David Mamet is passionate

Nancy Balbirer is an actress-playwright who has a memoir coming out. I don’t know who that is and I doubt many others do unless they’re really into Seinfeld, but I do know who David Mamet is so it’s helpful that she writes about him because now I can feign interest in her boring life before asking her to get to the part about David Mamet. Which is I guess what Page Six did. Luckily, they posted the excerpts so we can avoid the buying her book thing.

David on his students speaking too softly

” ‘Get the [bleep] off my stage! Now,’ he’d bellow . . . ‘And,’ he’d continue, his short, burly body bouncing around like a school-yard bully in need of his daily Ritalin, ‘Don’t [bleep]ing come back until we can hear you. How dare you? You’re whispering. On the stage. It’s [bleep]ing passive-aggressive. You know, only people who are full of [bleep] whisper,’ ” Balbirer writes.

David on his favorite actress

When one student asked Mamet who his favorite actresses were, he exploded: “Women who act are not actresses. They’re actors. Why do they need to [bleep]ing qualify what their genitalia are? Folks, seriously, I need to disabuse you of the notion that ‘actress’ is anything other than a euphemism for ‘floozy’ . . . Do women [bleep]ing writers call themselves ‘writressess?’ No!”

Balbirer – who appeared on “Seinfeld” and wrote and performed the solo show, “I Slept With Jack Kerouac” – says Mamet advised her, “There’s nothing worse than being a woman in show business . . . you’ll be asked to do only two things in every [bleep]ing role you ever play: take your shirt off and cry.”

David on Bill Cosby

He also told his class he considered critics “the syphilis and gonorrhea of the theater,” and delivered a lecture, “the premise of which was that Bill Cosby was a whore . . . television was evil and for whores, Hollywood was a hotbed of whoredom, and we were to avoid all of these things like the plague, unless, of course, we, too, were whores and not the artists we said we were.”

What a great teacher. If you aren’t publicly humiliated, you’ll know you’re doing a decent job. Much better than those passive-aggressive teachers pulling you to the side and giving you pointers on how you can improve. And he’s right about that whole Hollywood being a hotbed of whoredom. That’s why whenever I visit, I make sure to bring a lot of cash.

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13 years ago

David Mamet is a dick. A smegma encrusted dick. With infections. Only the worst sort of proto-humanoid talk like that. He needs a thorough and complete meetup with real men who don’t take s**t. Let’s see if his foul mouth works after that. And Dave? Actress is correct English. Sorry you don’t know your native tongue.

13 years ago
Reply to  Edouard

David Mamet tells it like it is and doesn’t sugarcoat it to spare your pathetic feelings. There are very few directors with balls anymore and David has a pair. He is also a very tough individual and can kick ass with the best of them. As to the “actress” term…he is correct. Men and women are all “actors” and if you ask any female performer worth her salt, she will agree that the correct terminology is Actor.

13 years ago

So … thou knowest more than the Unabridged Oxford English Dictionary, eh? Actress is but one definition of Thespian, as is actor. And wow, asking an actress what she thinks is like asking a two year old to handle your accounting.

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