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Born: 1958-10-16
Profession: Actor
Nation: American
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I mean, what are they scared of? Who's going to vote for anyone from the Communist Party, for God's sake?

Tags: God, Mean, Vote

I ran spotlight. Swept up. Did box office. Ran the lighting board. But acting was the most fun.

Tags: Acting, Fun, Office

I started getting on my feet and clowning around, and they ended up putting me in a play when I was 12. And I was hooked.

Tags: Feet, Getting, Started

I wouldn't even get elected. I'd probably deck a couple of people, too which would not play very well with the national media.

Tags: Couple, Media, National

I wouldn't say I'm a method actor. I do research when I feel I don't have enough experience for the part I'm playing.

Tags: Enough, Experience, Playing

I'm not gangly; I'm very coordinated. I do have a bit of a baby face. But I guess that just means I'll be working longer.

Tags: Face, Means, Working

I'm the kind of person who does not remember bad things.

Tags: Bad, Remember

I've been lucky-my looks haven't put me into one category. I don't look like a blue blood. I don't look like a criminal. I don't look like anything.

Tags: Blood, Looks, Put

I've long ago compromised my eight hours a night.

Tags: Eight, Hours, Night

I've used drugs that I do consider to be dangerous, drugs that are potentially detrimental to kids and society at large.

Tags: Kids, Society, Used

If you find yourself in a movie that you have questions about, it's not a compromise to your integrity.

Tags: Compromise, Integrity, Yourself

If you're in the position to help someone and you do it, it's very rewarding.

Tags: Help, Position, Someone

It's certainly a lot more difficult to get a project made if you're talking about something progressive. That's just the nature of the industry.

Tags: Difficult, Nature, Talking

It's difficult when you have to turn down a tremendous amount of money because you don't like what the script is saying and you don't have any money.

Tags: Difficult, Money, Saying

Most good actors have a huge intelligence about the human condition and a real open heart to different kinds of people and behavior.

Tags: Good, Heart, Human

My father described me as the oldest baby he'd ever seen. I apparently was very serious and reflective.

Tags: Baby, Father, Serious

My philosophy is, don't take no for an answer and be willing to sacrifice your entire project for freedom.

Tags: Freedom, Philosophy, Sacrifice

New York is not conductive to theater. New York does not encourage its young. It does not encourage experimentation.

Tags: Theater, York, Young

Susan is just great. I know I'm biased, but she's a great actress.

Tags: Actress, Great, She

There are dumb actors. But there are dumb politicians and dumb bakers.

Tags: Dumb

There is absolutely no way that I would enter that world. I would never run for office.

Tags: Enter, Office, Run

There's nothing more boring than unintelligent actors, because all they have to talk about is themselves and acting. There have to be other things.

Tags: Acting, Boring, Talk

Toy Soldiers was my introduction to film. I certainly didn't think I was doing art by any stretch of the imagination.

Tags: Art, Film, Soldiers
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When you make the judgement as a network that there are only three candidates, you are censoring points of view.

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You get money out of acting. You get gray hair out of directing. Actually, I get more of a rush from directing.

Tags: Acting, Hair, Money

You had to know how to fight or you had to know how to avoid a fight. I didn't enjoy fighting, so I learned how to avoid them.

Tags: Enjoy, Fight, Learned

Bush is very clever. When the debate should have been about the deterioration of our cities and the lack of action by government, he sent in his idiot to make an outrageous statement about Murphy Brown.

Tags: Action, Government, Idiot

I'm fairly competant as a director and actor, but I am Mr. Neurotic as a writer. I just don't have enough confidence in my abilities to take criticism well. I take it personally. Start with 'It's a masterpiece,' and then tell me what you think could be changed.

Tags: Confidence, Enough, Start

I'm six foot four and a half and I have a temper. It's reserved for very important issues. If someone is asking me to make an artistic concession, then I'll become a madman.

Tags: Become, Half, Someone

Is Walt turning over in his grave? A man named Joe Roth runs Disney right now-he gave me the go-ahead and total freedom to do whatever I wanted to do.

Tags: Freedom, Wanted, Whatever

I learned much more about acting from philosophy courses, psychology courses, history and anthropology than I ever learned in acting class.

Tags: History, Learned, Philosophy

I think the enemy is self-censorship. In a free society the biggest danger is that you're afraid to the point where you censor yourself.

Tags: Enemy, Society, Yourself

Just because someone gets arrested doesn't mean what they are doing is wrong. Some laws are unfair and unjust.

Tags: Mean, Someone, Wrong

There are a great number of Republicans who are economically conservative but have hearts and a consciousness about their country.

Tags: Country, Great, Number

There's the theory that nudity doesn't really make something sexy; the characters and their relationship make it sexy.

Tags: Characters, Sexy, Theory

American people are not evil. Given information, they will do the right thing. But they're not given the information.

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It was dangerous to hit the wrong kid in my neighborhood, because a lot of the guys I played with had fathers in the Mafia.

Tags: Dangerous, Guys, Wrong

Every man dies. Not every man lives.

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Americans accept that gangsters are running the government.

Tags: Accept, Government, Running

When you have a person in power who punishes people for speaking their mind, it's truly dangerous.

Tags: Dangerous, Mind, Power

Considering the fact that I've used it in the past, and know what it is, and seen the results of it, I don't view marijuana as a dangerous drug.

Tags: Fact, Past, Used

I was a sports fan, but I also went to peace marches.

Tags: Fan, Peace, Sports

If I'm a commodity, it wouldn't be a wise idea to buy stock in me - although, in the long run, maybe I'm a slow growth investment.

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Altman was told they wouldn't do the film with me. He could easily have abandoned me, but he stood by me and really bailed me out.

Tags: Abandoned, Film, Stood

Any time you're trying to do a movie with a happy ending, it's very difficult because it's been done before and you don't want to be manipulative.

Tags: Done, Happy, Time

Directing is creating a whole. You're able to combine different elements and create a film that is unique and true to your vision.

Tags: Able, True, Whole

I couldn't care less about being a presenter at the Oscars.

Tags: Care, Less, Oscars

I don't care about Clinton's haircuts or his affairs or any of that stuff.

Tags: Affairs, Care, Stuff

I don't know if I ever really bought into the eternal damnation bit.

Tags: Bit, Bought, Eternal

I don't think people have been able to deal with the fact that African American filmmakers can make movies about life and relationships.

Tags: American, Life, Movies

I don't view myself as a political leftie. I view myself as a storyteller who is fair to both sides.

Tags: Both, Fair, Political

I have personal beliefs and they are sometimes reflected in the movies I make, but I also reflect other points of view.

Tags: Movies, Personal, Sometimes

I learned never to listen to acting teachers because they don't know what the hell they're talking about.

Tags: Acting, Hell, Learned

I like Spike Lee a lot. He's incredibly gifted and I don't think he gets the credit he deserves as a filmmaker.

Tags: Credit, Deserves, Filmmaker

I love iconoclasts. I love individuals. I love people that are true to themselves, whatever the cost.

Tags: Love, True, Whatever