I was a science fiction junkie for a long time.
What if you went to the nth degree to prove to yourself that you're the person you want to be? But you found that it's completely different from the person that you are, and you found yourself in a place that consistently refuted the facts as you sensed them?
Being stared at is not fun . . . There are times when someone on the street says, Are you William Hurt? and I will say, No, not at the moment.
I need to exist as an actor. . . . There is frustration. But that's not my primary experience. The primary experience is, Today I'm gonna go try. When I get it, it feels wonderful. But even trying feels good.
David's working on subjects that interest me
He'll even let himself be characterized as perverse. He's not. He's the opposite of perverse. He's coaxing our perversions, our suppressed perversions, into the open and helping us to deal with them in this wonderful way.
David had this thing in his chest and couldn't shake it
You don't look at it as the size of the role. Quantity is not the point. You can be as thorough in 30 seconds as you can in three hours.
You have to create a track record of breaking your own mold, or at least other people's idea of that mold.
I think acting can bring you closer to yourself and help you understand other people.
It was the moment I learned acting is not acting out. After that light went on, I spent the rest of my life trying to figure out how to make other people realize it.
People who have expertise or the luck to have rehearsal time with cameras have it over people who don't.
Sometimes people call me a success for all the reasons that make me think I'm a failure.
I am so thrilled by the privilege of life, and yet at the same time I know that I have to let it go.
I have a film I want to direct. Gena Rowlands was going to do it with me a long time ago. It's about an older woman who's running a ranch in the west the old fashioned way.