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I'm always happier and a better actor when I can really lose myself in a character and become somebody else.


I'd love to be a pop idol. Of course, my groupies are now between 40 and 50.


Before Footloose, the things I'd done weren't cute. In Diner I was an alcoholic.


I don't have to do the lead. If I dig a part, I'll do it.


If I'm in a situation where someone doesn't recognize me and treats me like everyone else, I'm not used to it.


A long time ago, when I was a kid, I wanted to be a pop star. Then I started taking acting classes. I moved to New York when I was a teenager, and really wanted to be a serious actor. I wanted to do off-Broadway, I wanted to do (Anton Chekhov), (William Shakespeare). I wanted to have a Meryl Streep kind of career. When Footloose (1984) came out, I became a pop star, but by then that's not what I wanted. I wasn't being taken seriously. I wasn't smart about the industry and the ways that you can parlay pop stardom into a serious acting career if you make the right choices. I spun my wheels for a while, and then I got this part in Oliver Stone's JFK (1991). It's a small part, but very character-driven: gay, fascist, I mean, it was extreme. That turned things around for me. I didn't even read for it. Oliver just looked at me and said, "Will you transform yourself for me?" And I said, "Yes". Off-Broadway I'd been doing that, but that doesn't mean anybody in the movie industry is going to see you that way.


Any idiot can get laid when they're famous. That's easy. It's getting laid when you're not famous that takes some talent.


I want to see the numbers that prove that show-business marriages are any less successful than other marriages. It's just very public when they fail.


It does get old to have to always be a monkey in a zoo. I don't know what it's like any more to be anonymous.


There are people who tell you to shut up because you're just a celebrity, but pundits, talking heads, they're every bit the celebrity and a lot of them aren't any more qualified than the average man on the street.


L.A. kind of scares me.


I worked for four days on JFK but it changed everything. It led to A Few Good Men, The River Wild, Murder In The First and Apollo 13. It was definitely a turning point.


You can sit around and complain that Hollywood doesn't make any good movies. But you can generate your own material. So I read books. I come up with ideas. I was the producer on The Woodsman (2004) to help get that off the ground. Sometimes that extends itself to directing.


There's the most resistance to an actor singing. It's like I'm being disloyal to my industry.


There are two types of actors: those who say they don't want to be famous and those who are liars.


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