What I learned as an actor was the only way you could really do August Wilson's work, you had to leave an ounce of your essence on that stage,... Otherwise it was impossible.
First of all, you look at Rocky films now, and if that isn't a cartoon series there isn't any cartoon series. I mean there's no way anybody is going to take that amount of punishment in fifteen rounds.
You're 5 feet nothing, a hundred and nothing.
Juan Hernandez was an actor out of New York, but what made Juan so great and what made Omar so great was that they both already knew how to box, so we didn't have to take them into a gym and teach them how to throw a left jab.
I just don't want to do a movie because it paid me a lot of money.
I didn't go to film school, I went to acting school.
I don't even know if I can call myself a director.
I'm trying my hand at writing. I'm writing a couple of projects for HBO, a half hour comedy and a miniseries.
And like everybody else, I like the Rocky movies, but if you look at them again you can see all the misses, but the intensity of it, but that wasn't what this is.
Acting is the easiest money you'll ever make in your life, and directing is probably the hardest money.
This directing thing just sort of fell my way and landed in my lap.
I still make more money as I do as an actor than director, however I don't want to be a commercial director.
Because I killed a guy in real life, and because my character kills a guy onstage, they said I could never do anything this great again. I resented that.
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