Talk:William H. Macy

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  • I was a dog in past life. Really. I'll be walking down the street and dogs will do a sort of double take. Like, hey, I know him.
  • I do them all for the money, I really do.
  • I think I've been in situations where they looked at me and just see some rich white guy - they don't see me at all.
  • I'm a firm believer that character is highly overrated. Character is a trick that we do with the audience's collusion.
  • If I like the story and it's well written, and it's a character I want to play and they'll pay me, then I decide to do it.
  • Nobody became an actor because he had a good childhood.
  • The bar raises as you go.
  • The Spirit Awards are great too, they'll say anything because they're not televised. Another great drinking night.
  • Directors work 10 times harder than anyone else. Get paid a quarter.
  • I got an agent. He said, "What do you wanna do?" And I said, "I want an Oscar nomination." That's your job, that's what I'm paying you for. And I got it.
  • I'll tell you this about the Oscars - they're real.
  • I'm not against watching myself, but I miss a lot of it. I've got two little kids who we don't let watch TV.
  • I'm sure I have a process, but it mostly takes place in my dreams.
  • 90% of the preparation we do as actors is just jive. It doesn't do anything.
  • That red carpet has to be felt to be believed.
  • The only people who do plays in LA are people who can't get jobs in TV shows.
  • We thought sex was free. Sex is not free. There's a price to be paid emotionally, physically, even legally. Sex isn't a casual thing. It's a huge thing.
  • Everyone hooks up with George Clooney. He's a genuinely cool guy. He's using his powers for good.
  • I have a tendency to say yes to a script or no to a script. Not yes based on a rewrite.
  • I think theater is powerful. The best experiences I had in the theater are more powerful than the best experiences I had in movies.
  • I'm really proud of the writing on Door to Door, and I think that's the Emmy that meant the most - the writing.
  • It started with the Godfather, this operatic violence. I don't know.