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«There`s the death penalty as society deals with it and legislates it, and I`m against it.»

Hollywood is much more creatively corrupt than it is economically (corrupt). It takes $1 for them to kill their dreams. Their dreams are worth more than $1.

I had a house burn down once, and everything in life burned, except my family, and it was so liberating. I didn`t have a bad moment about it. It sort of reinvigorated my interest in a lot of things. I wonder if there should be some kind of anarchy.

I can never get ahead of the game because of the movies I do.

I don`t consider myself specifically political, you know? I think of working as an actor as being a human thing. The concerns I have that fall into politics are human concerns.

"I became an actor because of Robert De Niro".

Child-rearing is my main interest now. I`m a hands-on father.

There`s an interesting parallel between Bush (George W. Bush) and Richard Nixon. While Nixon (Richard Nixon) was clearly a superior statesman and in many ways a more intelligent politician, what they share is a kind of boldness in how they emote their insecurities. What we`re finding with George Bush, part of what`s familiar to people and that adds to his likability for many, is that there`s a commonality of deep insecurity and his handling it with a kind of bravado. What they both did is handle things with a similar certainty - certainty being the `disease of kings`.

Nic Cage (Nicolas Cage) is no longer an actor. He`s more like a performer. (1999)

With the Academy Awards, if you`re standing there and looking out, you`re not going to see many people who can find their butt with their hand.

E.L. Doctorow had a quote I`ve used a lot of times, that the responsibility of the artist is to know the time in which he lives.

I really love to make movies.

Somewhere along the line, the actions of this government are the actions of me.

Sacrificing American soldiers or innocent civilians in an unprecedented preemptive attack on a separate sovereign nation may well prove itself a most temporary medicine.

I think you start to prepare the minute you read something.

I met her on the shoot of that video (Material Girl). Madonna had done "Like a v*rgin", so she was a phenom, but nothing could have told anybody what would happen next. I describe that marriage as loud. That`s how I remember it. And frankly, I don`t recall having a single conversation in four years of marriage. I`ve talked to her a couple of times since, and there`s a whole person there. I just didn`t know it.

I think it`s really important to be able to feel your own life, and I had felt so numbed by what had been a kind of surreal saturation of what was going on in the Middle East and what it was going to mean, particularly relative to my kids` future and things like that.

(On his marriage to Madonna) She was in the process of becoming the biggest star in the world. I just wanted to make my films and hide. I was an angry young man. I had a lot of demons and don`t really know who could`ve lived with me at the time. I was just as badly behaved as her, so I can`t point the finger of blame.

The Madonna stuff just made it clear. After it was over, I could see what was left that I was in control of. I`m very fond of my ex-wife, but at 24, I didn`t realize the difference between a great first date and a lifetime commitment. Interview with Lynn Darling, 1991.

I`m a little bit computer illiterate.

It varies from role to role and the type of the piece and the people you`re working with. All those factors contribute to how you function on a movie.

There is no re-inventing the wheel.

It has nothing to do with the emotional demands of a role; I`ve done comedies that are as draining to me as any drama.

I`ve always operated under the notion that audiences don`t always know when they`re being lied to, but that they always know when they`re being told the truth. If there are what I think are unsung truths to be talked about in a film, through a character, through a story, and that dominates the piece, that`s the key for me. I think the biggest thing is to not participate in the damaging, lying cinema.

He`s one of the few legends who isn`t a disappointment. - on Clint Eastwood

I don`t like any directors. I don`t get along with any of them. Mostly I think they`re a bunch of whiny people without any point of view. So I don`t want to be around them at six o`clock in the morning with make-up and bells on. And I`m probably the same way for the actors on my set - but that`s their problem.

Love is a mess, at best, and I figure it can be very real in spite of all the things people try to attach to it.

So if we have anything original to offer, it`s to speak from our own life about the society we`re in.

There`s a lot of mediocrity being celebrated, and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged.

Yeah, I had a tremendous time shooting in Nebraska. I like that state a lot, all over it.

I don`t have any particular excitement about working with any specific director or actor at this point.

In between, I go broke because I seem to do movies where you`re not paid a lot as an actor.

The bigger issue is that it`s an absolutely stupid notion that you should take the title of someone`s profession and attach it to what they should not do. It has nothing to do with citizenry.

If I win the lottery, I`m gonna direct three to four pictures every four to five years, instead of one - and there won`t be time to act.

I think that I`ve still not been successful at playing the role of the retired actor, and I`d like to work on that.

I think it`s much more important to direct movies but if it`s going to take five years between each one then I`ll have to make up for that.

I was brought up in a country that relished fear-based religion, corrupt government and an entire white population living on stolen property that they murdered for and that is passed on from generation to generation.

My favorite thing to do is not act - it`s that simple.

The bottom line is, you love your wife, you do your best with that.

I`m not a breakfast eater.

You try to do your best at what you`re getting paid for.

I like to believe that love is a reciprocal thing, that it can`t really be felt, truly, by one.

(On his role in Assassination of Richard Nixon) "It was the hardest thing I`ve ever done. My wife thinks it`s the best. I don`t call it my best, because either I`ve done something well or I haven`t. I think I did this one well. I`d go back and fix some things in everything I`ve done. Usually, if I`ve done something really well, I`d only re-shoot half the film."

If there`s anything disgusting in the movie business, it is the wh*redom of my peers.

This might be the last thing anybody would see, but I`m probably shy. I`ve never gone to a party where I didn`t drink alcohol. I have a great time, but I`m not comfortable. My straight nature is not very social. That doesn`t mean I haven`t caught myself being terribly arrogant.

The horror of the Academy Awards is what the press does leading up to it, to make it a popular TV show. Where they`ll actually make it like it`s an arm- wrestling event between two actors. That becomes very petty, and that`s something that`s embarrassing to follow up with accepting the invitation to the party.

Oh, I`m a big-mouth. I said a lot of things.

Well, look at all of these summer blockbusters. You can`t help but laugh a little, because you`ve already seen a lot of these movies 482 times.

I think life`s an irrational obsession.

I`ve never really been one to get what they call stage fright so much.

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