Every day's an adventure when I step out of my door. That's why I usually wear a hat and keep my head low.
The thrill of performing - that's something that hasn't changed for me. That simultaneous joy of creating something and sharing it with an audience - it's the same now as it was then, when it was just my cousins' birthday party.
I usually get freaked out if I'm in a situation where a lot of people recognise me at once.
There's a certain type of character that you can't help but come in contact with growing up and living in Brooklyn and Long Island. A certain mixture of moxie, heart, and a wise guy sense of humor.
My real training as an actor was when I started doing theatre.
Casting is everything. Getting the person that you imagined is this character and then seeing what they bring to it.
I was really young, just playing with puppets a lot and doing all the voices and acting it out - normal kid stuff. But then I'd hear my mother talking about it to her relatives, marveling at it as if it was something unique. And it made me realize, 'Oh, maybe I do have a talent for something.'
I just like playing interesting, complex, complicated characters. I like films that also have an element of humor.
I could never have imagined the films I've done and the people I've worked with when I was starting out; I certainly did not have a career path.
I never made a daring rescue, which is the story people want to hear. I did go to my share of fires.
My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don't know what that means, but it sounds like a dig.
It doesn't matter to me what the genre is.
I didn't really like the aloneness of doing stand-up. The comedians by nature weren't very - I mean, they were sociable, but they hung out in cliques, and it's very hard to get accepted; lots of competition.
My dad had a temper. I have a temper. Most people I know have a temper. And I think it comes out mostly with your family. I don't think it's unique to the Buscemis, but it's something I've been able to tap into when I play certain roles.
When I was in pre-production for Trees Lounge, I was hearing the cinematographer talking with the production designer about colours and this and that, and feeling like I was losing control.
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