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.
I got to talking to an old actor, and he had a bunch of stories about the Rough Riders
I like playing flawed characters, people who aren't perfect.
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.
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 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
Most of what gets made now, you laugh your way through, go home and forget you've seen it.
I guess if I weren't an actor, I'd be a history professor
I'm probably satisfied with my career 80 percent of the time
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
Take characters that Nicholson or De Niro play: they're not always tough
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
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
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
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?
Debra Winger doesn't let anything interfere with her performance, which is the way it should be
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
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
I've done about six comedies. Oddly enough, the script came to me from one of the guys in Platoon
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