I know not everyone starts out reading high literature. If you read enough you might be drawn to some other things, so maybe those vampire books are what they call ‘gateway books.’ I just coined that term. I don’t know if there’s a thing called ‘gateway books.’
But, yeah, I’m really happy when I’m writing. When I’m being creative and when I have something that I can put down. You know, if you go out and you overhear a conversation or you have a thought, you have a receptacle to go home and say, ‘Oh, this would be great in this script.’...
We don’t have a lot of space in our imaginations to allow people to expand what they do.
I sometimes don’t know what I’m writing when I start writing it, on some level.
Even though I occasionally appear on it, I don’t watch television.
Sometimes I watch the broad comedies coming out of Hollywood and I think, ‘You know, sex is a big part of people’s lives, but is that really the only thing men are ever concerned about?’ People are more complicated than they appear in film or television.
I’m not a masochistic reader. If something is just too dense or not enjoyable, even though I’m told it should be good for me, I’ll put it down. That said, most of what I read would be considered high-end or good for you, I suppose. But, I also think that reading should be enjoyable.
I care about reading, a lot. It’s a big part of my life.
I’m a little less hungry as an actor than I used to be. When you’re a director, you’re the conductor of the orchestra, and when you’re an actor, you’re playing the violin. There’s a thrill to each of them, but as the conductor, you get the fuller sound.
I like movies that are about real people in real time with real problems.
I learned a lesson which I didn’t heed: Don’t put yourself in your movies. It’s too much.
My trick is the trick that everyone knows: Work really hard and prepare.
Time off from the news is always something I welcome.
It’s really hard to be poor in New York – I was really poor when I lived in New York.