“What was it like working with…?”

  • Gregory Peck: A Biography (2002) by Gary Fishgall, p. 155

    “[Virginia Mayo] enjoyed working with Peck, whom she called ‘a beautiful, sensitive man: what he gives you as an actor he gives with gentility and kindness…. [H]e studies each role so thoroughly that it is little wonder that his performances are so great.’ ”

  • Robert De Niro, at the 32nd AFI Life Achievement Award Tribute to Meryl Streep

    “…Meryl, you have my lifelong loyalty and friendship because you’re a truly special person and a great actress….”

  • Patrick Swayze on Jennifer Grey

    “Jennifer Grey, if you’ve watched her career at all, she’s an incredibly available acress. What you strive for as an actor is you do all this work, do the history, find the subtext, find the subtleties, find out what protections this characters puts up to insulate themselves and, yet, when the camera rolls, have the courage to throw all that work out the windows and let magic happen. … I think Jennifer, at that time and still, is one of the most gifted actresses around in terms of her ability to be present in the moment right now and I think that’s what made Baby and her character really special.”

  • Idris Elba on Kenneth Branagh

    Idris Elba: I loved working with Kenneth. He’s a very dedicated, generous director. He’s very descriptive. He’s an actor. So he understands sort of our actor’s point of view, dilemmas, fears and whatnot. So we spent a lot of time doing that, and in my role, it’s a small, pivotal role, but even with that character he gave a lot of time and dedication to building that up.

  • Rufus Sewell on Emmanuelle Beart

    Working with Emmanuelle was very easy, she is a very easy person to connect with. We just immediately felt like a couple. We were very relaxed and trusting of each other. I loved working with her. It was one of the easiest, automatic relationships I’ve ever had on screen. To use an American expression, we had each other’s back; which is something that I never had to worry about, because it was just there.

  • Jet Li on Aaliyah

    When Aaliyah and I worked together on Romeo Must Die it was her first movie. She was charming, talented and acting came very naturally to her. We worked together for about four months and she had a great energy. She enjoyed the martial art sequences and due to her previous dancing ability was able to learn movements very quickly. Cory Yuen and I both agreed that with some training she could be a very good action star. We would talk to each other about different story ideas and hoped that we would be able to work again in the future. At that time it was our mutual desire to work together again. On the set she was nice to everyone, no matter who they were, and the whole crew loved her.

    I was in China when I heard about her death. Sad? Shocked? Surprised? Words can not express the emotions. She had possessed an enormous amount of potential. I sat and prayed with two friends for over two hours in the hopes that she would find herself in a better place than she had left.

    Of course, I was depressed for a little while afterwards, because even though it was over two years since we worked together, I can remember it as if it was just yesterday.

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