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" All the roles I play, I don't see any of my roles in films that they're typically leading men. "
" Shooting in sequence, I think it intensifies everybody's relationship, the crew, the actors. You have to be very focused, and shooting at night is a challenge because you get tired. I think it requires a special kind of concentration, but it's also exhilarating. "
" I'd say that the director I had most involvement with was Alex Rockwell in 'In the Soup'. It was one of my earliest leading roles, and he gave me a lot of responsibility as an actor. "
" I never did improv professionally, but that was certainly in my training as an actor. I like it. "
" My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don't know what that means, but it sounds like a dig. "
" I had a magic kit. I never really followed through on it, but I had my phase of wanting to do it, sure. "
" When I moved to the East Village in the late seventies, I wanted to be a street performer, so I practiced daily. I never did work up the skills or the courage to perform on the street, though. "
" My greatest hope was to get discovered as a comedian and get on a sitcom. "
" The thrill of performing - that's something that hasn't changed for me. That simultaneous joy of creating something and sharing it with an audience - it's the same now as it was then, when it was just my cousins' birthday party. "
" I think all comics borrow from each other. Only a few have an original voice, and I wasn't one of them. In the end, I couldn't figure out who to steal from, so I stopped doing it. "
" By nature, I think I am a pretty private person, and that is what is hard even doing interviews for films that I really love doing, because in some ways, it diminishes the experience that I had. "
" Anything you write, even if you have to start over, is valuable. I let the story write itself through the characters. "
" I'm not so in a rush to direct just anything because I'm lucky that I can make a living so far as an actor and not have to worry about that as a director. And so I can be a little more choosy in things I direct. "
" Relationships are interesting to me. Not just between men and women, but fathers and sons, brothers and sisters and friends. "
" Every day's an adventure when I step out of my door. That's why I usually wear a hat and keep my head low. "
" Casting is everything. Getting the person that you imagined is this character and then seeing what they bring to it. "
" The trend now is to shoot in Canada because it's cheaper, and they don't care what the location is. "
" I didn't think I'd ever be able to do movies. That was for serious actors. "
" Directing television is really hard - it's so fast. You shoot an hour show in seven days. "
" I did stand-up. I loved George Carlin and Steve Martin. "
" I like the struggles that people have, people who are feeling like they don't fit into society, because I still sort of feel that way. "
" They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping. "
" Trees Lounge is based on my own life. Both my parents like the movie. My father, of course, thinks it's a masterpiece. "
" I talked with Quentin about where the character came from, and he told me Kansas City. I don't know how somebody talks from Kansas City, so I made him from New York. "
" To me, it doesn't really matter how big the part is as long as the part is important to the story. "
" I'm terrible at story and structure, but I'm not so bad at writing dialogue. "
" It doesn't matter so much where the material comes from, as long as it's good. "
" With Animal Factory you'd think that because it's mostly interiors, you could shoot it anywhere. So we shot this in Philadelphia, and we had the cooperation of the prison system. "
" It's great working with Steve Carell and Jim Carrey. Those guys are really funny. "
" The first movie I had a featured role in was Parting Glances. "
" I like telling stories about people with problems. I can't really put it much simpler than that. "