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When I choose a movie, I’ll ask myself: ‘Is this a movie I want to see?’
– Dennis Quaid
I want to work with great people. Great people really make you better.
When I watch a movie that I’ve been in, I’m watching it, but I usually remember what I was doing at that time, what was going on in my life.
I found golf late in life, in 1990. I took some lessons and struggled. Then one day, I hit a drive that was so crisp and clean, with no vibration. There’s no feeling like it. I was hooked.
Surfing is like golf: You’re always battling, and it keeps knocking you down. There are a lot of wipeouts. But when you stay with it and catch that wave, you really taste it. It’s magic.
I’ve had varying luck with comedy in the past, but I’d really like to give that another go. I don’t know if I’d chase down a part, but if the right thing came along I could certainly see myself stepping into that zone.
It’s hard for two actors to be together. Take the traveling, for instance. It winds up being a long distance relationship, all the time, because one’s working here and one’s working there, or one’s staying at home and one’s off someplace else.
When I get a script, it’s the only time that I get to be an audience member with the first-time experience of that movie. That’s the first and only time.
I look for a good story. Usually the best stories are the ones that are unbelievably true. ‘Soul Surfer’ is one of those stories.
In my early teen years, I wanted to become a vet. That was my plan. I worked as a veterinarian’s assistant for a couple of summers.
Wall Street has come to America’s heartland, really. The only thing missing are the skyscrapers, you know?
Families need a spiritual bond with one another and with God. God is the only way you’re going to make it in life, the glue that holds everything together.
Sometimes in movies, I still have to be the hero, but it’s not all that important to me anymore.
I judge movies on how much fun I had while I was doing them. I had a great time on ‘The Right Stuff.’ Doing that was fantastic. And there was the year I did ‘The Rookie’ and ‘Far From Heaven,’ which was amazing because those two different roles were just so far apart.
I have always done my own stunts, and I have been in hundreds of fights in films, but I have never been in a fist fight outside the movies.
I still have my original love for acting. That’s why I feel so lucky. I think that’s what sustains me in the sort of leaner times.
You don’t have to be alone with your thoughts anymore. You don’t have to process anything. You can call up someone to do something to instantly make you sort of feel better.
I love doing independent films, but it’s very hard to make a living that way.
I have a resistance to change in things that I feel comfortable with and that I’m used to.
I guess I could say I’m an actor, which I am, but that sounds like I’m putting down being a movie star, which, let’s face it, is what I’ve become to many people. For myself, I’m a guy who was very insecure from about age 14 until the day I hit my 30th birthday.
What I find is that we’re all human beings and that it’s all very similar, what we believe. At the bottom, there’s really not that much difference between Christians and Muslims and Hindus and Buddhists. We all worship God.
I really want to see the Cubs in the World Series. I really do.
When you break up, your whole identity is shattered. It’s like death.
I don’t see how it’s a risky thing to take a great part with a great director and a great script. That, to me, is not really a dangerous, risky proposition. It’s actually a really good choice.
I’ve done so many movies that when I see them I don’t really watch them.
I’m lucky. I have a high metabolism, so I pretty much eat anything and everything.
I was made to be a perfectionist at everything I did. Everything was more important than what I wanted.
One thing I’ve really never had a problem with was memorizing lines. Most of the time I don’t memorize the lines until we’re on the set shooting the scene.
I spent a weekend in the White House with President Clinton, back in ’99, I guess. We played golf and just hung out and talked on many subjects. I saw him several times subsequently in L.A. He’s the smartest man I ever met, a great politician. Everybody was star struck around him.
I directed a movie back in the ’90s which had calf roping in it, and I got into it quite a bit back then.