Nothing makes an actor feel freer and more inventive and more creative than being trusted.
I've got the Jewish guilt and the Irish shame and it's a hell of a job distinguishing which is which.
When you have satire, it has to be real. No matter how outrageous the comedy becomes, you have to believe in the characters.
But, I do think, on a very simplistic level, that we can project onto dogs because they are so innocent. They don't come with a lot of baggage.
We're all animals, but we're a different sort of animal. Maybe they're better than us. They're more loyal. They're more pure. They're more simple. They're not neurotic. Well, there are some neurotic dogs.
I never went to class. That the university graduated me at all is an indictment of our educational system.
I vowed I would never do a commercial, or a soap opera - both of which I did as soon as I left the Acting Company and was starving.
I think every American actor wants to be a movie star. But I never wanted to do stupid movies, I wanted to do films.
I'm a real pushover for animals.
I've never felt completely satisfied with what I've done. I tend to see things too critically. I'm trying to get over that.
Some of my favorite characters that I've played have been very pompous because I love making fun of pompous people.
Lots of people fantasize about what it would be like if they were president... Most think they'd be decent and wouldn't be corrupted at all, that they'd remain true to themselves.
I had studied piano since I was 13, but I was surrounded by students who'd been playing since they were 5. I realized I was never going to be anything but mediocre.
I just don't think I'm a very good singer.
Most of the comedies I've done have been rather farcical and extravagant.
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