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My real training as an actor was when I started doing theatre.
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.
I don't tend to think of these characters 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.
It doesn't matter what part I play, I try and commit myself 100 percent.
I was really young, just playing with puppets a lot and doing all the voices and acting it out - normal kid stuff. But then I'd hear my mother talking about it to her relatives, marveling at it as if it was something unique. And it made me realize, 'Oh, maybe I do have a talent for something.'
I never made a daring rescue, which is the story people want to hear. I did go to my share of fires.
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.
Whenever you do something that is in a continuous take, and something that we're not used to doing, because it was all in the details of if you don't make one move seem natural, it can give away all of it.
The thrill of performing - that's something that hasn't changed for me. That simultaneous joy of creating something and sharing it with an audience - it's the same now as it was then, when it was just my cousins' birthday party.
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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They're not supposed to show prison films in prison. Especially ones that are about escaping.
I didn't really like the aloneness of doing stand-up.
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.
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.
Growing up, yeah, I had a magic kit with learn tricks and learn card tricks, but I was never... I used to watch whatever magic special was on as a kid, but then, it's not that I lost interest, but to be a magician, you really, it's really hard work. Learning lines is hard enough; learning sleight of hand, that's real practice.
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.
Anything you write, even if you have to start over, is valuable. I let the story write itself through the characters.
I was going to buy a van and move to LA so I could secretly pursue acting without any of my friends knowing.
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.
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.
I did stand-up. I loved George Carlin and Steve Martin.
My greatest hope was to get discovered as a comedian and get on a sitcom.
The director I had most involvement with was Alex Rockwell. He gave me a lot of responsibility as an actor.
It doesn't matter so much where the material comes from, as long as it's good.
Directing television is really hard - it's so fast. You shoot an hour show in seven days.
All these directors, and I would include the Coen brothers and Quentin, have a very unique vision of what they want. They listen to ideas and make people feel like everyone is making the film.
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