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" You know, making a movie is a collaborative effort and sometimes all the ingredients don't work out. I know that every now and again I am going to make a movie that won't work. "
" I love 'Trading Places,' but 'Coming to America' has one of the things I like to do - I like the multiple characters. "
" In the original script, my character was a basketball player rather than a boxer. I didn't think I could pull that off. I'm a little short to be a basketball player! "
" I've been a big Bob Marley fan forever. Forever. Like big, huge. Bob Marley and the Beatles, that's my big, giant music influence. I can listen to them all the time. "
" I never hated hip-hop. It became the new rock and roll. It became the biggest thing that Africans have ever done in the history of the Americas. Hip-hop put more black Americans on than anything before it. It fed more people. It allowed them to diversify into clothing lines and billion-dollar headphone companies. "
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" 'Nutty Professor' was me going, 'Say what you want to say, but I can do this, and you can't, and nobody else in the town can do this.' "
" I started out as a stand-up comedian. And that's what I'm most comfortable doing. "
" You know why they think I'm reclusive? I don't do the Hollywood stuff. I've never been on the circuit. "
" In a movie like this, the relationship between the two guys is crucial. It sinks or swims on how these two guys are together. I think we did a good job. "
" I'm a comedian who got into movies, so I don't really think of myself as an actor. "
" Growing up, I liked all the stuff that everyone else was listening to, like Motown, but the biggest group of all was The Beatles. "
" You know, if you look all my stuff... If you go back to 'Saturday Night Live,' my stuff always has music, even a bunch of my comedy stuff - like in 'Shrek,' the donkey is always singing. Music is always there. "
" I'm relaxed about my career. I've been making movies for over 20 years, so I've earned at least the right to relax. "
" Making movies is time-consuming and it's boring. You spend most of your time waiting between takes. It's like a big machine that moves slowly. "
" If you have a flop movie, so what? And if you have a hit movie, it's 'so what,' too - it's on to the next movie. "
" There's a bunch of places in the world I haven't been to, 'cause I can only be on a plane for a little bit. I'm like, 'How long is it to get there? Two days on a plane? What? No.' "
" I only want to do what I really want to do; otherwise, I'm content to sit here and play my guitar all day. "
" I'd like to produce, direct, write, score, and star in a film in exactly the way Chaplin did. I'll do that before I'm thirty. "
" I keep telling people I'll make movies until I'm fifty and then I'll go and do something else. I'm going to be a professional gentleman of leisure. "
" I don't think more concentration is required for Robert De Niro to do what he does as for Jim Carrey to do what he does. "
" The thing about kids is that they express emotion. They don't hold back. If they want to cry, they cry, and if they are in a good mood, they're in a good mood. "
" I'm kind of long in the tooth to fly in in a cape now, so I'd have to be, like, the voice of reason or somebody. 'Don't do that, super-fellow!' "
" The economy in Ireland has been rampaging ahead for the last 15 years. Barring an international, political or natural catastrophe, things can only get better for the Irish. "
" The advice I would give to someone is to not take anyone's advice. "
" As you get older, you get different, and I'm a mushier, softer person as I get older. "
" The same way you can see me sit at a table in a movie and be six different people, the mother and the uncle and all these different things, when I'm in the studio, I can do that, too. I'm not trying to be a recording artist and have a certain type of music for the radio. "
" I leave my house all the time! But I'm not at all the Hollywood parties. I'm grown, and where else am I supposed to be? I'm supposed to be home. "
" I had a band before I did standup - I've always done music. I got known for being funny, and that's how I make a living - and from acting - but I never stopped playing and producing and recording music. "
" There's this little box that African-American actors have to work in, in the first place, and I was able to rise above that box. I could have done a bunch of movies where I stayed as the Axel Foley or Reggie Hammond persona. But I didn't want to be doing the same thing all the time. Every now and then, you crash and burn, but that's part of it. "
" Music has always been around with me. "
" I've made 30 movies and for the most part my movies work. In a business where success is an exception and not the rule, I've mostly been successful. "