Top Quotes by Greg Kinnear

I have always been interested in the concept of ruin.

Greg Kinnear

The tragic element of a character is always intriguing I think.

Greg Kinnear

I find fear is a great motivator to work hard.

Greg Kinnear

We all have our own ideas of who we are that may or may not be justified, and you can really find out a heck of a lot more accurately from the people around an individual.

Greg Kinnear

Well, I don’t know what image people have of me.

Greg Kinnear

I really don’t make a concerted effort to try to find a type of role. Maybe I’ve just done enough of them now where people are like, ‘Oh, it’s the guy that’s in a swirling vortex of despair, send it to Kinnear!’ I don’t really know, but it does seem to be a recurring theme.

Greg Kinnear

The irony is that you can’t use real rain to make movies.

Greg Kinnear

We all have to lead double lives, not just celebrities. The face we put on publicly with our jobs and certain situations. I think that’s part of the human condition.

Greg Kinnear

My family moved – first to Washington, D.C., and then, in the spring of 1975, to Lebanon, where my father worked as a diplomat at the American embassy. My parents were enthusiastic about the move, so my older brother and I felt like we were off to some place kind of cool.

Greg Kinnear

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with this idea of opening a restaurant back in Indiana on a little pond. The guests would order their dinner and then take a little boat out with a colored flag on the front of it. When the matching color of the flag on their boat went up on a flag pole, their dinner was ready!

Greg Kinnear

Of course, actors look forward to the day when they can do a big courtroom scene.

Greg Kinnear

When I look back on my childhood, I think of that short time in Beirut. I know that seeing the city collapse around me forced me to grasp something many people miss: the fragility of peace.

Greg Kinnear

A man always looks good in a dark suit.

Greg Kinnear

Part of filmmaking is always a guessing game, and part of it is always a game of trust.

Greg Kinnear

I do give a great deal of forethought and zone in on character and all sorts of things like that. Never before have I just stuffed something away in the back cupboard of my brain because it was just such a crazy concept.

Greg Kinnear

I was just a quiet kid, really. I wasn’t the class clown at all.

Greg Kinnear

I’m very leery of show business, having been in Los Angeles for the last 10 years. Buzz is a dangerous thing that I’ve heard applied to a lot of people that I’ve since not heard of again.

Greg Kinnear

I was 12 when my parents told me we were moving to Lebanon. I remember thinking, ‘Leba-who?’ I had absolutely no concept of the place.

Greg Kinnear

Whenever Hollywood gets involved with real life events, certain liberties have to be taken.

Greg Kinnear

I’m a terrible procrastinator. When we go to the airport, if they’re not literally closing the door behind my sweaty, hyperventilating body, I feel I’ve been there too long.

Greg Kinnear

You learn more about a person from the people around that person than you do from the person themselves. We all have our own ideas of who we are that may or may not be justified, and you can really find out a heck of a lot more accurately from the people around an individual.

Greg Kinnear

Same job, whether it’s comedy or drama. Regardless of the weight of the role, I feel like the job is always kind of the same. Who is this person? What’s this guy here, and how is he playing with this thing, and what’s he trying to say? And what’s the volley with all these other people around him?

Greg Kinnear

There’s times when I’ll see a show, or something cooking on TV, and think, ‘That can really be fun when it’s working.’ But it’s a grind. I did that at NBC, it was five days a week. I was doing ‘Talk Soup’ and ‘Later’ at the same time. It’s a hard job, more difficult than people realize.

Greg Kinnear

Sometimes I look back and think, ‘Good. I’d love to go in and bang out a good episode of ‘Talk Soup’ today.’

Greg Kinnear

Here’s the thing about movies, all movies end up on television. That’s their life. Whether you like it or not, I don’t care how much money you spend on it, or how big or broad the film is, or who the actors are in it, eventually it’s all coming out of the box.

Greg Kinnear

If you’re working on a movie, you want it to be projected on the largest tapestry possible, and the sound to be perfect, and for that kind of communal experience of the movies to take place for it.

Greg Kinnear

Audiences don’t ever disappoint me, in the sense that movies I feel really good about, they usually feel really good about too.

Greg Kinnear

I went door-to-door selling cable television subscriptions when I was in college. Not to date myself, but cable was just coming on. I had terrible territories, and they would give me $25, if I got somebody to let them come and just put the little cord in their house.

Greg Kinnear

Little Miss Sunshine’ snowballed. It was a tiny movie. We shot it in 30 days, and it was really fun to do, but it was one of those small movies that you don’t hold out huge hope for.

Greg Kinnear

Let’s keep the chemists over here and the food over here, that’s my feeling. What do I know? But that is a big aspect of fast food is their ability to artificially taint the colors and the smells and stuff to stimulate appetite.

Greg Kinnear

I have a very well organized closet.

Greg Kinnear

Cat lovers turn into cat collectors.

Greg Kinnear

In my sophomore year, a kid told me that the secret to getting women is to play really, really hard to get. I followed his advice, and I didn’t have so much as a date that year.

Greg Kinnear

Everybody’s family has problems.

Greg Kinnear

You don’t get to pick your partners in families; you get assigned a seat at the table.

Greg Kinnear

Good scripts and interesting stories are hard enough to find.

Greg Kinnear

The automotive corporations, including Ford, I think are in the business of trying to make cars that people will drive.

Greg Kinnear

Talking about corporations – they’re so big. There’s not a person at a corporation.

Greg Kinnear

I don’t consider a lot of actors that I really admire movie stars.

Greg Kinnear

I was a halfback on an American football team in Athens, Greece – the Kississia Colts – where I went to high school, and we took the Cup my senior year. The downside, and somewhat unfortunate piece of information I have to pass on, is there were only two teams in the league because of the limited amount of Americans.

Greg Kinnear

I’ve always thought Mexico City was incredibly dynamic.

Greg Kinnear

There’s something in human nature, the trying-to-get-on-with-it quality of people, the struggle to maintain or keep the show going can be exhausting.

Greg Kinnear

I really don’t make a concerted effort to try to find a type of role.

Greg Kinnear

It’s not easy to tell a story about writers and make that feel like a complete story and an interesting story.

Greg Kinnear

I like complicated characters.

Greg Kinnear

I’m happy to report that everybody whose face I’ve wanted to punch on Earth has already been punched.

Greg Kinnear

I’ve never felt like my career has been on fire.

Greg Kinnear

I don’t think there’s any connection between my journalism career and my film career. They are two totally different mediums and very different skills.

Greg Kinnear

Ultimately, I’m not so sure that, as a person, I’m all that interesting.

Greg Kinnear

I can’t not find humor in elements of most parts of life, but at the same time nothing ever seems perpetually funny to me.

Greg Kinnear

There’s no harmony in most people in a way, and I’m attracted to it, and I think it makes for good storytelling.

Greg Kinnear

My grandfather had two boys, my uncle had three boys, my dad had me and my two brothers, each of my brothers have had two boys. Then something happened with the chromosomal experiment and suddenly I’ve got three girls.

Greg Kinnear