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" Do mainstream crowds want to watch a movie about good things happening in black neighborhoods? Do black audiences want to see a little girl doing something in a white world? "
" 'The Fugitive Kind,' 'Rope,' 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' - I watched all these as a way of reminding myself that you can do a movie based on a play. You can do a movie that stays in one place for a long stretch. "
" There's great theatre in New York City, but no New York City in theatre. "
" I play characters. I don't think I really have a persona per se. I don't play the same guy every time. I show up, you don't know what I'm gonna do. I like it that way. I've intentionally tried to do it that way. I think that's what's interesting. "
" I'm not dyeing my hair and trying to pretend I'm 40. That's not going to work for me. "
" I think everyone is very surprised at how 'Matrix' has become the pop culture phenomenon that it is. "
" I'm passionate about all the things I do, really. "
" I have a man cave somewhere in California - a totally undisclosed location where manly things occur. There are motorcycles, there are secret doors and passageways. Women are welcome, but they must knock. "
" Philanthropic work reminds you of everyone's common humanity, and that's really the common denominator for everyone. "
" My production company, what we are trying to do is I'm trying to create content that speaks to me, and it's not one color. It's not one size fits all. "
" Obviously, after 'The Matrix,' it was a case of, 'OK, I did that. What's next?' I mean, it's always like that, but more so this time. How do I change it up? How do I keep it interesting for myself? "
" As a movie star, you get good tables at restaurants. "
" I have this unshakeable faith. I believe in myself; I believe in God. "
" My vocation is I do what I do. I'm an actor; that's what I do. "
" It's funny, a lot of people think I take myself seriously because I come off so serious sometimes. But it's not that I take myself seriously, I take what I do seriously. "
" Special effects are characters. Special effects are essential elements. Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they aren't there. "
" Projects don't need to be special for me to sign up, but I do need them to have something that speaks to me in some way. "
" It's very difficult to set a film in one setting without giving the audience some intensity and some relief. "
" The commercial I did for Kia was hilarious and unexpected, so that, I think, is also another way of signaling to the audience that there's more to me than Morpheus. "
" As a man of colour, I've spent my life asking people to see me for who I am. With Obama in the White House, it feels like people have finally caught up to where I've been most of my life. "
" Things have become considerably better for men of colour since I was born. But I'd say that we'll be really getting somewhere when things get better for women of colour. "
" I don't want to be 45 years old and have been a hot actor when I was 33 and have people going, 'Whatever happened to Fishburne?' "
" I didn't have much of a childhood, but that's O.K. I have a livelihood. "
" I was in a movie with Marlon Brando. Now, I didn't have any scenes with Marlon Brando, but I had scenes with Martin Sheen and was around Dennis Hopper, who was a child actor in the studio system and was enamored of James Dean, as was Martin, and they were all sort of disciples of Brando. "
" Back in 1978, when I was still in high school, I went to see a Broadway show, 'Paul Robeson,' starring James Earl Jones. It was all about Robeson's journey as a human being, an artist, a champion of civil rights. Had I not seen the play, I might not have known who Robeson was. I was certainly never taught about him in school. "
" A smart black guy is confronting for most people. But that's on them, not on me. "
" I think of myself as being a relatively intelligent man who is open to a lot of different things and I think that questioning our purpose in life and the meaning of existence is something that we all go through at some point. "
" I believe in my children. I believe in human beings. I believe in the goodness that is in human beings. I believe in many, many things that I cannot prove. I believe that there's the world of the seen and the world of the unseen. "
" I didn't want to be a big star. I wanted to be a really good actor. "
" All I know is, I'm trying to do things that are a little different whenever I can. "
" My company, Cinema Gypsy, produced a podcast, 'Bronzeville,' in conjunction with Larenz Tate and his brothers that we're developing into a television show. It deals with a very tight-knit African-American community in Chicago in 1947 and people who run a numbers wheel. "