People are worried about the degree to which corporate interest is starting to threaten human interest.

I like it when the deeper you go with the character, the more you see the layers start to peel away.

I've always thought of acting as more of an exercise in empathy, which is not to be confused with sympathy. You're trying to get inside a certain emotional reality or motivational reality and try to figure out what that's about so you can represent it.

I don't get much out of doing a red carpet.

I think a lot of people in their average day actually imagine two sides of a conversation at one point or another. I think that the mental trick of holding two sides of a conversation in your head is actually something that we all do.

I read a lot of scripts and so many are clearly a knockoff of one familiar genre or another.

I don't smoke and I don't want to smoke. I am not a fan of gratuitous smoking in films.

When I'm the one who sits down and looks at the blank page and writes it out all the way, then I'll call it my script.

Duality is not a story. Duality is just a complexity.

I like music, but I need to get outside more.

I tend to relate to a character in terms of the arc: what's interesting is where he starts versus where he ends up.

All people are paradoxical. No one is easily reducible, so I like characters who have contradictory impulses or shades of ambiguity. It's fun, and it's fun because it's hard.

Everyone keeps saying the western's dead, but it's not.

I never think that a film should answer questions for you. I think it should make you ask a lot of questions.

Most of the films that I've ever really responded to are ones that I feel were really involved in their times.

Life, like poker has an element of risk. It shouldn't be avoided. It should be faced.

The more you can create that magic bubble, that suspension of disbelief, for a while, the better.

It's a dream to be in a company of actors.

Just because you've made a couple movies, you've done some good movies, you've been nominated for some Academy Awards, whatever, nobody's entitled. It's a business. If they don't see it, I can think they're wrong, but I'm not entitled to a $15 million budget to make a film.

I like making movies for myself and my friends and people with my sensibility.

The film industry needs to confront the physical footprint of the way films get made.

If you've got a piece and you can feel the person who's going to direct it is really made for it, if it's really special for them, then it's going to be a better-than-usual experience.

I think we really feel like Crowdrise could be something that, 20 years from now, people take for granted because that's just how you do it, like if you're going to raise money for something, that's how you do it.

No, I'm not a very methodologically pure actor.

Identical twins are endemically alike in many ways.

It's dismaying to see the unilateralism that the government is doing.

I'm a New Yorker, you know.

I like things that aren't superficially one thing or another.

Fame is very corrosive and you have to guard very strictly against it.

Young people know how to use these social networking tools, and they know how to use them effectively.

I get heartbroken flying into L.A. It's just this feeling of unspecific loss. Can you imagine what the San Fernando Valley was when it was all wheat fields? Can you imagine what John Steinbeck saw?

I have this embedded faith in the process through which films of a certain type get discovered on longer timelines.

If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I'm gonna have a heart attack.

Every little thing that people know about you as a person impedes your ability to achieve that kind of terrific suspension of disbelief that happens when an audience goes with an actor and character he's playing.

I'm fascinated by the ways in which people express themselves, because their responses are often counter to what they're actually feeling. Like when they're frightened, they tend to freeze. When they're angry, it doesn't always come out as volume. There are wonderful contradictions in the way that people express their emotions.

The best films of any kind, narrative or documentary, provoke questions.

It's better for people to miss you than to have seen too much of you.

The period western doesn't have a lot to say to most people today.

Basically, I think 21st century conservation is moving toward preserving ecosystems by dealing with the needs of people.

I just like working with smart people.

I think a lot of people relate to some of my characters' inner struggles.

At this point in my life I'm not bent on proving anything, really.

Well, I don't feel that I've played so many bad guys, and I'm rot really drawn to villains per se. I think a lot of people relate to some of my characters' inner struggles.

I do find myself drawn more to pieces that I feel are wrestling with the way that we're living now, what we're all going through.

I don't have anything to prove to anybody, which is a lovely place to be.

Instead of telling the world what you're eating for breakfast, you can use social networking to do something that's meaningful.

Look, you've got a generation of people coming along who are going to form their own new relationship with the idea of supporting the causes that they care about or changing the world. And these people are not going to do it the way our parents do it.

I tend to have a kind of tunnel vision when I'm looking at an individual piece.

You can't control everything that comes to you.