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  • We all have big changes in our lives that are more or less a second chance.
  • You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
  • Peace is not the absence of war but the presence of justice.
  • It's a little-known fact, but I wanted Han Solo to die at the end of Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983). I thought it would give more weight and resonance. But George Lucas wasn't sympathetic. He didn't want me killed by those teddy bear guys.
  • My approach to acting is the let's pretend school of acting. If real emotion is available, use it, otherwise I follow what I think is an AA rule: 'Fake it till you make it.' Emotions are an interesting language. Sometime they sneak up on you when you're not expecting, when you are available to it.
  • I had a very strong feeling about the Vietnam War, and I had a strong feeling about participating in it. The military draft was in place, I was summoned for a physical exam, and I was either going to be classified as fit for military service or make my objection to it. So I made my objection to it.
  • Identification solely with Star Wars could have been the beginning and the end, with no middle, to my career.
  • (Talking about George Lucas): "He doesn't really understand the nature of acting. He's like 'It's right there, it's right there. I wrote it, it's there, just do it.' But you can't just do it that easily."
  • I'm very troubled by the proliferation of arms, at the fact so many people in the United States carry guns. It obviously contributes greatly to the crime problems we have. I'm sure gun laws should be strengthened in the United States. I just don't know the correct mechanism.
  • I saw a bit of director Steve Gaghan's movie Syriana (2005), and I wish I'd played the part that was offered to me - George's part. I didn't feel strongly enough about the truth of the material and I think I made a mistake. I think the film underwent some changes, and I think a lot of it is very truthful: the things that I thought weren't, were obviated after I left the table.
  • (Talking about the appeal of Indiana Jones): "Indiana Jones is always getting in way over his head and just barely getting out by the skin of his teeth."
  • I think American films right now are suffering from an excess of scale. Lots of movies we're seeing now are more akin to video games than stories about human life and relationships. Twelve-to-twenty-year-olds are maybe the largest economic force in the US movie business. I'm not a very nostalgic person - but I enjoy a good story.
  • You know you're getting old when all the names in your black book have M. D. after them.
  • I had no expectation of the level of adulation that would come my way. I just wanted to make a living with a regular role in a television series.
  • I don't want to be a movie star. I want to be in movies that are stars.
  • Nothing shocks me. I'm a scientist.
  • I'm very disturbed about the direction American foreign policy is going. I think something needs to be done to help alleviate the conditions which have created a disenfranchised and angry faction in the Middle East. I don't think military intervention is the correct solution. I regret what we as a country have done so far.
  • Failure in all other fields. (on what made him choose acting as a profession)
  • There have been times in my life when I have felt I was lonely, but I don't think you want to live your life in order to mitigate against loneliness. - from People magazine (June 23, 2003 issue)
  • (Talking about Blade Runner (1982)): "It could have been so much more than a cult movie."
  • (On his marriage to Melissa Mathison) "It was just part of the continuum of the relationship . . . I don't know if I ever proposed to her".
  • (After his first screen test) The studio guy told me, "Kid, you have no future in this business." I said, "Why?" He said, "When Tony Curtis first walked onscreen carrying a bag of groceries -- a bag of groceries! -- you took one look at him and said, 'THAT'S a movie star!'" I said, "Weren't you supposed to say, 'That's a grocery delivery boy?'"
  • What does that mean (when a director says) 'trust me'? Does that mean I should obviate all of my experience? Should I replace a certain knowledge with belief? Where does that get you? I have had experience in my life. I am 63 years old. Why should I be trusting a director?
  • It's very little trouble for me to accommodate my fans, unless I'm actually taking a pee at the time.
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