It just seems to me that the world's kind of a mess, and the more messy it gets, the more interested I am in escapist fare. Having a good time is something that isn't about the war in Iraq or the Asian flu or the Kyoto protocol - things that are horribly depressing to consider in our real lives. I'm eager to get away from them.— Eric Stoltz
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I realize I'm a very lucky man. I love what I do, I love films, TV and theater, and the fact that I'm able to make a living at it staggers me.
My perfect day is constantly changing.
Right now, it would be to lie around in a hammock reading with a portable phone and a table of food next to it. I would spend all day there. And that's all that I can possibly come up with on the spur of the moment.
Directing has only increased my admiration and respect for what it is that actors do.
I was up for Michael Corleone in 'The Godfather,' but, as I was only 10 at the time, I think Mr. Coppola made the right choice. The Julia Roberts role in 'Pretty Woman' held a bizarre allure for me. But, it's silly to look back with regret.
There's a strange sense of accomplishment in making an independent film.
Everything's against you; there's no time, and even less money - you bring a bottle of glue, chip in twenty bucks, and hope you all make it through the day. If you manage to finish it and it actually turns out to be pretty good, it's thrilling.
If Plato is a fine red wine, then Aristotle is a dry martini.
I consider myself a very lucky man indeed.
My parents moved to American Samoa when I was three or four years old.
My dad was principal of a high school there. It was idyllic for a kid. I had a whole island for a backyard. I lived there until I was eight years old and we moved to Santa Barbara.
I've been pretty lucky - or slothful - in that I've never been a "career builder," I take the jobs that come along that feel right, and that's left me fairly open to all genres, really. But with "Caprica," the complex, dark and very smart script was the draw.
I did a film called 'Fort McCoy,' based on a true story of one of the few internment camps during WWII that was actually in the United States.
When you're in a movie, they treat you like you're four years old and give you whatever you want. On some level it's really wonderful and gratifying, but on another level it's rather disturbing. I'm sure you've spoken to movie stars and wondered: How do these people survive without babysitters?
I have a love/hate relationship with just about all technology in my life.
My first typewriter in particular. I had a helluva time putting new ribbon on it.
You know, you grow up with the image of John Travolta being super cool - 'Saturday Night Fever,' Brian De Palma, handsome young god... he, in reality, is a very silly man. And I mean that in a good way. He'll walk around the set talking in little weird voices, making people laugh.
It's hard not to get a big head in the film industry, there are people on a set paid to cater to your every need, from the minute you arrive until you go home. It's kind of strange, but not unpleasant.
It seems I have a hard time being attracted to someone unless I respect what they do on some level. Otherwise, I would feel disdain for them. Which is not always pleasant in a relationship. Sometimes it's fun though.
I know a lot of writers who would much rather be writing the Great American Novel, but they've got bills to pay and alimony, and so they take a job at a less-than-reputable paper. You know, you do what you gotta do.
I'm interested in doing movies I wouldn't normally be interested in doing.
I have several dogs and several cats who aren't really mine.
In fact, they think that I am theirs. I'd like to have some goats and chickens, but I travel around too much.
It seems that whatever we do is somehow beyond reproach - murder, rape, drunk driving - as long as we go on a TV show and apologize.
The '80s were a time of technical wonder in filmmaking;
unfortunately, some colleges didn't integrate their film and theater departments - so you had actors who were afraid of the camera, and directors who couldn't talk to the actors.
I studied piano for many years, and I still play.
I'm a complete amateur, and I wouldn't consider myself very good at all, but I enjoy it.
To this day I over prepare. I draw storyboards for every scene - chicken scratches so crude that they amuse and horrify the crew. I send out shot lists, act out the scenes, and search for a theme that I can relate to. It's my favorite time of the process.
I can relate to historical characters or imaginary ones.
It doesn't matter if a story takes place in the future or in the present, as long as the story is compelling.
On the other hand, I would've been exceedingly rich, which would've been wonderful!
I'm not sure who's right, who's wrong, but it doesn't matter.
Sometimes you just have to do what you're told. That's who we are!
I can count on one hand the directors who actually directed me.
When you're in a movie, they treat you like you're four years old and give you whatever you want.
My first film as an actor was 'Fast Times at Ridgemont High,' a glorious experience that spoiled me for future films.
I think violence, cynicism, brutality and fashion are the staples of our diet.
I think in the grand history of story-telling, going back to people sitting around fires, the dark side of human nature has always been very important. Movies are part of that tradition.
Before I start directing a show, I try to spend a few weeks hanging around the set, getting to know the crew and talking to the actors about how they like to work. Who is fussy? Who is left-handed? Who wants to go home early, and who is the perfectionist?
I think I'm wealthy. I make a good living for what I do. Well, it depends. If I'm doing an independent film I'm making no money - probably losing money. But if I'm doing a studio film, I'll make a decent wage. I can live for a year without working.
But I've always felt that the less you know about an actor's personal life, the more you can get involved in the story in which he's playing a character. And I don't like to see movies where you know about everything that happens behind the scenes. I can't engage in the story if I know what's going on in the actor's head.
TV, in particular cable channels, has assumed the role of independent film.
Look, I'm an actor, I don't profess to understand much of anything