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"I want every woman in this room, in solidarity with the women of Haiti who have suffered more than any women in the world, to tell the man sitting next to her: 'I am not going to f**k you tonight unless you pay up!'," Penn joking in Cannes 2012 for Haiti fundraiser. (

There`s not a lot of good movies being made.

At this stage, what would be rewarding would be for audiences to want to watch.

Well, I think that when you direct a movie or write it. And in the case of the two movies I did, I wrote and directed, they occupy a special place for you.

You build a cage based on your sense of the truth and your sense of the aspects of the character that need to tell the story. If you`ve done your job right, which I`ve had varying degrees of success doing at different times in my life, then you`re able to function very freely within that cage.

What happens is things come to you - director, script - and if you respond to it, it`s because it`s tapping into some part of what`s inside you, and different roles tap into different parts.

There are a few directors around who I have some excitement about spending my $7 at the theatre watching their movies.

Your life is what you bring to any story. This is a life craft. It`s "How do you feel? Who are you? What do you have to say?"

Yeah, I had actually tried to stop acting before I made Dead Man Walking.

I think we all have light and dark inside us.

(Discussing Oliver Stone) I think that his basic pig nature keeps him from doing the best of what he ought to do. And it keeps him from being someone I want to run into.

The major studios are by and large banks and they give you what is by and large a loan to make a movie. Like banks, they want their money back plus.

If the primary statement of the film is that if you have good abs it`s OK to kill people, I pass.

Marriage ain`t easy, but it`s great most of the time.

If you`re willing to put two thoughts into a picture then you`re already ahead of the game.

On any movie I`m involved with, I say what I think.

That on a romantic level, if you feel it about somebody and it`s pure, it means that they do too.

I love acting, truly my favorite people are actors.

I`ve never really been one to get what they call stage fright so much.

I think life`s an irrational obsession.

Well, look at all of these summer blockbusters. You can`t help but laugh a little, because you`ve already seen a lot of these movies 482 times.

Oh, I`m a big-mouth. I said a lot of things.

The horror of the Academy Awards is what the press does leading up to it, to make it a popular TV show. Where they`ll actually make it like it`s an arm- wrestling event between two actors. That becomes very petty, and that`s something that`s embarrassing to follow up with accepting the invitation to the party.

This might be the last thing anybody would see, but I`m probably shy. I`ve never gone to a party where I didn`t drink alcohol. I have a great time, but I`m not comfortable. My straight nature is not very social. That doesn`t mean I haven`t caught myself being terribly arrogant.

If there`s anything disgusting in the movie business, it is the wh*redom of my peers.

(On his role in Assassination of Richard Nixon) "It was the hardest thing I`ve ever done. My wife thinks it`s the best. I don`t call it my best, because either I`ve done something well or I haven`t. I think I did this one well. I`d go back and fix some things in everything I`ve done. Usually, if I`ve done something really well, I`d only re-shoot half the film."

I like to believe that love is a reciprocal thing, that it can`t really be felt, truly, by one.

You try to do your best at what you`re getting paid for.

I`m not a breakfast eater.

The bottom line is, you love your wife, you do your best with that.

My favorite thing to do is not act - it`s that simple.

I was brought up in a country that relished fear-based religion, corrupt government and an entire white population living on stolen property that they murdered for and that is passed on from generation to generation.

I think it`s much more important to direct movies but if it`s going to take five years between each one then I`ll have to make up for that.

I think that I`ve still not been successful at playing the role of the retired actor, and I`d like to work on that.

If I win the lottery, I`m gonna direct three to four pictures every four to five years, instead of one - and there won`t be time to act.

The bigger issue is that it`s an absolutely stupid notion that you should take the title of someone`s profession and attach it to what they should not do. It has nothing to do with citizenry.

In between, I go broke because I seem to do movies where you`re not paid a lot as an actor.

I don`t have any particular excitement about working with any specific director or actor at this point.

Yeah, I had a tremendous time shooting in Nebraska. I like that state a lot, all over it.

There`s a lot of mediocrity being celebrated, and a lot of wonderful stuff being ignored or discouraged.

So if we have anything original to offer, it`s to speak from our own life about the society we`re in.

Love is a mess, at best, and I figure it can be very real in spite of all the things people try to attach to it.

I don`t like any directors. I don`t get along with any of them. Mostly I think they`re a bunch of whiny people without any point of view. So I don`t want to be around them at six o`clock in the morning with make-up and bells on. And I`m probably the same way for the actors on my set - but that`s their problem.

He`s one of the few legends who isn`t a disappointment. - on Clint Eastwood

I`ve always operated under the notion that audiences don`t always know when they`re being lied to, but that they always know when they`re being told the truth. If there are what I think are unsung truths to be talked about in a film, through a character, through a story, and that dominates the piece, that`s the key for me. I think the biggest thing is to not participate in the damaging, lying cinema.

It has nothing to do with the emotional demands of a role; I`ve done comedies that are as draining to me as any drama.

There is no re-inventing the wheel.

It varies from role to role and the type of the piece and the people you`re working with. All those factors contribute to how you function on a movie.

I`m a little bit computer illiterate.

The Madonna stuff just made it clear. After it was over, I could see what was left that I was in control of. I`m very fond of my ex-wife, but at 24, I didn`t realize the difference between a great first date and a lifetime commitment. Interview with Lynn Darling, 1991.

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