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On what was it like in the Clown suit while filming Spawn (1997): "Like a penis wearing a condom".

"I see the new Latin artist as a pioneer, opening up doors for others to follow. And when they don`t open, we crowbar our way in."

Comics are much smarter than actors. Most comedians come from a hard life, and have to struggle a lot. You have to have a lot of skills. When you can hone all of that, and act, you`re going to blow the world away.

"I love independent films, it`s the only place as an actor you`re totally allowed to breathe. You`re not following the plot, or the next action beat, or promoting some big dumb movie. Independent film is for actors that love to act. There`s more interesting storytelling. It`s not about a paycheck, that`s for damn sure."

"I loved working on Carlito`s Way, with Brian De Palma - it was so exciting and the first time I really understood what film acting was for me."

"Marriage is wild. I thought it was this perfect land of happiness and joy. Wrong! After you say you do, you don`t for a long time."

He wanted to be a lawyer, couldn`t afford it, so he started dealing to go to college - good intention.

I like drama. I love being in a drama where I get to be the funny guy. That`s what I really love the most.

I was familiar with that and `Rio Bravo.` `Rio Bravo` was what John Carpenter did, that brilliant move of taking a western and turning it into an urban flick. And from there you got, you know, all the cop genre movies of the time.

He thinks he can use the jail for networking to be somebody. In that way, he`s always operating.

Because you get to be free. Not that there`s a problem with being the leading man, but the leading roles are always tough. It`s hard. It`s a really hard thing to do right, to get right, and it`s not as fun to be the leading man. Being a supporting actor you have no responsibility. You just go there to play and have a really great time. And you have a really great time. You just go home and you enjoy everybody. When I`m the lead in a movie, you don`t sleep, you focus on every aspect of the movie and it`s a huge responsibility. And there aren`t that many great leading parts, either. There are more, better written supporting parts than there are leading parts. - On why he always seems to play supporting roles.

Latins for Republicans - it`s like roaches for Raid.

Yeah, that came out of a reading. It was great. It`s such a fun crew to be with, and we all went out the night before and that really encouraged us to go out and get drunk.

There was no point. It`s already done. Let`s leave that alone. I mean, if you`re not going to come there with something new, then just leave it alone.

I always improvise, you know. That`s my thing. Luckily, I`m a writer, so I always try...If there`s great writing, improvising just adds a little bit more to it. Just takes it to another level. `Cause an actor, believe it or not, really knows his character more than anybody else, even more than the original writer. Even more than the director. At some point, we know that character better than anybody else. Especially if you connect with it, and it`s infinite possibilities that can come out of you. And I think the better directors know that they have final cut, and the more they let you go, the more choices they`re gonna have in the editing room to create a performance or to change things. I mean, you just give them crazy choices and they can do whatever. A smart director, the more confident ones who have experience, know that in the editing room, it`s all theirs. It`s not a problem. It`s the newer cats who haven`t had experience who are sometimes a little too precious about their own words. - On improvising in films.


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