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Born: 1964-03-11
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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I've spent enough time with soldiers to know that once they get to know you and they loosen up and become themselves, they are some of the biggest hams and most charismatic, cocky, fun, humorous guys I've ever met.

Tags: Enough, Fun, Time

I believe that anything in this world is fair game for a creative exercise.

Tags: Creative, Fair, Game

I don't like alien films where you don't get to see the aliens.

Tags: Alien, Films

I'm a huge fan of the Navy. My father was a Naval historian, and I've been studying Naval battles forever.

Tags: Father, Forever, Studying

I've had great success and I've had catastrophic failure. It's really how you handle the rough stuff that defines you, I think.

Tags: Failure, Great, Success

It's always an interesting sort of adventures that gets someone into a movie.

Tags: Adventures, Movie, Someone

Michael Mann's always been one of my heroes.

Tags: Heroes, Mann, Michael

People know I love to shoot action and that I'm not afraid of emotion.

Tags: Action, Afraid, Love

What kind of town do we want in the future, and how are we going to plan on that?

Tags: Future, Plan, Town

You know to me, being a good actor, the most important quality is you've got to love to play, and to just be open to anything.

Tags: Actor, Good, Love

I did not want 'Battleship' to be perceived as an American war film. I wanted to do everything I could to make the film accessible to a global audience. It felt like bringing an alien component to the film would help take the American jingoism out of it.

Tags: Help, Wanted, War

I had great luck with Tim McGraw twice in 'Friday Night Lights' and 'The Kingdom.' I love finding off-beat casting and finding someone you know in one way and you reinvent them in another way. I like doing that as a director.

Tags: Great, Love, Someone

I somewhere along the way became fascinated with exploring characters who are willing to put themselves into violent situations, whether it's football, hockey, boxing, being a cop, being a soldier. There's not a lot of people who are willing to put themselves into those situations.

Tags: Football, Put, Soldier

I think musicians oftentimes have the right skill set to be good actors. And with Rihanna, I noticed her and knew of her obviously, and was very taken with her charisma and her confidence.

Tags: Confidence, Good, Her

I wanted to do a naval film and I flirted with different ideas, most of which ended up being too intense. So when the idea of 'Battleship' was first suggested, I was instantly drawn to the challenge - could I invent a movie around the idea of five ships fighting five ships?

Tags: Challenge, Fighting, Wanted

I'm pretty upfront about my love and admiration for the military. One of the perks of making movies is that you get to sort of follow your own passions, and I believe quite passionately that we don't pay enough attention and respect to our veterans. Not just our wounded veterans, but all veterans.

Tags: Love, Movies, Respect

I've been a big believer in musicians turned actor, going back to Sinatra winning the Oscar for 'From Here To Eternity.' David Bowie in 'Man Who Fell to Earth,' Kris Kristofferson's been great in a bunch of films. Liza Minnelli, Barbra Streisand, Mariah Carey, I thought was great in 'Precious.'

Tags: Great, Thought, Winning

The big fun in 'Battleship' is that there are no current battleships in the Navy today. The battleships are about 1,000 feet long and they have huge guns. They were what you saw in WWII. The last battleship that was used was the Missouri, which is what the Japanese surrendered to.

Tags: Big, Fun, Today

The first movie I literally ever made in my life was about two guys playing Stratego with each other. I had all my friends dressing up like the military characters in the game. So 'Battleship' is really my second board game turned movie!

Tags: Friends, Game, Life

Then they started pulling me in and I was very resistant. All the other actors would be saying write more, more dialogue for me, and I'd always be saying 'No, less, less'.

Tags: Less, Saying, Write

There's a picture of the real Coach Gary Gaines in the book and he's sitting in the locker room after a game, and he just looks so much like Billy Bob, that we went to him.

Tags: Book, Game, Real

Truth is, we offered it to Tom Hanks, which pretty much every movie in America does, but Tom passed. Billy Bob said that Hanks recently called and said he's voting for all of us for Oscars, he loved the film.

Tags: America, Pretty, Truth

What first caught my eye about Rihanna was an interview she did with Diane Sawyer after the Chris Brown incident, where she was very articulate, very poised, obviously a smart girl who talked about a very traumatic experience.

Tags: Experience, Girl, Smart

When I look back at it, I'm mostly amazed at how poorly it was shot. David Kelley is a great writer, and I thought the scripts were great, but it just looks so cheap.

Tags: Great, Thought, Writer

You might make a lot of money, but it's very hard to get out from under that rug. The more you can reinvent yourself, the better - and unfortunately TV is designed not to let you redesign yourself.

Tags: Hard, Money, Yourself

If falling into desperation worked to make things better, then I would say, 'Let's all jump into despair.' But it doesn't help. The only way to truly find meaning and fulfillment is to look at the disaster, the pain, the difficulty, and know with complete certainty that good can come from this.

Tags: Good, Help, Pain
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If we can remain present and deal with the moment in front of us, no matter what our battle, then if we lose, we'll know that ultimately we weren't supposed to win that battle in the first place.

Tags: Battle, Moment, Win

If we can soften our hearts, and if we can access the pure and simple aspect of our nature, then we can regain the realization that everything we need is already inside us and anything is attainable.

Tags: Inside, Nature, Simple

If we each take responsibility in shifting our own behavior, we can trigger the type of change that is necessary to achieve sustainability for our race or this planet. We change our planet, our environment, our humanity every day, every year, every decade, and every millennia.

Tags: Change, Humanity, Year

If we were handling a bomb which could go off at any minute as a result of our actions, we would mind ourselves and be delicate. Our words have the same power, yet we wield them around as though they were powerless and insignificant.

Tags: Mind, Power, Words

If you are messing around all day and then scream for certainty, you're not going to get it. If you spend energy and do the work and develop that certainty, you'll get to where you need to be, even if you don't know exactly where that is.

Tags: Energy, Spend, Work

In the not so distant past, we were close enough to our community to physically see how our actions impacted the group overall. Now it's just too easy to look the other way, or turn off the TV or computer and detach ourselves from the others.

Tags: Enough, Others, Past

It is not our sexual preferences, the color of our skin, the language we speak, nor the religion we practice that creates friction, hatred and wars amongst in society. It is our words and the words of our leaders that can create that disparity.

Tags: Religion, Society, Words

It's our own small voice within that is our oppressor; it says we are not worthy and not powerful enough. Our limited beliefs are the real foes we need to fight and conquer.

Tags: Fight, Powerful, Real

Many can argue that it is our power of intelligence that is the key to the human domination of our planet. I suggest that it is the ability to put our thoughts into words that can be communicated to others.

Tags: Human, Power, Words

On one hand, we know that everything happens for a reason, and there are no mistakes or coincidences. On the other hand, we learn that we can never give up, knowing that with the right tools and energy, we can reverse any decree or karma. So, which is it? Let the Light decide, or never give up? The answer is: both.

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Our contribution purely depends on our consciousness and our willingness to support those in need, to show vulnerability and accept the support of others, to share without expecting the credit, to give it our all and allow our hard work to decide the outcome, to understand that control can only be achieved with a shared responsibility.

Tags: Control, Hard, Work

Our dependence on the pollutants of this Earth have always, and will continue to have, far-reaching consequences to our eco-systems, bio systems, geosystems and our race's natural evolution.

Tags: Earth, Natural, Race

Personal responsibility is not only recognizing the errors of our ways. Personal responsibility lies in our willingness and ability to correct those errors individually and collectively.

Tags: Ability, Lies, Personal

The biggest breakthroughs in consciousness occur when things are difficult; when we have a choice to fall to the worst of ourselves or rise to the best of ourselves.

Tags: Best, Choice, Difficult

The whole point of all of this - why we are here, why the world is here, and why we have the political system and leaders that we do - is to achieve change. This is the purpose of life.

Tags: Change, Life, Political

To me, spirituality means 'no matter what.' One stays on the path, one commits to love, one does ones work; one follows one's dream; one shares, tries not to judge, no matter what.

Tags: Judge, Love, Work

Unfortunately, it is human nature for us to only learn and grow from a place of emptiness. It's hard to learn when we are winning and on top of the world.

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Unfortunately, we can never truly know if we're making the right decision. What we do know is that wherever we are, that's where the Light wants us to be. It's the best place for us to be now. And as long as we don't try to control the situation, then we won't end up in the place we shouldn't be.

Tags: Best, Decision, End

We are increasingly open to understanding how we are all connected and that if we sink the ship that we are all on, we all drown. However, we have simultaneously become so focused on our own life experiences that we think we are alone.

Tags: Alone, Become, Life

We need to have complete certainty that things will work out, not because we are righteous or wise, but because of the time, the effort, the prayers, and the tools we are using. From the moment we are given awareness about some bigger picture or mission, we have to have complete focus on what to do to get to that place.

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We need to realize that our path to transformation is through our mistakes. We're meant to make mistakes, recognize them, and move on to become unlimited.

Tags: Become, Mistakes, Path

With every little bit of change we make in our lives, we can maximize that small change simply by asking ourselves: 'What's next? What can I do now? What additional responsibility can I take on?'

Tags: Change, Lives, Small

With so much evidence of depleting natural resources, toxic waste, climate change, irreparable harm to our food chain and rapidly increasing instances of natural disasters, why do we keep perpetuating the problem? Why do we continue marching at the same alarming beat?

Tags: Change, Food, Why

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.

Tags: Hurt, Power, Powerful

Change is inevitable. Things absolutely cannot stay the same. The type of change we invoke is up to each and every one of us.

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Every little action creates an effect: We are all interconnected.

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God is not separate from anything, or anyone. So it's impossible to prevent God from being visible in our government.

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I've learnt more physics from Kabbalah than I ever did in school.

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If I said it once, I'll say it again: 'We have the power to change everything.'

Tags: Change, Power, Said

In every relationship, the work is never just in the positive actions we do for each other, but in the follow up.

Tags: Follow, Positive, Work

In truth, we are all part of the team of humanity. And as such, we are all obligated to share ourselves, and our talents, for the sake of the team.

Tags: Humanity, Team, Truth

It's enough to make a small shift within and a small action in the world. Collectively these have a huge effect.

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Kabbalah is all about change. It isn't about being proud of our good qualities: the wisdom is about transforming our darkness into light.

Tags: Change, Good, Wisdom

No one person is an island.

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The bottom line is: We must be working on arriving at the destination for which we were put on this planet.

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The problem with certainty is that sometimes it can sound cold and heartless, although it is the most compassionate and supportive answer.

Tags: Cold, Problem, Sometimes

The truth is that we were born to have it all. And part of our handicap as adults is that we no longer understand our potential.

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When I grew up, I thought I was Jewish. Now I don't consider myself Jewish. I consider myself a Kabbalist.

Tags: Consider, Jewish, Thought

You should have certainty in what you do. Anyone who has done anything in this world was hated. If you're not hated, you've done nothing.

Tags: Anyone, Done, Hated

A true community is not just about being geographically close to someone or part of the same social web network. It's about feeling connected and responsible for what happens. Humanity is our ultimate community, and everyone plays a crucial role.

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As children, our imaginations are vibrant, and our hearts are open. We believe that the bad guy always loses and that the tooth fairy sneaks into our rooms at night to put money under our pillow. Everything amazes us, and we think anything is possible. We continuously experience life with a sense of newness and unbridled curiosity.

Tags: Experience, Life, Money

At any given moment, it's not about where we are supposed to be. It's about what work, which relationship, what decision I take. Every moment counts. Every decision counts. And if we look at our decisions in life as such, we stop battling and start winning.

Tags: Life, Winning, Work

Before we come to a challenging situation, before the universe squeezes us, how much of our effort is geared toward the reason we came to this world? The more focus we have on the front end, the less focus we end up needing on the back end.

Tags: End, Focus, Reason

Darkness is the only path to light. It is not our wonderful gifts that make us closer to God: it's using our garbage to transform ourselves. This is the key that unlocks the door that opens to God.

Tags: God, Light, Path

Ego is one of the biggest weapons that is used to take us down. It's self-destructive. It's a problem on all levels - even regular people can have big ego problems.

Tags: Big, Ego, Problem

'Faith' and 'trust' are words that put the power in the hands of an outside force that we are meant to rely on - whether it is God or a person or the universe. Certainty puts the power back in our hands.

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God never answers prayers. It is people who answer their own prayers by knowing how to connect and utilize the divine energy of the Creator and the God-like force in their own souls.

Tags: Energy, God, Knowing

I do believe that the original sources of all religions should be taught, because with that we will find our similarities, not just our differences. I believe that if Mohammed, Buddha, Jesus, and Moses all got together they would be best of friends because the spiritual basis of all religions is something that builds unity.

Tags: Best, Spiritual, Together

I imagine God to be like my father. My father was always the voice of certainty in my life. Certainty in the wisdom, certainty in the path, certainty always in God. For me God is certainty in everything. Certainty that everything is good and everything is God.

Tags: God, Good, Life

Man is a question; woman is an answer. The mistake women make today is to offer themselves as answers before being questioned.

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Only one thing has to matter for everything to matter.

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Perhaps it's more merciful to forget the dead instead of remembering them.

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The man who spends all his time looking up to heaven is not always the best; in fact, he is usually the worst.

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The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.

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The only time a man thinks is when he's alone.

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The quality of a man's mind can generally be judged by the size of his wastepaper basket.

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Theology is the logic of the Devil.

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There are no good or bad habits. All habits are, by definition, bad.

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There are those who dance to the rhythm that is played to them, those who only dance to their own rhythm, and those who don't dance at all.

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To be ready to fail is to be prepared for success.

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True art tries not to attract attention in order to be noticed.

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Try not to turn your life into a race, least of all an obstacle race.

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When there is nothing to fear is the time to begin fearing everything.

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When you are listening to music it is better to cover your eyes than your ears.

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Who learns most from a good book is the author.

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You can hesitate before deciding, but not once the decision is made.

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You can say the opposite of something you've said but you can't do the opposite of something you've done.

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We say of an animal that it is intelligent, and we say the same thing of a woman; but in neither case is it usually appropriate, clearly for very different reasons.

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Pride in a man is confused with dignity; in a woman, with self-love.

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The man who gets drunk in peacetime is a coward. The man who gets drunk in wartime goes on being a coward.

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Happiness is always a coincidence.

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To sin offers repentance and forgiveness; not to sin offers only punishment.

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A belief which leaves no place for doubt is not a belief; it is a superstition.

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The most original sin is not the thinker's but the poet's.

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