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I had already done a lot of research for Rough Riders,
by Tom Berenger

I had already done a lot of research for Rough Riders,
keeping notebooks and old photographs.
Some of the books were antiques for that time period,
with the covers falling off.
- Tom Berenger

I have family obligations and all that stuff.
I get my kids six weeks in the summer,
which is a real intense period of time.
I'm with them every minute of the day.
- Tom Berenger

Debra Winger doesn't let anything interfere with her performance,
which is the way it should be.
- Tom Berenger

Most of what gets made now, you laugh your way through,
go home and forget you've seen it.
- Tom Berenger

 

I didn't know how to go about preparing for the part
of someone who can't remember who he is.
The frustration angle is written in,
but there's also this incredible passive state.
- Tom Berenger

I've done about six comedies.
Oddly enough, the script came to me from one of the guys in Platoon.
- Tom Berenger

I like playing flawed characters, people who aren't perfect.
- Tom Berenger

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I feel more comfortable doing films with groups of guys.
It's a lot easier for me.
There's a difference with women: you can't take them
to dinner every night and go crazy.
- Tom Berenger

In this industry, the new owners prefer to kill anything
they weren't responsible for.
- Tom Berenger

Sometimes I think I'm real predictable to myself and other times...
you always wonder, Is this really what I wanted to
do? Did I make a mistake? Should I be doing something else?
- Tom Berenger

I got to talking to an old actor, and he had a bunch
of stories about the Rough Riders.
- Tom Berenger

The Big Chill is one of those things that everybody can identify with.
Between eight characters, they can pick somebody who's somewhat like them.
- Tom Berenger

I wrote a script.
I actually enjoyed writing it more than acting.
It's about the Irish rebellion of 1920,
which is a fascinating period and place for me.
- Tom Berenger

I came in on the tail end of the old school of Hollywood.
- Tom Berenger

This is all new to me, these re-releases.
I don't know how these things do.
I don't know if it will be people who saw it originally or young people.
- Tom Berenger

My mother, sister and I watched through the windows as my father gambled.
- Tom Berenger

You can't think that you're playing a villain,
or you'll end up with a cartoon.
You have to think about him as a person and a hero.
- Tom Berenger

Rough Riders took 13 weeks to shoot,
plus a week of training.
The same guy trained us trained the cast in Platoon.
Except, instead of radios, we used bugles to signal.
- Tom Berenger

I was kind of confused.
I thought, Well, if I get drafted, I'll go.
Everybody was very concerned with it.
I had friends who went.
Some that came back and some that didn't.
- Tom Berenger

I'm probably satisfied with my career 80 percent of the time.
- Tom Berenger

I guess if I weren't an actor, I'd be a history professor.
- Tom Berenger

I don't care about being a star.
I can do a supporting role; I don't have to be a lead.
- Tom Berenger

There's a hysterical, tired sense of humor that comes
after working 14 hours a day,
six days a week.
I like those things because they take the pressure off the constant stress.
- Tom Berenger

While I was doing these plays in the beginning,
I wasn't getting paid.
I thought of it more as a hobby.
Then I realized how seriously a lot of these people
took what they were doing.
- Tom Berenger

Around mid-life everyone goes maniac a little bit.
- Tom Berenger

To people outside, they think, Gee, that's great.
You get to go here and there.
The other side of that is our expression,
This is location, not vacation.
- Tom Berenger

I was so exhausted after fighting for the project for five years,
shooting it was like the Bataan Death March.
- Tom Berenger

Take characters that Nicholson or De Niro play:
they're not always tough.
- Tom Berenger

I remember seeing Bill Hurt in New York once.
I talked to him on the phone around 1988 and that's about it.
I was shooting in New York and somebody said Glenn Close came by the set.
- Tom Berenger

Even my agents say, We don't know what this business is anymore.
- Tom Berenger

We had training camp for a week, and we used the actual
military drills of that period.
We didn't have to work out much after hours,
because going up and down hills all day was a good workout in itself.
- Tom Berenger

These days, you can do a TV series for five years and
all of a sudden be on top of the business.
Features don't even run in theaters very long anymore
before going right to television.
- Tom Berenger

I don't think a director should have any kids.
I don't even think it's good for your physical health.
Even guys in their 30s look exhausted because directors never get enough sleep.
What I do is stressful enough.
- Tom Berenger

Every other movie is one of those action things.
I mean, 'Lost in Space'? A bunch of good actors running
around shooting at special effects on a soundstage?
I took my kids to see that and felt like I was on an acid trip.
- Tom Berenger

I leave no trace of wings in the air,
but I am glad I have had my flight.
- Rabindranath Tagore

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

I never accepted the idea
that I had to be guided by
some pattern or blueprint.
- Little Richard

We occasionally stumble over the truth
but most of us pick ourselves up and
hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

What work I have done I have done because it has been play.
If it had been work I shouldn't have done it.
- Mark Twain

I had forgotten how much light there is in the world,
'til you gave it back to me.
- Ursula K. Le Guin

We thought that we had the answers,
it was the questions we had wrong.
- Bono

Does anybody really think that they didn't get what they had
because they didn't have the talent
or the strength or the endurance or the commitment?
- Nelson Mandela

I never had a policy;
I have just tried to do my very best each and every day.
- Abraham Lincoln

Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end.
It's not a day when you lounge around doing nothing;
it's when you've had everything to do, and you've done it.
- Margaret Thatcher

The only good luck many great men ever had was
being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
- Channing Pollock

As for accomplishments,
I just did what I had to do as things came along.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

I wept because I had no shoes
until I met a man who had no feet.
- old Persian Proverb

I have had dreams, and I have had nightmares.
I overcame the nightmares because of my dreams.
- Jonas Salk

When I look back on all these worries,
I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed
that he had had a lot of trouble in his life,
most of which had never happened.
- Winston Churchill

I have found that hollow,
which even I had relied on for solid.
- Henry David Thoreau

I had three chairs in my house;
one for solitude, two for friendship, three for society.
- Henry David Thoreau

Anger is a killing thing:
it kills the man who angers,
for each rage leaves him less than he had been before -
it takes something from him.
- Louis L'Amour

Men occasionally stumble over the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up
and hurry off as if nothing had happened.
- Winston Churchill

If i had known... i would have lingered
over my coffee a little longer.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

In the long run, men hit only what they aim at.
Therefore, they had better aim at something high.
- Henry David Thoreau

If I had eight hours to chop down a tree,
I'd spend six hours sharpening my ax.
- Abraham Lincoln

It had long since come to my attention
that people of accomplishment
rarely sat back and let things happen to them.
They went out and happened to things.
- Leonardo da Vinci

No stream rises higher than its source.
Whatever man might build, could never
express or reflect more than he was.
He could record neither more nor less
than he had learned of life.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

That's what learning is, after all;
not whether we lose the game,
but how we lose and h
ow we've changed because of it
and what we take away from it
that we never had before,
to apply to other games.
Losing, in a curious way, is winning.
- Richard Bach

My father always used to say that when you die,
if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
- Lee Iacocca

If I had no sense of humor,
I would long ago have committed suicide.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Never cease loving a person, and never give up hope for him,
for even the prodigal son who had fallen most low,
could still be saved; the bitterest enemy
and also he who was your friend could again be your friend;
love that has grown cold can kindle
- Soren Kierkegaard

When we quarrel, how we wish we had been blameless.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It is only when we truly know and understand
that we have a limited time on earth
and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up
that we will begin to live each day to the fullest,
as if it were the only one we had.
- Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Ever had a bad hair day -
a day when everything seemed to be going wrong?
Perhaps today is a day to soothe your ruffled feathers,
take a deep breath, and reaffirm that
the weight of the world is really not on your shoulders,
unless you choose to assume that burden.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You can learn how to let go of the past.
Whether you have experienced a break up
with someone you cared for deeply,
whether death has taken a loved one,
whether you have had a feud with a friend or family member,
whether you have lost a job.
Move on and let go.
Life can be joyful and rewarding again.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately,
to front only the essential facts of life,
and see if I could not learn what it had to teach,
and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.
- Henry David Thoreau

Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart,
it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.
- A. A. Milne (Winnie-The-Pooh)

Civilization had too many rules for me,
so I did my best to rewrite them.
- Bill Cosby

If the tongue had not been framed for articulation,
man would still be a beast in the forest.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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