It's true, ... We were just talking about that last night.
It's about taking a leap of faith, ... and hoping it turns out all right.
We need substantial legitimate work on television, ... and we don't need to lose shows like that -- we need to get more of them.
Then I thought maybe this guy (Anderson) kind of lucked out and is really just some idiot who's going to direct it like some broad comedy or something, ... Then I talked to Brad on the phone and he's thinking the same with me.
And then, as the years went on, I just kept moving along, busting into doors and getting roles, until I started to actually believe that what these other people were saying was true.
It's like why people read scary books or go see scary movies. Because it creates a distance. They're scared, but they're not going to get hurt.
It's pretty simple, pretty obvious: that people's first impressions of people are really a big mistake.
People who are extremely inside their head, like he was, are caught in a neurosis that goes round and round. Then something will hook them and take them to their end and they can't control it.
When you're a child you're able to assimilate so easily into any situation. You even start talking like the people you're around. I wasn't conscious that I was so good at that until I started to truly feel like an actor.
I'll be working the rest of my life because I'm a character actor and don't have to worry about box office.
Some scenes you juggle two balls, some scenes you juggle three balls, some scenes you can juggle five balls. The key is always to speak in your own voice. Speak the truth. That's Acting 101. Then you start putting layers on top of that.
The search for the truth is not for the faint hearted.
I think that being a producer is business and being an actor is art.
If you try to go beyond your interests just for the sake of pretensions or wealth, your art becomes less legitimate.
Evil changes everybody!
Acting is not a mystery. There's nothing that I know that other actors don't know. We all act, we're all actors, we all know the same thing. The only thing that separates us is experience.
At our best, it's a good experience but we do 22 episodes a year, so there are some clunkers.
And I have been able to establish this sort of decent reputation as being a decent character actor.
I found my niche as a character actor, and I've never felt like a movie star or teen idol and never wanted to.
I'm a character actor, and I made a choice when I was young, after 'Mystic Pizza', not to go for the mainstream stuff, and to do a more eclectic kind of route.
Like De Niro. He's one of the best character actors we have ever had.
Unless you look like Brad Pitt, it's really hard to have full control of your character.
When you are a character actor they trust you will go in and give them a full character and leave.
With Altman, he does discuss everything with you, but then leaves you to it and gives you full rein and lets you improvise and create a character while the camera is rolling.
The more you are known, the more difficult it is to hide behind characters.