An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, ain't listening.
I knew you had to go in and audition and maybe they'd hire you, and that's where you start. I had a good understanding about press: that it's the actor's responsibility to publicize his or her films.
It's the journey of self, I guess. You start with this kind of loner, outside guy, which a lot of people can relate to, and he goes out into the world.
Acting is something different to everybody. I just know that if you watch an actor or actress getting better and better, I think that's them just understanding themselves better and better.
I knew I wanted to act, and I was really driven, so I kept going for it. We moved to L. A. full-time when I was 8 or 9.
I start with actors that I know personally or I know their work, and there are things about their work or their presence or their own personality that make a character, that exaggerates some qualities and suppresses other qualities. It's always a real collaboration for me.
There is progress whether ye are going forward or backward! The thing is to move!
An actor's a guy who, if you ain't talking about him, he ain't listening.
I've always said I want a farmer, not a hunter. Hunters go for the kill and they move on. A farmer nurtures; he watches things grow.
There are two kinds of teachers: the kind that fill you with so much quail shot that you can't move, and the kind that just gives you a little prod behind and you jump to the skies.
It is for the latter that I always wanted to be an actor: to play characters who are always on the move.
The world today doesn't make sense, so why should I paint pictures that do?
Black or white good parts are hard to come by. A good actor with a good opportunity has a shot; without the opportunity it doesn't matter how good you are.
If there's anything unsettling to the stomach, it's watching actors on television talk about their personal lives.
All I wanted was to connect my moods with those of Paris. Beauty paints and when it painted most, I shot.
When everyone around you is doing all this incredible pirate acting and you're having to sort of play the straight guy and move the story forward, you kind of want to be doing some of that pirate ripping it up stuff, but in truth, to be a part of that project is what I love.
I've been in fights, but that doesn't make me cool or like a tough guy or more interesting actor, I'm not proud of it.
I mean, Joel talks to the actors more than I do and I probably do production stuff a little more than he does.
It's always strange being a kid on the set, because you're treated like an equal when you're working. But then when you break, the other actors go back to their trailers to take naps and drink beer, and I have to, like, go do school.
It's funny how all of this has worked out - I wasn't popular in high school, but now every drunken guy in the United States wants to be my pal. They all want to buy me a shot, and pretty soon I'm throwing up.
John Goodman is more that just a big guy, he's a wonderful actor.
Till now I have never shot a scene without taking account of what stands behind the actors because the relationship between people and their surroundings is of prime importance.
So it's kind of nervous to be in this situation, but at the same time you look at all those actors and the work that they've done, I've been in bigger films than all of them and still kept my integrity and still kept my respect.
People who run a ready-to-wear company are businessmen rather than production or design people.
We moved into the back, made it into a little 50s sitting room and started to sell the records. We had an immediate success. For one thing, these Teddy Boys were thrilled to buy the records.