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'Cool' is detached and emotionally cool. My instinct is to battle anything that seems overly cool.
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'Drive' is a genre piece, and a lot of times we don't get really sophisticated genre films.

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'Mojave' is a very wild, throwback film with these two dudes going after each other.

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A lot of very successful businessmen share some of these sociopathic traits - a lack of empathy, seeing people as commodities, projecting an air of sincerity when everything is actually calculated.

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A movie set is like a petri dish for neuroses, you know? It's just, like, egos and weird personalities and, more than anything, fear.

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A personal game-changer was when Ridley Scott cast me as King John, the King of England, for 'Robin Hood.'

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Advice? Look at your pay statements.

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All of my high school issues are resolved!

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Anybody who dedicates himself to exploring the human condition, there's always a detached eye that's watching. In any situation, a little part of me is observing it, to see if there are any raw materials to create something else later.

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Anything that's made by humans is about humans, whether it's about gods or aliens or anything; it's about some sort of expressive nature about us.

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Being someone with Latin roots, so many doors are constantly closed for you because people put you in a category, and the thing I've always wanted to avoid is categorisation.

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Cats are impossible to work with. They're just very difficult because you can't really train them. They're not really interested in whatever you want them to do. Dogs want to please you; cats only want to please themselves.

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Every frame of a Coen brothers movie is filled with history and meaning, and the deeper you go, the deeper you get. That's why their movies stand up particularly well to repeated viewing and investigation.

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For me, with a character, you start with the shoes.

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Getting a record deal is a meaningless thing now.

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How do you play 'righteous'? Do you just kind of stand up straighter? What does that mean as an actor? You don't really play a quality.

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Humans are mutants, everything's a mutant - things that evolve.

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I actually started playing in little cafes around New York, and I have a lot of good friends of mine who are musicians who are struggling in New York.

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I always joked with my parents. I told them, 'If I don't make it as an actor, my fallback is musician.'

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I always like teaser trailers because they don't give too much away, you know? They give just a flavor of what the thing is.

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I come from a place where everything about me, even my body language, is saying: I mean you no harm. I smile, I laugh. Basic stuff for most people.

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I don't know if they were all functioning, but I did play in a bunch of bands.

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I don't know why people are so obsessed with finding out stuff before the movie comes out. It's so much more fun to just go. I mean, I don't do that. I don't go looking for stuff that I'm interested in, you know, to try and find out pictures and what the movie's about. It's so much more fun to be surprised.

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I feel like being an artist and being an activist are separate things; I know some people who feel very differently.

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I get attached to things: I wear the same jeans for a year.

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I grew up in a very devoutly Christian home.

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I grow up in the States, in Miami, but I was born in Guatemala, and my father's Cuban, and in 'Body of Lies,' I played an Iraqi.

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I guess 'Scarface' was the Cuban Al Pacino.

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I had a great conversation with Tom Waits, of all people.

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I had an audition where Josh Brolin was pelting me with his personality. I didn't get the part.

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I have been playing acoustic music for a very long time, and it's something that I am very comfortable doing, so if I made a record, it would probably be a mixture of that and some other things that I'm interested in.

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I like being like a chameleon who transforms himself with each role.

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I like films that take their time a little bit more and don't show you all of their cards right away, characters that are conflicted and contradicting and seem one way at first and then suddenly turn out to be something else.

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I like the idea of the comedy of resilience.

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I played guitar and bass. I didn't do much vocals, although I did have one band where I was the lead singer. But that was when I was in college.

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I really just like characters who you don't know where they stand for a long while. It's like people. You hang out with them for 10 years, and then all of a sudden they do something, and you say, 'Who are you?' That's more interesting. In life and on-screen.

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I remember the first time my mind was blown by an actor was Tim Curry, because I loved 'Clue' when I was a kid, and then I was watching the movie 'Legend,' and the Devil suddenly smiles, and I was like, 'It's the same guy!' It was a total Keyser Soeze moment.

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I started off thinking that I just needed one shot to prove myself, but then I realised that I was only going to learn about acting by doing it.

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I started playing guitar at, like, 12 or 13 and just rock bands mostly. I had a punk rock band and hard core bands and all that.

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I think for some reason we're conditioned in movies that the protagonist must be heroic or redeemable in some way, whereas in theater, that's not a necessary.

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I think it's good to be a little more fearless in saying what you feel. In not being scared of the repercussions of that.

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I think it's the director's prerogative, not the studio's, to go back and reinvent a movie.

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I think romantic passion is wanting a little something in return.

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I think Shakespeare really got it. He was the first one to introduce psychology to villains and give them a real point of view.

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I think that when you decide to dedicate yourself to creative endeavors and surround yourself with people who are creative, you very quickly learn how hard it is to survive doing those kinds of things, not to mention make a living at them.

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I think that's why often people in creative fields can feel so alone is because there's a constant third eye, that constant watcher.

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I wanted to shred, so I learned classical guitar.

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I was always - maybe stupidly so - very confident.

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I was in bands, but they were punk bands, and you plug in the guitars, you turn them up really loud, you've got four or five other people on stage with you, you've got some protection from when they throw lighters. You can always hide behind the lead singer or the bass player.

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I was interested in the war part of 'Star Wars,' so I started reading about what it's like to go to war, what that does to you psychically, about the adrenaline and the rush.

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'Cool' is detached and emotionally cool. My instinct is to battle anything that seems overly cool.

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