• Screen Captures: My Life Without Me
  • Photos: Global Citizen Festival 2018
  • Photos: “Peace for Mary Frances” Opening Night
  • Also, stick around. Don’t lose your heart, just keep going, keep at it.
    And my mother caught wind of this. She never had really tried to guide my career or really had any say in my life as an adult, but this was the one time she said she would never speak to me again if I quit acting.
    As we’re bombarded with the imagery that we are and now, post 9-11, it’s hard not to get hardened by the world and the amount of violence that’s allowed to be shown to kids these days.
    But the frustration of not being seen, not having anyone acknowledge this great talent that I was sure was in me, was really frustrating.
    But, the relationships that I see work – As long as they’re telling the truth, and saying the things that you don’t ever want to have to say to another human being.
    Commercials that are geared towards kids. I think they should just, like, wipe them out.
    Do theater. Because you’ll develop a craft that you’ll always have. It’ll give you a chance to really learn how to act and you won’t go into the world with a few measly tricks that will only carry you so far.
    I became an actor so I didn’t have to be myself.
    I come from a traditional theater background.
    I didn’t really have any interest in producing anything.
    I do readings at the public library. I just did a benefit scene night for my old acting teacher.
    I don’t want to feel like I’m stuck doing one-stock performances.
    I enjoyed growing up part of my life in Virginia Beach. We had the ocean and the beach and a beautiful landscape. We were outdoors all the time and we played outside.
    I got involved in the business side of it and was forgetting the reason why I started doing this in the first place.
    I had to work on a Marlin boat, like gutting fish, like as the bait boy.
    I have a kid and I don’t like parties and I did all my drinking and drug use very early on when I was in Virginia Beach.
    I like to disappear in the parts I play.
    I like to think the movies that I’ve picked have something worthwhile to say. Something relevant.
    I lit up a huge field on fire when I was a kid. I was throwing a lit match at my brother and missed him and hit the grass.
    I live a bourgeois life.
    I mean, I think I admire my wife the most out of anyone. She’s really smart, in a practical way that I don’t have. We balance each other.
    I remember riding my bike down the boardwalk with nowhere to go and looking at the girls. It was really innocent.
    I still feel like I’m trying to make it. It’s hard to shed the struggling actor thing.
    I think of marriage as a garden. You have to tend to it. Respect it, take care of it, feed it. Make sure everyone is getting the right amount of, um, sunlight.
    I think we’ve all been kind of… everyone’s been hurt, everyone’s felt loss, everyone has exultation, everyone has a need to be loved, or to have lost love, so when you play a character, you’re pulling out those little threads and turning them up a bit.
    I was bartending for a long time and going on auditions and was constantly being rebuffed.
    I’m sacrificing part of my anonymity which I enjoy to have more options as far as what I can get off the ground. It’s a give and take sort of thing.
    I’ve just been more interested in doing film right now and I don’t want to go away from my family for six months, which was what I would have had to have done if I did the play on Broadway.
    It’s a difficult undertaking. I’ve been married for four years and I see this movie as a cautionary tale about people who’ve gone deeply out of communication.
    Literally, I think I’ve quit acting three or four times, only for a few days. Maybe for a few weeks.
    My belief about acting in one foot on a banana peel and the other one in the grave.
    People say funny things all the time during really serious moments in life.
    Right now, most actors are personalities and acting is not what they were talking about when I was being taught by these old masters.
    The one great thing about a continuing collaboration is that they know you. And if you’re really lucky, they really believe in you and think that your talent has some unending bounds to it.
    The problem to me is violence. It’s not cool to kill somebody or hurt people.
    There’s the illusion of pop culture and then real people’s lives. I’ve come to realize that they are two different things.
    This country consumes more pornography than any other country in the world.
    Usually, the first night before I start working on a picture, I can’t sleep. If it’s a particularly difficult scene, I have a hard time sleeping.
    We’ll engage in pretty extreme violence in the world but, you know, the one thing that comes to humans as easily as eating or breathing or sleeping, is sex.
    We’re warriors, this culture, and we’re very puritanical about sex and very embracing about violence and I don’t know why that is.
    Who I am is a conglomeration of probably all the things that have happened to me, so somewhere along the way that works its way into the work.