I started as a director and just fell upon acting.
I love playing bad. But my whole thing is usually villains that don’t know that they’re evil.
The whole thing of doing a TV series, I find it very daunting not knowing where the story’s going.
I resisted the film business as long as I could, because of the big circus act and the amount of money that it costs to make films – I saw my father suffer through that.
I had no ambition to become an actor at all.
I seem to play a lot of losers.
There’s a point where art is not subjective, and my example for that is Picasso. If you don’t like Picasso, that’s your problem.
Growing up, I spent a lot of time on film sets all over the world.
You know, the great thing about acting or, indeed, filmmaking in general, is that we’re all given a reason to do research. You kind of have to, really, if you want to know what you’re doing, but it opens up this whole new understanding.
When I was really young, I shot a lot with my Super 8.
Sometimes film is just the family business. Some families are generations of carpenters or farmers, or they make clothes, or they’re all lawyers. I’m in the family business.
Also, in my acting, I feel very much like a storyteller, exploring the flaws of the characters that I interpret. I look for the imperfections, and I love a character that is just so flawed.
I guess I’ve played a lot of failures, which is a Huston quality, I guess. I love losers, though, and have never met anyone who hasn’t been one sometime. I’m always looking to understand them, and my father had an extremely keen eye to be able to dissect and bring that forward in the way he told his stories.
As an actor, it’s hard to direct because, suddenly, you’re not around. The thing which I hate about directing is the waiting game, but you’ve really got to wait it out and be resilient and keep it going and keep everybody motivated.
I loved painting and drawing for many reasons. One of them was that all it really required was me, a pencil and a pad. It was something I was passionate about, and still am.