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2013: The Year In Quotes

The Playlist By Jessica Kiang | The Playlist January 9, 2014 at 2:23PM

2013, we’re not quite done with you yet. To close off our coverage of the year gone by, we wanted to hand over the mic to the actors, directors and other film professionals who made waves, headlines, faux pas, announcements, pronouncements or funny gags throughout the year. And we’re changing up the format this time out, scouring the whole internet and not just our own archives for these little nuggets, mainly because we’re fairly sure you’ve all avidly consumed, and committed to memory every word of each of the 200-odd interviews we ran in 2013, and we’d be preaching to the choir.
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Enough Said

September

"I'm tired of being funny."
Eva (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) in Nicole Holofcener's "Enough Said."

"You really deserve half of this. Do you want the bottom or the top?"
Michael Douglas, winner of the Emmy for Best Actor in a mini-series or movie for the Liberace biopic "Behind the Candelabra", to co-star Matt Damon, who played his lover.

"So it’s a real mixed message at the end. Walt has failed on so many levels, but he has managed to do the one thing he set out to do, which is a victory. He has managed to make his family financially sound in his absence, and that was really the only thing he set out to do in that first episode. So, mission accomplished"
Vince Gilligan talks about the "Breaking Bad" finale.

Bryan Cranston

“This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ "
Bryan Cranston toys coyly with reports that he's in the casting mix for Lex Luthor in up to six upcoming 'Superman' films.

"I just looked at Alexander [Payne] and I said, 'I can't fail this guy.'"
Bruce Dern in conversation at Telluride about his role in Payne's "Nebraska."

"Most people don’t even dare to ask the things that he did."
"Thank god we won the Palme d’Or, because it was so horrible."
Adèle Exarchopolous and Léa Seydoux, respectively, at Telluride when they agreed that they'd not work for their "Blue is the Warmest Color" director Abdellatif Kechiche again, thereby sparking a war of words…

"The film shouldn't be released, it has been soiled too much. The Palme d'Or had been a brief moment of happiness; then I've felt humiliated, dishonored, I felt rejected, I live it like I'm cursed."
Toys-out-of-pram moment from Kechiche who goes on, in the best tradition of a hissy-fit fight, to say he suggested Léa Seydoux leave the production early on.

"The traffic is too heavy. You're fired."
Notorious megalomaniac Jennifer Lawrence sacks her driver during her apparently sozzled Vogue interview.

Gravity, Sandra Bullock

October

"I hate space."
Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) in Alfonso Cuarón's "Gravity."

"It was a remark that was blurted out at that moment, but it's not what I really think...I was just afraid that was what was going on around the film would prevent people from seeing it for what it really was."
Kechiche wheels back a little, seems more conciliatory.

"After having been celebrated and glorified thanks to the Palme d’Or… [Seydoux] started to drag me through the mud with lies and exaggerations…It is for her to explain in court.”
Or maybe not. Kechiche again, now carrying on what seems like a very public, and totally counter-productive argument with himself.

"Your film is amazing. Now, for the love of God, shut up about it"
Everyone, everywhere, under their breath, to Abdellatif Kechiche.

Fassbender McQueen

"He's like Mickey Rourke when he was Mickey Rourke or Gary Oldman when he was Gary Oldman. Michael Fassbender is that person now. People want to be an actor because of him. People want to be in a movie because of him. People want to make a movie because he could be in it...people want to jam with him. He's like Ginger Baker."
"12 Years A Slave" director Steve McQueen on Michael Fassbender.

"I was so extravagantly impressed by the portrayal of the reality of zero gravity."
Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, reviewing "Gravity."

"For a guy who wrote a movie with no dialogue you sure talk a lot,"
JC Chandor remembers Robert Redford's response as he nervously tried to talk the actor into doing his 31-page screenplay, "All is Lost."

"Listen, we're all *possibly* Frank Sinatra's son."
Everybody in the world falls instantly in love with class act Ronan Farrow for his awesomely funny tweet in response to his mother Mia’s Vanity Fair revelation that Woody Allen may not be Farrow’s biological father.

“Rickets. I became obsessed with rickets, but they didn’t really have a place in the film. I kept trying to get it in. That was the only thing I wanted, but it just wouldn’t work. That was all the research I did."
Joaquin Phoenix talks about his preparation process for James Gray's "The Immigrant."

"Like, if there’s a spider. I try to kill it and I miss it. Great. Now it knows what I look like."
Jennifer Lawrence on her irrational fears.

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