Concentrating, Being Nice, and Being Terrified

Insights from my in-flight reading:

“For me, it’s about concentration, right? Now, I’ve done scenes that people are like, ‘Oh, that’s so heavy. Do you stay in character? Do you take it home with you?’ I don’t. I do it and I get it done. It’s really just about concentrating very hard.”

—Clive Owen, Details

“You don’t have to do a lot to be seen as nice. I guess some of these people must be such rampant pricks that people are amazed when you say hello. I don’t know why people like me, and I don’t know if I want to know. That might be the kiss of death. I’d rather people not know a lot about me and go see the movies.”

—Matt Damon, Entertainment Weekly

“I think your work can be great when you’re completely terrified and don’t know at all what you’re doing. Took me seven, eight years to figure it out—I’m a slow learner. Acting to me now is interesting because I feel like I’ve achieved a base level of brutal competence.”

—David Duchovny, Entertainment Weekly