Max von Sydow quotes

Born
10 April 1929, Lund, Sweden.

Died
8 March 2020.

Occupation
Actor.

Max von Sydow was a Swedish actor. Von Sydow has appeared in well over a hundred films and TV shows.

I just feel I shouldn’t work too much, because there are so many other things to do.
– Max von Sydow
I think English is a fantastic, rich and musical language, but of course your mother tongue is the most important for an actor.
– Max von Sydow
A vacation spot out of season always has a very special magic.
– Max von Sydow
The idea of working with Steven Spielberg was very attractive. He’s such a master. He knows the language of the camera and of filmmaking, which gives him a great freedom.
– Max von Sydow
Producers are not gamblers. They want a good return on their investment.
– Max von Sydow
I remember those days with Bergman with great nostalgia. We were aware that the films were going to be quite important, and the work felt meaningful.
– Max von Sydow
I’m not in retirement. I just don’t want to work so much, and I don’t get that many offers any more.
– Max von Sydow
I’m getting too old to play some parts, but I’m still greedy.
– Max von Sydow
I like to play with things a while before annihilation.
– Max von Sydow
I accept a role only if it’s something I really, really like.
– Max von Sydow
In this country, you have movie actors and theatre actors and television actors.
– Max von Sydow
I don’t believe in devils. Indifference and misunderstandings can create evil situations. Most of the time, people who appear to be evil are really victims of evil deeds.
– Max von Sydow
Spielberg knows his craft so well, he can also improvise, and that is a lot of fun.
– Max von Sydow
Playing Christ, I began to feel shut away from the world. A newspaper became one of my biggest luxuries. I noticed that some of my close friends began treating me with reverence.
– Max von Sydow
Movies give me an opportunity to go places. I’m not only a Swede but an American, not just a man of my time, but I’ve been living 2,000 years ago-and not just in a new country, America, but in the Holy Land, too.
– Max von Sydow
The more I had to act like a saint, the more I felt like being a sinner.
– Max von Sydow
It’s important to me to work in my own language now and then. I love English, but you can never learn to master a foreign language if you’re not brought up with it.
– Max von Sydow
Do it, do it, do it. And watch good actors. See what they are doing and how they are doing it. You have to practically participate, I think, in order to develop yourself.
– Max von Sydow
I began imagining scenes in public which some drunk would come up to me and slap me in the face. Nothing like that ever happened, but I often wonder if I would have turned the other cheek.
– Max von Sydow
Filming is repetition and many takes.
– Max von Sydow