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Martin is a serious collector of art.
He was selected as Harvard University's Hasty Pudding Theatricals' Man of the Year in 1988.
The actor-writer does not usually sign autographs for fans. Instead he gives them business cards which read: "This certifies that you have head a personal encounter with me and that you found me warm, polite, intelligent and funny. -- Steve Martin."
Martin holds the record for most appearances on "The Tonight Show": 40.
He has claimed Stanley Kubrick approached him about starring in the film "Eyes Wide Shut" way back in 1980, but it took too long to get made.
"I saw a review of 'The Mask' and it had this line, 'In this movie Jim Carrey proves he can act'. Now, that is a very subtle example of how comedy is not considered acting. 'Hey he can act!' Like that has value over what you normally do? I mean, what did he do in 'Ace Ventura?' I thought he was brilliantly funny--he carried the whole movie by his character--but no, that's not acting. Acting is only when you cry." --Martin's response when asked if he felt that there is a bias against comedy in Hollywood in New York Newsday, December 21, 1994.
Asked if he was close to the original "Saturday Night Live" cast, Martin told Fade In, Not really. Dan Aykroyd used to drive a motorcycle to owrk and stay out all night. Belushi was taking drugs. I remember asking Aykroyd one afternoon, 'Want to go over to Saks and look for some clothes?' He said [feigning boredom], 'Uh... no, I'm not into that.'"
"Irony existed... I didn't invent it. But there was no irony in, like, 1973 or 1974. It was all postwar--post-Viet Nam--angst and anger. I thought, 'It's time.' I really did. There were, like, a couple of moments in my life that were profound for me. One was that moment when I thought, 'Now is the time.' I could shave, cut my hair and change my clothes, and reprseent a new age." --Martin to Rolling Stone, September 2, 1999.
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