a very early age, I remember thinking
were always acting
like assholes. I couldn't understand
why I had to respect
them. My pre-school teacher
forced me to write right-handed when I was
left-handed. I didn't get why I had to change.
Nobody could give me a reason.
I have had a big problem
and meat are life!
If I paint
red meat as I paint bodies it is just because
I find it very beautiful.
I dont think
anyone has ever really understood
that. Ham, pigs, tongues, sides of beef
seen in the butchers window, all that
I find it very beautiful. And its
all for salehow unbelievably surrealistic!
it when people
tell you how good
you are. And that's the danger, you inhale.
Everyone will tell you you're a genius,
which you are not, and if you understand
that, you win.
are the captains of the ship, and it's your
as the lead
actor to make sure that the rest of
the cast understand
that by doing whatever he says.
don't want people to go through what I
went through. I want kids to have the
ability to read, to write,
what people are saying to them, to be able
to solve life's
been in the business
since I was 16, so Ive had a 14-year
Ive always had acting
my blood. Doing this, whatever it is,
was something I was drawn to since my earliest
memories. Ironically, I lived
but never understood
that all it took was getting an agent and
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
one is master of one thing and understands
one thing well, one has at the same time,
insight into and understanding of many things.
van Gogh Quotes
thought I'd become a funeral director when
I wasn't going to be an actor..
I would be good
with the grieving process and with trying
to get them to talk about and understand
who this person was.
has grounded me and made me understand
in a very different
have two lovers who I've been meeting in
hotels for two years now and it's now difficult
for me to do, but it did take a couple of
days to broke an understanding
of the nature
of this sort of relationship
before we slept
like I'm Mad's mum
and I happen to have a good
as an actor
and I feel grateful for that. Mad fits into
I take him everywhere. I want him to understand
and be open to different
mean, everyone has to calm down sometime.
Ill still smoke
up and party, but yeah, eventually you
gotta settle down and be an adult. But still
me sort of like, understand
that down the road itll just happen.
. I have always sought to be understood
and, while I was taken to task by critics
or colleagues, I thought they were right,
assuming I had not been clear enough to
be understood. This assumption allowed me
my whole life
without hatred and even without bitterness
toward criticism, regardless of its source.
I counted solely on the clarity of expression
of my work to gain my ends. Hatred, rancor,
and the spirit of vengeance are useless
baggage to the artist.
His road is difficult enough for him to
cleanse his soul of everything which could
make it more so.
just have to do as best
you can, give it your best shot, really.
I'm a nice
person, you know? You just have to investigate
that...You have to commit
to the part, you have to commit fundamentally
100 percent to it and you can't apply your
moral framework onto this character
and you have to understand
the mechanisms and engine of this man to
don't have to identify with a character
to play them, you just have to understand.
There's a difference,
between identifying with and understanding?
spent a lot of time
with transsexuals and transvestites- I went
out clubbing with them in London
as the character. And of course, theres
a lot of grooming involved. Hats off the
ladies- I understand
an easy job
lady. A lot of plucking and shaving
and that sort of thing. It was wonderful-
it was one of those transformative roles.
For an actor,
theyre the ones that you look forward
to the most.
wants to understand
Why dont we try to understand the
song of a bird? Why do we love
the night, the flowers,
everything around us, without trying to
understand them? But in the case of a painting,
they have to understand.
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.
dealing with millions of people
everyday, and it's very easy for something
to be misinterpreted,
so my intention is always, regardless of
what the show
is --whether it's about sibling rivalry
battering or children
-- for people to see within each show that
you are responsible
for your life,
that although there may be tragedy in your
life, there's always a possibility to triumph.
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