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When I started out as an actor, I thought, Heres what I have to say; how shall I say it? I began to understand that what I do in the scene is not as important as what happens between me and the other person. And listening is what lets it happen. Its almost always the other person who causes you to say what you say next. You dont have to figure out how youll say it. You have to listen so simply, so innocently, that the other person brings about a change in you that makes you say it and informs the way you say it.
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It's too bad I'm not as wonderful a person as people say I am, because the world could use a few people like that.

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Loneliness is everything it's cracked up to be.

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Life itself was an improvisation in which I was going to have to deal with what came to me and not think about what should have come.

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It's not an epitaph. I felt I could look back at my life and get a good story out of it. It's a picture of somebody trying to figure things out. I'm not trying to create some impression about myself. That doesn't interest me.

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Awards can give you a tremendous amount of encouragement to keep getting better, no matter how young or old you are.

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You can't be aware of everything. You'd fall down the stairs if you were aware of every intricate thing involved in going down stairs.

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You can watch actors create their illusions, but if you don't see where they get the pigeons from, you don't really know how they're doing it.

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I have a strong preference for being alive.

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I've sat looking down into a volcano that could blow at any moment; I've helped catch a shark and several rattlesnakes; I let a tarantula walk across my hand, and I ate rat soup.

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It's a funny feeling to work with people who you consider your colleagues and to realize that they actually are young enough to be your children.

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I'm in the real world, some people try to steal from me, and I stop them, frequently, take them to court. I love a good lawsuit. It's fun.

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I'm condemned by some inner compulsion to think about the daily rituals of my life. I have a low grade fever for improving myself in many ways, including everyday tasks.

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What I can't completely understand is most other people's fascination with what the famous among us do with their lips and the rest of their bodies. Why do ordinary people become the target of this curiosity simply by virtue of the fact that other people recognise their names and faces but know almost nothing else about them?

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I love technology.

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What heartens me is to see '30 Rock' on the air. It makes me laugh from my gut, which I really like to do.

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If scientists can't communicate with the public, with policy makers, with one another, the future is going to be held back. We're not going to have the future that we could have.

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I don't really worry about the size of the part much any more. It's nice to have more time to work on the character, and to have big scenes to play. But if there's something playable there, and if it's interesting to do, then that's nice.

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I've been nominated twice before as actor in a leading part. Now I'm nominated as actor in a supporting part. If I don't win, I'll just wait until I'm nominated for being in the theater during the show. Do they have one like that?

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Everybody's on their toes and focused on what we're about to do, and then there's this moment where you relax because you see that everybody is there to do the best that they can. Everyone opens up to one another right away. That's a terrific thing. I love that about actors. They know how personal this job is.

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