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Somewhere along the line we stopped believing we could do anything. And if we don't have our dreams, we have nothing.
I don't have a fear of flying; I have a fear of crashing.
I was the fattest baby in Clark County, Arkansas. They put me in the newspaper. It was like a prize turnip.
Getting the nomination is like gravy. Winning would be like whatever is better than gravy.
I believe in running through the rain and crashing into the person you love and having your lips bleed on each other.
I attribute all my success to ignorance. If you don't ever think about not getting where you want to be, I think it helps you out.
Marketing is the devil.
If you love somebody let them know every day.
Usually when you're playing a character, you think a lot about their backstory.
You want to know the hardest thing about being smart? What? I pretty much always know what's going to happen next; there's no suspense.
I'm more influenced by novelists than I am by filmmakers.
I've danced one time in my life. It was the most mortifying experience I ever had.
I quit flying years ago. I don't want to die with tourists.
Every couple I know has side-by-side grave plots, but when we do it we're the biggest weirdos on the block.
Anytime you get a chance to play some extreme character, in any direction, it's always a great blessing.
Life is magical and I guess my thing is I wish that people wanted that magic.
Just the other day, my assistant was on the line with Calvin Klein. Golly, I usually shop at Sears.
Playing normal-looking characters really intimidatesme. I got into acting to play anyone but me.
I never expected to be a movie star. It's not that I didn't want to be, I didn't think about it. I wanted to be an actor.
I'm an actor. I'm not a performer. I'm not like a song and dance guy who can take a cane and a hat and do it. I would just you know. That's why I never did commercials.
I can't sit through plays and musical theatre. I just want to run up onstage and mess up their hair and turn over the furniture.
I'm as highly insecure as a human can be.
I'm kind of sad and happy all the time. Just kind of like feeling, you know, full of life and confident, and at the same time terrified. I'm all of those things at once.
People a lot of times say that you know it must be hard to direct yourself. That's a myth. It's easier to direct yourself. There's no middle man, you know.
These days and times you can't do eclectic records. In the '60s you could, but not anymore.
Tower Records is like a temple to me. I'll stay there for hours. Nobody can shop for records with me. It drives them out of their minds.
I think people can live a religious life and yet believe in things maybe outside the box a little bit.
LA has its own vibe. It has a charm that a lot of people overlook sometimes.
I know that I loved music before I loved movies, simply because I didn't see movies as a kid.
We didn't have a movie theatre until I was about nine, so I just didn't see them. But, once I got into movies I loved them.
As most characters are that I play, there's a lot of me in it, anyway.
We don't shoot in L.A. much anymore. You know, TV and movies, most everything's shot other places.
I'm not really a guy who wants to be a director, anyway.
I'm really influenced by Southern novelists, not many movie people. More like John Faulkner, William Faulkner, Erskine Caldwell, Flannery O'Connor, John Steinbeck, and people like that.
I think my stuff's kind of obsolete now, you know? I'm making Model Ts or something, and everybody else is making spaceships.
I'm not a TV junkie outside of sports and history really and stuff like that.
If something really strikes a chord with an audience, if it pops on TV, I don't mind watching it for a few minutes.
A lot of kids, when they go to church, they don't really pay much attention to what they're saying or whatever.
I don't know how to type so I handwrite everything.
People over 40 stay home and watch television, that's why there are no movies out there.
I'm not really a full-time director, I just like to direct the things that I write because I think I'm going to know it better than someone else.
When you're a kid, somebody's mid-forties, you think they're an old man. Then you grow up and it's like, I was a kid.
Now, if you want to do realistic, kind of heavier acting stuff, you do it on Amazon or Netflix or whatever or HBO.
My dad didn't hug me every day and say he loved me and anything like that.
Nothing wrong with computer as things. They can work wonders in communications and business and medicine and everything else.
I'll always consider myself a Southerner. A lot of people put California down, but my dreams were realized there.
If you want anybody to have a different voice, you really have to visualize and hear the voices of all these people. Sometimes when I write with specific actors in mind, it helps.
Kids won't watch older movies - they want to see what's hip right now.
Normally you're 21 years old and you look like Tom Cruise and you do a couple underwear commercials first and then you're a movie star. That didn't happen for me. So it was all quite overwhelming.
The thing about a motion picture is that look of film on a big screen takes you into a magical.