Whatever you hold onto that you want to do, and that other people tell you you are foolish to want to do, don't give up.

— Dermot Mulroney

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You know, what I like about 'The Family Tree' is it's a kitchen sink movie;

you can't think of anything that it doesn't either throw into the story for conflict or poke fun at or attack, even, so I like it.


I know something great will come around the corner, and that's what I'll be doing next.


Like everyone else, I try to do quality work with great directors.

But much of it has to do with luck.


After my father had seen me in five or six things, he said, Son, your mother and I really enjoyed your recent film, and I must say that you're a lot like John Wayne. And I said, How so? And he said, Well, you're exactly the same in all your roles. Now, as a modern American actor, that's not what you want to hear. But for a guy who watched John Wayne movies and grew up in Iowa, it's a sterling compliment.


I wouldn't do anything else [besides acting], for sure.

If I did, it would be music or some other pursuit in this same area. I have been acting and playing music since childhood. It's what I enjoyed most.


Growing up, Paul Newman seemed like the ultimate manly actor.

And then, I got to work with him and we became friends, so that was nice.


I don't need to prove that I'm some great international filmmaker.

It's not really on my list of goals.


I was a film student. I became an actor but I thought I'd be pursuing filmmaking originally.


What people actually refer to as research nowadays is really just Googling.


What's fascinating about acting is that you put yourself in somebody else's mind or in their shoes.


What people actually refer to as research is really just Googling.

I already have a complicated relationship with research. It used to be going to the library and looking up archival photos, etc.


Page one of the script, I launch into, "How would I feel if I were in this position?" That's an actor's job.


About Dermot Mulroney

Quotes 16 sayings
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

I wish I could say I had some sort of master plan where one role leads to the next role, but a lot of it really is persistence and luck and being prepared when you are asked to jump on a project. There isn't any one rule that I follow. Obviously, I'll always shoot to work with the best actors, directors and filmmakers. I've been incredibly lucky to be able to do that.


Every time I've made a plan in my Hollywood acting career, something else has happened, so I've gotten out of the habit of trying to predict the future.


Even through my college years, I was trying out plays and shows, but I never really thought it made much sense to try to be an actor. I thought it was foolish, really.

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