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" I'd be more frightened by not using whatever abilities I'd been given. I'd be more frightened by procrastination and laziness. "
" Meryl and Katharine Hepburn are probably the two greatest actresses of this and the last century. "
" Where I think the most work needs to be done is behind the camera, not in front of it. "
" You have to grab moments when they happen. I like to improvise and ad lib. "
" I had a lot of success from the start. I never really was tested for long periods of time. I got my first professional job while I was a senior in college. I signed with the William Morris Agency before I graduated. "
" One good thing about acting in film is that it's good therapy. "
" I and haven't been unemployed for 20 years. I'm an exception to the rule. "
" I've worked in a factory. I was a garbage man. I worked in a post office. It's not that long ago. I like to think that I'm just a regular guy. "
" I never really had the classic struggle. I had faith. "
" I've been fortunate. I don't pick scripts. Scripts pick me. "
" Acting is just a way of making a living, the family is life. "
" I say luck is when an opportunity comes along and you're prepared for it. "
" When I did A Soldier's Story, I was very young and green and thought I knew everything-now I know I know everything! "
" I wasn't allowed to go to movies when I was kid; my father was a minister. 101 Dalmatians and King of Kings, that was the extent of it. "
" I work hard for the audience. It's entertainment. I don't need validation. "
" The time to worrying about flying is when you're on the ground. When you're up in the air, it's too late. No point in worrying about it then. "
" When I was a child I thought I saw an angel. It had wings and kinda looked like my sister. I opened the door so some light could come into the room, and it sort of faded away. My mother said it was probably my Guardian Angel. "
" If I am a cup maker, I'm interested in making the best cup I possibly can. My effort goes into that cup, not what people think about it. "
" You pray for rain, you gotta deal with the mud too. That's a part of it. "
" My role 14 years ago in Richard III - that was the first time I played a bad guy and learned a lot about it - they have all the fun! "
" It's simple: You get a part. You play a part. You play it well. You do your work and you go home. And what is wonderful about movies is that once they're done, they belong to the people. Once you make it, it's what they see. That's where my head is at. "
" I think the bottom of the totem pole is African-American women, or women of colour. I think they get the least opportunities in Hollywood. "
" I played Othello, but I didn't sit around thinking how Laurence Olivier did it when he played it. That wouldn't do me any good. "
" I'm not a film buff. I don't watch a lot of movies. "
" My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family. "
" Everybody has a job to do. There are people in Iraq on both sides of this war who do what they do for religious reasons, and they feel with God on their side. Some people are good at annihilating people. Maybe that's their gift. "
" I still have my unemployment books and I remember when I worked for the sanitation department and the post office. "
" My mother used to tell me man gives the award, God gives the reward. I don't need another plaque. "
" Man gives you the award but God gives you the reward. "
" My faith helps me understand that circumstances don't dictate my happiness, my inner peace. "
" Growing up I didn't watch movies. "