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
In this industry, the new owners prefer to kill anything they weren't responsible for.
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.
I got to talking to an old actor, and he had a bunch of stories about the Rough Riders
Most of what gets made now, you laugh your way through, go home and forget you've seen it.
I like playing flawed characters, people who aren't perfect.
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
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.
I'm probably satisfied with my career 80 percent of the time
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 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 guess if I weren't an actor, I'd be a history professor
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
Around mid-life everyone goes maniac a little bit.
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 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
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
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
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?
My mother, sister and I watched through the windows as my father gambled
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.
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
Take characters that Nicholson or De Niro play: they're not always tough
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