Being an Actor

If you don't interfere with me, I'll always do something really good.

Even if you do succeed most people wouldn't notice anyway.

When you do a really good play, the audience and the performers are looking into the same looking glass, the same microscope. And the specimen they are looking at is human life and that's why I do it, that's why I like it.

I am inspired by the appearance of a bohemian of the new millennium. I thought it was necessary to update the figure of the bohemian, but not in the traditional way.

I can have incredible self-discipline. But see, I think it's obviously a form of stupidity.

Imagine how asleep or utterly unperceptive and clueless you would have to be not to see yourself as absurd for the most part.



I love to watch good actors who surprise and amuse me.

Theater is so ephemeral, and I love that.

I don't want to be boring. But that's not always easy.

I don't like things too overstated in the cut or too perfect.

You have to play your characters, not like them.

Nothing you do particularly matters. But I'm not sure that's a great excuse for doing it poorly.

I've permitted myself to learn and to fail with some regularity. And that is probably the one thing I was given, and that I'm still grateful for.

It's not a gift of mine, but one given to me, to be able to criticise myself and not be crushed, by myself or by others.

I wouldn't describe myself as lacking in confidence, but I would just say that the ghosts you chase you never catch.

The projects I look for to produce or direct would not be ones in which I would want to act.




I go around the world, working with all kinds of people who I love.

I prefer to conduct my life based on how I treat people.

I don't care what other people think. I don't think it matters.

I probably have more female friends than any man I've ever met. What I like about them is that almost always they're generally mentally tougher, and they're better listeners, and they're more capable of surviving things.

I believe in humans.

Movie Making Industry

The most evocative thing to me is probably when a writer and a group of performers can collectively put together something compelling that asks the really simple question: 'How do we live?'



You can't work in the movies. Movies are all about lighting. Very few filmmakers will concentrate on the story. You get very little rehearsal time, so anything you do onscreen is a kind of speed painting.

I'm more likely to lose my temper on a film set than almost anywhere. Often the level of idiocy is so exalted that it's impossible to comprehend.

Most filmmakers' entire body of knowledge is of other movies. When they describe things, they describe them in relation to other movies. That's why we have so many cyclical movies that look like other movies. But I'm not cynical. I even go to some of those movies.

Some directors expect you to do everything; write, be producer, psychiatrist. Some just want you to die in a tragic accident during the shooting so they can get the insurance.


I know fashion can be intensely goofy, but it is something I've always taken pretty seriously.

I always liked clothes; since I was very, very young, I was interested. I studied costume as part of my theatre education.

I like design, I like details, to me it is just another form of self-expression.


People always say life is short. I've never been convinced of that ‒ mine seems to have a tendency to go on and on.

I find it hard to pre-plan every element of everything I do. It's not my thing.

I have driven school buses, sold egg rolls and painted houses, and I have often wondered what my life would have been like if I hadn't gone into acting. Mind you, it's a great life, going around pretending you're other people and getting paid ridiculous sums of money for it.

I wasn't really raised to be the type of person to have doubts.

Failure's a natural part of life.

People get up, they go to work, they have their lives, but you'll never see the headlines say, 'Six billion people got along rather well today.' You'll have the headline about the 30 people who shot each other.

If you're too smart it can limit you because you spend so much time thinking that you don't do anything.

The world is ruled by violence, or at least the imminent threat of violence. It always has been.

My life before children I don't really remember. I've heard references to it, but I really don't remember.