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No, I don't want to talk about River. I have nothing to say about it that I would want to be public.
There was a time when I read a script and I just got excited about the possibilities.
You see so many earnest characters in movies all the time, everyone has a purpose.
Every movie soaks into you for a certain amount of time.
I don't think one should be comfortable standing on a stage with people applauding and laughing at every stupid thing you say.
I just I don't feel challenged by acting anymore. I don't enjoy the process anymore.
I love having a master. I have no problem serving my director. That's my job. I want to make them happy.
I'd see child actors and I'd get so jealous, because they're just completely wide open.
I'm not technical.
The only reason why I would like to be accepted? Because if your movies don't do well, after a while you don't get to make any more movies.
You can take that 'I'm an artiste' stuff to the wrong extreme, too.
I've worked with a lot of people on music and often times those things don't work out.
My music is going to be true. I'm not out to sell records. I'm experiencing something, and it's what I feel.
In every film, whether it's a fictional character or not, you create an idea of the character and for me I always do a bad impersonation to start with.
Going out on a stage publicly and not knowing how people are going to react to you - once I experienced that, it made me feel much more comfortable about going into a scene.
Sometimes a character is really based on research that you do. Other times it's just based on your imagination or perhaps your conversation with the director. Or sometimes all of the above. It depends on the movie and character.
I don't really make movies because I want to see my face on a billboard or because I want to get good reviews or have a big box office. That doesn't really matter to me at all.
I feel an obligation to set the record straight. Actors that say they're affected by something, that it changes their life, that they take it home with them, they're just trying to get nominated for an Oscar!
I mean, I don't like sitting at a table with seven or eight people asking me questions and kind of listening to what I'm doing - scrutinizing my thoughts and things like that. I just don't like it. I can't understand how anyone would.
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