everyone likes to mold you and change
you. I don't care about fame,
I don't care about being a celebrity.
that's part of the job,
but I don't feed into anyone's idea
of who I should be.
for me, brings us back to the actual event
more clearly, more directly. Contemplation
allows me to imagine
my own truth,
and the idea
that I get of this truth helps me to discover
other ideas, and so on
becomes a chain of ideas created by the
many images that I look at and which I have
registered, often on contrasting subjects.
also help me find and realise ideas.
I look for the suggestion of one image as
it relates to another. I look at hundreds
of very different,
contrasting images and I pinch details from
them, rather like people
who eat from other peoples plates.
When I paint,
I want to paint an image from my imagination,
and this image is subsequently transformed.
is to understand
the psyche of somebody like that. There
is no true genius
or revolutionary ideas,
I dont think, without some element
of compulsiveness or madness
or obsession, and thats certainly
indicative of Howard Hughes. Understanding
his obsessive-compulsive disorder was really
the key for me for opening up who this man
not one of those people
you talk to who studied and loved
so and so. I loved the idea
of studying everyone. So I would go from
watching Saturday Night Live to a big deal
before cable was watching The Tonight Show
and getting so excited when there a comic
was on. It was such a big deal. I remember
watching Garry Shandling for the first time
and Jerry Seinfeld and watching their differences.
I also had a couple of Steve Martin's albums.
All of those things put together and SCTV
I guess collectively influenced
me in different kind of ways.
was completely clueless.
Not only did the crocodile direct us with
no story and absolutely no idea
of one scene to the next, he would not let
us see rushes. I didn't even know how I
looked. He'd stand in front of the camera.
There'd be the video people and the camera
people, and he'd actually block the screen
so I couldn't see it. We filmed
him blocking the screen so I couldn't see
try to make each situation specific to the
person. At the beginning of the season,
we come up with, like, 50 to 100 ideas,
which we workshop and then we call around
to see who is interested
in doing something like that. Once we find
the people, we make the bid specific to
them. A lot of it is about where you can
get people to go physically, which is a
little tricky because most actors
are kind of hermits--they like to stay in
really got the idea
I must be a star,
or something from the newspapermen, I'm
not the women
who would interview me and they would be
warm and friendly. By the way, that part
of the press,
you know, the men of the press, unless they
have their own personal quirks against me,
they were always very warm and friendly
and they'd say, "You know, you're the
only star," and I'd say, "Star?"
and they'd look at me as if I were nuts.
they, in their own kind of way, made me
realize I was famous.
that if you take your clothes
off, somehow you must have loose morals.
There's still a negative
in our society
who use a strength
that's inherent - their femininity - in
any way that might be considered seductive.
with the written
word. Then we get to TV,
originally with the idea
that it will protect the advertising
base and it then progresses
into a medium
of its own with news, programmes and ideas.
You then look at TV and you say: 'Look,
we don't want to just buy programmes from
studio, we'd better have one.'
think that there is so much media
now with the Internet
and so easy and so cheap to start
a newspaper or start a magazine, theres
just millions of voices, and people want
to be heard. And we dont really have
the old ideas
of it being too concentrated
thats fading away.
don't like the idea
of any more abdication of our sovereignty
affairs or anything else.
people, you've got to engage their minds
and their hearts. I motivate people, I hope,
by example and perhaps by excitement, by
having productive ideas
to make others feel involved.
didn't start acting
until I was 20. I wanted to be a musician.
I've been playing in bands for years and
years and years. It was obviously the performance
in me. I loved
as a teenager, always loved, loved films,
but I never thought I'd be involved, which
was obviously an insane
It was theatre
that was the main attraction to me, so I
did a lot of theatre.
of a painter's
as it travels
from point to point, will be toward clarity..
toward the elimination of all obstacles
between the painter and the idea..
and the idea and the observer.. To achieve
this clarity is inevitably to be understood.
our titles recall the known
myths of antiquity, we have used them again
because they are the eternal symbols upon
which we must fall back to express
yourself with people
that are full of ideas,
and people that are not going to be "yes-men."
Surround yourself with smart,
was sure the ideas
were right. I just hadn't brought them to
They were just words on stage by a new face.
hardly ever see my paintings
dont have the faintest idea
where halfof my lifes
is. Sometimes that worries
me. We should have a museum specially built
for retrospectives. It would be ten feet
wide and a mile long, like a railway tunnel,
and you could walk down someones life