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.
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.
The foibles of my body are pretty much out there in the work I do.
No one wants to be pretentious about what they do or take it seriously, because that is just weird.
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.
There are a lot of things going on with my life right now that don't just have to do with career. So I have a hard time making decisions about work. That's really a luxury problem.
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.
People used to be funny about approaching me, but now they seem to think I'm as sane as anyone who's done what I've done in movies can be.
Sometimes I have a great day of filming and sometimes the theater strikes me better. It just depends.
You can look at anything as a cult. Churches are cults in their own way.
To be fair to my dad, he is one of the brightest men I've ever met.
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.
If you're a human being walking the earth, you're weird, you're strange, you're psychologically challenged.
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.
People actually live with their id exposed. They're not good at concealing what's going on inside.
The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool.
Sometimes I'm uncomfortable with the level of fame I've got! It all depends on the day and what's going on. I don't desire any more fame. I don't need it.
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.
The idea that you have a vision of what you're supposed to be, or going to be, or where your kids are going to be - and that that doesn't work out - is always going to be something that's going to affect people and move people.
Life's pretty funny when you're objectively on the outside looking at it.
I don't have a specific thing I want anyone to get out of anything I do.
I know I wasn't as handsome as some other guys, but I was OK with that.
My love for the theater has always been a priority. That hasn't changed. I got into acting that way. The film work that came up was really a surprise.
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.
I like so many different kinds of music just because all I did was listen to the radio as a kid.
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.
Films are always a fiction, not documentary. Even a documentary is a kind of fiction.
When you become a parent, you look at your parents differently. You look at being a child differently. It's an awakening, a revelation that you have.
I don't get nervous when I'm directing a play. It's not like acting.
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.
I think you should be serious about what you do because this is it. This is the only life you've got.
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.
When people don't know who you are, they're seeing your work for the first time. But if they've seen a lot, getting certain things across is a more difficult.
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.'
When you're playing someone who really lived, you carry a burden, a burden to be accurate. But it's one that you have to let go of ultimately.