From Maya Angelou I began to believe that I, too, someday, could be a writer, and I also learned how tortuous it can be to be in possession of a unique voice.
Life has never been easy. Nor is it meant to be. It is a matter of being joyous in the face of sorrow.
LIFE: My favorite occupation.
It takes great technique, tremendous discipline and energy and practice, and damn few are capable. Art is confidence. Technique makes it possible to achieve artistic greatness, but doesn't guarantee it. The great piano artists are not the ones who are best playing Clementi exercises.
I consider my life one long string of failures, but all of the failure has made me more grateful to be alive, more joyous in the moment and more appreciative for every day I have.
It is marketing that makes films popular. Cross-marketing. Selling movies with hamburgers and Coke.
I personally don't think anybody should be allowed to write a screenplay UNTIL they are over 40. It used to be don't trust anyone over 30; now it is don't hire anyone over 30. I wish I were joking.
I live very much, try to, in the moment, and find whichever moment I'm in to be the best.
Hollywood... damn well won't hire a writer over 40 unless he made his mark when he was under 30. America worships youth. It is reflected everywhere. And because wisdom can ONLY come with age, America is a very immature, unwise country. As reflected in its films.
If we wait until our lives are free from sorrow or difficulty, then we wait forever. And miss the entire point.
I'm a classic example of what can happen if you follow your inner voice. I was cursed with interests and some talent in many different areas. It confuses people.
In many ways I wish I wasn't an actor dragging around the baggage from being one so that I could just devote my energies to encouraging people to find their true selves.
From dear, dear Gloria Swanson, I learned how to live long, happy and free of health problems. I owe her my life.
I believe that the first 8 years are most important and the time in a child's life when parents must be absolutely and completely present.
The best things in life are usually difficult.