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Born: 1970-11-06
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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The more kind of head trippy sci-fi. I always like that. I was a big 'Twilight Zone' freak.

Tags: Big, Freak, Head

The theater, for me, has always been a place where I'm free to be more creative, a place to sharpen my tools.

Tags: Creative, Free, Place

There's something about knowing life is finite that makes it so precious.

Tags: Knowing, Life, Makes

To get to be somebody who gets to love what they do for a living, that's so rare, and so there must be some kind of price you have to pay.

Tags: Living, Love, Somebody

We live in a funny time. If you don't go corporate, you can't compete. You're relegated as irrelevant. People used to admire that.

Tags: Funny, Time, Used

When an analogy is really singing, it's what you want it to be.

Tags: Analogy, Singing

You know, I auditioned for 'Titanic.' Sometimes I muse on what would have happened. That would have been such a different life.

Tags: Happened, Life, Sometimes

As a young man... you don't know anything about yourself. And add on to that, you're on the cover of magazines. People are interviewing you about what you think. You feel like a real phony.

Tags: Real, Young, Yourself

At every turn, when humanity is asked the question, 'Do you want temporary economic gain or long-term environmental loss, which one do you prefer,' we invariably choose the money.

Tags: Humanity, Money, Question

I auditioned for Robert Redford once and I was so starstruck I couldn't even speak. I had a mic wire at a screen test clipped to me and then I got kind of nervous and I paced in a circle and then took a step and tripped and fell on my face. You just have to forgive yourself and keep going on.

Tags: Forgive, Keep, Yourself

I did one sci-fi movie. I did 'Gattaca.' I liked 'Gattaca' because that was always the kind of science fiction I really dug, the non-action oriented sci-fi.

Tags: Fiction, Movie, Science

I don't know what has happened to movies, but lately every movie is at least 20 minutes too long. It used to be that if you were three hours long it was because it was epic - a movie about Gandhi; something with very important subject matters.

Tags: Movies, Three, Used

I met a lot of famous people when I was about 24. And none of them seemed very appealing. And so I didn't know why I would struggle to be that kind of person.

Tags: Famous, Struggle, Why

I think that if you walk through this life and I end up being a bad father, then it won't matter anything else I achieved in my life. It will all be irrelevant.

Tags: Bad, End, Life

I was being taken around by a press agent at the Venice Film Festival at age 18. Was it fun? Sure. But it was a dangerous path to be walking on as far as having a substantive life. Because the casualty rate at the Venice Film Festival for 18-year-olds? High.

Tags: Age, Fun, Life

I've had a lot of experience in independent film, and about how to choose. You've got to be very discerning about where you put your five bucks, and where you cut and what you don't cut.

Tags: Experience, Film, Put

If my kids are doing well, then my life is going pretty well. And if my kids aren't doing well, it doesn't matter how the other elements of my life are. It's kind of amazing to have a context like that. This is really wonderful.

Tags: Amazing, Life, Pretty

If you're not a real chameleon of an actor and if you're not one of those guys who can really shape-change themselves all the time, one of the ways to keep pushing yourself and keep changing is to be in different kinds of movies.

Tags: Movies, Time, Yourself

In all of our society, but especially in Hollywood, there is an obsession with perfection that can lead to self-loathing and neurosis and all that kind of stuff.

Tags: Perfection, Society, Stuff

It's difficult to do a genre film well, and it doesn't matter if you're talking vampire movies or 'Dawn of the Dead' or 'The Thing' or 'Escape From New York.' Those kind of movies, they understand what the old-school B-movie is supposed to be, they get the throwback of it.

Tags: Difficult, Movies, Understand

My parents thought all actors were secretly drug addicts, except for Clint Eastwood, whom they admired. But they thought it was very unlikely that I would ever be Clint Eastwood.

Tags: Except, Parents, Thought

One of the things that separates a good genre movie from a bad genre movie, I always think, ironically, is when you care about the people. The dime a dozen ones are where you don't have any awareness of the character.

Tags: Care, Character, Good

Right now, if you're interested in being a dramatic actor, they're not making that many just regular dramas. Movies have to have some other thing going on.

Tags: Actor, Making, Movies

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Some people burn out, and some people like Clint Eastwood, he was a wild, international movie star in his 30s, and he's doing the best work of his life now. Go figure.

Tags: Best, Life, Work

The biggest problem in my life is trying to be the kind of man that I want to be, the father that I want to be, and how to process the failure of my marriage.

Tags: Failure, Life, Marriage

The thing that makes a great genre movie is one that's not just entertainment, not just horror or sci-fi or whatever. The ones I love are the genre pictures with some subversive message underlying it all.

Tags: Great, Love, Whatever

There's some kind of actors that can radically change who they are from movie to movie. I've never really been that kind of actor. I enjoy changing the worlds that I'm in.

Tags: Actor, Change, Enjoy

The older I get, the more I realize how rare it is to meet a kindred spirit.

Tags: Older, Realize, Spirit

Everyone has to pay their child support, and no matter if you're a Hollywood actor or anyone else, it's always a little bit more than you want to pay.

Tags: Else, Everyone, Matter

If you can understand the inner life, then you can wear the uniform, the tattoos, or whatnot and realize that the things that are different about us become superficial.

Tags: Become, Life, Understand

'Brooklyn's Finest,' this is the kind of movie that's why I want to be an actor, to tell real-life stories. This is where I feel my job is, to interpret life.

Tags: Job, Life, Why

I always felt that a marriage works best at a farm... where you're together and everybody has clear-cut roles; they have chores, 'you take care of this' and you know. But it's hard.

Tags: Best, Care, Marriage

I remember being a kid and sleeping over at my friend's house and staying up late and watching 'Nosferatu.' Vampire movies are supposed to be secret and bad. They should be rated R.

Tags: Bad, Friend, Movies

I think it's my job to risk looking foolish. One of the things I've learned from the actors I've worked with is you don't get something for nothing. If you don't risk looking foolish, you'll never do anything special.

Tags: Job, Learned, Special

It is very difficult for any couple who are married if both people are ambitious. I don't know if it's just too hard to be married to a woman that wants to be a movie star.

Tags: Difficult, Hard, Woman

When you do 'Before Sunset,' you know while it's a limited audience, there was a very small group of people that love 'Before Sunrise.' You feel a certain pressure to make sure that you uphold a level of quality that has been a bar. You set a bar and you have to at least match it.

Tags: Love, Small, Sunrise

When you start becoming really successful, the demons start to tempt you - the demons of vanity and self importance, drug abuse, the feelings of fraudulence. But, it's also a thrill. That's what I found weird.

Tags: Feelings, Self, Successful

I have had so many bad auditions.

Tags: Auditions, Bad

I kill flies, I eat meat, you know, whatever.

Tags: Eat, Meat, Whatever

I think having nature be a part of people's lives helps all of us see ourselves as part of something larger.

Tags: Lives, Nature, Ourselves

I think that as soon as you think of yourself as a famous person or anything like that, you're objectifying yourself in some weird way.

Tags: Famous, Weird, Yourself

I thought I was so much smarter than everybody. And I'm not.

Tags: Everybody, Smarter, Thought

I'd be lying if I said I had confidence in every choice I've made, that I have faith in every film I do on every shot.

Tags: Confidence, Faith, Said

I'm horrified to admit that I just love Salinger. I was devastated to find out that other people feel the same way.

Tags: Admit, Devastated, Love

If I do three movies in a year, I don't feel like acting ever again.

Tags: Acting, Again, Movies

In New York, you've got Donald Trump, Woody Allen, a crack addict and a regular Joe, and they're all on the same subway car.

Tags: Car, Crack, York

In your mid-twenties, the paint is still wet on who you are.

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It was never in my dreams to make my personal life anybody else's business.

Tags: Business, Dreams, Life

My relationship to reality has been so utterly skewed for so long that I don't even notice it any more. It's just my reality.

Tags: Notice, Reality, Utterly

Nothing teaches you like getting leveled. And I got leveled in my early 30s. Nothing went exactly the way I thought it would.

Tags: Early, Getting, Thought

Right now the only people I can really fall in love with are people who don't really, truly want me around. Now why do I do that?

Tags: Fall, Love, Why

The girls who like me aren't the ones I like. Or, if I do and they want to commit, I suddenly need tons of time with my friends.

Tags: Friends, Suddenly, Time

Good management is the art of making problems so interesting and their solutions so constructive that everyone wants to get to work and deal with them.

Tags: Good, Leadership, Work

Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor.

Tags: Happy, Life, Time

All is connected... no one thing can change by itself.

Tags: Change, Connected, Environmental

We assume that everything's becoming more efficient, and in an immediate sense that's true; our lives are better in many ways. But that improvement has been gained through a massively inefficient use of natural resources.

Tags: Environmental, Sense, True

The first rule of sustainability is to align with natural forces, or at least not try to defy them.

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We can no longer prosper by increasing human productivity. The more we try to do, the more poverty we will create.

Tags: Human, Poverty, Try

If, as is natural, you focus on the corruption and on those threatened institutions that are trying to prevent change - even though they don't really know what they're trying to prevent - then you can get pessimistic.

Tags: Change, Corruption, Focus

We are now heading down a centuries-long path toward increasing the productivity of our natural capital - the resource systems upon which we depend to live - instead of our human capital.

Tags: Environmental, Human, Path

A local company has more accountability.

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In short, industrialism is over.

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What we are missing, utterly and completely, in this government is accountability.

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And also, more and more businesses really want to do the right thing. They feel better about themselves, their workers feel better, and so do their customers. I think this is equally true in the transnational corporations, but it is harder to express in those situations.

Tags: Express, Themselves, True

Businesses who are members of Businesses for Social Responsibility or the Social Venture Network are internalizing costs on a voluntary basis and therefore raising their costs of doing business, but their competitors are not required to.

Tags: Business, Costs, Social

I think an old style of addressing environmental problems is ebbing, but the rise of the so-called conservative, political movement in this country is not a trend towards the future but a reaction to this very broad shift that we are undergoing.

Tags: Country, Future, Political

Information from destructive activities going back a hundred years right up until today is being incorporated into the system. And as that happens the underlying framework of industrialism is collapsing and causing disintegration.

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Intelligent policies will be largely self-regulating in the sense that the system of incentives and standards makes it absolutely ludicrous to not move towards clean, internalized systems of cost and production.

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Interestingly, the oil companies know very well that in less than 30 years they will not only be charging very high prices, but that they will be uncompetitive with renewables.

Tags: High, Less, Oil

Local companies don't have to internalize their costs, and few actually do, but they tend to more often because the owners live there and they have to show their face in town, and their kids play with other kids.

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People are naming it the Third Wave, the Information Age, etc. but I would say those are basically technological descriptions, and this next shift is not about technology - although obviously it will be influenced and in some cases expressed by technologies.

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That appropriation of resources and the transformation of them into goods and services through the European production system characterized, and characterizes to this day, all industrial systems including the information age.

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That inefficiency is masked because growth and progress are measured in money, and money does not give us information about ecological systems, it only gives information about financial systems.

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The financial capital is being concentrated by corporations, institutional investors, and even our pension funds, and being reinvested in companies that repeat this process because it provides the highest return on that financial capital.

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Thus, the forces and value systems that are most threatened by this shift are becoming the most coherent and are rising to the top as minority or plurality powers. But they do not represent either the shift, the change, or the future.

Tags: Change, Future, Value

We are losing our living systems, social systems, cultural systems, governing systems, stability, and our constitutional health, and we're surrendering it all at the same time.

Tags: Health, Living, Time