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My sisters are my favorite people on earth.

But I`m not particularly comfortable around guns.

You know, social issue movies don`t make a lot of money.

I want to make movies that people talk about when they leave the theater, that aren`t clear-cut, but effective and fulfilling in some sense.

I grew up with no money. My kids will grow up with a lot of money and so it`s really important to me, and it will always be a part of my parenting, to keep them conscientious and connected socially to other people.

I`ve written something and I would like to have my first film directed by the time I`m 30.

I know that when I grew up I was pretty sheltered, and didn`t come to understand much about the world until I was in my really late teens and early twenties, and that process continues.

At 27, it`s great to get to a place where I`m not an actor for hire anymore.

Home life`s great, man. The kids are great, happy and healthy. I`ve reached this sort of wonderful precipice.

I really respond to diversity, a broader landscape, with actors of different ages and races and backgrounds.

Granted, there are times when, for business reasons, you do something that`s more mainstream. But even then, I try to find something that has a dark or subversive aspect.

There`s always difficulties and challenges in every life, I don`t care how much money you make, where you live... and that`s something this film speaks to.

It`s nice that people want to compliment you in some superficial way, but I`ve never considered that that`s how I might be categorized. I guess it`s better than being called ugly.

Where you raise your children isn`t as important as how you raise your children.

On Life and Family: "Home life`s great, man. The kids are great, happy and healthy. I`ve reached this sort of wonderful precipice. I`ve been in this business for a long time at my age, I`ve just turned 30, and I feel like my wife`s career is going incredibly well, my kids are happy and healthy in schools, we`ve both been able to buy a house for our parents, respectively, in the places they live. And now I`m ready to work on my stuff, my career. I feel like everything`s taken care of. I`m just in a really good place."

I learn so much more in an ensemble movie.

I am miserable when I`m in a movie I`m not proud of and a movie that I don`t want to do.

People are sheepish when they approach me.

I have three sisters and I`ve always wanted a brother, so I was really interested in that notion.

I`ve been in this business for a long time at my age, I`ve just turned 30, and I feel like my wife`s career is going incredibly well, my kids are happy and healthy in schools, we`ve both been able to buy a house for our parents, respectively, in the places they live.

We have a great job where you get to put out something positive like this that might make people think, that might make people feel.

(About his daughter, Ava) "She is a relief from all the stress in my life; everyday she does something new and it is so amazing."

My first film goes into production in October. It`s called White Boy Shuffle and it`s based on a novel about a young black kid and it`s sort of reminiscent of Catcher in the Rye.

There are a lot of good stories out there, but I haven`t found too many great scripts.

The person I trust most in this world is Reese, definitely. She`s that pure-hearted a person, and that honest. And I would never suspect her of any wrong

A lot of producers cookie cut movies one after another, but I`ll be a little more careful, and have the opportunity to be, because I have the acting career to subsidize the producing.

Tarantino`s movies, I really enjoy, certainly, and when I was 19 and 20, I was really into them.

To me, White Boy Shuffle is sort of like Catcher in the Rye, the story is so universal.

Look at music: I`ve always loved hiphop and rap, and now there`s this whole progressive movement, with De La Soul and Mos Def, Common. It`s some of the best stuff around.

A film goes through so many hands, that by the time it`s done, it might not resemble what you thought you were making.

(On working and being with Reese on the film Cruel Intentions (1999)): "It was great. I`m the luckiest guy in the world. Not only personally but professionally. She was an asset to the movie and we begged her to do it. She didn`t have as colorful a role as Sarah`s and mine, but she did an amazing job. Really elevated the piece."

But in a broader sense, when I have more control, I want to expose people to new ideas.

The idea of doing something that you`ve seen a thousand times before doesn`t appeal to me.

The point is to expand the scope of what a movie can possibly mean or be, to get people involved because they`re artistic or understand the point of the material, not just because they fit a certain bill aesthetically.

People often say that even if you`re playing a character who`s not redemptive, you have to like the character, which I disagree.

I`m really interested in having a studio one day and being a filmmaker.

What`s more ludicrous is the whole idea of me being jealous and competitive.

I won`t make a movie for money ever again.

There was a time - before I made movies - when I was more forgiving, but now that I`ve learned as much as I have, I want to do movies that I want to see, that have their own unique flavor.

To be more involved and more aware is appealing to me.

LA can be a very open and accepting creative environment. But it is important, because there is this odd separation here, it is important to make your kids mindful of other people and other people`s plight.

Well actually, some weeks they`ll write that I`m jealous of living in her shadow. Then other weeks, they`ll write that all I want to do is loaf around on her money! It`s ridiculous!

The film is set in 1979, which isn`t that long ago, but it`s a complete period piece. Things have changed so drastically socially since then.

Tarantino`s stuff in its inception was all about finding a way for him to break into Hollywood.

(On filming the Iraqi war film Stop-Loss (2008) in Morocco): You felt like a monster. We were there in full gear, with these assault rifles, on what`s akin to their Christmas. We were barging into peoples` actual homes to shoot those scenes. I felt incredibly uncomfortable and ashamed at the time.

I`m such a supporter of women, work-related. I`m happy for my wife and I`m ecstatic that she makes more than most men in Hollywood. The first writer I hired for a movie I`m producing was a black woman. She did an amazing job. It`s like I just think that seeing women get passed over, being so intimately involved with so many women throughout my life - my sisters, my mother and that sort of thing - it`s shaped me and given me a sensitivity and understanding that I don`t think a lot of men necessarily have.

Where you raise your children isn`t as important as how you raise your children. I think it`s what you talk to them about, what you expose them to, what you make them mindful of. And you`ve got to do that anywhere you live. LA can be a very open and accepting creative environment. But it is important, because there is this odd separation here, it is important to make your kids mindful of other people and other people`s plight. I grew up with no money. My kids will grow up with a lot of money and so it`s really important to me, and it will always be a part of my parenting, to keep them conscientious and connected socially to other people.

(On life and family before having the affairs that broke-up the marriage): Home life`s great, man. The kids are great, happy and healthy. I`ve reached this sort of wonderful precipice. I`ve been in this business for a long time at my age, I`ve just turned 30, and I feel like my wife`s career is going incredibly well, my kids are happy and healthy in schools, we`ve both been able to buy a house for our parents, respectively, in the places they live. And now I`m ready to work on my stuff, my career. I feel like everything`s taken care of. I`m just in a really good place.

I think who Reese is sort of radiates and emanates. She`s incredibly conscientious, kind and good to people. She has a perspective that extends far beyond her own personal gain, and I think that`s an impressive thing.

Things like my baby and my wife are a lot more important to me than being in one of the top ten grossing movies of all time.


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