Any journey in life, if not done for human reasons of understanding and love, would be a very empty and lonely one.
If I'm a commodity, it wouldn't be a wise idea to buy stock in me - although, in the long run, maybe I'm a slow growth investment.
I don't want people to be inspired or offended by what I do. If you determine your behavior by what [other people] want, you're screwed.
I grew up in New York, and I have that in me, that be-honest-at-all-costs, don't b.s. me attitude. I say, If you've got something to say about me, say it to my face. And then we'll either talk about it or fight about it.
You should never try irony or self-effacing humour.
I don't think people have been able to deal with the fact that African American filmmakers can make movies about life and relationships.
I don't view myself as a political leftie. I view myself as a storyteller who is fair to both sides.
I learned never to listen to acting teachers because they don't know what the hell they're talking about.
I like Spike Lee a lot. He's incredibly gifted and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves as a filmmaker.
I couldn't care less about being a presenter at the Oscars.
I ran spotlight. Swept up. Did box office. Ran the lighting board. But acting was the most fun.
I've been lucky-my looks haven't put me into one category. I don't look like a blue blood. I don't look like a criminal. I don't look like anything.
I've long ago compromised my eight hours a night.
Toy Soldiers was my introduction to film. I certainly didn't think I was doing art by any stretch of the imagination.
If you're in the position to help someone and you do it, it's very rewarding.
When you make the judgement as a network that there are only three candidates, you are censoring points of view.
There are dumb actors. But there are dumb politicians and dumb bakers.
Just because someone gets arrested doesn't mean what they are doing is wrong. Some laws are unfair and unjust.
As we applaud the hard-edged realism of the opening battle scene of Saving Private Ryan, we cringe at the thought of seeing the same on the nightly news.We are told it would be pornographic.
It's difficult when you have to turn down a tremendous amount of money because you don't like what the script is saying and you don't have any money.
It's certainly a lot more difficult to get a project made if you're talking about something progressive. That's just the nature of the industry.
I think the enemy is self-censorship. In a free society the biggest danger is that you're afraid to the point where you censor yourself.
There are a great number of Republicans who are economically conservative but have hearts and a consciousness about their country.
Is Walt turning over in his grave? A man named Joe Roth runs Disney right now-he gave me the go-ahead and total freedom to do whatever I wanted to do.
I don't know if I ever really bought into the eternal damnation bit.
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