I think people like watching edgy things.
I've only been in one fight in my whole life.. In 7th grade, yet everyone thinks I'm a maniac.
I think that if you can achieve a balance, then you appease a lot of yourself and your career and what it takes to maintain in this business for a while.
I know when I go to a movie I want to experience something, whether to laugh, to cry, to feel bad.
Well, for Blow I had to age from 20 to 60, starting out in shape and then later putting on fat pads.
The first script I got was Narc and I really responded to it; it reminded me of a '70s type movie, I really liked the characters, I didn't anticipate the ending.
I remember watching Gene Hackman, or Robert Duvall. To just see them as actors. You think of them as these icons. But you see them mess up their lines, flub their lines, whatever, you just see the human being. But then when they're in it's totally about playing pretend. The game of it.
I didn't like some of the movies that were coming into me.
I think drug movies free the director to make intense films.
So, you need to balance it out with bigger and smaller movies.
You could just do independent movies, but I like bigger kind of studio movies, at least some of them.
You know, it was a small, independent movie and with Paramount becoming involved, it was obviously a good thing, but you can't put a round peg in a square hole.
I just finished Narc, which was a really heavy duty, raw, independent.
Not like Chinese food, where you eat it and then you feel hungry an hour later.
The Rat Pack was the piece that really kicked me out of that little funk that I was in and then Ted called me up and asked me if I wanted to be the dad in Blow.