Sometimes, the vanity of actors is that we imagine we`re so completely different on screen from who we are in real life. When really, all actors play themselves.
Not to oversimplify it, somebody once said a good rule of thumb in interpreting a character is to find the good in the bad people that you portray and the bad in the good.
American movies to me - and, I mean, I`ve said this before a million times - are becoming more and more homogeneous because the marketing objective - and marketing now plays such a major role in movies that it almost obliterates everything else - the marketing objective is the lowest common denominator. "You can`t put that in; let`s put the car chase, let`s put the sex scene, let`s put the fight in, let`s get them back together, they end up happily, they walk off into the sun..." So that there`s a formulaic predictability to American movies. That, allied with the cynicism of the way movies are put together - product placement and spin-offs and toys and all kinds of crap that, you know, have nothing to do with the telling of stories - they`ve turned American movies into McMovies. So that when the movie-goer gets his movie, it`s like a hamburger: he doesn`t want a piece of aubergine in there; he wants his onion, his tomato, his hamburger and his bun. And he doesn`t want the bun hard, he wants it soft. And he wants it in two minutes.
The person I was with was organizing my birthday party, and also happens to be a good friend of mine, who is a married woman. If you don`t mind, drop the Post. What they indicated was a complete concoction.
I called Kevin Spacey one day about something else, but he didn`t say to me `calm down,` like The New York Times said. Because I was not deranged.
I`ve always felt that acting is about exposure. You expose yourself in the choices you make. It`s when you present yourself as truthfully as you can, in a given situation, that you are being that character. Even though you`re being yourself.
O`Neill presents a very complex multi-layered kind of challenge. His characters are always deeply complex and, to a great extent, inaccessible.
The truth is that actors don`t really have any control over the end product. To think that you have control is a delusion and it`s also incredibly frustrating to be investing that much hope into something that essentially boils down to marketing. So you try to do movies that you feel connected with and you work with directors and actors you admire.
From doing A Moon for the Misbegotten, I`ve learned that nobody`s love can save anybody else. There are people who want to die, and nothing or nobody will stop them. The only one who can save you is yourself.
I had one of the best days of my life. I spent the afternoon with my two kids and my ex-wife at Serendipity. Then I came to the theater, and you know, I think I did the play the best I`ve ever done it.
A completely disrespectful photographer was asked to stop taking photographs, and then said, `I`ve got what I want. What are you going to do about it?` How would you feel if somebody walked up and started taking your photograph? I don`t think you`d be very happy.
I would like to break out of this dark, brooding image, cause I`m actually not like that at all.
And then, I suppose, there`s also a cinematic reality on top of that. Because it was extremely difficult to keep tabs on, it was quite confusing acting that.
It was either Voltaire or Charlie Sheen who said, `We are born alone. We live alone. We die alone. And anything in between that can give us the illusion that we`re not, we cling to.`
I think there`s a bit of the devil in everybody. There`s a bit of a priest in everybody, too, but I enjoyed playing the devil more. He was more fun.
I`m not a very gregarious person. I can`t bear attention being called to me in a public place, which is ridiculous in a business that pays you to be noticed.
I thought to myself, there`s a man who gave up his life to serve others - to touch people in that way is probably the greatest thing you can do as a human being.
What is that song that Willie Nelson sang? `Oh, the days dwindle down to a precious few.` I think of that. No big deal. I`ve reached a stage in my life where I am content.
It`s actually pretty complex, because there`s two levels of reality in the narrative. One is what really took place, and the other is Spider`s poisoned version of what took place.
I don`t think we`re living in great times for movies, to tell you the truth.
I would like to break out of this "dark, brooding" image, cause I`m actually not like that at all. In Ireland, brooding is a term we use for hens. A brooding hen is supposed to lay eggs. Everytime somebody says "He`s dark and brooding" I think: "He`s about to lay an egg".
Presents don`t really mean much to me. I don`t want to sound mawkish, but - it was the realization that I have a great many people in my life who really love me, and who I really love.
The only way you can continue to make artistic films is to make an occasional one of those. They kind of keep your marketability going to the extent that people will employ you.