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Born: 1967-10-04
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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If you are going to remake a film, you may as well remake a classic.

Tags: Classic, Film, May

If you fall in love with somebody you're working with, fine, but wait till your project is over.

Tags: Love, Wait, Working

It's good to overexpose yourself with work. But don't expose yourself too much with the press.

Tags: Good, Work, Yourself

My publicist told me not to talk about politics but, yes, I think we have a president who stole the election.

Tags: Election, Politics, Talk

No, I grew up admiring people who played ice hockey.

Tags: Hockey, Ice, Played

Part of what I enjoy about the theatre and acting is that sense of history.

Tags: Acting, Enjoy, History

Some actors need to be rattled and some need to be focused.

Tags: Focused, Rattled

Style, no matter how outrageous it is, is still an expression of someone's personality. And my personality is somewhere stuck in the classics.

Tags: Matter, Someone, Style

That's one of the benefits of working on big budget films. You work with people who have a lot of experience and you get to learn a lot.

Tags: Experience, Work, Working

The best gig is the one you've got.

Tags: Best, Gig

The funny thing is that I write and I act a lot about being Jewish, but I don't really think about it as a regular person.

Tags: Act, Funny, Write

There's the private persona and the public persona and the two shall never meet.

Tags: Meet, Public, Shall

When you're in a place like New York or D.C. you just can't beat it, and it's so hard to recreate because they are both such distinctive places.

Tags: Both, Hard, Place

Where else do you find great directors? Acting is one of the places.

Tags: Acting, Else, Great

You always have to create the character from the ground up.

Tags: Character, Create, Ground

You can think about your career or you can think about your job. I like to think about my job.

Tags: Career, Job

You know, I have a deep, deep affinity for Dr. Suess.

Tags: Affinity, Deep, Dr

You should never ask actors about politics.

Tags: Ask, Politics

And I think for me there's a lot of neurosis involved with where you should be or thinking about where you are all the time instead of being where you are.

Tags: Involved, Thinking, Time

And you know, I hate to admit this, but I don't always think in terms of Shakespeare. When I eat, I do. When I'm at a restaurant, I'll think, 'Hmm, what would Macbeth have ordered?'

Tags: Admit, Eat, Hate
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Don't hit people; don't let it get you too angry; remember that everything you do can and will be used against you. And take a breath and have some perspective.

Tags: Against, Angry, Remember

Everyone assumes that novelists are smarter and more interesting. They're generally smarter and more interesting, but they're often very short. So it kind of cancels all the smart and interesting stuff out.

Tags: Everyone, Short, Smart

Film is such a bizarre vehicle for acting. It's such a bizarre experience. I don't think you ever really get familiar with it. If you do get familiar with it, you're probably not that good anymore.

Tags: Acting, Experience, Good

Hamlet is a remarkably easy role. Physically it's hard because it tends to be about three hours long and you're talking the whole time. But it's a simple role and it adapts itself very well, because the thing about Hamlet is, we all are Hamlet.

Tags: Hard, Simple, Time

I didn't think that a career in theater was very realistic so I thought the only thing I could make money doing and still be somewhat artistic was, god help me, advertising.

Tags: God, Help, Money

I live with an 18-month-old Jack Russell named Chicken. He moved in about 15 months ago, and it was very hard at first because I work a lot and he doesn't.

Tags: Hard, Months, Work

I love having that creative discussion where, at the end of the day, you both feel better for having done it. Maybe it's a typically Jewish thing, where you sort of go at each other.

Tags: Done, End, Love

I think it's really, really important to mix it up as an actor, to try to get as much kind of varied experience as you can, not only for your own personal growth as an actor but for the audience to keep them guessing about what you're going to do.

Tags: Experience, Keep, Try

I was a writer. I just wasn't a very good one. I was lucky enough to have a playwriting teacher who told me that I'd be a better actor than I would a playwright.

Tags: Enough, Good, Teacher

I'm drawn to people who share that sense of loss. All actors are trying to repair damaged relationships. I think that might be why I've been drawn to other actors.

Tags: Sense, Trying, Why

Well, I don't think I've ever been a huge target for the press, and I value that to a degree, because there's a certain value for actors staying beneath the radar so they can play characters.

Tags: Characters, Degree, Value

You watch a hockey game, and the hand-eye coordination and the speed is really miraculous; how those guys track the puck alone, just following it with their eyes.

Tags: Alone, Eyes, Game

The skill set for hockey is so specific to skating and if you haven't been skating as a kid it's impossible to play - and I wasn't a skater.

Tags: Hockey, Impossible, Kid

A lot of times in Hollywood you're as good as your last job.

Tags: Good, Job, Last

Actors, you know, they're often awkward people in real life.

Tags: Life, Often, Real

As soon as you know what you're doing, you're doing it wrong.

Tags: Soon, Wrong

As soon as you know what you're doing, you're doing it wrong. That's what I find with acting. As soon as it becomes padded, it becomes pat.

Tags: Acting, Soon, Wrong

Every girl I've gone out with has said something to me first.

Tags: Girl, Gone, Said

I actually loved Winnipeg. Everyone told me I was going to hate it, but it was great.

Tags: Everyone, Great, Hate

I am so used to being able to express myself from being an actor. So when people don't understand me, I'm just completely lost.

Tags: Able, Lost, Understand

I am very good with dialects, but the two that I can't do for some reason are the South African and Australian.

Tags: Good, Reason, South

I find that the most interestingly written parts happen to be the bad guys.

Tags: Bad, Guys, Happen

I get panic attacks in big crowds.

Tags: Attacks, Big, Panic

I get very nervous around famous people and I get nervous around beautiful women.

Tags: Beautiful, Famous, Women

I grew up in the Lower East Side of New York.

Tags: East, Side, York

I manage to hide in my movies.

Tags: Hide, Manage, Movies

I really don't think there is anybody in the business with better eyes than Elijah Wood.

Tags: Anybody, Business, Eyes

I think New York will always be this incredible international crossroads, and I don't think that will ever change.

Tags: Change, Incredible, York

I think that everything I've ever done at some point is part of someone else's legacy.

Tags: Done, Else, Someone

I was always curious about motivation and intention, and really, that's a lot of what acting is.

Tags: Acting, Intention, Motivation

I was always drawn to tough girls. I liked that domineering thing.

Tags: Drawn, Liked, Tough

I'm a typically lazy person. It is sort of characteristic of actors.

Tags: Lazy

I'm actually a very bad surfer, which is good because everybody likes a bad surfer. Nobody likes a good surfer.

Tags: Bad, Everybody, Good

I'm kind of an obsessive-compulsive person, like, neat obsessive.

Tags: Neat, Obsessive

I'm misrepresented as a scary person. I'm not. It's all about my size and my eyebrows.

Tags: Eyebrows, Scary, Size

I'm not that interested in working with impervious people.

Tags: Impervious, Interested, Working

If I'm doing my job as an actor, the audience knows everything I know about the character.

Tags: Actor, Character, Job