But I will never stop helping and loving people the way Jesus said to.
I never prayed for no money, and I never prayed for no fame. I said, ‘I’ll take care of that myself. You just keep me healthy and I’ll do all I can to try to turn people around, to try to steer ’em in the right direction.’ That’s the whole trip in life, ya know.
When I said I was going to audition for a film, I got a hearty laugh from all my family.
Will Smith said if I ever need some help, he was there for me.
Few expected very much of Franklin Roosevelt on Inauguration Day in 1933. Like Barack Obama seventy-six years later, he was succeeding a failed Republican president, and Americans had voted for change. What that change might be Roosevelt never clearly said, probably because he himself didn’t know.
There’s a conventional wisdom that says that strategic thinking is much more important than relationship building, which doesn’t seem to be nearly as highly valued as it should be, based on what some of the leaders that I’ve spoken with have said to me.
I don’t know why but they you said it I started believing it.
Who said that artists should sell their soul, expose everything about themselves?
A civilization which has taken over the world cannot be said to be dying.
‘Crash’ came from personal experience. I saw things inside me from living in L.A. that made me uncomfortable. I saw horrible things in people and saw terrible things in myself. I saw a black director completely humiliated, but the three people around me just thought it was funny. ‘No,’ I said, ‘that is selling your...
We have stood up and said continuing growth in the Western world is unjust, inappropriate and potentially destabilising. Having said that, we understand why governments do it, so there is an onus on us to show there are other stories and to identify the institutional innovations you might need in order to arrive at this...
Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that.
‘Miracle at St. Anna.’ I was challenged by Spike Lee. When he offered me the film, he looked me square in the eye and said, ‘You start this film off and you end this film. I don’t want a dry eye in the theatre. Can you pull that off?’ He was dead serious.
For me, the amazing thing was entering into this amazing world of ‘Sesame Street.’ We’d be in the kids’ room, and there was a door into the soundstage that said ‘1-2-3 Open Sesame.’ I remember pushing that door open and going into this incredible magical world of make-believe. In one episode, I was playing football...
In those days, reserve duty lasted for six years, which, I might add, was three times as long as service in the regular army, although to be perfectly honest, I was unable to fulfill my entire obligation because I was taking acting classes and they said I could skip my last year.
I think day care is terrific. Kids get to be around other kids, and they’re playing, and they’re teaching each other. When I was in college, my summer job was being a preschool teacher. I loved it, and after that experience, I said I can’t wait to put my kid in day care because I...
I’ve always said I have one skill. That skill – if I have it at all – is storytelling.