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Born: 1912-09-05
Profession: Composer
Nation: American
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I can't understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I'm frightened of the old ones.

Tags: Old, Understand, Why

If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.

Tags: After, Boring, Try

Ideas are one thing and what happens is another.

Tags: Another, Happens, Ideas

I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.

Tags: Poetry, Saying

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.

Tags: Poetry, Realize, Soon

There is no such thing as an empty space or an empty time. There is always something to see, something to hear. In fact, try as we may to make a silence, we cannot.

Tags: May, Silence, Time

The first question I ask myself when something doesn't seem to be beautiful is why do I think it's not beautiful. And very shortly you discover that there is no reason.

Tags: Beautiful, Reason, Why

The highest purpose is to have no purpose at all. This puts one in accord with nature, in her manner of operation.

Tags: Her, Nature, Purpose

We need not destroy the past. It is gone.

Tags: Destroy, Gone, Past

It is better to make a piece of music than to perform one, better to perform one than to listen to one, better to listen to one than to misuse it as a means of distraction, entertainment, or acquisition of 'culture.'

Tags: Culture, Means, Music

It's useless to play lullabies for those who cannot sleep.

Tags: Cannot, Sleep, Useless

We are involved in a life that passes understanding and our highest business is our daily life.

Tags: Business, Daily, Life

When we separate music from life we get art.

Tags: Art, Life, Music

We carry our homes within us which enables us to fly.

Tags: Carry, Fly, Within

I do like to move and get physical in my movies.

Tags: Move, Movies, Physical

I don't want a perfect character, I want a character who has, as strange as it sounds, some humanity, some flaws, some needs.

Tags: Character, Humanity, Perfect

I don't want to just do independent movies and I don't want to just do adventure films. I enjoy both, and I think both are cogent.

Tags: Both, Enjoy, Movies

I have eclectic tastes in the movies I want to do.

Tags: Eclectic, Movies, Tastes

I mean, I've acted professionally since I was 16.

Tags: Mean, Since

I think what makes people fascinating is conflict, it's drama, it's the human condition. Nobody wants to watch perfection.

Tags: Human, Makes, Perfection

I'm the first to admit that I like going to, or my memories at least of going to Clint Eastwood movies or Charles Bronson or James Bond.

Tags: Admit, Memories, Movies

I've always had a soft spot for comic books.

Tags: Books, Comic, Soft

It's a family that's loaded with grudges and passion. We come from a long line of robbers and highwaymen in Italy, you know. Killers, even.

Tags: Family, Line, Passion

It's amazing marrying someone who wants nothing to do with Hollywood.

Tags: Amazing, Someone, Wants

Look, I happen to still like really dark, dramatic, fractured characters.

Tags: Characters, Dark, Happen

My mother was a dancer, so I like to use the body as part of the instrument of acting.

Tags: Acting, Body, Mother
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Shock is still fun. I won't ever shut the door on it.

Tags: Door, Fun, Won

As I got older, with my work, I became aware of the responsibility of film, and I feel one of the best ways I can apply myself as an actor, is to go beyond movie stardom and celebrity.

Tags: Best, Film, Work

At a young age, I was interested in comic books, which was really how I learnt to read. The name Cage came from a comic book character called Power Man.

Tags: Age, Character, Power

I hit the ground running, without a lot of training, so I had to do whatever I could do to survive as a professional, and if that meant being that character 24/7 and acting out, I was going to do that. I lived those characters, I brought them home with me.

Tags: Character, Home, Training

I may be alone in this, but I do sense the power of film, in that movies have the ability to literally change people's minds. That's pretty powerful stuff when you consider that.

Tags: Alone, Change, Power

I want to make all kinds of movies. I do want to make big movies that are a lot of fun to go to, but I also want to make movies that are going to stimulate some thought and maybe raise some awareness.

Tags: Fun, Movies, Thought

I would definitely return to Austria. They were all good experiences for me, but definitely Austria because there were some ancient Celtic, sacred sites that were in the forest that were quite beautiful.

Tags: Beautiful, Good, Quite

I'm an enormous admirer of Christopher Lee. He's somebody, along with Vincent Price, who I celebrate, and I wanted my movies to show that celebration and that honoring of these great film stars that were unafraid to go into horror and Grand Guignol and the macabre.

Tags: Great, Movies, Wanted

I'm at the point now where I know I'm doing something right when a movie gets mixed reviews, because then I'm not in the box. I don't want to make it too easy for people and I don't want to make it too easy for myself. I want to try something unusual.

Tags: Easy, Point, Try

I'm sticking my tongue out in scenes to try to make that work in 3D. I'm thinking I'll try to get my tongue all the way out to the second row of the audience.

Tags: Thinking, Try, Work

Mel Blanc is a hero because of what he could do with his voice for all the Looney Tunes, the Warner Brothers cartoons, to be the voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Porky Pig.

Tags: Brothers, Hero, Voice

I am not a demon. I am a lizard, a shark, a heat-seeking panther. I want to be Bob Denver on acid playing the accordion.

Tags: Acid, Demon, Playing

Passion is very important to me. If you stop enjoying things, you've got to look at it, because it can lead to all kinds of depressing scenarios.

Tags: Lead, Passion, Stop

I wanted to make an image for myself as an outlaw type. A kind of rock 'n' roll sensibility.

Tags: Image, Rock, Wanted

All of my characters have a glint of madness.

Tags: Characters, Madness

There's a fine line between the Method actor and the schizophrenic.

Tags: Actor, Between, Line

I came out of independent film, that's my roots.

Tags: Film, Roots

I think I jump around more when I'm alone.

Tags: Alone, Jump

I was always shocked when I went to the doctor's office and they did my X-ray and didn't find that I had eight more ribs than I should have or that my blood was the color green.

Tags: Blood, Color, Medical

To be a good actor you have to be something like a criminal, to be willing to break the rules to strive for something new.

Tags: Actor, Good, Rules

Having been a father for 19 years I realise fatherhood has changed me.

Tags: Changed, Father, Fatherhood

If I could have been a marine biologist I would have, but I didn't have that kind of intelligence. Numbers were never my strong point.

Tags: Numbers, Point, Strong

For me, acting was a way of taking destructive energy and doing something productive with it, and in that way it was quite a life saver.

Tags: Acting, Energy, Life

I like fantasy. I like horror, science fiction because I can get avant-garde with those performances in those movies.

Tags: Horror, Movies, Science

I try to do as many stunts as they'll let me do. I think it's important for an audience to feel that the actor's really doing it.

Tags: Actor, Audience, Try

Hollywood didn't know if I was an actor or a nut or if I was this crazy character I was playing. I had developed an image of being a little bit unusual, different and wild.

Tags: Character, Crazy, Playing

Actors have an opportunity to use storytelling as a way to solve pain.

Tags: Pain, Solve

As a teenager I was more of an anarchist, but now I want people to thrive and be harmonious.

Tags: Anarchist, Teenager, Thrive

Disney has a great tradition of enchanting children and giving them something to behold.

Tags: Children, Giving, Great

How do you rebel in a family of rebels?

Tags: Family, Rebel, Rebels

My father was always getting excited about something. It's genetically inside me somewhere.

Tags: Excited, Father, Getting

The biggest problem for me was feeling that as I became more balanced and a better man that I wouldn't have the fire to create from.

Tags: Feeling, Fire, Problem

And what I like about it is it makes me happy and I think it makes a lot of people happy to go to the movies and to not think about the problems of the day or the problems of tomorrow or the yesterday and just go on for the ride and have the fun of losing oneself in a fantasy.

Tags: Fun, Happy, Movies

I bought a Yamaha-1 and I was doing 180 miles per hour home on the 405 and that's really, really crazy but I did it.

Tags: Crazy, Home, Hour

I care about the connection with the audience. Film is such a powerful medium. Movies can change the way people think.

Tags: Change, Movies, Powerful

I do enjoy animated movies.

Tags: Animated, Enjoy, Movies
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