Top Quotes by Gregory Hines

When my brother and me got into performing in the late ’40s and early ’50s, it was a sensational opportunity to learn from our elders. Every show we played had a dancer, a comic, a juggler, a singer, an acrobat. I came to appreciate virtuosity in all forms of the business.

Gregory Hines

My roots are on the live performing stage, so while I enjoy making films and the other things that I do, when I get on stage, I feel at home; I’m comfortable.

Gregory Hines

I’m going to tap until I can’t: I’ll be so old, all I can do is walk out from the wings to stage center. But I’ll be there.

Gregory Hines

I never wanted to be a star, I just wanted to get work.

Gregory Hines

I read the script, and I knew it was a good part. It was written for a white actor. That’s what I’m up against – I have to try to make roles happen for me that aren’t written black.

Gregory Hines

It turned out to be exactly that, but more challenging emotionally. I looked at it in a more physical way, having to act in a chair and move around. But it really was more emotionally challenging.

Gregory Hines

My character had been in the chair for seven years. He had gone through his anger, depression, drug and alcohol abuse. He had gone through everything, now he was up, he was happy, he was filled with his dream.

Gregory Hines

You know the first time I sat in the chair I felt anything but up, it was very emotional for me. I had a chair in my hotel room, a chair at rehearsal, and I was trying to spend as much time as I could in the chair.

Gregory Hines

I can remember feeling very angry, and saying no! I can do it myself! From that point of view it was very emotional for me to get myself to the point to sit in the chair and be ‘up’.

Gregory Hines

They were very generous with me. Everybody was willing to talk about their particular accident, what they had to deal with and how they got back in touch with their competitors’ spirit.

Gregory Hines

It would be like the films I’ve seen where wardens would decide to be in a jail cell for a week, to get a sense of what it would be like to be a prisoner.

Gregory Hines

They told me that the hotels had maybe two rooms set up for people with disabilities, but if they got there too late, and didn’t get one of these rooms, they couldn’t take a shower. The room wasn’t hooked up for them, or maybe the sink was too high.

Gregory Hines

I think everybody at some point – especially if they’ve been working their whole lives – should take time out and think about what they’ve done.

Gregory Hines

Once I got to be about twenty-five, I got interested in the music of the time. I started smokin’ dope, I started drinking, I started slowing down and trying to find myself. I didn’t want to work in nightclubs.

Gregory Hines

I wanted to make a movie, because the whole life of the movies appealed to me. You work hard for three or four months, then you don’t work at all for a couple of months.

Gregory Hines

I don’t remember not dancing. When I realized I was alive and these were my parents, and I could walk and talk, I could dance.

Gregory Hines

One of the things about working on stage – actually, about working in show business, that is – is that it’s such a collaborative effort. I suppose that everything in life is – every endeavor where people are able to be successful.

Gregory Hines

I’ve had times when I’ve done what seems like a thousand interviews to promote a film that I’m in. I start to think that I’m the best thing that ever happened to the world, talkin’ about myself for cryin’ out loud. Then I come home, and my wife needs me to help with dinner and empty the garbage, and the kids need help with their homework.

Gregory Hines

As parents, we’re human beings, too, but sometimes we’re not as understanding as we’d like to be.

Gregory Hines

I grew up in the ’50s, a tough time for African Americans. I had friends whose fathers would openly say, ‘Just bite your tongu;, don’t cause any problems.’ My father was not like that. Even in the toughest times racially, if somebody disrespected his family, they were in trouble.

Gregory Hines

My father has always been my hero.

Gregory Hines

I like to do an interview when the other person isn’t expecting it. I find it’s more spontaneous.

Gregory Hines