Something's crawling out of my scalp.
I'm terrible at metaphors or analogies. I don't know the difference, actually, ... For me, acting is like your dad teaching you to ride a bicycle. You feel totally vulnerable at first. You imagine yourself getting hurt, and the only thing that prevents you from crashing is your dad is running after you, holding on to the back of your seat. You keep looking over your shoulder at him, and he's going, 'You're doing it, kid.' And then, all of a sudden, you're, like, 'Why are you still holding on, Dad? Let go.' .
That's the duality of Johnny: he was very, very family-oriented, and yet he was also a s---kicker.
I don't know if you've noticed but I've messed up like 40 times. I'm all over the place.
You know, the press has kind of imposed upon me the title of Mourning Brother, and because I haven't been vocal about it, the assumption is that I'm holding onto this (stuff) that's just not there.
He was strumming the guitar but he wouldn't sing, ... And he said, 'I'm waiting for June to get my nerve up.' I thought, 'How is Johnny Cash waiting for anybody to get his nerve up?' But he really needed her. ... They both were incomplete in some ways and when they were brought together, they felt completed.
I'm kind of cynical about married people or couples singing together. I've seen it manipulated too many times, ... But it was truly magical when they did it. They just looked into each other's eyes and he'd soften.
[Long after shooting finished,] I remember my girlfriend saying, 'Why are you ...? Stop talking like that!' ... I was like, 'Like what?' .
He was an amazing man. He really ended up being the voice of the voiceless, the people that many would just as soon forget about or pretend they don't exist. John spoke up for them. He spoke from the heart with sheer honesty. He seemed to have no regrets, and that's unique, especially nowadays with celebrities, when everyone's so concerned about their image and saying the right thing to maintain their following. John said what he felt regardless of whether it was popular or not.
That was Johnny Cash. He was a complete person. He acknowledged the darker side of his mind. He didn't try to deny it. Most of us are forced into labeling ourselves or others, but that's something John wouldn't do. This is a man who sang, 'I shot a man in Reno, just to watch him die,' on 'Folsom Prison Blues,' and then would revel in singing the spirituals and would, in fact, leave Sun Records because Sam Phillips wouldn't let him record an album of gospel songs.
James told me, ... If people want to hear Johnny Cash, they can go get the record. There was such soul to his music, it seems he was compelled to tell a story. John had something to say that really came from the heart.
That to me was really, certainly, the gateway into discovering John, ... I feel I found the speaking voice through the singing voice.
I thought, he feels more comfortable with the guitar, and he just started strumming. It was amazing. It was like a brand new body, suddenly. I've never seen anything like that.
) That kind of encapsulates John Cash.
It's a rhythm [Cash] has, he doesn't really have a strong accent.
If people want to hear Johnny Cash, he has made a couple of records, they can check 'em out, ... If they want to see him, there's video, there's documentaries.