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Type: Actor
Nationality: American
Date of Birth: 09/16/1956




 

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It's the formulaic studio movies the make money, and when they do, the actors in them are automatically movie stars.
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All I am hoping for is to be able to work-I think my best work is still ahead of me-I think all that I have been through in the last several years have only made me a better, more interesting actor.
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I did think for many, many years that because of my ability I could beat the system. And I was wrong.
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Comeback is a good word, man.
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Doing physical or fighting scenes in movies is really the hardest part, so wherever I could have the stunt guy do it, I'd prefer to have him do it.
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I always knew I'd accomplish something very special - like robbing a bank perhaps.
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It was either therapy or die.
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I had a lot of anger inside me and that came out at times that were not particularly advantageous to me career-wise.
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All that prosthetic makeup drains you. By the time it's lunch, you're done.
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What I've got to do now is let them judge me for who I am as an actor and not for my notoriety.
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I trained like an animal, but the thing is focus and concentration. When the bell rings it's like when the little red light goes on over the camera. And I can usually nail my lines on the first or second take because I'm right there.
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A lot of the stuff I am now seeing is edgy, raw kinda material.
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I had some things I had to fix. It took me 14 years to do it. But it was never really fun back in the day to work with directors who were a lot older and were like authoritarian and talking to you like that.
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Years ago I realized that maybe I made mistake, politically, when I turned a lot of that stuff down. I would go off to obscure places and make movies that six people went to see.
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It was the most fun I've ever had on a movie. It was one of the happiest times in my life. I was living in New York, and I really enjoyed acting at the time. Also, it's funny because that was also the time when I went downhill.
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I started to shortcircuit because I had high aspirations for the film. I never told anybody that.
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I had a bonding problem when I went off and boxed for five years. I was over in Europe and Asia fighting because I wanted to do something different; I was tired of acting. But the thing is, when I was done doing that, I couldn't get a job.
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A couple of guys won Academy Awards for the things that I turned down. Today, after coming to terms with everything, after being in therapy for a long time-there are areas where I will compromise.
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They have great strip clubs in Austin, Texas, so I would have my fan club... I would have the girls come up and we would, ah... talk.
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I never look backwards. I have always been an athlete. I boxed before I acted.
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I was very immature when I was young, and for me there was no balance. Everything was just all or nothing.
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