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It's tough being an actor making music, because even I have a knee-jerk reaction to that.
Part of the way that I work is to observe.
Certainly I've had the experience of thinking a person was one thing, and finding out they were another.
Even the small amount of infamy I have makes me uncomfortable - on a personal level and on a professional level.
I don't have actor training myself.
I lived in Texas for 10 years.
I met Robert Rodriguez working on a movie called 'Roadracers.'
I think we're all mysteries to ourselves.
Starting in the mid-'80s, I played in a band called Meat Joy, and we made our own record, toured.
I think we've all been misled, at moments in our lives, certainly in school situations, and things like that, with getting with the wrong group briefly, or falling in with someone who we learn the truth about and no longer want to really be with.
When you're just starting out, and someone you think is a real storyteller says something good about you, that helps.
Hitchhiking was such a pure form of existence. You'd wake up in the morning, and you'd have no idea what your day was going to be. And that's something I've never been able to shake. I loved that.
'The New York Times' thing... I think any actor would be thrilled to be profiled in that paper.
You don't really ever think you're that crazy person you're playing.
There's a lot of skeletons in my closet!
Being a kid, as all kids do, you feel out of place or like kind of a freak. You wake up feeling like your head got put onto someone else's body that day.
I guess you can say that every actor is a 'character actor' on some level. But I think some actors have a wider range. I think that's how you get that mantle.
I have to be careful of what TV shows I choose, particularly ones that have commercials in them, because it's going to be a different kind of television show.
As an actor, you don't often get a chance to know exactly the impact of what the audience is seeing, even though you can ask where the frame is. A move that feels tiny can be huge, and vice versa.
I don't really try to judge any character that I play, afterwards I figure it out, but while I'm working on the character, I have to find something in them to relate to.
I think that no matter how dark a person is, the more you learn about them, the more you understand about their life, the more you can sympathize with them or even root for them.
As an actor you have to have a strong vivid imagination as you're working and when the camera's rolling, but there's certainly a part of you that is aware of real life, that you're making a movie.
I understand why people achieve a level of fame and disappear, I never understood it before, but it's an attractive prospect to walk away from it all.
I went to a performance of 'The Crucible' at the Guthrie when I was a sophomore in high school, and I knew right away that that's what I wanted to do.
I've never had any delusions about being a leading man, and it's not sour grapes to say that in the best films that I've always enjoyed, the cliched leading man type isn't a part of the picture.
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