You realize just how long you've been away when you get home and start dialing 8 out of habit so you can get access to local calls.
You can't think that you're playing a villain, or you'll end up with a cartoon. You have to think about him as a person and a hero.
To people outside, they think, Gee, that's great. You get to go here and there. The other side of that is our expression, This is location, not vacation.
This is all new to me, these re-releases. I don't know how these things do. I don't know if it will be people who saw it originally or young people.
There's a hysterical, tired sense of humor that comes after working 14 hours a day, six days a week. I like those things because they take the pressure off the constant stress.
The Big Chill is one of those things that everybody can identify with. Between eight characters, they can pick somebody who's somewhat like them.
Take characters that Nicholson or De Niro play they're not always tough.
Rough Riders took 13 weeks to shoot, plus a week of training. The same guy trained us trained the cast in Platoon. Except, instead of radios, we used bugles to signal.
Most of what gets made now, you laugh your way through, go home and forget you've seen it.
LA is a toilet. That dog and pony show.
It was TNT's biggest hit. It did better than Gettysburg, which surprised me a little bit. I guess it was the biggest hit in cable TV historically.
In this industry, the new owners prefer to kill anything they weren't responsible for.
I've done about six comedies. Oddly enough, the script came to me from one of the guys in Platoon.
I remember seeing Bill Hurt in New York once. I talked to him on the phone around 1988 and that's about it. I was shooting in New York and somebody said Glenn Close came by the set.
I like playing flawed characters, people who aren't perfect.
I guess if I weren't an actor, I'd be a history professor.
I got to talking to an old actor, and he had a bunch of stories about the Rough Riders.
I don't think a director should have any kids. I don't even think it's good for your physical health. Even guys in their 30s look exhausted because directors never get enough sleep. What I do is stressful enough.
I didn't know how to go about preparing for the part of someone who can't remember who he is. The frustration angle is written in, but there's also this incredible passive state.
I came in on the tail end of the old school of Hollywood.
Debra Winger doesn't let anything interfere with her performance, which is the way it should be.
Around mid-life everyone goes maniac a little bit.
While I was doing these plays in the beginning, I wasn't getting paid. I thought of it more as a hobby. Then I realized how seriously a lot of these people took what they were doing.
I was kind of confused. I thought, Well, if I get drafted, I'll go. Everybody was very concerned with it. I had friends who went. Some that came back and some that didn't.
I'm probably satisfied with my career 80 percent of the time.