Television in the last few years has been where all the great writers are going. TV now is what indie film used to be.— Jeff Daniels
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I think we have the attention span of a gnat. You know, with cell phones and Twitter.
I was haunted by trainers going "Up, up, up, get up.
" You find yourself picking your head up and then realizing, They aren't talking to me.
Working with Jim Carrey is an absolute gas.
I have never laughed so hard for so long. Had he been on-board for the sequel of Dumb & Dumber, I would've jumped on, with no hesitation.
I just never did buy this idea that you have to live in Los Angeles to be an actor. I didn't see that as a requirement in my job description.
I think the American electorate should work a little harder at getting informed.
That includes hearing, truly listening, to what the other side is saying. Whether you're left or right.
I went to Walter Reed hospital a couple of times to visit wounded soldiers, kids with no legs and one arm. You start to question some things.
Well, the music industry is littered with actors who belatedly came to singing.
I think it's a style of acting that you trust. You trust the instincts.
Every actor just wants good writing.
The indie world changed when the economy went south.
I was frustrated with doing something, then waiting for it to come out, and sometimes it never did, or would just play in New York for 50 people. So I really wanted to try something else.
I never starved. And you know, whatever talent I have, I've relied on that, versus image or star. I have just said, 'Hire me if you want somebody good.' I tried to be as good as I could be every time out, and that's kind of bridged the decades.
I know there are people, if I go into a market or a city for the first time, there are people that are there that just want to see the famous person, or the guy from 'Dumb and Dumber' or whatever movie they liked. And that's fine, it gets them in the door, but then it's my job to give them something different.
There are so many projects that you go into hoping the story works, and here comes a new third act and that kind of thing.
On indies it's hard to do, but in rehearsals, you make mistakes in rehearsal.
It's really hard rehearsing a play or what rehearsal you get on any movie. That's where you get to make your mistakes, and you make big ones. So when you shoot [the movie] or you finally get the play in shape and do it, the mistakes are out of the way. If you're not afraid to make mistakes, then there is no writer's block or actor's block.
I never starved. And you know, whatever talent I have, I've relied on that, versus image or star.
I would love to [do theater], but there are go-to girls for theater.
I am learning that, upon moving to New York and inquiring. There are go-to girls that will get the role any day of the week. It's true. Some people won't even let me audition.
We're all capable of anything as human beings. Any emotion, any action. We really are.
You see a lot of these movies that are really just 90-minute video games.
The effects are incredible. I get it: There's an art to that, terrific. I'm not interested in it, but there's an art to that I suppose.
The biggest compliment I think an actor can get is I can't imagine anyone else in the role.
And that's one thing that helps me is I learn it blandly, vanilla, then I don't try to act it too soon because you start to act it, and you kind of go away from what the next sentence is, what the next paragraph is. So get it down so it kind of can - it's in there so you can then, as I call it, dance on top of it.
There's not a single job in this town.
There's nothin', nada, zip. Unless you wanna workforty hours a week.
You know, its really strange now with the Internet, with everyone having an unsolicited, anonymous opinion.
Meryl Streep's brilliant, just brilliant.
I've been fortunate to do two movies with Meryl. And for an actor to go moment to moment like she does, there's no one better. And she dances between moments. Each take is different because she's riding instincts, she's riding impulses. And she trusts that.
Stars don't want to have flaws. Stars like to be likable.
Give me good writing, and I'll play it all day.
I always wanted to do films. I'd gone to New York early in 1976 and did a lot of theater, but I really wanted to chase the paths of people like Pacino and Lemmon and those guys. Alan Arkin. Film was where I wanted to go.
You can't rewrite nothing, but you can rewrite 90 pages of sh*t.
Now you've got your sh*t on the page, you can go work.
I learned a long time ago that the show you're going to see isn't the one you have in your head. As soon as you understand that, you're going to enjoy it a lot more.
Regardless of the fact that in this country, certainly in the arts, we treat comedy as a second-class citizen, I've never thought of it that way. I've always thought it to be important. The last time I looked, the Greeks were holding up two masks. I've always thought of it not only as having equal value, but as the craft of it, being funny.
I love the theater, but if I had to choose, I would choose a film at this time in my life. Something meaty, to sink my teeth into.
There is no best anything in art.
One of the more noble things the Oscars can do is pay attention to movies no one knows about. Blockbusters don't need much help.
There is no best anything in art. Phillip [Hoffman] isn't better than Heath [Ledger]; Joaquin [Phoenix] isn't better than David [Strathairn] or Terence [Howard]. They aren't better than me. We all do different things. It's more of a celebration of a lot of great work than to give the gold to somebody. The underappreciated factor certainly has gone away.
I have done all of the genres, and the dramatic role is my favorite.
Nothing seems to matter but ourselves.
That's not how I was brought up. I don't recognize the country I live in anymore.
I don't watch dailies. I don't pretend not to read reviews, I just don't. I wait for it to come on the air, just like everybody else.
I never said, 'I'm going to be a big star.
' I said, 'I'm going to be a good actor.' And that took the pressure off.
I know I'm not bipolar or schizophrenic, but this career allows you to explore, to take some facets of yourself and spin it.
And the actors tend not to want to watch themselves very often. I'm one of those guys.
Are we just pretending to be unhappy so that we can add drama to our lives, so that we seem more substantial?
I love living in Michigan, which has been great for my kids and my family.
Everything’s a story, kid. Stories are what help us make sense of the world.
As an actor, you're always at the service of somebody else's vision.
In a play, it's more of the director's vision, and he or she's got their hands on you all the way up to opening night, and if it's a film, there are even more people.
I also write plays, so I understand the writers mind, and how obsessed you can get writing.
I'm the guy to call. Look at the resume. I have kids of my own. I have dogs.