Peter Sellers

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If you ask me to play myself, I will not know what to do. I do not know who or what I am.

Richard Henry Sellers (8 September 192524 July 1980), most famous under his stage name Peter Sellers, was a British comedian and actor.

See also: Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Quotes[edit]

To see me as a person on screen would be one of the dullest experiences you could ever wish to experience
If I can't really find a way to live with myself, I can't expect anyone else to live with me.
  • Criticism should be done by critics, and a critic should have some training and some love of the medium he is discussing. But these days, gossip-columnist training seems to be enough qualification. I suppose an ability to stand on your feet through interminable cocktail parties and swig interminable gins in between devouring masses of fried prawns may just possibly help you to understand and appreciate what a director is getting at, but for the life of me I can't see how.
    • Statement (September 1961), as quoted in Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers (1999) by Ed Sikov, p. 168
  • If you ask me to play myself, I will not know what to do. I do not know who or what I am.
    • As quoted in Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1988) by Leslie Halliwell, p. 622
  • People will swim through shit if you put a few bob in it.
    • As quoted in Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1988) by Leslie Halliwell, p. 622
  • To see me as a person on screen would be one of the dullest experiences you could ever wish to experience.
    • As quoted in The Hollywood Book of Extravagance: The Totally Infamous, Mostly Disastrous, and Always Compelling Excesses of America's Film and TV Idols (2007) by James Robert Parish, p. 93
  • If I can't really find a way to live with myself, I can't expect anyone else to live with me.
    • As quoted in The Hollywood Book of Extravagance: The Totally Infamous, Mostly Disastrous, and Always Compelling Excesses of America's Film and TV Idols (2007) by James Robert Parish, p. 95
  • I'm a classic example of all humorists — only funny when I'm working.
    • As quoted in I Am Your Father : What Every Heart Needs to Know (2010) by Mark Stibbe

Mr. Strangelove (1999)[edit]

Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy...
Quotes of Sellers from Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers (1999) by Ed Sikov
  • Some forms of reality are so horrible we refuse to face them, unless we are trapped into it by comedy. To label any subject unsuitable for comedy is to admit defeat.
  • Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle!
  • I writhe when I see myself on the screen. I'm such a dreadfully clumsy hulking image. I say to myself, "Why doesn't he get off? Why doesn't he get off?" I mean, I look like such an idiot. Some fat awkward thing dredged up from some third-rate drama company. I must stop thinking about it, otherwise I shan't be able to go on working.

Performances[edit]

We don't want to start a nuclear war unless we really have to, now do we Jack?
  • Gentlemen! You can't fight in here, this is the War Room!
  • We don't want to start a nuclear war unless we really have to, now do we Jack?
    • As "Captain Mandrake" to Colonel Jack Ripper in Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  • Mein Führer! I can walk!
    • As "Dr. Strangelove" in Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  • Conversation like television set on honeymoon... unnecessary.
  • I like to watch.

Quotes about Sellers[edit]

  • Peter Sellers, a showbiz baby, was carried onstage two weeks into his life by vaudevillian Dickie Henderson, who encouraged the audience to join him in singing "For He's a Jolly Good Fellow." Little Peter instantly burst into tears and the audience erupted into laughter and applause. From Pete's perspective, this emotional scenario was played out more or less consistently until his death in 1980.
    • Ed Sikov in Mr. Strangelove: A Biography of Peter Sellers (2002)
  • He had a conspicuous individual talent, but it was interpretive, not directly creative. He could never have emulated Chaplin, Keaton or Jacques Tati and set up a whole project by himself, controlling its every detail even if the task took years. But there is no point carping. He had such a protean capacity that it would have been a miracle if he had been in full command of it.

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