Never say "never" about anything, because if you do, life has a way of humbling you.

— Mike Colter

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Law enforcement has always had informants and people they've had to deal with, who walk a certain line. They're choosing between the lesser of two evils. They're befriend one person to gain access to another person, who's a bigger fish.

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History repeats itself over and over again, but most of us have short memories.

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This show [Jessica Jones] was exploring the aftermath, and that is unique.

You're sitting there going, "I know what happens. This is the aftermath." You watch her daily life and how she dealt with people, like new prospects for love or friends that were close to her, but she didn't know if she could trust them or if they were enemies.

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Never take anything at face value. Dare to question and seek the truth.

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I've learned over the years, when someone is complaining or wants to vent and has something they want to tell you, they don't necessarily want you to fix it.

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Love, for me, is always wanting the best for the other person even if it's not what's best for you.

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Luke Cage is using his open hand instead of a closed fist.

It's a little disrespectful but it's very effective. Some people call it a pimp slap, we call it smack-fu. He's doing you a favour by hitting you with an open hand. It hurts, it renders you unconscious but you live.

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It's a long arc and a long storyline, and I think it leaves us in a great place to see how we interact again, whether that be for The Defenders, Jessica Jones Season 2, or whatever. We'll see. I don't know.

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In real life, people end up doing things because it's convenient and it works for them. You don't get up every day regretting what you're doing.

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Sometimes you meet someone at an inopportune moment and it doesn't work out, but then you see them again five years later and you're in different places and it's a better time.

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I met some people in college and I kept cracking away until someone pointed me in the right direction.

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You see a lot of Baptist churches in Harlem, you see a lot of the same kind of cuisine, the soul food - there's a lot of places that remind you of its southern roots.

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About Mike Colter

Quotes 69 sayings
Profession Actor
Birthday August 26, 1976

The awkward thing is the people in the room besides us.

It's not us. It's just the 20 or 30 people that are around on set, who normally wouldn't be on set. That's always interesting.

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When something tragic happens in the world and I realize that, for the most part, I am powerless to stop it.

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As professionals, we just try to keep the jokes to a minimum, when we're in a certain situation. When we're not doing that, we're joking.

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I rarely feel like I'm in chaos, but when I am, I usually [retreat] and try to find the eye of the storm; if I'm still and listen and don't engage, maybe the chaos will subside.

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I don't have social media so I'm kind of in a bubble, but I hear there's a lot going on.

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I'm embarrassed to say that I don't have a lot of hobbies.

It's not because I don't have interests, it's just that I don't have the time.

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When I find material that gives me a natural yet unique character point of view and has well - developed characters throughout the script, it makes the hairs on my arm stand up.

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It's hard to articulate what everybody else is feeling.

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When you take the job, you never think about how many days you're going to take bullets. Sometimes you go on set and you're thinking, "Ah, a day when I don't have to get shot. This is going to be a nice day."

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My family, they're not really that involved in what I do.

Career-wise, they're very supportive. They're involved after the fact. I don't tell them anything usually until I'm finished filming it or mid-way through filming it.

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Harlem is really a melting pot for a lot of different people.

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I'll get a nice little break, after doing Jessica Jones and Luke Cage.

Whether I'm in [his show], I don't know, but there's The Defenders.

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I've always wanted to be on a show that's well respected and had critical acclaim and that people like to watch, and at the same time find something that for me as an actor is interesting and challenging.

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I like to take a break, but at the same time, I think most actors are not very good at sitting around doing nothing because we like to work.

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My mother wanted to be an actress. She wanted to follow her dreams and she never really got a chance to do that. I feel like I'm following her dream in a way. She's proud of me for doing what I wanted to do, but at the same time, I'm kind of taking up where she left off.

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Some people get divorced, they leave the person for a couple of years, then they remarry. Relationships are very, very strange.

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When you're the lead and on most of the call sheets, some people have expectations of you and whether you like it or not, you kind of set the tone.

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The writers are very good about misdirection and changeups, and that's what's great about it. We always think we know what's going to happen and then they throw a curveball that you don't see coming.

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Comic book heroes are an important part of our culture.

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When you look at Harlem - and I lived there almost five years - most of the people who live in Harlem are transplants. They migrate to Harlem from another place. A lot of them are from the south, so they bring those southern influences with them.

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As a male, I thought the female voice was so strong, unique, real and accessible to most females. In some way, shape or form, they felt like they could relate to it, on some level, because they went through some form of unspeakable horror like what Kilgrave did to Jessica [Jones]. That, in itself, is something that most people shy away from, even in shows that are on cable or in movies.

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I've never really been into doing a lot of social media, but it's a great way for people to talk amongst themselves on a large platform and to have a large conversation with people who also enjoy the same thing.

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A lot of times in life, women want to talk, but men don't want to listen, and if they do want to listen, they turn it back to themselves.

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I'm a very un-excitable person. I always take things with a grain of salt, I'm always very even-keeled, and I'm always waiting for the other shoe to drop.

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I worked at a group home for a survival job years ago, and kids who have a rough home life have always tugged at my heart-strings. I also care a lot about animal cruelty.

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I'm actually filming all the time, and I don't have much time to do anything.

I've always been that way.

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I see fans all the time. They're always very complimentary and they're always very eager to talk and to share their experiences or get a selfie. They're really, really loyal. And intense.

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I respond to women who have their stuff together, who are in charge, who don't need men to do things for them. I want a woman to have her own thing.

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We pride ourselves on all being unique shows.

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I'm pretty relaxed on what people should be able to do as long as they're not hurting anybody else.

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What I enjoyed about being in the world of Jessica Jones, as Luke Cage, is that I wasn't front and center because it was Jessica Jones' story, but it allowed me to find the character from a different perspective.

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I haven't had ice-cream in a year, although I did have a slice of pizza.

People don't realise that when you're shooting a movie it's only three months to get in shape for.

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Things don't happen that fast in real life.

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I guess it's a bit cliché, but as an actor, I really admire good writing.

There are a lot of great ideas out there, but it's the execution that really makes it work.

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As an actor, you learn, every time you work.

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I don't practice yoga, but it's on my list of things to try again.

I gave it a shot, but the class was too advanced for me, and I felt overwhelmed and a little embarrassed.

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I try to stay incognito as much as I can.

I don't go places that people would expect to see me because I'm trying to lay low.

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