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You can't get it until you can really watch it. You can't see it with the naked eye, what the camera can pick up.
For me, it's all about the fact that here's this piece of material where there's one world and it's the real world. And then there's the other world and it exists in your brain and that means that anything is possible, and that to me is just brilliant. There are endless possibilities with that.
I'm not a philosopher. I don't pretend to be a philosopher. I'm not a student of philosophy.
My son is someone who wants to be a writer. My sons been writing for a long time, since he was 14, and hes a published poet. I would like to think that could be a medium that could be used to express some of that dissent that weve spoken of.
Ive taken a lot from them as a filmmaker, and Ive learned things from every single filmmaker Ive ever worked with, and will hopefully apply them as I make films in the future. As an actor, Coppola trained me. That was my training ground. And because Ive worked with first-timers and people in the early stages of their development like Spike, and Singleton, and like the Wachowskis, I try to bring to them the wealth of my experience. Its a great kind of way to exchange.
I've played a lot of bad guys, 'cause that was the only work I could get. People saw my face and went 'oooh'.
I think of myself as being a relatively intelligent man who is open to a lot of different things and I think that questioning our purpose in life and the meaning of existence is something that we all go through at some point. I certainly believe that being in contact with one's spirit and nurturing one's spirit is as important as nurturing one's body and mind.
Special effects are characters. Special effects are essential elements. Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they aren't there.
I'm not afraid to open myself up. I've had to all my life. Part of my job is to dig and to dig deeper. And I really enjoy it, because change is constant and is not something you should fight. Accelerated change can be good for you. The more you change, the more you grow. The more you grow, the better for you and those around you.
I've been around long enough now and have learned to be flexible enough to know that every movie isn't going to be Apocalypse Now and every director doesn't have to be Stanley Kubrick.
It's funny...a lot of people think I take myself seriously because I come off so serious sometimes. But it's not that I take myself seriously, I take what I do seriously. I came up around people who took acting seriously, who cared about acting, cared about the theater and, in the '70s, made movies that said something that mattered. I came up with those people, and I was a kid. Their ethos and credo became mine.
Blacks have been in the position of having to rebel since day one. It's only natural. Black people are the lowest on the totem pole. When kids reach adolescence that's often how they feel. They feel like they are adults, but they're not treated that way. Blacks are this country's perpetual adolescents.
You know, whatever happens between the two of us that's created when we come together as actors is not something I think we can explain.
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