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Born: 1963-10-17
Profession: Actor
Nation: Canadian
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When I hear a guy lost a battle to cancer, that really did bother me, that that's a term. It implies that he failed and that somebody else that defeated cancer is heroic and courageous.

Tags: Battle, Else, Lost

Comedy is surprises, so if you're intending to make somebody laugh and they don't laugh, that's funny.

Tags: Comedy, Funny, Laugh

I'm not gay, so I don't know much about Broadway musicals.

Tags: Broadway, Gay, Musicals

I don't really like politics that much. And I like the order and simplicity of sports. They have an ending. You can argue with your friends about it, but in the end you still like sports. I almost love the fantasy world of sports more than the real world.

Tags: Love, Politics, Sports

I always told everybody the perfect joke would be where the setup and punch line were identical.

Tags: Everybody, Joke, Perfect

I just like doing standup, that's all I'm interested in or good at.

Tags: Good, Interested, Standup

I like doing a funny show where I don't have to act and fall in love with a girl.

Tags: Funny, Girl, Love

I think clever people think that poor people are stupid.

Tags: Clever, Poor, Stupid

I would love to stay at SNL forever. But you can't stay in the same place. People think you're a loser.

Tags: Loser, Love, Place

It got very tedious saying the same jokes in the same way with the same attitude.

Tags: Attitude, Jokes, Saying

I sort of try to write everything for me. I'm a huge sports fan but have no interest in minutiae. I don't remember who won Super Bowls five years ago or listen to sports talk radio. I'm trying to make sure the jokes are self-contained so they're accessible to everyone.

Tags: Remember, Sports, Trying

I've just seen really, really funny guys, and if I didn't know them, I wouldn't know they were funny from the television. I don't know what it does, it just sucks it away.

Tags: Away, Funny, Seen

You have to make thousands and thousands of drawings before an illustration is perfected.

Tags: Drawings, Thousands

At any one time, I'll have 30 to 40 pieces going on in the studio, so this is not economically driven at all.

Tags: Driven, Studio, Time

I cannot tell you how many people, powerful people, come to my studio and they are in tears they are so moved by what they see.

Tags: Cannot, Powerful, Tell

I create for artistic intent only and do everything from life.

Tags: Artistic, Create, Life

I don't do commissions and I like the freedom to create what my heart or mind tells me to.

Tags: Freedom, Heart, Mind

I was tired of illustration. You'd work so hard on a commission and it would go in to a magazine, and you'd turn the page and it was gone.

Tags: Hard, Tired, Work

I'm always looking for the next challenge.

Tags: Challenge, Looking, Next

Sculpture will last a lot longer than painting.

Tags: Last, Longer, Painting

There are very few people who do what I do.

Tags: Few

These guys are just flying through the air and I'm capturing them in the split second and putting it into a work of art, via clay to the bronze.

Tags: Art, Second, Work

Charity work is very important to me and gives me an opportunity to give back to my community. I've always been a big supporter of many different charities, have donated millions of dollars to them, and it just feels great to do and be able to help others, especially children.

Tags: Children, Great, Work

China is important to the world in that they are a force and on the move. Exposing them to figurative art opens up a potential for artistic expression far greater than anyone would ever have dreamed possible until today. It is this very spirit of the struggle and determination to triumph that inspires creative expression.

Tags: Art, Struggle, Today

I can actually feel the interior body of a dancer. I have the ability to capture a split second... I want you to be hit with whatever the essence is of this sculpture.

Tags: Actually, Body, Whatever

I never had a job. I bought my first house within a year of getting out of school, and I built a custom one four and a half years later. The Art Center didn't teach much about business, but I learned a lot from the Fortune 500 companies that were my clients.

Tags: Art, Business, School
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I was headed in the wrong direction. I didn't think I'd make it to 21. My Uncle Chuck saved my life. He was a graphic designer, and he gave me my first sketchbook. In the front, he wrote, 'Wear it like your underwear.'

Tags: Direction, Life, Wrong

I'm also interested in creating a lasting legacy for collectors because bronze will last for thousands of years so I'm not really selling the art to this particular collector but it is being passed on.

Tags: Art, Interested, Last

I've had over a dozen models come in and pose fro me live for these new Cirque pieces. Cirque is a world-wide phenomenon and they are just incredible athletes. I've been to all the performances and am really fascinated by all of their productions.

Tags: Athletes, Incredible, Pieces

My goal is to make fine art, and fine art comes from the soul. If you have virtuosity and facility, you can take and create something of significance.

Tags: Art, Goal, Soul

The greatest success is creating whatever you want without conditions. I don't do commissions unless I really want to, because it's like having a job.

Tags: Greatest, Job, Success

There is a connection between me and the collectors, and as admirers of the work they tell me about the differences the pieces are able to make in their lives on a daily basis.

Tags: Between, Daily, Work
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