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" A lot of characters I've played have a certain amount of strength, pride, and leadership. "
" I hated how Sam Rothstein got manipulated by Sharon Stone's character in 'Casino.' I mean, I just hate how he gets manipulated; that just gets ridiculous to me. I know it's historic, but I hated that. "
" Once or twice a week, I try to do some kind of boxing. I'm hitting the bags and jumping rope - all that stuff. "
" There's no question that I'm African-American. OK? I'm a black man. We're not going to escape that. "
" I do like sci-fi, absolutely. I've watched everything from 'Star Trek' to 'Star Wars' to 'Terminator' - the list goes on and on. "
" I always try to bring a certain masculine presence to what I do. That is part of the dynamic. "
" I want to see my family prosper, see my kids grow old. "
" 'Mekhi' means, sort of, one who loves water, and the relationship with water and how water is important to life... It's a sense of being needed and purpose - you know, we have a purpose on this earth, and we're here to fill that. "
" It's always a pleasure when you get to work with people that you actually really like. "
" I love anything that really pushes the envelope as far as where it takes your mind. When it's well written and brings you into a world that possibly could be, I think that's the most entertaining for me - to see something that could actually take place and causes you to think. "
" If you go into something saying, 'I'm the bad guy,' you do yourself a disservice as an actor. It's always about trying to find the humanity in a character. "
" I've dated interracially a lot. I grew up in Harlem, so I've dated Latins, Dominican, Guyanese, Cuban, black, white. "
" When I did 'Clockers,' I didn't even think about having a career in acting, I just thought, 'Wow, this is cool. I get to do a little movie.' "
" In the early '80s, it was hard to find celebrities you can identify with if you lived in the hood. There weren't any rap videos at the time. "
" I always try to pick and choose projects that will be impactful to someone. From films like 'Clockers' to playing a doctor on 'ER' to doing '8 Mile,' where I'm in charge of the hip-hop battles, I think it affects all kinds of different audiences. And I just try to keep that in mind, to keep people entertained. "
" It's nice to always have been able to remain consistent. I'm very thankful for that and to work on shows that I can be proud of, and films. "
" I grew up in a rough environment. You want to be strong and have your presence felt out there. That attitude reflects how people see you. "
" I've done 21 films in eight years, and I've said 'No' more times than I've done films. "
" I'm an avid watcher of the Nat Geo channel, where I watch shows about how the planets are formed, and shows about moons, quasars, black holes. "
" When you become an actor, at some point you look for something that brings you back to your roots. You find something that people around your neighborhood can relate to. People that you're close with can relate to. "
" My agents usually get a breakdown of all the projects that are out there. When I got 'Divergent,' they hadn't finished the script. They knew they wanted the leader of the Dauntless to have a certain demeanor and energy. They had me read a short monologue, and I got the part. "
" I think, in any artist's mind, you can't just be into yourself. You have to look at the world in an objective view. "
" I'm from Harlem, born and raised there. "
" When you're working and making money, that's all good, but there has to be something that provides a substance, I think. "
" With my first son I cut his umbilical cord and everything, so I'm a hands-on father, to say the least. "
" I'm a soccer dad at heart. I want five kids, and I want to get married. I want to coach Little League. "
" I loved the extended version of 'Aliens' because it shows just a little bit more that you don't see and what they always show on television. "
" When break dancing was out, I break danced. When rapping was the thing, I freestyled rap on the street and battled and all that kind of stuff. "
" I love character-driven, well-written, great storytelling types of films, and I think that 'My Cousin Vinny' just hit the nail on the head with everything. It's one of those movies that, if I'm flipping through the channels, no matter what part it's on, I can watch it. It's just one of my favorites. "
" I love kids, outings, camping, sports, Legoland, all the Daddy stuff. I love it. I wish I could just do that, but I have to work, too. "
" I know a lot of people who are weak, who are in a perpetual cycle of poverty and being locked up. There are guys from my neighborhood who are in jail or who are dead. It does take a certain strength to know your environment and say, 'I can grow beyond it.' "