„Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is — and not so much a matter of being real.“

—  Laurence Olivier, Context: Acting is illusion, as much illusion as magic is — and not so much a matter of being real. I mean, I would probably shock Lee Strasberg. As quoted in Famous Actors and Actresses on the American Stage (1975) by William C. Young, p. 885
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