In doing the screenplay for 'Good Night, and Good Luck,' the most important thing for me was to constantly go back to wherever the opposition would argue. So I had to keep reading all the books and articles about why McCarthy is such a good guy.
I can't give you 150 takes. I can't even give you 30 different ways of doing it! I don't have the talent or the range for it.
I don't believe in happy endings, but I do believe in happy travels, because ultimately, you die at a very young age, or you live long enough to watch your friends die. It's a mean thing, life.
It's possible for me to make a bad movie out of a good script, but I can't make a good movie from a bad script.
I find that as you get older, you start to simplify things in general.
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.
The only failure is not to try.
You never really learn much from hearing yourself talk.
You can't legislate good taste.
Hosting is work. It means you don't get to go up to your room and disappear and take a nap. Like everybody else does after lunch. I'm talking about hosting, not hosting a dinner party, but hosting people staying in your home.
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.
I'm not smart enough and I don't know enough about what's going on.
I bought a piano once because I had the dream of playing As Time Goes By as some girl's leaning on it drinking a martini. Great image. But none of it worked out. I can't even play Chopsticks. But I've got a nice piano at my house!
I love my grey hair and wrinkles. I love the fact that my face has more of an edge and more character than it did when I was in my twenties and thirties. No Botox for me.
I had to stop going to auditions thinking, 'Oh, I hope they like me.' I had to go in thinking I was the answer to their problem.
I think you should automatically donate your organs because that would turn the balance of organ donation in a huge way. I would donate whatever anybody would take, and I'd probably do the cremation bit.
I love children and I get along with them great. It's just that I believe if you're going to be a parent, there has to be something inside you that says, 'I want a family.' I don't feel that sense of urgency.
I enjoy going on motorcycle trips and stopping in small towns and enjoying drinks with the locals.
It's incredibly unfair. You don't see a lot of 60-year-old women with 20-year-old men onscreen.
Failures are infinitely more instructive than successes.