We have a tendency to think everyone's idiotic and everyone's only doing something idiotic, and the world is controlled by a not-so-secret group of morons. There's great truth in that, I suppose, but then it's also not true.
You can be a mason and build 50 buildings, but it doesn't mean you can design one.
People get up, they go to work, they have their lives, but you'll never see the headlines say, 'Six billion people got along rather well today.' You'll have the headline about the 30 people who shot each other.
I don't lose my temper very often now, and if I do, it's well deserved.
Where women are concerned, the rule is never to go out with anyone better dressed than you.
I go around the world, working with all kinds of people who I love.
I was a very good baseball and football player, but my father always told me I was much more interested in how I looked playing baseball or football than in actually playing. There's great truth in that.
Most of the women that I like have a haunted quality - they're sort of like women who live in a haunted house all by themselves.
I like design, I like details, to me it is just another form of self-expression.
Nothing you do particularly matters. But I'm not sure that's a great excuse for doing it poorly.
I love Chicago, but in a lot of ways it's a disappointment. You can work there for years and years, and because you're in Chicago, you don't get the recognition. It has some of the best theater in the country, but when they shoot a movie there, they bring in all their actors.
I'd hate to see any film I'm involved in fail, especially artistically but also business-wise.
I have at times spoken with my peers and the head of the actors' union about why we're not paid when we appear in, say, a 'TMZ' production, but there seems to be no real interest in combatting it.
Scary monsters are like Hula Hoops. They come in and out of fashion.
I think people seem to sort of associate me with danger. And I don't see that at all.
The projects I look for to produce or direct would not be ones in which I would want to act.
I know for a fact that a lot of actors are desperate and unhappy if their careers are not progressing at what they think is the correct rate. They just go crazy if they're not working. I don't feel I'd be that way. You can always get a few people together and put on a play. Maybe not in New York or L.A., but in a lot of other towns, you can.
Unlike my grandfather or my brother, I've actually been able to make some money at a racetrack.
Quite often - a lot of the work I had done had been extensively with women. Most especially in the theater, but also quite often in the movies. That has its own delights, and maybe pitfalls too.
The most evocative thing to me is probably when a writer and a group of performers can collectively put together something compelling that asks the really simple question: 'How do we live?'
I'm more likely to lose my temper on a film set than almost anywhere. Often the level of idiocy is so exalted that it's impossible to comprehend.
You have to do things people see or you don't get to do anything.
My life before children I don't really remember. I've heard references to it, but I really don't remember.
I was a very good baseball player and football player as a kid.
I don't understand how somebody wouldn't have a sense of humor about themselves.
I've permitted myself to learn and to fail with some regularity. And that is probably the one thing I was given, and that I'm still grateful for.
You can't take a play someone has directed and do whatever you want with it.
I grew up in the Midwest, quite far from any ocean or any beach, a million miles. I think for kids who grew up where I did, the idea of California, surfing and beach life was so exotic and glamorous.
Some directors expect you to do everything; write, be producer, psychiatrist. Some just want you to die in a tragic accident during the shooting so they can get the insurance.