The thrill of performing - that's something that hasn't changed for me. That simultaneous joy of creating something and sharing it with an audience - it's the same now as it was then, when it was just my cousins' birthday party.
I think it's important to create an atmosphere where actors feel like they can try things out. It doesn't mean that I'll take every suggestion, but I want there to be some room for actors to grow.
What was frustrating about Armageddon was the time I spent not doing anything. It was a big special effects film, and I wasn't crazy about pretending I was in outer space. It feels ridiculous.
I've always been interested in character-driven pieces, and my approach to directing is through acting.
With Animal Factory you'd think that because it's mostly interiors, you could shoot it anywhere. So we shot this in Philadelphia, and we had the cooperation of the prison system.
I don't think about the characters I choose to play, analytically or consciously.
I'd say that the director I had most involvement with was Alex Rockwell in 'In the Soup'. It was one of my earliest leading roles, and he gave me a lot of responsibility as an actor.
The director I had most involvement with was Alex Rockwell. He gave me a lot of responsibility as an actor.
Every day's an adventure when I step out of my door. That's why I usually wear a hat and keep my head low.
Bob Altman had this relaxed but serious attitude. Everybody loved him. I wanted him to adopt me.
I didn't really like the aloneness of doing stand-up. The comedians by nature weren't very - I mean, they were sociable, but they hung out in cliques, and it's very hard to get accepted; lots of competition.
I didn't think I'd ever be able to do movies. That was for serious actors.