Béla Ferenc Dezső Blaskó, better known as Bela Lugosi, was a Hungarian-American actor, famous for portraying Count Dracula in the original 1931 film and for his roles in various other horror films...
I guess I'm pretty much of a lone wolf. I don't say I don't like people at all, but, to tell you the truth, I only like it then if I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds.
It is women who love horror. Gloat over it. Feed on it. Are nourished by it. Shudder and cling and cry out-and come back for more.
I don't have a dime left. I am dependent on my friends for food and a small old-age pension.
I'll be truthful. The weekly paycheck is the most important thing to me.
I have never met a vampire personally, but I don't know what might happen tomorrow.
To portray a maniac offers a compelling challenge.
In making theories, always keep a window open so that you can throw one out if necessary.
To win a woman, take her with you to see Dracula.
I'd like to quit the supernatural roles and play just an interesting, down-to-earth person.
Of all the roles I've done on the stage, I'm partial to Cyrano de Bergerac.
It was hell to go through what I went through. I didn't know I had so many friends. Many people gave a damn about my situation. They helped cure me.
People, chained by monotony, afraid to think, clinging to certainties... they live like ants.
It is women who bear the race in bloody agony. Suffering is a kind of horror. Blood is a kind of horror. Women are born with horror in their very bloodstream. It is a biological thing.
I look in the mirror and say to myself, Can it be you once played Romeo?
Every actor is somewhat mad, or else he'd be a plumber or a bookkeeper or a salesman.
A screen actor is compensated in the knowledge that millions will see his performance at one time, where only hundreds will see it on the stage.
The love-bite, it is the beginning. You will be irresistible.
The role seemed to demand that I keep myself worked up to fever pitch, so I took on the actual attributes of the horrible vampire, Dracula.
Because of my language and the pantomime with which most Europeans accompany their speech, I was catalogued as a heavy.
I studied at the Budapest Academy of Theatrical Arts for four years and emerged with a degree.
It took several years of hard work in small roles before I attained stardom.
The vampire was a complete change from the usual romantic characters I was playing, but it was a success.
If my accent betrayed my foreign birth, it also stamped me as an enemy, in the imagination of the producers.
My body grew hot, then cold. I tried to eat the bed sheets. My heart beat madly. Every joint in my body ached. When I took the cure they took it all away from me.
I enjoy my work. I haven't been an actor for 30 years without getting pleasure out of the profession.
If you are not serious, people will sense it.
In Hungary, acting is a profession. In America, it is a decision.
In Hungary, acting is a career for which one fits himself as earnestly as one studies for a degree in medicine, law, or philosophy.
Martyrdom was the price of enthusiasm for acting.
The actor depends wholly on himself. He gives his performance in what, to him, seems the most effective manner.
There was no male vampire type in existence. Someone suggested an actor of the Continental School who could play any type, and mentioned me.
I have lived too completely. I think I have known every human emotion.
You can't make people believe in you if you play a horror part with your tongue in your cheek.
Actors were exploited no less by the capitalist managers than they were by the state.
Circumstances made me the theatrical personality I am, which many people believe is also a part of my personal life.
I have played Dracula a thousand times on stage and I find I have become thoroughly settled in the technique of the stage and not of the screen.
In the studio the director controls the actor's every move, every inflection, every expression.
It took me years to live down Dracula and convince the film producers that I would play almost any other type of role.
The former ruling class kept the community of actors in ignorance by means of various lies.
The screen magnifies everything, even the way you are thinking.
The stage is near and dear to me.
When a film company is in the red they come to me. Always it is the same.
Without movie parts I was reduced to freak status. I just couldn't stand it.
Death, the final, triumphant lover.
I never drink... wine.
I will not be tortured, I tear torture out of myself by torturing you!
Supernatural perhaps...baloney, perhaps not!
Every producer in Hollywood had set me down as a type. I was both amused and disappointed. Bela Lugosi.
I'll take any story if it's good.
I never play without my cape.
I've been using narcotics for 20 years.
To die, to be really dead, that must be glorious.
That is different, to have someone think that I am evil when I really am not.
Women have a predestination to suffering.
Every actor's greatest ambition is to create his own, definite and original role, a character with which he will always be identified. In my case, that role was Dracula.
I guess I'm pretty much of a lone wolf. I don't say I don't like people at all but, to tell you the truth I only like it then if I have a chance to look deep into their hearts and their minds.