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 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
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
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 didn't know how to go about preparing for the part of someone who can't remember who he is. The frustration angle is written in, but there's also this incredible passive state
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.
I was so exhausted after fighting for the project for five years, shooting it was like the Bataan Death March
This is all new to me, these re-releases. I don't know how these things do. I don't know if it will be people who saw it originally or young people
I'm probably satisfied with my career 80 percent of the time
I've done about six comedies. Oddly enough, the script came to me from one of the guys in Platoon
Every other movie is one of those action things. I mean, 'Lost in Space'? A bunch of good actors running around shooting at special effects on a soundstage? I took my kids to see that and felt like I was on an acid trip.
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
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
My mother, sister and I watched through the windows as my father gambled
I was kind of confused. I thought, Well, if I get drafted, I'll go. Everybody was very concerned with it. I had friends who went. Some that came back and some that didn't
I got to talking to an old actor, and he had a bunch of stories about the Rough Riders
To people outside, they think, Gee, that's great. You get to go here and there. The other side of that is our expression, This is location, not vacation
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.
Around mid-life everyone goes maniac a little bit.
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