Jason Bateman quotes
Quotes by and about Jason Bateman
(Continued from his main entry on the site.)
Bateman: "My sense of humor [is] ... that very dry, sarcastic, non-winking kind of wit. It's kind of become my style and my preference."
Bateman: "I try to perform my characters inside my skill set. ... I know my abilities; I'm not Daniel Day-Lewis, who's able to fully morph into different people. ... I just don't think I have the skill set to believably morph into somebody wildly different than who I am."
Bateman: "I like [acting], but I'm not excited by an acting challenge. I'm excited by a directing challenge. I just find it's wildly more challenging and complicated. And that's where I want to spend all of the brainpower I still have, as opposed to pretending to be somebody else. I'm much more interested in building an environment and a world for an audience as opposed to just convincingly being a different person."
Bateman: "[Acting] is a really difficult way to make a living. I mean, I think it's the only profession where your ambition and work ethic count against you, because you come across as desperate. Other jobs, you stay late, you impress the boss and get a raise. Our business, you just look needy. It's a weird business. It's very unpredictable and always fresh and never boring, but I would not recommend it to anyone."
Bateman: "As disciplined as I am, I'm also a huge hedonist. If my fun level is like a 6 ... why not take it to a 10? ... If I'm buzzed, let's get drunk. And if I'm drunk, let's black out. ... If I'm enjoying something, I'd like to be able to just have it all. Frankly, that's the way I'm approaching my career now. I'm a total workaholic."
Bateman: "I'm a narcissist like you wouldn't believe. [Laughs.] I have a letter 'N' on my chest."
Bateman: "I'm comfortable being the one in charge."
Bateman: "I don't worry about people misinterpreting my kindness for weakness."
Jennifer Aniston: "There's no bullshit with him."
Men's Health Magazine: "[He is] king of the wiseasses."
Men's Health Magazine: "Spend any time with Bateman and you'll be plenty entertained. But he's not always on; his default posture is more introspective than clownish."