Again, in Wag the Dog, war has to be declared by an act of congress. But if you go to war, you don't have to declare war. You're just at war and we did that, which is not legal.— Val Kilmer
The most famous Val Kilmer quotes that will activate your inner potential
If you think that by threatening me you can get me to do what you want.
.. well, that's where you're right. But - and I am only saying this because I care - there's a lot of decaffeinated brands on the market that are just as tasty as the real thing.
I liked being Doc Holliday. It's fun to be insightful and aristocratic, to stand up for your friend and make sacrifices for him. It was fun to be arrogant like he was and have the goods to back it up. He was a very noble character. Although, let's not forget, he did kill a lot of people.
Postman is a media analyst and his theory is that television doesn't influence our culture, but that it is our culture and the presidency and anything that relies on television.
I saw the horizon. It's out there. And though I may not ever be able to touch it, it's worth reaching for.
There is no normal life, there's just life. You live it.
I respect people who can do both careers, like Will Smith and a couple of other people who have done it, but I just don't know when they sleep.
The trick to being a good actor is getting so involved in your character that the camera disappears, the 50 bored guys eating doughnuts disappear, friends disappear. To get to that point when you don't have to think about it, you're just acting and reacting in those circumstances.
Give me the compliments. I love compliments. I was born modest, but it wore off.
Without deadlines and restrictions I just tend to become preoccupied with other things.
I have two children and they're young yet but all of the children that I know really inspire me.
A hundred million dollars in the art world is a substantial amount of cash to do anything.
A lot of old guys in movies are like cowboys - they talk like cowboys and they dress like cowboys.
My perception is that I've never done anything but work really hard.
My only challenge is to entertain. And I accomplish my task better when I myself am entertained by what I am doing. I am very critical of myself, I constantly set the bar higher and higher. I try to surpass myself. That`s all. But I also know how to preserve myself, to not let myself get bedazzled by the smoke and mirrors.
Warner Bros offered me the next Batman, and the only reason that I didn't do it was because of The Saint.
Jim Thompson understood something about the serial killer before the psychology caught up to it, which is that they are detached to it and they do want to get caught.
I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates when he said...I drank what?
There are only three reasons to do a movie: the cast, the director, the role.
Like I say, you live in a minute of screen time, but to prepare for the minute takes much more than a day. You'd better be excited about what those moments are, even if they're the hardest moments. Or the smallest.
In order to be an artist and an actor, like tackling the classics in the theater as well as film, there's lots of discipline, lots of work, physical work put in.
It sounds corny to say, but the theater is sacred;
something transcendent can occur, and when it does, everyone grows. It's a true communion.
You just don't understand humility until you have children and get divorced.
I was very hurt and very angry and so was she. But when kids are involved, you either become friends with respect or you become mortal enemies.
The first play I saw was a Samuel Beckett play which was great.
Interesting characters are troubled characters.
The only problem I've had in my business is very few people - unfortunately, very vocal - confusing the difficult role that I play with me. I play these guys, but I'm not like them. I've been accused of being difficult to work with.
It's the first time that I've ever had an art show based on a film, but it's a photography collage.
I fell in love with the land and with the very old fashioned idea of leaving a physical legacy for my children. A stunning place, with a magnificent forest of trees, and a magnificent river.
Acting is not a science. Anybody who believes that their success exists in relation to their goals is deluding themselves; unless you think of a career in terms of financial goals. I have nothing against Tom Cruise, but he must have a large capacity to deal with the business side of movies.
Mark Twain was an artist working at the highest level.
He wrote a book, his masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, that put America on the world stage for literature. It's almost as if, if you start reading that book as a racist, you cannot finish it and still be a racist.
Art is a way to get strength from something that is life-affirming.
It can be quite violent and still be life-affirming.
I went to public school in L.A., so I felt like I'd been in a coma for three years. I woke up, and moved to New York.
I learned a long time ago that place matters to me, on many levels, and maybe more than it should, but it is generally counter-productive for me to resist it.
Performing in a live theater is absolutely unbeatable.
It is something I have done my entire life and have a gift, it seems, for sharing thoughts live.
It seems to me that every step forward in my life has been one that brings me to a better understanding of this: that you do your thing every day the best that you can, and you approach any success at it with humility.
Everything in high school was reversed.
If marijuana was supposed to make you mellow, I would be like, "The cops, the cops, the cops..." I was what you call the buzz kill.
My first girlfriend in high school, I had a girlfriend in grade school, but my first girlfriend in high school was Mare Winningham, very fine actress.
Where [a]can you trust your own thoughts and your own intentions? Everywhere, hopefully, but it isn't always that easy. Sometimes, you have to help yourself along.
Big movies are fun and it`s great to fly on private jets and make a lot of money and all the things that are connected with Hollywood, but they take a lot of your own life.
I'm a better person when I'm preparing for a role, when I'm studying a role.
I probably complained more when I was younger.
The movie industry can be frustrating but I think sometimes I could have been more helpful, approaching a film as a partnership rather than being critical of a director's ignorance. I wasn't sensitive to the fact that it's very hard to direct.
My only "business plan" was to get lucky.
Mark Twain is a universe, and he is also a kind of American authority figure.
He can say things to America that other people can't say, in a way that can truly be heard.
Sometimes, I wonder what I'm doing back in Los Angeles, but when you look out there... How can you complain when you see a whale cresting, matter-of-factly, as you make your breakfast?
It may or may not sound pretentious. But I`ve turned down, consciously and specifically, many jobs I knew would have been a pretty surefire way to go about making a lot of money, being recognized and gaining power in the industry.
I'm not just an actor born in L.A. I was born in the Griffith Park Hospital. You can't get any more clichéd than that.
Doing my first movie, I realized I could get into real bad habits.
If you're the star, all you have to do is show up, and 20 people say, 'Do you want anything? What is it? Let me get it for you.' Believe me, you get spoiled very quickly. I saw some of my contemporaries allow themselves to have that fame, thinking they could handle it. It messed them up.
You never quiet the love message. Never.
I don't make any pretense about being normal. I'm not.
The Secret Service is a strange group.
They don't really have a leader. It's not set up like a military. Each one is supposed to be able to act like a leader when something comes up.
I was in love with Tina Goodman since I was three and her parents came popping out of the trash cans. I think it made a big impression on me.
It`s always been the same for me. I`ve always enjoyed acting, and I really love good actors; they`re such unique characters. I wish I could tell stories well, or tell a joke. Any time someone can do that it`s so satisfying. Sean Penn, for instance, is a really good actor, and he can tell a good joke or story. But it`s hard to do. Most actors have special talents that make them attractive, but they`re often odd characters.