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This haunting idea of becoming a celebrity doesn't
by Vincent D'Onofrio

This haunting idea of becoming a celebrity doesn't
settle well with me at all.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Then I did Mystic Pizza, just to do something I wasn't fat in.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Evil changes everybody!
- Vincent D'Onofrio

It doesn't need to be a number one show,
it just needs to be good.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

 

They were all interested in what I was going to do,
because I'd never worked in televsion before.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

When you are a character actor they trust you will
go in and give them a full character and leave.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

The only thing I do worry about is that the more films
I do the more visible I am going to become as a personality
because of press and because of the sheer quantity of films.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

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To me the definition of true masculinity -
and femininity,
too - is being able to lay in your own skin comfortably.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Look, all you can do when you find your niche is go with it.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

The Whole Wide World is the first movie I've ever produced.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

I'm a character actor, and I made a choice when I was young,
after 'Mystic Pizza', not to go for the mainstream stuff,
and to do a more eclectic kind of route.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

The most fun you can possibly have as an actor is to
walk that line between what's real and what's interesting.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

So a failed movie is not going to ruin my career.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

I found my niche as a character actor,
and I've never felt like a movie star or teen idol and never wanted to.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

I'll be working the rest of my life because I'm a character
actor and don't have to worry about box office.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

It's pretty simple, pretty obvious: that people's first
impressions of people are really a big mistake.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Like De Niro.
He's one of the best character actors we have ever had.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

The minute you start feeling like you've got it down,
you know what you're doing, you're dead in the water.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

But the one thing that I did do was establish myself as a good actor.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

No, I knew when I was doing theater in New York that
this was what I was supposed to be doing.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

And I have been able to establish this sort of decent
reputation as being a decent character actor.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

What kind of recognition do I deserve? I don't deserve any recognition.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

I've never tried to be something I'm not.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Unless you look like Brad Pitt, it's really hard to
have full control of your character.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

If you try to go beyond your interests just for the
sake of pretensions or wealth,
your art becomes less legitimate.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

The more you are known, the more difficult it is to hide behind characters.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

I think that being a producer is business and being an actor is art.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Our show is different, because it's not about law and order,
it's about psychology, the intent of somebody.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

So I moved to Europe and only came back when directors
like Robert Altman would call me after they'd seen
my work in Full Metal Jacket.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

With Altman, he does discuss everything with you,
but then leaves you to it and gives you full rein and
lets you improvise and create a character while the camera is rolling.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

It doesn't need to be a No 1 show, it just needs to be good.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

When I was younger I used to pick things just to face the fear.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

It's like why people read scary books or go see scary movies.
Because it creates a distance.
They're scared, but they're not going to get hurt.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

I took a route of acting, rather than starmaking,
so it cost me a lot financially.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

I want every episode to feel like we still haven't done this right yet.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

The search for the truth is not for the faint hearted.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

At our best, it's a good experience but we do 22 episodes a year,
so there are some clunkers.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

When you're a child you're able to assimilate so easily into any situation.
You even start talking like the people you're around.
I wasn't conscious that I was so good at that until
I started to truly feel like an actor.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

All of us are trying to achieve 100 percent in our work.
That's all we struggle to do.
We never do, but we never stop trying until the day we die.
It's that struggle to achieve 100 percent,
that's where our performance lies, that's what the audience gets.
They get the struggle.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

My partner Dan Ireland wants me to direct,
and I read a lot of scripts - some good enough that I could see myself.
But then it's like, so what? Who cares? Let someone else direct it.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

And then, as the years went on, I just kept moving along,
busting into doors and getting roles,
until I started to actually believe that what these
other people were saying was true.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Acting is not a mystery.
There's nothing that I know that other actors don't know.
We all act, we're all actors, we all know the same thing.
The only thing that separates us is experience.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

People who are extremely inside their head,
like he was, are caught in a neurosis that goes round and round.
Then something will hook them and take them to their
end and they can't control it.
- Vincent D'Onofrio

Puritanism. The haunting fear that
someone, somewhere, may be happy.
- H. L. Mencken

Perhaps this is our strange and haunting paradox here in America -
that we are fixed and certain only when we are in movement.
- Tom Wolfe

Something like The Haunting is not worth the slightest consideration from me.
- Nigel Kneale

I didn't read The Haunting of Hill House until sometime early in the 1990's.
- William Peter Blatty

A specter is haunting Europe - the specter of communism.
- Karl Marx

When I was filming 'The Haunting Hour',
my co-stars Emily Osment, Brittany Curran and I paid
a visit to a haunted house -
all dressed up as vampires!
We really confused the workers.
- Cody Linley

Of all the haunting moments of motherhood,
few rank with hearing your own words come out of your daughter's mouth.
- Victoria Secunda

If you don't mind haunting the margins,
I think there is more freedom there.
- Colin Firth

Jordan has a strange, haunting beauty and a sense of timelessness.
Dotted with the ruins of empires once great,
it is the last resort of yesterday in the world of tomorrow.
I love every inch of it.
- King Hussein I

In regards to The Haunting, people compared it to the old movie,
which is unfair.
We didn't have the rights to the movie.
I couldn't duplicate a single thing because that would
have been legal infringement.
- Jan de Bont

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

Every really new idea looks crazy at first.
- Alfred North Whitehead

An idea that is developed and put into action
is more important than
an idea that exists only as an idea.
- The Buddha

A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

If it's a good idea, go ahead and do it.
It is much easier to apologize than it is to get permission.
- Grace Hopper

If you are possessed by an idea,
you will find it expressed everywhere,
you even smell it.
- Thomas Mann

An invasion of armies can be resisted,
but not an idea whose time has come.
- Victor Hugo

No idea is so outlandish that it should not be considered
with a searching but at the same time a steady eye.
- Winston Churchill

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

An idea that is not dangerous is
unworthy of being called an idea at all.
- Oscar Wilde

Unity can only be manifested by the Binary.
Unity itself and the idea of Unity are already two.
- The Buddha

A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.
- John F. Kennedy

Many persons have a wrong idea of
what constitutes true happiness.
It is not attained through self-gratification
but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.
- Helen Keller

An idea is salvation by imagination.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

When an idea reaches critical mass
there is no stopping the shift
its presence will induce.
- Marianne Williamson

Plant trees for your great-grandchildren -
for future generations.
Create the legacy of a better world.
Leave this world a better place than you found it.
Literally planting trees for
your great-grandchildren is a wonderful idea,
but far more important...
use this symbolism - this imagery -
to represent the kind of legacy
you want to leave to future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The movie character Forrest Gump describing life
as being "like a box of chocolates,"
is such a positive upbeat way of
characterizing the uncertainty of life.
I have no idea what life will give me next,
but whatever it is, it will be sweet.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The intellect is a cold thing
and a merely intellectual idea
will never stimulate thought
in the same manner that a spiritual idea does.
- Ernest Holmes


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