"I am careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can reach
for; perfection is God's business."
"I'm a professional ass, that's my job."
"You shouldn't fit your life into your job, you should fit your job into your
"It's made me stronger. A million times wiser. And more compassionate, I've
realized I'm vulnerable, that no matter how many awards I'm given or how big my bank account is, I can be messed
with like that. The end of the story is you die. We all die. So, accepting that, the issue becomes one of quality
of life." On accepting his fate with Parkinson's.
"I could mix a margarita in five seconds." On the large tremors in his
"It's not that I had a deep, dark secret. It was just my thing to deal with
... I think I can help people by talking. I want to help myself and my family." On his Parkinson's disease.
"To be a happy, healthy, family-oriented person is far more important than
constantly trying to be the Boy Prince of Hollywood."
"[I learned that] I was a good actor. Not the world's greatest actor. And not
the world's funniest actor. And not the world's greatest human being. Not the world's greatest father, or husband.
But who can be any of that stuff? Who can be perfect? Not me." [TV Guide 9/28/96]
"I was really shocked at how scary it was...how intense it was. And I can't
believe there was a point in time where I thought I'd actually let my 7 year old son see it. And now I realize
there's no way in hell that I'd show it to the kid. He'd be like drooling and twitching, his eyes would roll back
and he'd be smelling roast beef for life." (On The Frighteners)
"When I was 20, I would have taken a bullet in the head to never have to be
35." -- He turned 35 in June 1996 (Us, September)
On why he decided to move to California to become an actor:"If you're a fisherman,
get in a boat. Don't just stand there in a forest, saying, 'I'm a fisherman, I'm a fisherman.' I mean, prove it."
"I had a mattress and an alarm clock. It was pretty depressing... Y'know, wash
my dishes in the bathroom sink, and all that crap... But that's what being eighteen is for." (On his first
couple of years in Hollywood)
"Romantic is just...uh...intimate and comfortable. Any romantic situation is
not a situation where you're trying to go for some contrived romance, where you've gotta get candles and whipped
cream and stuff like that, but where you can be yourself and be comfortable with it."
"You can only watch so many documentaries about kiwis before you go crazy."
(On his 6 month shoot in New Zealand.)
"I don't focus on success...but I also don't focus on failure. I don't say
success in an inevitability, but by the same token, failure is not an inevetability. It's just whatever happens."
"I didn't have that much fun [doing movies] the last seven years. With theatrical
film, you sit in a trailer for five hours, then do the part where you walk up to the door -- not the part where
you go in the door; that comes three weeks from now. You're never sure where the movie fits into the studio's plans
-- and when it comes out, you are either praised or you get the shit kicked out of you."
"People in politics are articulate, energetic -- and sometimes, they have loose
"When my foot twisted, I remembered watching tennis players on TV who do that
ankle twist and fall on the court. I used to yell, 'You whining baby, get back up and play!' Now I know how much
they were hurting."
"What do you [critics] want actors to think? Do you want them to think, 'This
will be an interesting experience. This is an interesting director. I think I'll do it.' Or do you want actors
to think, 'Hmm. Where does this fit into the career chart?' If you do, then you deserve 'Eraser.' You deserve factory-built,
fed-down-your-throat, giant mega-franchise- protecting B.S. that goes on." - On The