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Born: 1967-06-06
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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Lead roles are fun, but I'm especially happy other, more colorful supporting stuff has come along.

Tags: Fun, Happy, Stuff

Somehow whatever I play ends up being sleazy.

Tags: Ends, Sleazy, Whatever

Sometimes, I think I may be more recognizable because I'm character-looking.

Tags: May, Sometimes

This whole business feels kind of intense, like a bad fit. Round peg, square hole. But whatever, I'll take it.

Tags: Bad, Business, Whole

I always would be happy to make a character even more unlikable, but you know, there's a limit and if you go there, you get into a very different kind of movie, man.

Tags: Character, Happy, Movie

I don't mind being stereotyped in some way and playing certain kinds of guys, but if I can find something to occasionally get a break from that, that would be nice. And I feel like I manage to.

Tags: Mind, Nice, Playing

I was the youngest child and got a lot more freedom than my brother and sister. I used to wander, doing my own thing under the radar, but I didn't get in bad, bad trouble.

Tags: Bad, Child, Freedom

It'd be disingenuous to say I don't like attention - I'm an actor for God's sake - and it's flattering and all, but attention was never my big goal. I just like to work and have a good time.

Tags: Good, Time, Work

The supporting thing can be harder to pop in and out of. The hardest thing is the people who have to come in and play, say, the bartender for a day - that's a lot harder than playing the lead role. You have to pop in and get it right. It's a lot of pressure to just pop in there and fit in and find your footing really fast.

Tags: Fast, Playing, Pressure

Well, you know, when people say stuff about you, it's always really flattering. But does it mean anything to me? It's not really real to me; there's no reality to it.

Tags: Mean, Real, Reality

I find that the crazy narcissists, the selfish loons are often the most fun to be around, weirdly.

Tags: Crazy, Fun, Selfish

You are absolutely free to describe me as a turtle or something.

Tags: Describe, Free, Turtle

As an actor, to have achieved financial stability is amazing. But I always have this weird fear that I'm not going to get any more work; it's about not having enough money.

Tags: Fear, Money, Work

I suppose there must be some way in which I'm compelled to show some side of myself - or of people - that's paranoid and fraught and beleaguered and downtrodden, just as Tom Cruise wants to show that he's terrifyingly upbeat and terrifyingly heroic all the time.

Tags: Show, Time, Wants

Academia is a rarified culture, especially an Ivy League academic background.

Tags: Academic, Background, Culture

Acting can be a really silly thing. It's like playing dress-up.

Tags: Acting, Playing, Silly

Am I really cool? You're telling me I'm cool? Well, that's good to hear.

Tags: Cool, Good, Hear

I definitely had a top-notch education.

Tags: Definitely, Education

I definitely have a tendency to only see the blemishes of things, and see lots of things about my acting that I don't like.

Tags: Acting, Definitely, Lots

I don't consider myself a very interesting person. I have the mentality of a supporting actor.

Tags: Actor, Consider, Mentality

I don't mind talking about acting. I don't have anything interesting to say about it, but it's interesting talking about it.

Tags: Acting, Mind, Talking

I don't think film actors need training, really.

Tags: Film, Training

I get tired of myself pretty fast.

Tags: Fast, Pretty, Tired
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I have the mentality of a supporting actor.

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I learned how to fire a sniper rifle, which I'm sure will be useful at some point.

Tags: Fire, Learned, Sure

I like playing weird, kind of shady people.

Tags: Playing, Shady, Weird

I like to work - I probably work too much.

Tags: Work

I mean, I'm not going to play the hero of something.

Tags: Hero, Mean

I never thought I would have any particular career in movies at all.

Tags: Career, Movies, Thought

I still want to be the guy who can get on the subway and check out the freak on the subway.

Tags: Check, Freak, Guy

I'm clearly not Brad Pitt, and I'm never going to be Brad Pitt.

Tags: Brad, Clearly, Pitt

I'm not a big wine guy. And bars, I never go to bars anymore. It's such a drag, man.

Tags: Big, Guy, Wine

I've got to be the geekiest guy in the world in a lot of ways. I'm like a zeta male.

Tags: Guy, Male, Ways

I've very critical of myself, and film has been an adjustment for me.

Tags: Adjustment, Critical, Film

It is because my dad died suddenly that I became an actor. I thought, I'm going to make money doing this thing I enjoy.

Tags: Dad, Enjoy, Money
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