Andrew has talked about my character being the conscience of the film, the heart of the film.
So I started to learn Russian and I was one of those probably way too eager, annoying young actor kids who was trying to change all my lines to Russian, much to the dismay of the director and Nic Cage.
He`s an innocent in a lot of ways. He`s a very simple person who really doesn`t have the resources or the strength, ultimately, to handle the situation.
I think I remember from the offset I said, `I`ve visited this territory. This isn`t for me.` And then I read the script and I said, `You know, this is completely something different. This is a whole new life.`
It gives us a look into a world that`s very much like `Traffic` was for drugs, this movie is for gun running. Dark at times, but I think Nic Cage is an incredible person to watch and very entertaining.
It was a real honor to be able to work with someone like that that I`ve been watching since I was a kid. I mean, to play his brother left some people scratching their heads but something about it really worked.
We really bonded very early. He has a great sense of humor and was very kind to me. I learned so much from watching such an incredible actor.
"I never look at myself as a closet actor wanting to make music or a closet musician wanting to act -- I`m very proud to do both and I don`t put one above the other, I`m very grateful and excited by both opportunities -- it`s really a unique opportunity to do both."
"Teens are always shown as one dimensional. They`re stereotyped. When I was in high school, I cared about more than getting a date or making the team."
"I was raised around a lot of artists, musicians, photographers, painters and people that were in theater. Just having the art-communal hippie experience as a child, there wasn`t a clear line that was drawn. We celebrated creative experience and creative expression. We didn`t try and curtail it and stunt any of that kind of growth."
"I was never interested in `Teen Beat` like roles. I just wanted to work."
"I could care less about anybody knowing who I am, but I realize this is part of the game. Maybe if I really hated this whole public thing, I would go do plays in Hoboken."
"All those reports that I sleep in my closet. I don`t know how people get that. People are so obsessed with what you do at home."
"I take computers practically apart and put them back together. I have a supercomputer I built over the years out of different computers."
"I used to like to break into other people`s houses and sit in their rooms. I found it very comforting to be in someone`s empty house."
"I don`t think Requiem for a Dream (2000) is for children, but I think if you went home and looked at the video games that your kids are playing, you`d be much more shocked." - Mr. Showbiz, November 2000.
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