F. Murray Abraham: “I am, and I say this almost sincerely, afraid of nothing on stage. I will try anything”

f-murray-abraham
F. Murray Abraham
is 74 and still going strong, but he has a lot of thoughts about what it takes to follow up on an Oscar win. The Homeland star spoke to The Guardian about his successful career and getting older in Hollywood.

Abraham, who’s currently on Broadway in It’s Only a Play, knows that his fearlessness has gotten him through each and every stage role he’s accepted.

He shared, “I am, and I say this almost sincerely, afraid of nothing on stage. I will try anything. As a matter of fact, I embrace the danger.”

As Antonio Salieri in 1983’s Amadeus, Abraham won the crowning achievement in the entertainment industry, an Oscar. However, it’s not all sunshine and roses after the big win.

“I have advice for people who win Academy Awards,” he warned. “If your agent doesn’t come up with a really good offer within six months of having a nomination, you have to change your agent. No matter how loyal you may feel. Because if you can’t get a really good job, a big job, out of that, there’s something wrong. Don’t let that sense of loyalty get in the way of your career, unless it means a lot to you to simply stay loyal.”

There are a few regrets since Abraham feels he didn’t go after some really big roles, but he’s proud of the work he’s done with filmmakers like Wes Anderson and Woody Allen.

However, his age does get him down a bit.

He said, “There’s a resilience that you begin to miss as an older person. You don’t bounce back as easy. It’s that same thing you hear from so many people. You begin to lose friends – people in your life are disappearing­­­­ – and of course that affects you. You begin to realize, ‘Is it possible? Am I really going to die?'”

Don’t get too concerned though. As Abraham summed up, “In a way it makes you more aggressive, at least that’s how I feel. I feel more aggressive about accomplishing things.”

Leave a Reply

http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/alison-brie-glow.jpg
Alison Brie on ‘Glow’: “I had to audition many times”
"Of course when you're told that they don’t think your right for it, I was even more fired up to prove them wrong." - Alison Brie on Auditioning for 'Glow'
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/anson-mount-inhumans.jpg
Marvel’s Inhumans: How Anson Mount Developed Black Bolt’s Communication
"I tend to be more interested in a character’s weaknesses than I do their strengths and in a comic book/graphic novel space, it’s easy to lose sight of that, you know?" - Anson Mount
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Jodie-Whittaker.jpg
Jodie Whittaker on Becoming the First Female Doctor Who
"To be asked to play the ultimate character, to get to play pretend in the truest form: This is why I wanted to be an actor in the first place." - Jodie Whittaker
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/watch-sag-conversations-with-act.jpg
Watch: SAG Conversations with Actors from Broadway’s ‘Hamilton’
The cast speaks about filling the big shoes of the original cast and performing in perhaps the most popular American musical in decades.
http://www.dailyactor.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/watch-sag-conversations-with-bil.jpg
Watch: SAG Conversations with Billy Bob Thornton of ‘Goliath’
Thornton talks about playing a character that some would say is fairly typical for him as well as his career as a whole.