Things heal. Bad stuff happens, but you go on. Life takes care of it.

There's another film - a little Greek movie - that hopefully is going to get some distribution here in the U.S., called 'Worlds Apart,' where I also play a 60-year-old guy who looks a lot like J.K. Simmons, who has a romantic relationship with an appropriate woman.

After the second and final time that I got hugely fat in my life and when I lost that weight six or seven years ago, I pretty much decided that I was going to stay in decent shape for the rest of my life.

In lean times, you get plenty of sleep, and you're not flying around everywhere.

I've gone back and forth with fine-tuning the kind of conditioning I'm doing. Sometimes trying to shed weight and getting leaner and sometimes trying to pack on a little more muscle.

Being evil is easy.

I've been so blessed to have the opportunities that I've had.

I went from being a jock to a hippie. It was a very clear-cut decision. I had to be one or the other. I had to forsake that other aspect of myself. Or thought that I had to, which is regrettable. Quickly, I was back in the pine trees with the hippies, listening to my Jimi Hendrix and my Janis Joplin and turning on, tuning in, and dropping out.

There's a kind of numbness, a sameness, a lack of motivation in 'good job' culture.

Fortunately, for the first 20 years in my career, I didn't have any other responsibilities outside of myself. I didn't have a wife and kids, so I could afford to sort of barely scrape by, to do theater.

I'm just glad to be able to work.

A lot of the stuff about white-supremacist groups was very family-friendly: 'We just love our people.' One the surface, you go, 'Gee, what's wrong with loving your people?' But when you love your people to the exclusion of everything else that's remotely different, that's when you get into trouble.

I read a very romantic book when I was young, when I was in college: Rilke's 'Letters to a Young Poet.' And I've always felt that if you are in any kind of an artistic, creative endeavor, and you feel there's something else you can do for a living and be happy, I think you should do something else.

I don't respond to authority figures who abuse their authority.

I had many, many mentors that I worked with. Music teachers, choir directors, directors in summer stock or in regional theater. You know, people I was able to work with repeatedly and learn from who were really sort of appropriate people for me to work with at a given time in my development as an actor.

Education is very important to me.

I want to be like Bradley Cooper when I grow up.

The retired L.A.P.D. motor cops who work set security now, all wear the same uniform, they're great guys with great stories, and they're great at their job, providing security on sets.

If you're doing a prison show, HBO is the absolute best place in the world to be doing that because you're not going to have to do all that, you know, 'Prison Break' stuff where you can't really behave and speak like people do in a maximum-security prison.

You can't play a guy who's just a snake, because what do you draw on?

I've always believed, maybe naively, that 'The play's the thing.'

For me, the lean times were a wonderful, beautiful time of my life, struggling for many years in regional theater all over the country for not much money.

I'm not a fan of any genre but am a fan of movies that are intelligent and/or funny. That goes across all genres: a horror movie, a zombie movie, alien invaders, chick flick, or raunchy comedy. If it's well done, I'm a fan.

I come from a family of educators. My sister is a college teacher. My dad is a college teacher, but first a junior high teacher.

With these big superhero movies, everybody is so tight-lipped about everything, there's a certain amount of just going on faith.

Whether you need to like a character, I don't think that's necessary in order to portray him.

Music has become so ever-present in our lives. You can't walk through a shopping mall or go into a restaurant without what we used to call Muzak.

I do respond well to a director, a teacher - someone who doesn't accept mediocrity.

I have a degree in music, yeah, from the University of Montana. I studied voice and composition and conducting and all that.

I was not a giant comic book fan as a kid, but to the extent that I did read comics, Spider-Man was always my favorite guy.

I've been your yellow M&M for, oh, at least two decades or so, and I've done a lot of other animated stuff in between.

My general philosophy of playing bad guys, which I've sort of done, you know, half the time is, you know, very few people who we view as bad guys get out of bed and think, 'What evil, terrible thing am I going to do today?' Most people see their motivations as justified - as, you know, justifying whatever they do.

I don't think I've ever watched a movie to prepare for a role.

If the awards buzz is happening, and it's coming from critics and people in the business and all of that, that's only more good news.

Teaching is in my blood.

It's OK to turn down stuff that isn't really interesting and spend the summer with my family.

If you are lucky enough to have a parent or two alive on this planet, call them. Don't text; don't e-mail. Call them on the phone.

Sometimes I read a really good script, and I just know that it's not a good fit.

Almost every character I've ever played - and sometimes this is very conscious and sometimes it's not - I need to find what they love.

The best complement I ever got from the public or producers or directors is that I just totally blend in and become the character and they don't notice me and that the play happens or the movie happens or the TV show happens.

People evolve and it's important to not stop evolving just because you've reached 'adulthood.'

I'm just first of all looking for a part that's well written and speaks to me.

I do think you need to understand a character's motivation and perspective.

I like to stay home. I don't want to be away shooting in Europe for six or eight months at a stretch.

I just saw 'Men, Women & Children' last night, and it's a devastating movie in a lot of ways, but it's so well done, so well acted.

I'd always had the concern that being in commercials would affect my credibility when I was getting started as a TV and film actor.

I would like to thank the 49 actors who appear on screen in 'Whiplash' for realizing Damien Chazelle's vision so beautifully.

I've had a contemptuous relationship with authority throughout my life. I found myself at odds with authority, and I'm disdainful of blind authority.

Screaming is hard after a while.