All I ever cared about was actors - toughest job in this business.
As a kid, I remember wearing a checkered suit and appearing on-stage in the routines worked out by the 'baggy pants' comedians.
I am a performer; that's what I like to do.
I wait for something good or something that will be fun. But they've got to pay me if they want me to work.
Independent film is film that has thought in it. There's no independent thought in studio films. It's collective thought.
It's all performing; that's what we do in life. We talk, we look, and we hear, and we listen. Your life is a performance.
My mother worked in the old Minsky's troupe, which toured the country in the golden age of burlesque theatre.
'Shadows' wasn't so difficult to get made.
The people who know my work like my work. And that's great.
When I was 17, I was told I had the choice of enlisting in the Navy or going to jail, so I spent the next three years in the Navy.
I always go in with the feeling that I'm gonna have a good time in what I'm doing. I entertain myself when I perform. If I do that, then I can see the other performers enjoying my character.
I was a little ham and was a very open kid, probably because I was around adults all the time. That also forced me to grow up fast, and I learned at an early age about how people lie and deceive each other.
I was born in Detroit, then shortly after I was born, I went on the road with my mother, who performed with Minsky's, a variety show that toured around the U.S. doing five shows a day.
I've had people ask me to come and work for them. I went to Vienna and did three scenes in a movie for a guy that I met at a retrospective of Cassavetes films. It's a great way to travel, to meet people, to see different countries and cultures.
If you're an actor, and you're selfish and not strong, it's difficult to maintain a good personal life or a solid career, and I was selfish and had a lot of anger that went way back.
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