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What's "God"? Well, you know, when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God's the guy that ignores you.
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Do you think god stays in heaven because he too lives in fear of what he's created here on earth? - Steve Buscemi Quotes
Do you think god stays in heaven because he too lives in fear of what he's created here on earth?
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Communication is the key, and it's one thing I had to learn-to talk to the actors. I was so involved with the visual and technical aspects that I would forget about the actors.
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Just because people want to eat the burger doesn't mean they want to meet the cow. - Steve Buscemi Quotes
Just because people want to eat the burger doesn't mean they want to meet the cow.
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I talked with Quentin about where the character came from, and he told me Kansas City. I don't know how somebody talks from Kansas City, so I made him from New York.
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What if I told you insane was working fifty hours a week in some office for fifty years at the end of which they tell you to p*ss off; ending up in some retirement village hoping to die before suffering the indignity of trying to make it to the toilet on time? Wouldn't you consider that to be insane?
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Really interesting things come because you don't know what the rules are, what you can and can't do.
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I like telling stories about people with problems. I can't really put it much simpler than that.
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I can't relate to 99% of humanity.
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Every day's an adventure when I step out of my door. That's why I usually wear a hat and keep my head low.
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I don't tend to think of the characters i play as losers. I like the struggles that people have, people who are feeling like they don't fit into society, because I still sort of feel that way.
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My real training as an actor was when I started doing theatre.
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The trend now is to shoot in Canada because it's cheaper, and they don't care what the location is.
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My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don't know what that means, but it sounds like a dig.
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It doesn't matter what part I play, I try and commit myself 100 percent.
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I usually get freaked out if I'm in a situation where a lot of people recognise me at once.
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I never want to feel like the way that I see it isthe only way. Sometimes mistakes happen and that's better than whatyou thought the scene could be. You allow room for the possibilities.
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I never made a daring rescue, which is the story people want to hear. I did go to my share of fires.
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When I was a fireman I was in a lot of burning buildings. It was a great job, the only job I ever had that compares with the thrill of acting.
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Character actors just pile up the credits because you work on a movie for like a few days. It's not like I'm the lead in everything I do - far from it. I'm not spending three or four months on a picture; I'm spending three or four weeks. Sometimes three or four days.
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Usually, I only get to work a few weeks on a movie, or I often don't make it to the end of the movie because I'm disposed of.
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It doesn't matter to me what the genre is.
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I've never had a grand plan. I've only just tried to keep open to many different possibilities, have fun and work with people who are passionate about what they do.
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We both [with Jo Andres] think that it is really important to our culture that we support all kinds of music, all kinds of theatre and all kinds of art because you never know what moves people. We've always believed that there should be a strong voice outside the commercial world. Certainly, the commercial world has a huge place in our culture and we also support that - but, we also want to support the stuff that lives outside of that.
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There's a certain type of character that you can't help but come in contact with growing up and living in Brooklyn and Long Island. A certain mixture of moxie, heart, and a wise guy sense of humor.
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I think distribution has become a lot harder. With the whole explosion of digital video, there's just a lot more people making films. Distributors have a lot more choice. I do think there's an audience out there for small films. It's obvious to me what the studios do: they've co-opted independent film. They all have their independent arm. They can afford to crush the competition.
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I could never have imagined the films I've done and the people I've worked with when I was starting out; I certainly did not have a career path.
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I hope I don't make it sound like it's this big to-do, but even putting on real cufflinks takes work.
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I don't think I'm that much different from any other working actor that's trying to make a living.
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They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.
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My greatest hope was to get discovered as a comedian and get on a sitcom.
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What was frustrating about Armageddon was the time I spent not doing anything. It was a big special effects film, and I wasn't crazy about pretending I was in outer space. It feels ridiculous.
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I was going to buy a van and move to LA so I could secretly pursue acting without any of my friends knowing.
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I'm terrible at story and structure, but I'm not so bad at writing dialogue.
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It doesn't matter so much where the material comes from, as long as it's good.
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I never did improv professionally, but that was certainly in my training as an actor. I like it. Actually, when I did theater, I used to have a partner, and that was the way we used to write a lot of our sketches, through improvisation. So it's something I feel comfortable with.
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In the beginning, it wasn't even a question of deciding I'm going to do independent film and not commercial films - I wasn't being offered any commercial films, and there wasn't an independent scene.
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The director I had most involvement with was Alex Rockwell. He gave me a lot of responsibility as an actor.
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It wasn't until my senior year in high school that I started acting.
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The first movie I had a featured role in was Parting Glances.
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I suppose things are better now, but ... I don't know. People still hate each other, they just know how to hide it better.
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I've had dentists who have wanted to help me out, but I say, 'You know, I won't work again if you fix my teeth.'
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By nature, I think I am a pretty private person, and that is what is hard even doing interviews for films that I really love doing, because in some ways, it diminishes the experience that I had.
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I was very surprised that for a while I could only get cast as straight. It was that way for a few years.
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Anything you write, even if you have to start over, is valuable. I let the story write itself through the characters.
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I didn't think I'd ever be able to do movies. That was for serious actors.
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I feel my life has more meaning because I am responsible for another life, although I don't have control over what Lucian - my son - is going to do. He's definitely going to carve his own way.
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I like character-driven stuff. It doesn't matter, the size of the part.
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I think all comics borrow from each other. Only a few have an original voice, and I wasn't one of them. In the end, I couldn't figure out who to steal from, so I stopped doing it.
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I just like playing interesting, complex, complicated characters. I like films that also have an element of humor.
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Casting is everything. Getting the person that you imagined is this character and then seeing what they bring to it.
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It's always fun to get to do independent film because I believe that that's the life blood of film. It's about writers and directors who truly have their own vision, and that's hard.
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Oftentimes you'll see stuff that makes it into the mainstream that has been influenced by things that are clearly not from the mainstream.
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All the roles I play, I don't see any of my roles in films that they're typically leading men.
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I did stand-up. I loved George Carlin and Steve Martin.
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Bob Altman had this relaxed but serious attitude. Everybody loved him. I wanted him to adopt me.
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I always find that it's when a script is not detailed, then I have to do more work as an actor.
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