My fear now is of cliche, of complacency, of not being able to feel authenticity in myself and those around me.
I began to write fiction on the assumption that the true enemies of the novel were plot, character, setting and theme, and having once abandoned these familiar ways of thinking about fiction, totality of vision or structure was really all that remained.
I do not feel an exile from America in any sense.
I'm just looking for the best story being told by the best people and the best part that I can find. If those things add up, I want to be a part of it whether it's a studio film or, more likely in that instance, an independent film.
There's a lot of skeletons in my closet!
'The New York Times' thing... I think any actor would be thrilled to be profiled in that paper.
Starting in the mid-'80s, I played in a band called Meat Joy, and we made our own record, toured.
People have said unkind things and you kind of have to, if you happen to read it, you have to just, you know, move on.
Part of the way that I work is to observe.
It seems like every year Hollywood makes an attempt to retell the Manson story, and I just couldn't be less interested in it. It's not really our crowning achievement as a civilisation. I'm not saying it shouldn't be done, but it just bores me.
The writer should always serve as his own angleworm —and the sharper the barb with which he fishes himself out of blackness, the better.
Motive is never easy. Sometimes it occurs to one only later.
I do all kinds of roles - nerd, psycho, nerd, psycho, nerd, psycho - and occasionally someone kind of normal. It's weird, when I lived in Austin I was always cast as pretty normal people. But when I moved to Los Angeles I was immediately branded a psycho
You never really forget who you are. If you did, you'd need to seek some professional help
It's hard to tell whether the ship or airplane - they're all the same, I'm convinced - is male or female; it may shift back and forth.
When we lived in Juneau, Alaska, it was a town of about 7,000 people, and totally isolated; the only way to get to it was by ship.
Really, I didn't like Alaska. It rained, almost every day, at least 300 days out of the year.
It's tough being an actor making music, because even I have a knee-jerk reaction to that.
It's probably odd for someone to read an interview where the interviewee is worried about exposure while they're talking in an interview.
I don't think there are in life, pure darkness or pure light. Everyone's got a little of everything.
I've never had any delusions about being a leading man, and it's not sour grapes to say that in the best films that I've always enjoyed, the cliched leading man type isn't a part of the picture.
For the last 20 years of my life, I've had the mantra to do amazing parts with amazing people in amazing projects, so I'm attracted to good story, writing and character and good people. That's what I'm always searching for and I don't think that's ever going to change.
It's nice to sometimes get things out of life, rather than stealing from other artists. I'm trying to steal from the real people.
As an actor, I think a mistake that any storyteller can make is to play the ending.
I have to be careful of what TV shows I choose, particularly ones that have commercials in them, because it's going to be a different kind of television show.
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