As you grow in this business, you learn how to do more with less.
I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.
If you're playing somebody who is not you, then you can imagine that you are that person. You can feel like he feels, move like he moves, look like he looks - in your own mind.
I like the blues a lot. I grew up on it.
It can have an enormous effect because big budget movies can have big budget perks, and small budget movies have no perks, but what is the driving force, of course, is the script, and your part in it.
It's what I learn from the great actors that I work with. Stillness. That's all and that's the hardest thing.
Learning how to be still, to really be still and let life happen - that stillness becomes a radiance.
My approach to acting is that I am totally intuitive. I read the script and I get it. If I don't get it, I can't do it.
When I was a teenager, I began to settle into school because I'd discovered the extracurricular activities that interested me: music and theater.
I knew at an early age I wanted to act. Acting was always easy for me. I don't believe in predestination, but I do believe that once you get where ever it is you are going, that is where you were going to be.
If you live a life of make-believe, your life isn't worth anything until you do something that does challenge your reality. And to me, sailing the open ocean is a real challenge, because it's life or death.
I'm not intimidated by lead roles. I'm better in them. I don't feel pressure. I feel released at times like that. That's what I'm born to do.
I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.
Acting means living, it's all I do and all I'm good at. If I weren't getting paid well, I would still be acting in a small troupe somewhere.
Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero.
Give me something interesting to play and I'm happy.
And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in.
One of the things you can always depend on - this is one of the truths of the universe, and you heard it first from here - whatever we decide we want to do is what we do.
Was I always going to be here? No I was not. I was going to be homeless at one time, a taxi driver, truck driver, or any kind of job that would get me a crust of bread. You never know what's going to happen.