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" It's good to overexpose yourself with work. But don't expose yourself too much with the press. "
" It's finding time for each other. That's the trick to any relationship, you know. Finding time to really be present for each other. "
" Hamlet is a remarkably easy role. Physically it's hard because it tends to be about three hours long and you're talking the whole time. But it's a simple role and it adapts itself very well, because the thing about Hamlet is, we all are Hamlet. "
" I am so used to being able to express myself from being an actor. So when people don't understand me, I'm just completely lost. "
" I'm not that interested in working with impervious people. "
" You'd think true masculinity was just calm and collected happiness. So alpha male that it needs not or worries not. But typically masculine characters are always fighting, and most violence comes from some agitated level of fear and anxiety. "
" I think that everything I've ever done at some point is part of someone else's legacy. "
" You know, I have a deep, deep affinity for Dr. Seuss. "
" My style was always intuitive. I never used to believe in working on your body. Anything that smacked of vanity to me was bad for your acting, but I learned that wasn't true. "
" And you know, I hate to admit this, but I don't always think in terms of Shakespeare. When I eat, I do. When I'm at a restaurant, I'll think, 'Hmm, what would Macbeth have ordered?' "
" When you're in a place like New York or D.C. you just can't beat it, and it's so hard to recreate because they are both such distinctive places. "
" I was a writer. I just wasn't a very good one. I was lucky enough to have a playwriting teacher who told me that I'd be a better actor than I would a playwright. "
" I'm terrible with big parties. "
" Actors, you know, they're often awkward people in real life. "
" If you are going to remake a film, you may as well remake a classic. "
" I am very good with dialects, but the two that I can't do for some reason are the South African and Australian. "
" No, I grew up admiring people who played ice hockey. "
" A lot of times in Hollywood you're as good as your last job. "
" I manage to hide in my movies. "
" I think, the first time I played Iago at the Public Theater, I realized I had a - much to my chagrin - I realized I had an instinct for these conflicted characters, for these torn characters, for these characters who could be described as evil. I wouldn't describe them that way. "
" Everyone assumes that novelists are smarter and more interesting. They're generally smarter and more interesting, but they're often very short. So it kind of cancels all the smart and interesting stuff out. "
" I've got nothing against L.A. I think it is a really beautiful place. To be able to surf and get out in the Pacific Ocean every once in a while. The hiking, all of that is amazing. I love it there. "
" Well, I don't think I've ever been a huge target for the press, and I value that to a degree, because there's a certain value for actors staying beneath the radar so they can play characters. "
" Theater is consistent. You ride your bike to work. You get most of the day off so you can see your kids. My problem is that after three months, I go mad. One of the reasons I never thought I could do a TV show is that I hate doing the same thing over and over again. "
" I think New York will always be this incredible international crossroads, and I don't think that will ever change. "
" The best gig is the one you've got. "
" I think it's really, really important to mix it up as an actor, to try to get as much kind of varied experience as you can, not only for your own personal growth as an actor but for the audience to keep them guessing about what you're going to do. "
" The funny thing is that I write and I act a lot about being Jewish, but I don't really think about it as a regular person. "
" The worst bar fights I ever saw were in London. I saw a guy break a pint glass in another guy's face in a club in the Eighties. It was a gay club, too. "
" Don't hit people; don't let it get you too angry; remember that everything you do can and will be used against you. And take a breath and have some perspective. "
" There's the private persona and the public persona and the two shall never meet. "