There's a hysterical, tired sense of humor that comes after working 14 hours a day, six days a week. I like those things because they take the pressure off the constant stress
I like playing flawed characters, people who aren't perfect.
In this industry, the new owners prefer to kill anything they weren't responsible for.
I wrote a script. I actually enjoyed writing it more than acting. It's about the Irish rebellion of 1920, which is a fascinating period and place for me
I have family obligations and all that stuff. I get my kids six weeks in the summer, which is a real intense period of time. I'm with them every minute of the day
I don't think a director should have any kids. I don't even think it's good for your physical health. Even guys in their 30s look exhausted because directors never get enough sleep. What I do is stressful enough
I remember seeing Bill Hurt in New York once. I talked to him on the phone around 1988 and that's about it. I was shooting in New York and somebody said Glenn Close came by the set
Debra Winger doesn't let anything interfere with her performance, which is the way it should be
Take characters that Nicholson or De Niro play: they're not always tough
I feel more comfortable doing films with groups of guys. It's a lot easier for me. There's a difference with women: you can't take them to dinner every night and go crazy
These days, you can do a TV series for five years and all of a sudden be on top of the business. Features don't even run in theaters very long anymore before going right to television
Most of what gets made now, you laugh your way through, go home and forget you've seen it
I don't care about being a star. I can do a supporting role; I don't have to be a lead
Sometimes I think I'm real predictable to myself and other times... you always wonder, Is this really what I wanted to do? Did I make a mistake? Should I be doing something else?
I had already done a lot of research for Rough Riders, keeping notebooks and old photographs. Some of the books were antiques for that time period, with the covers falling off.
We had training camp for a week, and we used the actual military drills of that period. We didn't have to work out much after hours, because going up and down hills all day was a good workout in itself.
You realize just how long youve been away when you get home and start dialing 8 out of habit so you can get access to local calls.
Around mid-life everyone goes maniac a little bit.
You can't think that you're playing a villain, or you'll end up with a cartoon. You have to think about him as a person and a hero.
The Big Chill is one of those things that everybody can identify with. Between eight characters, they can pick somebody who's somewhat like them
Even my agents say, We don't know what this business is anymore
I came in on the tail end of the old school of Hollywood
I guess if I weren't an actor, I'd be a history professor
While I was doing these plays in the beginning, I wasn't getting paid. I thought of it more as a hobby. Then I realized how seriously a lot of these people took what they were doing
Rough Riders took 13 weeks to shoot, plus a week of training. The same guy trained us trained the cast in Platoon. Except, instead of radios, we used bugles to signal
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