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Born: 1953-04-24
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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I know that I'm inadequate, but I never thought that at seventeen. I thought I was doing the best I could. I thought I was being idealistic.

Tags: Best, Inadequate, Thought

As soon as the dirt is hitting the casket, it'll all be forgotten.

Tags: Forgotten, Hitting, Soon

Ensemble is hard to do. It's like 3-D chess.

Tags: Chess, Ensemble, Hard

For a long time, my shows were about people walking out or about getting my gigs canceled or having the presenter not wanting to pay me.

Tags: Getting, Pay, Time

I don't know anybody who does what I do. I'm very underground.

Tags: Anybody

I love playing other people's work. I love acting.

Tags: Acting, Love, Work

I provide the bricks and mortar with the words and situations - the director and the actors and the designers build the house.

Tags: Build, House, Words

I started acting when I was in high school, started writing when I got to New York in 1975.

Tags: Acting, School, Writing

I was definitely surprised when Talk Radio took off as a play. As a film it has become somewhere between a popular thing and a cult thing.

Tags: Become, Between, Talk

I write my plays to create an excuse for full-tilt acting and performing.

Tags: Acting, Create, Write

I write, but I also act.

Tags: Act, Write

I'm always surprised by things that happen to my work.

Tags: Happen, Surprised, Work

I'm not a light-hearted person, so I can't think light-hearted at work.

Tags: Work

I'm not hip, I'm not cool, I'm not glib.

Tags: Cool, Hip

I'm very underground.

Tags: City, Dishonest, Inner

If we all knew we were going to live to be 150 years old, we'd all approach our lives very differently.

Tags: Knew, Lives, Old

It's a mental fake-out to myself. I make believe I'm making a new show so I forget the material I was working on and make up some fresh material.

Tags: Forget, Show, Working

Well, the real Eric Bogosian is pretty self-conscious of himself.

Tags: Himself, Pretty, Real

I do write about people who are complex and are striving with something and can't quite get past their own stuff, which would be a proxy for myself because that's what the deal is with me.

Tags: Past, Stuff, Write

I write for an audience that likes what I like, reads what I read, thinks about the things I think about. In many ways, this puts me in opposition to the people who go to the theater generally.

Tags: Read, Ways, Write

If you say city to people, people have no problem thinking of the city as rife with problematic, screwed-up people, but if you say suburbs - and I'm not the first person to say this, it's been said over and over again in literature - there's a sense of normalcy.

Tags: Problem, Said, Thinking

The world intrudes in my brain daily. Since my brain is dripping with all kinds of stuff that's out there in the world, that I can't seem to be able to shut out, it has to end up being in my work as well.

Tags: Daily, End, Work