The difference between a hero and a coward is one step sideways.
I was trained to be an actor, not a star. I was trained to play roles, not to deal with fame and agents and lawyers and the press.
Things parents say to children are oftentimes not heard, but in some cases you pick up on things that your parent would like to see you have done.
Seventy-five per cent of being successful as an actor is pure luck. The rest is just endurance.
I do not like assassins, or men of low character.
My grandfather had been a newspaper reporter, as was my uncle. They were pretty good writers and so I thought maybe somewhere down the line I would do some writing.
I'm disappointed that success hasn't been a Himalayan feeling.
I have trouble with direction, because I have trouble with authority. I was not a good Marine.
I left home when I was 16 because I was looking for adventure.
Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors.
I don't see myself as a violent guy.
I don't like to talk about myself that much.
If I start to become a star, I'll lose contact with the normal guys I play best.
If you look at yourself as a star, you've already lost something in the portrayal of any human being.
Honesty isn't enough for me. That becomes very boring. If you can convince people what you're doing is real and it's also bigger than life - that's exciting.
Once, I optioned a novel and tried to do a screenplay on it, which was great fun, but I was too respectful. I was only 100 pages into the novel and I had about 90 pages of movie script going. I realized I had a lot to learn.
You go through stages in your career that you feel very good about yourself. Then you feel awful, like, 'Why didn't I choose something else?' But overall I'm pretty satisfied that I made the right choice when I decided to be an actor.
Hollywood loves to typecast, and I guess they saw me as a violent guy.
I don’t trust air I can’t see.
Like a duck on the pond. On the surface everything looks calm, but beneath the water those little feet are churning a mile a minute.
That's the great thing about plankton. It pretty much keeps to itself.
Don't piss in my ear and tell me it's raining.
I write in the morning from about eight till noon, and sometimes again a bit in the afternoon. In the morning I start off by going over what I had done the previous day, which my wife has happily typed up for me.
I went in the Marines when I was 16. I spent four and a half years in the Marines and then came right to New York to be an actor. And then seven years later, I got my first job.
Nothing counts so much as family, the rest are just strangers. (as Nicholas Earpp in Wyatt Earp, 1994)
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