I’m gonna design my own fleet of trailers. No! I’m gonna record an album like Jennifer Lopez. It’ll be an acoustic version of KC & The Sunshine Band. Then maybe I’ll design a line of clothes like [Sean 'P. Diddy' Combs] but all in synthetic fur.
I’d like to design something like a city or a museum. I want to do something hands on rather than just play golf which is the sport of the religious right.[Viasat magazine, 5/01] Fame is a bitch, man. [on what keeps him humble] You know, I telephoned my grandparents the other day, and my grandfather said to me, “We saw your movie.” “Which one?” I said, and he shouted, “Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn’t like?” I thought that was just classic. I mean, if that doesn’t keep your feet on the ground, what would?
I’m one of those people you hate because of genetics. It’s the truth.
Success is a beast. And it actually puts the emphasis on the wrong thing. You get away with more instead of looking within.[Time magazine, 10/13/97] You shouldn’t speak until you know what you’re talking about. That’s why I get uncomfortable with interviews. Reporters ask me what I feel China should do about Tibet. Who cares what I think China should do? I’m a f—ing actor! They hand me a script. I act. I’m here for entertainment. Basically, when you whittle everything away, I’m a grown man who puts on makeup.
When you see a person, do you just concentrate on their looks? It’s just a first impression. Then there’s someone who doesn’t catch your eye immediately, but you talk to them and they become the most beautiful thing in the world. The greatest actors aren’t what you would call beautiful sex symbols. I’ll tell you who my favorite actress is, Dianne Wiest, and you wouldn’t call her a sex symbol. Dianne Wiest is, to me, the most beautiful woman on the screen.[when asked by Conan O'Brien how he got into character as stoner Floyd in True Romance (1993)] I’m a method actor. [In May, 2005, on his impending divorce to Jennifer Aniston] The thing I don’t understand is looking at this as a failure. It’s talked about like it failed, I guess because it wasn’t flawless. Me, I embrace the messiness of life. I find it so beautiful, actually.  It’s amazing what an impending midlife crisis will do for you, really. It got me motivated, having turned 40 in December. [on having children] It really changes your perspective on the world. You know, I’ve had my day. I made some films, and I’ve really had a very fortunate life, and it’s time for me to share that a little bit. Having children takes the focus off yourself, which I’m really grateful for. I’m so tired of thinking about myself. I’m sick of myself. You feel you want to be there and not miss out on anything. It’s a true joy and a very profound love. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is the most extraordinary thing I’ve ever taken on. [pn how his children will influence his future roles] My thoughts these days are, “Oh, my God, what did I do? What are they going to see from the past?” It definitely colors what I’ll approach in the future. I’ll try to be a little bit more mature about my decisions. [On how his earlier, lesser film roles ultimately improved him as an actor]: I believe I’m quite capable and we, as people, can learn to do anything, and that’s proof of it! And my education is on film, on record! Now I can take on anything that comes my way and find truth in it an do a pretty good job.