First of all, you never make all things for all people and can't always pander to the broadest denominator. I keep an eye toward doing the themes that interest me. Do they move me? Interest me? Make me think? When I run across something that is provocative in an unsettling way, it appeals to me.
Just because you've made a couple movies, you've done some good movies, you've been nominated for some Academy Awards, whatever, nobody's entitled. It's a business. If they don't see it, I can think they're wrong, but I'm not entitled to a $15 million budget to make a film.
If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I'm gonna have a heart attack.
I get heartbroken flying into L.A. It's just this feeling of unspecific loss. Can you imagine what the San Fernando Valley was when it was all wheat fields? Can you imagine what John Steinbeck saw?
Acting? It's a longstanding compulsion I've had since I was about five or six years old. I can literally identify the moment it struck me. I went to see a play (If I Were a Princess) in which a babysitter of mine (Betsy True, who later acted on Broadway) was performing. I was completely shell-shocked by the magic of this little community-theater play; it just riveted me.
I'm an actor and, each time out, I'm trying to convince the audience that I'm this character. Every little thing that people know about you as a person impedes your ability to achieve that kind of terrific suspension of disbelief that happens when an audience goes with an actor and character (he's) playing.
I always felt that acting was an escape, like having the secret key to every door and permission to go into any realm and soak it up. I enjoy that free pass.
In fact, the United States today keeps on making the same sort of mistakes. We force those methods we think are useful on a few countries, hoping to make a few changes.
I'm not interested in making movies for everybody. I like making movies for myself and my friends and people with my sensibility.
He has such a rich mellifluous voice. Anytime I would hear him speak, it would remind me of how flat my voice is. (about Ralph Fiennes)
"Nobody makes me uncomfortable here. It's a place where you can be eternally anonymous." - the reason he loves living in New York City
People wrestle sometimes making movies, and I think that conflict is a very essential thing. I think a lot of very happy productions have produced a lot of very banal movies.
It's a nice position to be in; I'm lucky. At the same time, all the excitement of that has been put into stark perspective ... In some ways, the highs of it have been blunted, which in a way, is a gift.
The more you can create that magic bubble, that suspension of disbelief, for a while, the better.
I've never felt any particular encroachment of the 'celebrity' stuff into my life.
Fame is very corrosive and you have to guard very strictly against it.
If I ever have to stop taking the subway, I'm gonna have a heart attack
Life, like poker has an element of risk. It shouldn't be avoided. It should be faced.
I don't smoke and I don't want to smoke. I am not a fan of gratuitous smoking in films.