felt trapped. I was under the thumb of people
who were mostly interested in keeping me
doing exactly the same thing. But Im
not blaming anyone. You learn fast in this
business and, once I knew where I wanted
to go, I didnt let anyone get in my
youre seventeen years old, green and
inexperienced, youre grateful for
any guidance and direction you can get.
was trouble - and always in trouble. Aged
eight I still couldn't read. In fact, I
was dyslexic and short-sighted. Despite
sitting at the front of the class, I couldn't
read the blackboard. Only after a couple
of terms did anyone think to have my eyes
tested. Even when I could see, the letters
and numbers made no sense at all.
meant. It was burnt into my heart then that
had to beg for work.
And then and there came the resolve that
I would cure that when I got to be a man.
I was a young
fellow, I used to learn
the dialogue backwards.
The point is that in a conversation
between two people,
you can't have already made the decisions
about what you're gonna do. You gotta be
very light on your feet. That leads you
into areas where conversations can have
a much bigger, grander meaning.
thing about films
is you learn
new stuff all the time.
You think you can get to a point where you've
got it all down. But then another, different
are capable of doing so many things these
days, physically, emotionally,
There are so many things that women have
evolved into and I feel really proud about
where women are right now. I think
we're just sort of holding up a mirror to
them, so, I feel
about that aspect of it, as far as encouraging
girls to know that that are coming up, seeing
that hey, that's possible.
you're constantly searching for that great
Also, being a history
buff and learning
in our past and amazing things that they've
done, I came across a book
about Howard Hughes and he was set up as
basically, the most multi-dimensional character
I could ever come across. Often, people
have tried to define him in biographies,
but no one seems to be able to categorize
in the beginning, it was really tough.
Coming from Cincinnati, Ohio, I was just
who had a dream,
which was to go to Los
Angeles, have a career
and to be able to support
To have a dream like that and, you know,
you're not ready for what's coming ahead.
I think that's just a part of being famous,
and something you learn
a lot. I found the fame
thing really was a torment for a while.
Then you learn
someone to learn.
You present these beautiful lines that have
so much to do with the world
today and let
them fall where they will.
I have a passion
for the play. My father
was a chess teacher,
and I learned
the play of him as a small child.
Occasionally I made another career;
but now I have again the possibility of
maintaining the passion of my early youth
and directors, it's a conversation
that you have. You have to learn
each other's language and learn how to communicate
with each other effectively. It's really
nice when you can have that communication
on a level where they walk up to you and
you can see by the expression on their face
what they want. You don't even have to talk,
it just like, "Got it!" And, you
know what they want before they even ask
inside the plane! I never have time
to unpack; I'm always leaving in two days
again. I travel
a lot, and at the beginning it was really
The first time I went inside a plane, I
was 15 years old and I had so much fun.
I like to travel all over the world
[about] new cultures.
Not that many people
have the opportunity
to do that.
always been confident
with who I was, but my twenties were hard.
I had to learn
a lot of life
lessons and I think my thirties will be
a little easier because of all the wrong
turns I took.
not spending enough money,
but probably we let the teachers unions
set curriculas which dont teach
them the right things. Theres not
emphasis on the ...the basic learning
that you need if youre going to go
on in a college
and into post-graduate work.
do two colors,
put one next to the other, sing? Can one
really explain this? No. Just as one can
how to paint.
try to learn
from the past, but I plan
for the future
exclusively on the present. That's were
they come to you and it's a small role,
so it's about the experience
and the journey and mixing with people you
know you will learn
from. Or sometimes it's a scene in a movie
that you think, 'I just have to play this
something new and start
about the past versus the future,
I will go.
that there is a lesson
in everything that happens to us. So I tried
not to spend my time
"Why did this happen to me?" but
trying to figure out why I had chosen
this. That's the answer
you need. It's always a question of accepting
for your choices. Anytime you look outside
for answers, you're looking in the wrong
is rewarding and a lot of fun,
but it's not the most important
thing in my life
because I know
when this is all over, the Master
isn't going to ask
me how many things I owned or how many television
I did. I think the questions will be, What
did I do to make a difference?
Did I learn
to live with love in my heart?