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" Around my own friends, I like to mess around. "
" The greatest king of Israel, King David, the author of the Psalms, sent a man out to die in battle so that he could sleep with his wife. "
" I'm better than Olivier. "
" But I think there are more good young actors now than ever. It's a medium that everyone wants to be connected with - it is such a hip medium going into the 21st century. "
" I'm getting good offers, as good as ever sometimes. I just finished a thing with Billy Bob Thornton that was the most unique part I've ever played in my life, in the most unique project. "
" I always figure from the cradle to the grave, we all have our individual journeys, and maybe my journey was a positive one and I accomplished certain things without stepping on too many toes. "
" Sometimes directors will hire you and say, 'Oh, we love your work.' And then they start to tell you how to do it. I say, 'Hey, man, back off. You hired me to do it. Let me do it.' "
" We either accept weaknesses in good people or we have to tear pages out of the Bible. "
" As long as they keep offering me some good parts and so forth - there are some parts out there that fit me pretty well - I'll keep going for a while. "
" I wanted to show that crime doesn't pay. If you are saved and accept the Lord, you cannot use that as an excuse to avoid punishment. "
" It's like kids playing house: 'You play the father, I'll play the mother.' You know, you dress up, you play, they pay, you go home. It's a game - acting's a game. "
" I'll keep on acting 'til they wipe the drool. I like the business. I like to do different parts and diverse characters. I haven't lost my enthusiasm yet! "
" I love working in Texas anywhere. "
" I always thought of myself as a later bloomer, so I like some of my work more later than earlier. "
" Everybody likes to win. "
" I try not to look for messages in films. "
" But for me, the challenge is how you turn a character into behavior. Once the director says 'action', you just try to live between those two worlds. "
" I've always liked country music. It's a certain aspect of America that goes back to the British Isles and the influence is very native to America. "
" Very often some of the religious miracle plays you see on television can be very corny, I find. And so simplistic. "
" My uncle always said that I could have been a rancher. "
" I'd like to direct again, but that's really hard to get something and raise the money. It's difficult to find just the right thing. "
The Right Thing
" The money part is one of the most difficult things. Coppola always said I should do a tango movie. If it hadn't been for him, I don't know where we would have gotten the money. "
" Some Russian ballet master woman said there's no culture in America, but if you look you can find interesting stuff in this country, don't you think? "
" There was nothing wrong with shouting at God. "
" My father's people... are from Fairfax in northern Virginia, just across the Mason-Dixon line. So it was an honour to play Lee, he was a great general. "
" Look, Hollywood's a mecca, but it's not the final answer. You pick up a camera anyplace in the world, you can make a movie. "
" The cultural contrast I saw between religions... Catholics have a lot of mediators, going through saints and Mary or whatever. Protestants in general say things to God directly. "
" I can't live without a woman. I have to have a woman, have to have a wife. "
" When I'm at home in Virginia, I become more hermit-like. I like my own home. "
" Art is competitive. "
" I always considered myself as a character actor. I always try to be versatile to show different sides of human experience. "