I think it's true for all of us, if you find yourself doing really well at something, then the pressure is on you to try to improve.

I think many villains have the burden of not being very human.

Race prejudice has nothing to do with color. It has to do with being the stranger.

With Trump, because of the kind of seemingly violent way that he talks about things and because he's on Twitter almost every single morning, I think it brings down the respect that we have for the White House and for the Oval Office in particular, so the expectation is anything can happen, and that becomes the norm, which is unfortunate.

'Paycheck,' I thought, was a really, really good idea. I never got an opportunity, unfortunately, to read the novel, but I loved the idea of how to deal with intellectual properties. I just don't know that we necessarily got to the heart of that particular idea. I think it became more of a chase movie than anything else.

One of the beauties of working in Shondaland is that they make an effort to get to know who you are, so they're not giving you something that's going to be so far out of your comfort zone.

By the time I graduated, I was the drum major, the highest-ranking officer, and third in my class.

I guess on one hand I believe it doesn't matter if there is life after death.

Because of 'Terminator 2,' you get not pigeonholed but circled as one of those guys who can understand their way through a movie like that and hold it down.

When it comes to certain portions of our history, we've just forgotten it all.

I've played good guys for most of my career, and when I came out to California, I thought, 'I really would like to find some wonderfully intelligent bad guy to play.'

When I started off many years ago, I made a determination that there were certain roles I didn't want to play.

I think people believe that I give ant aura of someone who has both feet on the ground.

Being back on stage in New York, off-Broadway - I mean, that's an actor's dream.

I suppose I prefer kind of epic dramas like, oh, I don't know... 'Lawrence Of Arabia' or 'Apocalypse Now'; those are the movies that I have a tendency to be most fond of.

I came into the industry at a time when there weren't a lot of choices to what you could do.

Actors are very often people who are placed in a position where they think they have to be grateful for the job and have no control over what they play and how they play it. I was not taught that way. I completely disagree with that. I think that you have more control than you think.

When was the last time you saw a straight black love story without any guns?

You make up your mind what part you want to read for and why. It's kept me focused - on what's important, what I want, and what I don't.

I started off at Hofstra University in Hempstead, Long Island, and started doing theater in Manhattan in 1969.

I think it might be interesting to give an Emmy to an outstanding background performance in either a comedy or drama series.

When you give your children certain life lessons, and they come and ask you for additional advice, you say to yourself, 'I've done my job,' and you'll continue to do your job.

It's funny: We have so many shows and so many channels and so many things to occupy people as entertainment, especially with a show like 'Scandal,' which is clearly a hit, with a lot of heat around it - but every once in a while, people will say, 'What are you doing?' and I'll say 'Scandal,' and they'll have no idea what I'm talking about.

I make it a habit of never trying to judge what an audience might think, only because all points of view are too close, because we're doing it every day, I think that the actor's point of view is sometimes too close to what the material actually is.

I think it talks about the fact that there are black people in the world who have tremendous amount of talents and have no channel through which they can those talents.

I think every villain basically thinks that he or she is doing something to make his world, or the world in general, a better place.

To work for Shonda Rhimes is heaven. It's been amazing.

James Cameron has always been way ahead of the curve in terms of the use of technology in his movies.

I was different. I got beat up every day.

My father was in the service. His job was to integrate the Armed Forces overseas. So that meant we showed up at military bases in Okinawa or Germany, racially unannounced. That made me, in that particular society if you will, the outsider.

When I first came into New York City, what I did was, I didn't have very much money, and I couldn't afford pictures or a resume, so what I used to do is I would tear off the back of a matchbook, and I'd write my name and telephone number on the back of the matchbook.

Everywhere I go, someone stops me and says, 'Oh, you're that guy from 'Terminator 2.'' So, it's something that has, you know, been around me since the movie came out.

I always feel like I'm running an hour and a half late.

If we're still talking about the same thing 40 or 50 years later, then that means we're not doing anything about it.

The advice that I usually give to young actors is that if you can create a character for the stage and keep that character fresh for at least 6 months that means you're doing the show eight times a week.

If you've been on top of the food chain in the Armed Forces, that's who you are. You're used to dealing with your life in a particular way.

Part of the decision I made was to move very fluidly from one medium to the other, and so it has stayed as part of who I am. I don't know if I have a preference.

Without mentioning any names, there was a film that was being done, and I ran into the producer on the plane. It was a book that I really, really loved, and I said, 'I'd love to be a part of this.' And they made it clear that that was not going to be possible - for no particular reason other than that there was just no part for a black person.

Proof' is going to be, in many ways, a mystery. It's not a procedural in any way. It's not a medical drama. It really is about trying to investigate whether or not there's life after death.

I know who Dick Gregory is; I knew what his accomplishments are. I certainly knew him as a comedian and an activist.

What you find with really good directors is that they kind of leave you alone. They've hired you because they know the kind of work you do and the sense of how you'd approach it. So usually, they'll just stand back and maybe give you a nudge once in a while in terms of something specific they might want in a particular scene.

I don't know of any actor in any television show that I have ever seen who's given monologue after monologue in a television series.

My tendency is to be quiet and to stay focused and in character. Not the entire time, but certainly to stay focused while I'm on set.

Everyone does what they believe they need to do in order to survive in this business, 'survive' being the operative word.

You want to be challenged, so you feel like you want to get up and wrestle with the character or enjoy the character - especially with a TV show, because you know you could be doing it for a long time, so you want to make sure it's something you really enjoy.

I think the greatest lesson that power has to teach us is, once you've had it, once you are a part of it, you're never free.

I don't watch a lot of television, which sounds strange for someone who works in TV.

I love doing theater. Despite the fact that out of theater, film, and TV, theater is the hardest thing to do. It's the least paid, and we all have these bills that we have to pay.

I think it talks about that there needs to be some proactive attack against drugs infiltrating our culture.