Do theater. Because you’ll develop a craft that you’ll always have. It’ll give you a chance to really learn how to act and you won’t go into the world with a few measly tricks that will only carry you so far.
I don’t know, one out of every two marriages ends up in divorce so there’s a lot of great people out there who people aren’t happy with.
My personal belief is that you carry your own water in a relationship. If you see a girl and you think she’s hot, that’s a very human reaction, but you don’t go and tell your spouse that, you know? So in one way it’s how you behave.
Literally, I think I’ve quit acting three or four times, only for a few days. Maybe for a few weeks.
It’s a difficult undertaking. I’ve been married for four years and I see this movie as a cautionary tale about people who’ve gone deeply out of communication.
I think of marriage as a garden. You have to tend to it. Respect it, take care of it, feed it. Make sure everyone is getting the right amount of, um, sunlight.
With indies, all they have is their script and it’s very important to them. The characters are better drawn, the stories more precise and the experience greater than with studio films where sometimes they fill in the script as they’re shooting.
I remember riding my bike down the boardwalk with nowhere to go and looking at the girls. It was really innocent.
I love acting with kids, cause they’re great acting partners. They’re totally present. Even when they’re acting, they’re still available and you can crack them up or something weird will happen and they’ll go with it.
But in my heart of hearts, this is the kind of thing… this is what everyone is struggling with in their lives – relationships and family. To me, it’s always an interesting area to mine. I’m drawn to it.
I always like having kid energy around. I think it’s good for a movie, even when you’re doing dramatic stuff.
I think we’ve all been kind of… everyone’s been hurt, everyone’s felt loss, everyone has exultation, everyone has a need to be loved, or to have lost love, so when you play a character, you’re pulling out those little threads and turning them up a bit.
I’ve just been more interested in doing film right now and I don’t want to go away from my family for six months, which was what I would have had to have done if I did the play on Broadway.
And my mother caught wind of this. She never had really tried to guide my career or really had any say in my life as an adult, but this was the one time she said she would never speak to me again if I quit acting.
We’ll engage in pretty extreme violence in the world but, you know, the one thing that comes to humans as easily as eating or breathing or sleeping, is sex.
After the brain tumor happened, I realized I love acting, I’ve always loved it, I may never get a chance to do it again.
We’re warriors, this culture, and we’re very puritanical about sex and very embracing about violence and I don’t know why that is.
People use the Method as a shield; it shields them from being vulnerable. I hear all these young actors who are like, ‘I’m Method, I’m gonna go live in the house, you know, I totally get it, I’ve done it, I’ve been there’, but one thing I know is it kills spontaneity.
I enjoyed growing up part of my life in Virginia Beach. We had the ocean and the beach and a beautiful landscape. We were outdoors all the time and we played outside.
I don’t like this idea of Method. I come from that school, but what I was taught was that it’s your imagination. You do your homework, and you use your imagination.
The one great thing about a continuing collaboration is that they know you. And if you’re really lucky, they really believe in you and think that your talent has some unending bounds to it.
As we’re bombarded with the imagery that we are and now, post 9-11, it’s hard not to get hardened by the world and the amount of violence that’s allowed to be shown to kids these days.
They would never let me be a crossing guard when I was a little kid. It would come up, I’d always raise my hand, I would never get picked . They thought I was too wild, but I knew I was responsible enough, if I was given that task.
Certainly, it’s very easy to fall in love with cash. If you’re going to make all your decisions based on cash, you’re going to have a pretty naffy career.