2. Adam West
  3. 05/10/2017

“I am a simple man, though my wife says I am complicated. I’ll trust her on that one.”

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Quotes by Adam West

Quotes by Adam West

  1. ‘Batman’ was a colorful and wild ride.
  2. All I know is that my fans have been really wonderful and affectionate.
  3. Any incarnation of ‘Batman’ I am delighted to do.
  4. Anything that triggers good memories can’t be all bad.
  5. Anything with ‘Family Guy’ is great.
  6. Batman had a certain speech pattern that I established because he was always Sherlock Holmes-ian. He was Basil Rathbone. In other words, he was always musing about something.
  7. Burgess Meredith taught me a lot about wine.
  8. Crummy pictures, live appearances, circuses, avant garde theater, dinner theater. I’ve done it all. I’ve been shot out of cannons. I know what the people want. I’m out there with the people.
  9. Favorite Bat-gadget was probably the Batboat, because it was fun to get out on the ocean and run that thing around at high speed.
  10. How many actors have a shot at being a part of something that became a part of pop culture? It’s been very rewarding. I’m not getting the 20 million bucks for the new movies, but at least I’m getting warmth and recognition from people wherever I go.
  11. I am a private person. I don’t need a lot of company. And I find it really, really difficult to talk about myself.
  12. I am a simple man, though my wife says I am complicated. I’ll trust her on that one.
  13. I come to Comic-Con in San Diego because this is where those fans are – those to whom I owe the longevity of my career.
  14. I did a character called Captain Q for Nestle’s Quik. Those commercials were kind of funny.
  15. I don’t paint butter dishes, doilies, or hummingbirds in my garden. It’s more raw, I suppose. But it always creates a reaction.
  16. I don’t want to be Batman. Let Val Kilmer do it. I just want to be Uncle Batman. I have this whole ‘warm relationship’ plot in my mind. In the final scenes, the new Batmobile breaks down, the new Batman’s stranded on the side of the road. We grab our old Batmobile, pick him up and drive away.
  17. I get called ‘Mayor West’ a lot in airports. I’ve been very fortunate to have a fan base that keeps growing, and the work gets such a warm response and humor from people.
  18. I grew up on a ranch in Walla Walla, Washington. Except for one lawyer, I don’t remember anyone in my family being anything else but ranchers.
  19. I have become convinced that everything that is classy doesn’t go away.
  20. I have no patience with dinosaurs.
  21. I have the curse of thinking funny!
  22. I just go my own way. If my agent calls and presents me with something, and I find it refreshing or illuminating, yeah, I’ll do it.
  23. I like Christian Bale. I’ve heard he’s a big fan of mine, but I certainly reciprocate. I think he’s really very good.
  24. I like to make people laugh and have fun.
  25. I love to do voiceover because, for me, if you know what you’re doing, it’s simple. No makeup, no costuming, none of the baloney. None of the egos – you don’t have to deal with all that crap. I love voiceovers.
  26. I love to go home and do the chores and read.
  27. I think I’ve said I’m the luckiest actor in the world. I mean that.
  28. I think it’s an actor’s job, if you can, to keep working and to keep using that muscle. First of all, you’ve got to pay the bills, but it also helps you develop.
  29. I think our Batman had to be fun, light-hearted, funny, tongue-in-cheek… and I think that made kind of an homage to those earlier comic books, where Batman always had a quip or something.
  30. I used to spend hours just sitting in an old wreck of a car with a stickshift; I’d just sit there and shift.
  31. I was a maverick. I went to five different colleges looking for I don’t know quite what.
  32. I was victimized by the old Hollywood typecasting thing. I had to really fight to get out of it, so I was uncomfortable with it.
  33. I would hate to be a bitter, aging actor.
  34. I’m a fan of anything that’s good, especially when it’s conscientiously good.
  35. I’m interested in film – any aspect – acting, directing, writing.
  36. I’m like Madonna: I keep reinventing myself.
  37. I’m not a vindictive kind of guy.
  38. I’m very lucky. I do voiceovers, ‘Family Guy,’ on and on, and quite frankly, I’m one of the luckiest actors in the world. I was able to create a character who became iconic.
  39. I’ve always been able to work. I think it’s an actor’s obligation to keep working if you can.
  40. I’ve always shied away from ‘Where are they now?’ shows, because I’ve been lucky enough to keep working, and people know where I am.
  41. I’ve always tried to fit what I do professionally into my family, rather than the other way around.
  42. I’ve been able to reinvent myself and to keep an audience going at whatever age. This is terrific. I mean, how many actors get that chance?
  43. I’ve been almost everywhere. But I’ve never been to the steppes of Latvia. It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.
  44. I’ve hung on for a long time in this business and had some success, and I think it’s keeping an open mind and being curious and having a sense of humor about oneself that’s important.
  45. I’ve played dinner theaters. I’m a working stiff.
  46. If you hang around long enough, they think you’re good. It’s either my tenacity or stupidity – I’m not sure which.
  47. If you paint a picture and I paint a picture, we each want to do it our own way. And we’ll stand or fall on whatever we did.
  48. If you’re a plumber, you plumb. I’m an actor. I act.
  49. In a very real sense, I represent pop culture in an iconic way. It’s been very good to me, so anything I can do to help the fans to tumble along – it’s good.
  50. In the late ’60s, there were the the three B’s: The Beatles, Batman, and Bond.
  51. Isn’t it fun to be nuts? Isn’t it fun to be crazy?
  52. It’s a wonderful thing to be able to make fun of yourself and to do it in a way that sort of preserves your dignity but, at the same time, lets you play the theater of the absurd.
  53. It’s part of my character not to take myself too seriously. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been able to survive.
  54. Life is full of ironies and absurdities.
  55. Look at ‘Batman’ – that was theater of the absurd, as is ‘Family Guy.’
  56. Maybe we could find some way to send barges of trash to the sun and incinerate it all. Hey, it’s an idea. It’s an idea!
  57. My art, like my acting, is a profound expression of poetic license.
  58. My grandfather and my father had wheat ranches, so we had quite a few trucks around and a lot of mules. Talk about horsepower – we had mule power.
  59. My paintings capture the humor, zaniness, and depth of the Batman villains as well as the Freudian motivations of Batman as an all-too-human, venerable, and funny vigilante superhero.
  60. Not to be able to move around or do things without thinking – that’s tough. I may end up that way, but if I do, I hope to hell my intellect will take over, and I’ll find some kind of joy and a way to contribute.
  61. Oh, it’s fun to be an icon!
  62. One of the most gratifying, rewarding things is when people come up, and they tell you how the show influenced their lives in a very positive way. When I do these things like Comic Con, I get people who are lawyers, judges, plumbers, carpenters, and entire families, and it’s mostly for ‘Batman.’ But now, amazingly, it’s also for ‘Family Guy.’
  63. Over the years, I’ve learned that if you can just hang in there and, regardless of what’s presented to you, take it as a challenge and try to bring in something fresh, then it works.
  64. People love Batman, and I would be stupid, I would be a fool if I didn’t love Batman.
  65. Playing Batman is an actor’s challenge. First, it’s different; then, you have to reach a multi-level audience. The kids take it straight, but for adults, we have to project it further.
  66. Some nights, I wear my cape, and I go out on the pier. It is foggy… I look for… Riddler.
  67. The Batmobile wasn’t a stickshift, and it was a challenge to drive, believe me.
  68. The new ‘Dark Knight’ movies, they’re wonderful in their own way.
  69. The wonderful thing with some of the things I’ve done – most of them, really – is to be trusted. To be able to do your thing, to work on it, hone it into my gem of creativity!
  70. The word that scares the hell out of me is ‘frail.’ I don’t want to be frail.
  71. There was a time when ‘Batman’ really kept me from getting some pretty good roles, and I was asked to do what I figured were important features. However, Batman was there, and very few people would take a chance on me walking onto the screen. And they’d be taking people away from the story.
  72. There were definitely times when I regretted ever being Batman.
  73. To be an icon… I guess that’s a privilege.
  74. To play the leading man in a ‘Three Stooges’ movie, you’ve got to think funny. Thank God I think funny.
  75. Typecasting is really rampant in Hollywood, and because I played a costumed character and did it successfully, it was a real stigma.
  76. When ‘Family Guy’ came along, it was like a gift, and it expanded my fan base.
  77. When I got the part, I tried to remember Batman as I knew him when I was a kid – with emotional recall.
  78. When I got to Hollywood, there wasn’t even a Boulevard. I’m that old. It was just a little dirt trail. I’m kidding.
  79. When I was getting started, I was so busy just fighting my way through, and I was under contract at Warner Brothers. I did 40 hours of color television with the late Robert Taylor as a young cop.
  80. When you go to the Sistine Chapel with Sophia Loren, it can be quite some time before your thoughts turn to the ceiling.
  81. When you wear a mask and create a character, nothing will pigeonhole you faster.
  82. You can’t play Batman in a serious, square-jawed, straight-ahead way without giving the audience the sense that there’s something behind that mask waiting to get out, that he’s a little crazed; he’s strange.
  83. You have no idea the people I meet when I do these Comic-Cons. When I go sign autographs and say hello to people, I see everything!
  84. You’ve got a guy in a cape and tights running around fighting crime 24-7; this is not normal. But it worked because the kids loved it and the adults laughed with it.