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Hollywood has lost touch with their audience a long time ago. ...
by John Ratzenberger

Hollywood has lost touch with their audience a long time ago.
- John Ratzenberger

I started improvising the Cliff character,
based on someone I grew up with.
- John Ratzenberger

I come from Bridgeport, Connecticut and have friends I grew up with there.
- John Ratzenberger

There are technologies you couldn't predict at all when I started.
- John Ratzenberger

 

From what I can see, too many kids don't learn pride
in their country anymore.
- John Ratzenberger

But from what I can see all around me today,
that America is fading fast, if it's not already gone.
- John Ratzenberger

Two days later I got a call that they wanted to try
out the character for seven episodes.
Eleven years and 22 Emmys later, Cliff was still sitting at that bar.
- John Ratzenberger

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When I go to the garage to pick up my clubs,
I clean the spider webs off.
- John Ratzenberger

I've turned down projects based on raunchiness before.
- John Ratzenberger

They need to be re-supplied with energy,
and that energy comes from asking not what your country can do for you,
but from what you can do for your country.
- John Ratzenberger

It appalls me that the people who decide what Americans
will be watching on the tube have never been to the United States.
Not the real United States.
- John Ratzenberger

So many people aren't ready for Hollywood -
professionally or practically.
- John Ratzenberger

I have been raising money for the past 14 years for diabetes research.
- John Ratzenberger

You'll be tested every single day.
- John Ratzenberger

To them, the real United States is just flyover country.
- John Ratzenberger

Diabetes affects my family.
One of my kids is affected by it.
- John Ratzenberger

I always played a soldier, sailor, or policemen.
- John Ratzenberger

On my visits back home, if they saw that I was getting a big head,
they'd let me know right away.
- John Ratzenberger

Find people who share your values, and you'll conquer the world together.
- John Ratzenberger

In L.A., though, people get off busses calling themselves actors,
so many are really not professionals.
- John Ratzenberger

A farce, or slapstick humor, does well universally.
- John Ratzenberger

I'm concerned about the insidious influence of the
media's bad messages that undermine the lessons parents
try to instill in their sons and daughters.
- John Ratzenberger

I'd never been to acting school, so I never thought I'd get this far.
- John Ratzenberger

Before 1972, no actors got residuals.
They just got paid.
No residuals.
- John Ratzenberger

After all, at end of the day, when you're breathing your last,
it's not your producer, director, or cast mates by your bedside;
it's your children.
Keep that in mind.
- John Ratzenberger

So many actors have sheer guts, will,
and determination; they just need some preparation.
- John Ratzenberger

Sure, the comedians who swear or use scatological humor can get laughs,
but they're uncomfortable laughs.
- John Ratzenberger

In fact, my son learned his first swear word from E.T.
at age five.
The way I look at it, E.T.
stole a bit of my son's childhood.
- John Ratzenberger

You've got to write for your audience.
- John Ratzenberger

The pollution they produce, market, sell,
and show to billions around the world is at its core
contemptuous of the country that gave them better lives
than nearly 100 percent of everybody who's ever lived.
And they pass that contempt along for everyone to see.
- John Ratzenberger

There are times over different projects when I've asked
the writers why people are swearing for no good reason.
I tell them that it would be funnier if there weren't these swear words.
- John Ratzenberger

The last thing on my mind was to be an actor,
but I had a crush on a cute girl in the drama department,
so the best thing for me to do was audition,
help out, do carpentry, whatever it took to get me on that project.
- John Ratzenberger

In 1993 my birthday present was a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
- Annette Funicello

It's said in Hollywood that you should always forgive your enemies -
because you never know when you'll have to work with them.
- Lana Turner

My departure from Hollywood was described as a walk-out.
No one understood that I was cracking up.
- Gene Tierney

I think people in Hollywood are afraid of sentiment
because they think audiences will reject it.
- Leonard Maltin

I loved to eat.
For all of Hollywood's rewards, I was hungry for most of those 20 years.
- Gene Tierney

In Hollywood they usually cast me as villains or priests.
- Max von Sydow

I think Hollywood has a class system.
The actors are like the inmates, but the truth is they're running the asylum.
- Robert De Niro

It could be my downfall, but I don't think it is -
Hollywood is run on perception,
and if you stray off the path of what you want to do with your career,
it's suicide.
- Charlie Hunnam

I had known Cole Porter in Hollywood and New York,
spent many a warm hour at his home, and met the talented
and original people who were drawn to him.
- Gene Tierney

Are we changing the idea of what beauty is? Let's hope so.
I'm not the typical Hollywood beauty.
Let's hope we're looking at the insides of people a little more.
- Anne Heche

I saw a very good Hollywood film the other day.
It was about Cole Porter.
- Julie Harris

In Hollywood, a starlet is the name for any woman under
thirty who is not actively employed in a brothel.
- Ben Hecht

I am not successful, in terms of Hollywood.
- Robin Wright Penn

Hollywood is very much an industry town.
Your life becomes caught up in all of the parties and this list and that list.
That's not something that I respond well to.
- Don Johnson

In Hollywood the woods are full of people that learned
to write but evidently can't read.
If they could read their stuff, they'd stop writing.
- Will Rogers

And I think I have a perspective about Hollywood that
you don't see very often in the press.
- Patricia Heaton

It devastates me now that I have been reduced to a Hollywood statistic -
another joke marriage.
- Sophia Bush

All Hollywood corrupts; and absolute Hollywood corrupts absolutely.
- Edmund Wilson

Hollywood is a place where they place you under contract
instead of under observation.
- Walter Winchell

As the 1960s began, a new breed of Hollywood leading lady was emerging.
She was elegant, international, and wonderfully comedic.
- Maureen O'Hara

I spent an entire evening seated between Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly,
being charmed from either side.
It was pure Hollywood magic.
- Lorna Luft

I got a good handshake.
A lot of executives tell me I have the best handshake in Hollywood.
- Marlee Matlin

A monoculture is not only Hollywood,
but Americans trying to export democracy.
- Bernardo Bertolucci

I love New York City.
Everyone is busy with their own lives -
and no one is interested in some Hollywood celebrity
walking past in downtown Manhattan.
- James Van Der Beek

Hollywood never knew there was a Vietnam War until they made the movie.
- Jerry Stiller

Then when I got to Hollywood, the first musical I did was Festival in 1977.
- Gregory Harrison

You know, it's not the people in Hollywood who go to
see movies that will make a movie successful;
it's the people all around the country;
it's word-of-mouth.
- Pia Zadora

Media companies, under the guise of piracy,
are asking congress to give them more control over fair use.
Hollywood wants to control innovation.
- Joe Krauss

It's a great challenge to come from little New Zealand
and beat the odds in Hollywood.
- Martin Henderson

Hollywood is a place where a man can get stabbed in
the back while climbing a ladder.
- William Faulkner

Michael Moore became an industry hero and the most
visible symbol of the Hollywood left.
- Michael Medved

I know an awful lot of Hollywood people,
who are so self-important, I can't understand it.
- Mickey Spillane

We cheer everyone who goes off to Hollywood and tells
American stories but telling Australian stories is
the greatest thing you can do.
- Yahoo Serious

You can take all the sincerity in Hollywood,
place it in the navel of a fruit fly and still have
room enough for three caraway seeds and a producer's heart.
- Fred Allen

Well, you know what they say in Hollywood -
the most important thing is being sincere,
even if you have to fake it.
- Cesar Romero

Hollywood is a place that attracts people with massive holes in their souls.
- Julia Phillips

Then if your movie clicks with real audiences,
you'll be sucked into some sort of Hollywood orbit.
It's a devil of a place where the only religion that
really counts is box office.
- Yahoo Serious

I think, unfortunately or fortunately,
the reality of Hollywood is that if your movie makes money,
they'll make another one.
- Jonathan Frakes

Nothing seems to come up to your expectations.
But nothing I had heard about Hollywood was enough.
- Conrad Veidt


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