I am terrified of not finishing, or at least not participating enough. Everybody has a fear of death, but my fear isn't dying; it's of not getting the job done.
George Clooney Quotes
Anyone would be lying if they said they didn’t get lonely at times. The loneliest you will get is in the most public of arenas: You will go to a place and end up in the smallest compartment possible, because it’s a distraction to everybody, and you end up not getting to enjoy it like everyone else.
The major thing that scares me isn't failure; I've experienced that a lot. What scares me is not making the attempt.
There are quite a few things that the devil could tempt me with . . . I could be tempted by youth if I was allowed to hold on to all the wisdom that I've gotten. In everything, not just sports. In life. In acting. I'd be tempted by youth only so I could continue doing it a little longer.
There are Method actors that are really wonderful . . . But for me, I don't have to do heroin to play a heroin addict.
I get asked a lot about getting into politics. I say, "Take a look at politics. You tell me what seems appealing about that.”
It’s hard when you get thumped. I’ve been proficient at failure. But the only thing you can do is say, ‘Here’s what I won’t do next time’ . . . The greatest lesson I learned was that sometimes you have to fake it. And you have to be willing to fail.
I don’t tweet, I don’t go on Facebook. I think there’s too much information about all of us out there. I’m liking the idea of privacy more and more. There will be funny things, like I’ll read something I’ve said about a woman somewhere. And I haven’t spoken about my relationships in 15 years. It will be something I said years ago, and they’re still using it.
I cut tobacco for a living in Kentucky -- that was hard work. I sold insurance door to door -- that's hard work. Acting is not hard work. If you're lucky enough to be sitting at a table like this, you've been very lucky in your life. You caught the brass ring somewhere along the way. I've known a tremendous number of talented actors who didn't get opportunities. Is it hard work? It's long hours, but nobody wants to hear you complain.
I’m at a point where I can make films that ask questions and don’t necessarily supply answers—because I don’t know what the answers are. I don’t know if winning at any cost is wrong or not. There are times I’ve thought that the end justified the means.
We’re very generous people, Americans. We gave a billion a year with the Sudan to protect and help people after these tragedies. We’re going to be involved one way or another; we’re going to be there. It would be a lot better without spending a single dime, without costing any American lives — to get in there now with robust diplomacy, hard-core diplomacy, freezing assets, freezing bank accounts, doing everything we can to protect the people who want to vote for the right to freedom...If you knew a tsunami or Katrina or a Haiti earthquake was coming, what would you do to save people?
I’ve been lucky enough to do a few films that will last longer than an opening weekend and those films are the ones I’m proud of . . . You know, I have a few that I look back on and say, 'Well, that worked.’ And I’ve had some that didn’t really work, but I don’t mind that as long as I’m trying to do stuff that’s pushing the envelope.
I’m old. It’s an interesting thing to watch yourself grow older on screen . . . But I’m kind of comfortable with getting older because it’s better than the other option, which is being dead. So I’ll take getting older.
It's not necessarily just payday and numbers, because if it was just numbers, Johnny Depp would kill everybody.
I did get my balls done, though. I got them unwrinkled. It's the new thing in Hollywood -- ball ironing.
I don’t regret anything…with hindsight it’s easy to look back at Batman and go, ‘Woah! that was really shit, and I was really bad in it. The truth is, Batman is still the biggest break I ever had. It changed my career. I wouldn’t be doing this now if it hadn’t been for Batman.
I’m jealous of Daniel. Let’s face it, we all are. I’m jealous of the ability to completely immerse yourself. Because it means you’re willing to not be liked for a period of time. Not just on film, perhaps. It’s part of the acting thing—is you sort of want to be liked.
I can get more done from where I am on issues than I could trying to make policy. I don't have to compromise on anything. I don't have to worry about alienating anyone. I can go in headfirst.
I don't go on that many dates, because the truth is, anytime you go out in public with a girl when you're well-known, there are pictures of you everywhere and it's like you're a thing.
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