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" It's easy to not feel misplaced if this tidal wave of appreciation is coming your way. "
" You can't always do the extraordinary, in between you have to do the ordinary. Because if you didn't, what would constitute the extraordinary? "
" Something that is very special today might not be special tomorrow, but to hold it, to grasp it, to keep it, to make it special, to elevate it from the ordinary, that's when you open up the champagne. To make it sparkle. "
" It's a wonderful narrative device to bring someone from the outside and look through his eyes if you want to describe the absurdity and preposterous reality that is accepted amongst the ones who are inside. "
" When a new book comes out or becomes accessible in whatever form, I get it and I read it. "
" You know, I don't talk about the characters that I play. Years ago, I was a little timid about it and I kind of squirmed when I was asked, 'Could you tell us something about your character.' Now with a little self-confidence that comes with the grey beard, I just flatly refuse. "
" Our hubris needs to be downsized, thinking that profiteering on Earth, on whatever level - environmentally, economically, culturally - is unlimited and everybody should get as much as he wants or she wants. Humans need to be shrunk again to their actual size. "
" I used to hate exposure situations. What is generally referred to as 'red carpet.' "
" Becoming an actor is like becoming a father. It's not hard to become one. Making a life of it is the challenge. "
" Well, you need the villain. If you don't have a villain, the good guy can stay home. "
" You know, I don't support esoteric approaches to acting. "
" For a while, I couldn't decide whether or not I should pursue singing in the opera or acting. And I'm glad that I chose the latter because I wasn't a very good singer. "
" Ten flashing lights are a nuisance but 500 are fantastic. "
" You're always being cast for what you've been in last. "
" The villain is usually the most interesting part. But it has to be a smart thing. Just dumb cliche villains with a Russian accent and big muscles and a mean face, I don't know. My Russian accent isn't that great, and the muscles aren't that big and the mean face is not enough. You know what I mean? It gets very boring. Tedious stuff. "
" I take praise as not just a reward and a result but also as the beginning of a new process. "
" I have always been so interested in film as a medium. "
" Praise is nothing that accumulates. Praise is a sequence, especially if you've toiled for a long time. Praise does not pile up. So in a way, you can't get too much. I don't consider it to be a quantity that you can measure by volume. "
" I think in Europe, movies are made like a commodity and then sold as art. "
" You see, my version of why anyone would want to become an actor is that it's some psychological fixation, something that happened in puberty that you didn't outgrow in time, which is normal. Nevertheless, if you make it a profession, it can be really neurotic. "
" I only do what I like to do. "
" It's a misconception that you don't have seasons in southern California. They are just very subtle. The vegetation is very different. Plants react differently. You just have to be a little more observant. "
" The fact that Facebook presents facial recognition programmes as a desirable development, well, that in itself is a decisive step toward fascism, as far as I'm concerned. "
" Sometimes I do stuff where people say, 'Why did you do that?' And you know, it's very simple. I do it because I've never done it before. "
" By looking into more details of American history, we can make more sense of what's happening today. "