There is a strength of character in the people who have, by and large, never experienced comfort.
I like to believe that love is a reciprocal thing, that it can't really be felt, truly, by one.
Child-rearing is my main interest now. I'm a hands-on father.
So if we have anything original to offer, it's to speak from our own life about the society we're in.
I'll tell you what I probably would prefer to happen less and less: actors that I know and respect in shampoo ads. Or modeling.
I can make a better living as an actor than I can as a director. Though I certainly would prefer to be directing movies.
When I was growing up and somebody like Robert De Niro had a movie come out, it was a cultural event. Because he had such a confidence and a single mission that was so intimate.
I've been a road-rat since I got my driver's licence at 16, so I've probably gone across America 20 times.
That on a romantic level, if you feel it about somebody and it's pure, it means that they do too.
I love stories about people who are smart enough to know that what they're doing is destroying them, but that knowing that doesn't help them.
I don't consider myself specifically political, you know? I think of working as an actor as being a human thing. The concerns I have that fall into politics are human concerns.
Selling a movie feels like a hustle to every bone in my body. Many actors have careers dominated by modeling. They're all over the place. It turns me off. People who are good at what they do ought to practice something bigger.
I had a house burn down once, and everything in life burned, except my family, and it was so liberating. I didn't have a bad moment about it. It sort of reinvigorated my interest in a lot of things.
Putting something in a movie because it's in the news doesn't make it political to me. If you're not going outside the same old, same old, if you're not pushing the envelope, then you're not doing anything. A good movie is a political thing.
I've always operated under the notion that audiences don't always know when they're being lied to, but that they always know when they're being told the truth.
I don't have any particular excitement about working with any specific director or actor at this point.
We've let the blade of our innocence dull over time, and it's only in innocence that you find any kind of magic, any kind of courage.
Whatever one considers art to be, there is in many people a hunger to express themselves creatively and to feel authentic in doing that.
If there's anything disgusting in the movie business, it is the whoredom of my peers.
In between, I go broke because I seem to do movies where you're not paid a lot as an actor.
When I buy a Nikon camera, I have no tolerance for the instructions. I'm ready to make some mistakes using it and get some bad pictures back until I've figured it out for myself.
I've never really been one to get what they call stage fright so much.
Well, I think that when you direct a movie or write it. And in the case of the two movies I did, I wrote and directed, they occupy a special place for you.
Hal Holbrook was in one of my first television movies when I was about 18 or 19. He'd made such a strong impression on me and a lasting one in terms of what being an actor was.
I'm a huge Woody Allen fan. Good movie, bad movie, it doesn't matter - I just like his movies.
I consider myself fortunate that in my home, acting or the creative arts were a good option. This was a respected tour of duty in my family. Acting wasn't something that was left to tragic bohemians. But we weren't a family that obsessed on cinema.
Somewhere along the line, the actions of this government are the actions of me.
I can always see light in any situation. It's just the way I'm made.
The major studios are by and large banks, and they give you what is by and large a loan to make a movie. Like banks, they want their money back plus.
You're always having to live more to fuel something new. It's an obligation to yourself and to the audience. The personal baggage that comes with being a known actor just adds to that struggle.
Anger can be a problem, but it has tremendous potential, too. It's just figuring out what to do with it.
When you act in a film, you're inevitably surrounded by people you didn't choose, right down to the set painter. I like being able to pick the family I'm waking up to in the morning that's going to make this group effort to tell a story that applies to what's interesting to me at that stage in my life.
There are a few directors around who I have some excitement about spending my $7 at the theatre watching their movies.
I think that I've still not been successful at playing the role of the retired actor, and I'd like to work on that.
Well, look at all of these summer blockbusters. You can't help but laugh a little, because you've already seen a lot of these movies 482 times.
'The Indian Runner' was easy. It had been incubating in me for eight years, and by the time I sat down to write the thing, I had all the pictures in my head.
The thing that's very close in the process is writing and acting, not directing. Directing's very different.