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" I didn't think I'd ever be able to do movies. That was for serious actors. "
" Growing up, yeah, I had a magic kit with learn tricks and learn card tricks, but I was never... I used to watch whatever magic special was on as a kid, but then, it's not that I lost interest, but to be a magician, you really, it's really hard work. Learning lines is hard enough; learning sleight of hand, that's real practice. "
" My real training as an actor was when I started doing theatre. "
" I've certainly worked with really great directors who haven't acted. "
" Relationships are interesting to me. Not just between men and women, but fathers and sons, brothers and sisters and friends. "
" 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 think it's important to create an atmosphere where actors feel like they can try things out. It doesn't mean that I'll take every suggestion, but I want there to be some room for actors to grow. "
" 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. "
" Whenever you do something that is in a continuous take, and something that we're not used to doing, because it was all in the details of if you don't make one move seem natural, it can give away all of it. "
" I'm always looking for other interesting films to either act in or direct. "
" They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping. "
" 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. "
" It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I started acting. "
" I had a magic kit. I never really followed through on it, but I had my phase of wanting to do it, sure. "
" I've always been interested in character-driven pieces, and my approach to directing is through acting. "
" What was frustrating about Armageddon was the time I spent not doing anything. It was a big special effects film, and I wasn't crazy about pretending I was in outer space. It feels ridiculous. "
" I could never have imagined the films I've done and the people I've worked with when I was starting out; I certainly did not have a career path. "
" 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 love working with Scorsese. He's not only a brilliant director and is great working with actors, but he's also a walking human film encyclopedia. It's fun to talk about movies with him. "
" Bob Altman had this relaxed but serious attitude. Everybody loved him. I wanted him to adopt me. "
" 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. "
" When I was in pre-production for Trees Lounge, I was hearing the cinematographer talking with the production designer about colours and this and that, and feeling like I was losing control. "
" 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. "
" I don't think about the characters I choose to play, analytically or consciously. "
" The trend now is to shoot in Canada because it's cheaper, and they don't care what the location is. "
" To me, score is really important. I would rather not have any score if it's something that's going to detract from the film. So often when I watch films, the score is what really bothers me. "
" All the roles I play, I don't see any of my roles in films that they're typically leading men. "
" I was going to buy a van and move to LA so I could secretly pursue acting without any of my friends knowing. "
" Communication is the key, and it's one thing I had to learn-to talk to the actors. I was so involved with the visual and technical aspects that I would forget about the actors. "
" I always find that it's when a script is not detailed, then I have to do more work as an actor. "
" Casting is everything. Getting the person that you imagined is this character and then seeing what they bring to it. "