Ben Stiller is known as one of the funniest people in Hollywood. This naturally means that he has some funny movie quotes. When it comes to personal quotes, though, most of his best ones are serious. Some will find it odd to see this funny man as ever being angry or insecure, but he has constantly battled both feelings during his career. Here are Ben Stiller’s top ten best quotes.
Sleep it off
“My father is always telling me to take care of myself and get a lot of rest. He’s always saying, “Sleep will fix anything. Go take a nap”. I think he’s right. I find when I get frazzled, if I get a good night’s sleep, I feel much better about things.”
Ben Stiller as a plumber
“If my parents were, like, plumbers, who knows what I would be doing?”
Why does this quote sound familiar?
“There’s an old saying in Hollywood: It’s not the length of your film, it’s how you use it.”
Quote on why he doesn’t bother with the fan mail
“I pay a huge chunk of money to my agent and publicity people to shield me from my fan mail. I don’t even want to know how many letters I get. I don’t see fan mail as a good thing. It always makes me think of stalkers.”
Why Ben Stiller’s got to be a jerk sometimes
“Normally, people tend to shut off their ambitions and competitive thinking because it doesn’t help them much in normal life. But in the movie business you’ve constantly got to prove yourself. So I can be a real a$$hole on the set sometimes.”
Big ego equals insecurity
“I think most actors have incredibly big egos, but they’re also incredibly insecure. That’s a bad combination. I include myself in this group. For whatever psychological reasons, we want and need approval from everybody in the universe, though we also think we’re totally unworthy of it. We need to validate ourselves through our work.”
Quote on Ben Stiller before he hit it big
“It’s hard to maintain a sense of dignity in an audition. I have done so many auditions where I’ve put it out there and have been met with that kind of blank stare – ‘Great! Thanks! OK! Great work! Thanks for coming in!’ At the door I’m thinking, ‘What the hell am I doing with my life?'”
No Mr. Niceguy for Ben Stiller
“I have not been an easygoing guy. I think it’s called bipolar manic depression. I’ve got a rich history of that in my family. Our family has publicly gone into therapy, so that’s out in the open.”
Ben Stiller quote on being a father
“You`re freaked out that you’re going to be having a child, and once you’re looking after your daughter, it’s the most beautiful thing in the world.”
He’s a liar. He’s not gay. He’s straight. I’m telling ya!
“I have no problem with straight actors playing gay, but I always feel like I can tell. Does that sound horrible?”
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