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I didn't go out looking for negative characters; I went out looking for people who have a struggle and a fight to tackle. That's what interests me.
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I didn't have any idea that I would be able to have a career in film.

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I didn't really buy LPs or go to concerts.

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I do understand what it is to not want to commit to someone, knowing that might bring pain or commit to a life that has to do with being responsible to people other than myself. These things, I think, are normal things.

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I don't get nervous when I'm directing a play. It's not like acting.

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I don't have a specific thing I want anyone to get out of anything I do.

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I don't want to repeat myself.

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I got into plays in high school then I ended up going to college for it.

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I got sober when I was 22 years old.

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I had a father who was a traveling salesman.

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I had insecurities and fears like everybody does, and I got over it. But I was interested in the parts of me that struggled with those things.

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I have a family.

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I have a fine level of recognition in the business and among the acting community now, so I consider myself one of the lucky ones. If I didn't think that, there would be something wrong with me. I'm grateful and thankful for what I've got.

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I have so much empathy for these young actors that are 19 and all of a sudden they're beautiful and famous and rich. I'm like, 'Oh my God, I'd be dead.'

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I know I wasn't as handsome as some other guys, but I was OK with that.

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I know some really great actors who are pretty judgmental people, pretty critical people. But they're great actors. When they're acting, that's the craft.

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I like so many different kinds of music just because all I did was listen to the radio as a kid.

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I like to come to the set with very strong ideas and strong opinions about how to do things. And I like also dealing with somebody who's like that.

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I think directors should be confident in their leadership capabilities. I think directors should be confident in what they want to do.

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I think I'm less anonymous than I was.

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I think part of being an actor is staying private.

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I think therapy is a helpful thing. I think everyone knows it. You do it for your life, you do it for yourself, because you want to explore some things, and get at the bottom of some things. It's about your life, the quality of your life.

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I think you should be serious about what you do because this is it. This is the only life you've got.

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I think you ultimately have to love who you're playing. You have to have that kind of feeling. You have to have passion for the person.

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I try not to plan that too much.

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I work constantly but I work at a lot of different things. You know, I run a theater company in New York, I direct plays, act in plays, in movies, so I try to keep it eclectic.

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I've grown to really love musicals, you know?

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I've had to make the transition from sweeping in for 15 minutes, doing my stuff and clearing out, to carrying a movie for the duration - in a dress.

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I've never been on a cruise.

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I've seen a lot of friends who have a lot of great projects, whether it's a script or a play or whatever, and it is a great project and they have great people involved, and they can't make it.

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I've worked with a lot of characters that are unhinged. I've played characters that are unhinged. That's, like, my job.

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If I don't feel like I'm doing the job well, and I don't know how to get there, or I'm too scared, or whatever, I'm not a happy guy and I'm not pleasant. I'm not pleasant to be around.

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If I was a little bit younger I would worry more. I'd want to do one thing at a time but now I try to do a bunch of different things at a time if I can.

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If you're a human being walking the earth, you're weird, you're strange, you're psychologically challenged.

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In a film there a lot of people scheduling, you know.

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In film, you have to let go sometimes.

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In life, do you ever really know if you're missing an opportunity? No, you really don't.

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It's hard for anybody who works a lot and has children. But I wouldn't trade it for anything.

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It's important to say that actors can't act alone, it's impossible. What we have to do is support each other.

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It's really hard to watch things and then not think about anything afterwards.

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Life's pretty funny when you're objectively on the outside looking at it.

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Actors are investigators.

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Actors are responsible to the people we play.

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Being unemployed is not good for an actor. No, it isn't, no matter how unsuccessful you are. Because you always remember getting fired from all the restaurants. You remember that stuff very, very strongly.

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Creating anything is hard.

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Creating something is all about problem-solving.

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Directing is a really kind of amazing thing, because you're helping others and, in the middle of that, you have to worry about yourself.

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Film's hard when you don't have any relationship with the director at all and you just show up. Then you really are just a gun for hire.

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Films are always a fiction, not documentary. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction.

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Good work is the only thing that would make me feel jealous or envious.

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I didn't go out looking for negative characters; I went out looking for people who have a struggle and a fight to tackle. That's what interests me.

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