, for my son, and growing up with him.
– James Caan

I’m here instead of having shoulder surgery. But I’m not sure which is more painful.
– James Caan

It’s always more interesting to play the villain.
– James Caan

Unless I love something or hate it, I don’t want to deal with it.
– James Caan

I never rode a bull – I’m not that stupid.
– James Caan

There are a lot of guys in Hollywood who clap you on the back just a little too hard.
– James Caan

It is that, but really, it’s about how we don’t recognise the little things in life, or appreciate the little things in life like belonging. A sense of belonging is a big thing today.
– James Caan

Saving a letter from an old friend doesn’t exist anymore. Everything is texted or emailed.
– James Caan

Anyone of my generation who tells you he hasn’t ‘done Brando‘ is lying.
– James Caan

I turned down ‘Cuckoo’s Nest‘ four times before Jack got it.
– James Caan

I don’t think silicone makes a girl good or bad.
– James Caan

I know what winning and losing is when you gamble.
– James Caan

I won’t mention names, but in my career, the most talented people invariably are the easiest and nicest to get along with.
– James Caan

What’s the difference between sex and love? I have four wives and five kids. I apparently don’t know the difference.
– James Caan

It’s always the guys who have absolutely nothing to give that start screaming and yelling about their makeup and trailers. It’s a diversion so you don’t pay attention to them, because they stink!
– James Caan

The most talented people that I’ve met in this business are always the nicest.
– James Caan

No matter what heights you achieve, even if you’re Brad Pitt, the slide is coming, sure as death and taxes.
– James Caan

I think we have to believe in things we don’t see. That’s really important for all of us, whether it’s your religion or Santa Claus, or whatever. That’s pretty much what it’s about.
– James Caan

I always thought of myself as some sort of athlete until I started playing golf a couple years ago.
– James Caan

There’s a big difference between wanting to work and having to work. And I had to learn that the hard way. Now money is very important to me, because I ain’t got it.
– James Caan

I have nothing against these big CGI movies, but there are not enough of the other ones – the ones with stories about character that have a beginning, a middle and an end. I said that to a couple of studio heads and they said, ‘That’s novel.’
– James Caan