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.
Don't piss in my ear and tell me it's raining.
If you look at yourself as a star, you've already lost something in the portrayal of any human being.
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.
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.
Dysfunctional families have sired a number of pretty good actors.
It really costs me a lot emotionally to watch myself on-screen. I think of myself, and feel like I'm quite young, and then I look at this old man with the baggy chins and the tired eyes and the receding hairline and all that.
That's the great thing about plankton. It pretty much keeps to itself.
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.
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.
The worst job I ever had was working nights in the Chrysler Building. I was part of a team of about five guys, and we polished the leather furniture.
Hollywood loves to typecast, and I guess they saw me as a violent guy.
I'm not a sentimental guy.
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.
I have trouble with direction, because I have trouble with authority. I was not a good Marine.
I'm disappointed that success hasn't been a Himalayan feeling.
My wife and I take what we call our Friday comedy day off. We watch standup comics on TV. The raunchier the better. We love Eddie Izzard.
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.
Nothing counts so much as family, the rest are just strangers. (as Nicholas Earpp in Wyatt Earp, 1994)
I left home when I was 16 because I was looking for adventure.
I was trained to be an actor, not a star.
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.
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