Black history is American history.
I can only be so long without work before I start getting antsy.
I gravitate towards gravitas.
I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
I find it difficult to watch myself... I find it boring.
I feel fine, I don't care who the director is. All you have to do is know what your doing - all of us - everybody in the business - that's all you ask anyone - you know your job, I know mine, let's go do it.
I do know there are a lot of people who seem to be in my corner, and that's, of course, wonderful. I'm really more interested in the nomination than in the award, because I think the nomination just puts you within a group of outstanding actors.
I don't get off on romantic parts. But I often think if I had had my dental work done early on, well, maybe.
I don't know what my favorite film of mine is... But I think the most important film I was in was 'Glory'.
But I can say that life is good to me. Has been and is good. So I think my task is to be good to it. So how do you be good to life? You live it.
Dr. Martin Luther King is not a black hero. He is an American hero.
Give me something interesting to play and I'm happy.
I always tell my kids if you lay down, people will step over you. But if you keep scrambling, if you keep going, someone will always, always give you a hand. Always. But you gotta keep dancing, you gotta keep your feet moving.
I am going to stop calling you a white man and I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man.
Acting means living, it's all I do and all I'm good at. If I weren't getting paid well, I would still be acting in a small troupe somewhere.
All my life, all my life that I can, as far back as I can remember, I saw my first movie when I was six years old. And since then I wanted to do that. I wanted to be a part of that.
And finding the hat, I always like to find the hat. And then props just dress the set. It's all fabulous.
And some places you been before are so great that you don't ever mind going back. Some places you been before you don't ever want to go back, you know, like Montreal in the Winter.
And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in.
As you grow in this business, you learn how to do more with less.
I have never acted he has never been cast in a romantic lead or has been cast opposite a female love interest in any movie he starred in.
I joined the air force. I took to it immediately when I arrived there. I did three years, eight months, and ten days in all, but it took me a year and a half to get disabused of my romantic notions about it.
I knew at an early age I wanted to act. Acting was always easy for me. I don't believe in predestination, but I do believe that once you get where ever it is you are going, that is where you were going to be.
I like the blues a lot. I grew up on it.
I like the character roles. Somewhere back there I really came to the conclusion in my mind that the difference between acting and stardom was major. And that if you become a star, people are going to go to see you. If you remain an actor, they're going to go and see the story you're in.