What matters more: the action or the actor?

Following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

Questioner: At one place you say, “To know your intentions watch your actions”. But at some other place you say, “Action does not matter, the actor does.” I see a contradiction here. Kindly clarify.

Acharya Prashant: When I say, “To know your intentions watch your actions”, I want you…