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" After I finished school, I headed for Los Angeles, thinking, 'Movies. Beaches.' But I wanted to do serious stage work, so I upped sticks and moved to New York to study. I did the usual day jobs to support myself - waiting on tables, washing dishes, parking cars, anything to pay the rent. I was a terrible waiter, by the way. "
" All the stuff that you visualized that was going to work so beautifully, you discover is trashed, so you jump to something else. "
" Arnold Schwarzenegger, I don't know if you'd call him a great actor, but he's amazing in terms of his presence, and he is interesting enough that you want to watch him. "
" As much preparation as I had made for the old man Salieri, gestures and so on, the fact is after sitting for hours, your movements are kind of slow. "
" I acted my heart out. "
" I always play these bad guys, and I'm really a nice guy. "
" I cannot imagine not working. I don't understand the word 'retirement.' "
" I can't pretend at how much I object to all of the plays that keep being brought back over and over again, the so-called classic plays. I mean how many times can we see 'The Glass Menagerie?' "
" I'd like President Bush to get a gun in his hands. I'll go with him. I can't think of anything better than to die in place 's just beginning their lives. "
" I'd like President Bush to think maybe there's another way to think, that maybe Kissinger was wrong when he says we had to go in there because he was wrong about Vietnam. "
" I don't want to talk in terms of miracles. I think this is a very serious situation. But I do want to talk in terms of Bush becoming a man of the hour, and I think this is way to do it. "
" If these men decided that they have to go in there and fight, I want them to send their own children and grandchildren. I want them to not send a bunch of strangers' kids in there to fight and die. "
" I have two brothers buried in the military cemetery in Texas. I don't want to see any more of that. "
" I just throw it out and see what happens. If it sounds and feels right, then I continue. "
" I like to teach. And when I spot talent without ambition, it makes me angry. I give students short shrift if they're not willing to do the work. Relying on talent is not enough. "
" I love parties. I love a good time. "
" I'm a comedian at heart, and I really can make people laugh, but ever since 'Amadeus,' all I seem to do is play dramatic roles and villains. "
" I'm a very proud actor. "
" I'm first-generation American - my people came over on boats - and I think it's a shame to close the door on people who really need freedom. "
" I'm just having a wonderful time. It's an interesting thing that I'm very comfortable with this material and I don't know why. Maybe it's because I did MacBeth. "
" I'm not afraid to go anywhere, to the smallest theatre or the least amount of money. "
" I'm not going to just say nice things about everybody unless I mean it. "
" I'm passionate about politics, but when it comes to political parties, I'm despondent. I'm disappointed at the absence of a sense of humanity and struggle to not become a cynic. "
" I'm the spokesperson for the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees. My father was from Syria. It's an American initiative, and it's multi-faith. So, it's maybe 60-65 different organisations, Jews, Christians, Hindus... Anyway, it's very important and serious. "
" I really like to experiment. That's the only way I can work. It's instinctive. "
" I think creativity is spiritual. I absolutely believe that. "
" I trust that the president will try, just give it one more shot, some revolutionary way of not doing this, of bringing all those kids back home safely. "
" It sounds funny, but I felt that my responsibility as an American actor was to let the British know we can act as well as they can. "
" I worked with Harold Pinter once as my first Broadway show. It was one of the most exciting things that ever happened to me. "
" Marlon Brando was the major influence in my life, though I never met him. And my father - we didn't get along, but he was an influence in terms of honesty and work ethic. That's the greatest compliment I could pay him. "
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