All due respect and trying to be as modest as I can be I am a dancer. But I don’t think I would be on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ mainly because I would be too shy.
It’s never really that much fun for me to do movies anyway because you – you know you have to get up very early in the morning and you have to go in and you spend a lot of time waiting around.
Money makes your life easier. If you’re lucky to have it you’re lucky.
When my mother got home from work she would take me to the movies. It was her way of getting out and she would take me with her. I’d go home and act all the parts. It had a tremendous influence on my becoming an actor.
When I was doing ‘Scarface’ I remember being in love at that time. One of the few times in my life. And I was so glad it was at that time. I would come home and she would tell me about her life that day and all her problems and I remember saying to her look you really got me through this picture because I would shed everything when I came home.
I don’t think actors should ever expect to get a role because the disappointment is too great. You’ve got to think of things as an opportunity. An audition’s an opportunity to have an audience.
The hardest thing about being famous is that people are always nice to you. You’re in a conversation and everybody’s agreeing with what you’re saying – even if you say something totally crazy. You need people who can tell you what you don’t want to hear.
My dad was in the army. World War II. He got his college education from the army. After World War II he became an insurance salesman. Really I didn’t know my dad very well. He and my mother split up after the war. I was raised by my maternal grandmother and grandfather and by my mother.
You need some insecurity if you’re an actor. It keeps the pot boiling. I haven’t yet started to think about retiring. I was shocked when I heard about Paul Newman retiring at age 82. Most actors just fade away like old soldiers.