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(on his Academy Award nomination for Best Actor (Sling Blade (1996)) Getting the nomination is like gravy. Winning would be like whatever is better than gravy.


I was the fattest baby in Clark County, Arkansas. They put me in the newspaper. It was like a prize turnip.


Acting is playing--it's actually going out on a playground with the other kids and being in the game, and I need that. Writing satisfies that part of myself that longs to sit in my room and dream.


I can't sit through plays and musical theatre. I just want to run up onstage and mess up their hair and turn over the furniture.


It's not that I don't understand it. But people think if you speak with an English accent it somehow makes you smarter.


I've been married five times, and people think that's some bizarre thing, yet I've got buddies who refuse to get married and have sex with 15 people a week. I'm like, "Which is better?" At least I was trying.


People think the hard thing for an actor is crying and screaming, but that's easy. What's hard is a character who never tips his hand, who toes the line all the time. The hard stuff is never telling yourself, "Hey, I better do something here."


(2007) I am fairly embraced by the Hollywood community, and I love making movies and I love acting, but I'm not real crazy about the Hollywood system. So the fact that they embrace me is a shock to me because I tell them to kiss my ass all the time. I don't understand why they haven't thrown me out on my ear. The other thing is I don't participate much. I have very few friends within the movie community. I hang out with some guys I've known forever. They're all broke and eat me out of house and home. But I stay home mostly and I don't go to the parties. Maybe that preserves me.


Every couple I know has side-by-side grave plots, but when we do it we're the biggest weirdos on the block.


When people wear shoes that don't fit them, it says something about their soul. Generally, I think it means they are good people.


Marketing is the devil.


Movies these days have made killers into funny people. What's that all about? I've got kids and family and friends, and I don't like bad things. I don't think they're funny, and it's irresponsible to make movies that don't show you how that's not good.


I don't have a fear of flying; I have a fear of crashing.


Getting the nomination is like gravy. Winning would be like whatever is better than gravy.


Man, I was drowning in sadness. And Angelina, she lifted me right up out of there.


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