I don't want to stop acting, but acting in some ways is a young man's game.
I don't read my own reviews and I haven't for probably 15 years. I read other people's reviews, though.
I didn't get into this so I could talk about my work, my movies. You become an actor to act.
(on L.A.) That's where the industry is. There is a tremendous amount of business you can do just by walking through restaurants and just being there.
A good director creates an environment, which gives the actor the encouragement to fly.
I do struggle with how much and in which way, as an artist or celebrity, that you voice your political views.
(on watching his early performances) I never go back and watch myself. I'll see a film when it's new, maybe twice, but then not for years. If I'm flicking channels on TV and one of them is on, I flick right past it. It's so hard. If I looked at it I'd go, "Aw shit, I should have done this, done that". A lot of stuff about my past work bugs me. I guess I'm only seeing the faults.
Most actors want to have the world look at us and love us, and those who say that that's not really a driving force for them, I don't believe.
(on the Oscar season) I call it the bitter season, because year after year, I've seen it come and go and not been a member of the club. And yet I've continued to make a living as an actor.
(on his wife, Kyra Sedgwick) Kyra is a woman who made all the wrong choices when it comes to being an actress. She got married too young, had a kid and then had another kid.
Gary Oldman is impossible to steal a movie from. He's such a great actor, he's off the hook. I love him.
I think we all have a lot of darkness in our bellies. As an actor, the challenge of tapping into that, reaching down into that sadness or anger, is very therapeutic.
There are very few things that are purely conceptual without any hard content.
And life has taught me that if I am to have a satisfying career, I have to take three things out of the mix. The first is the size of my part. The second is the size of the budget. And the third is the size of my salary. Once you get rid of those things, your possibilities exponentially explode. You get to work with the directors who matter. You get to make movies like The Woodsman (2004).
Initially, I wasn't offered the part. I was walking up the beach in Willowbridge, the British West Indies on Christmas Eve and saw this guy who I know peripherally. He's not in the film industry, but in Philadelphia real estate or something like that. He said, 'They sent me this script and asked me to invest in it' and told me there was another actor involved. That's all he said. He told me to take a look at it and let him know if it was a good investment. Normally, I would never take a screenplay under those conditions. You can't read everything. You'd spend your whole life reading scripts from people on beaches. I got home on January 2nd or 3rd and it was sitting there. I picked it up and read it and a barrage of feelings washed over me -- anger, disgust, confusion, and compassion, feeling angry with myself for feeling compassionate. I put it down and knew that it was probably going to be my next movie. (On The Woodsman)
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