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Tom Berenger Quotes


An American actor known mainly for his roles in action films.
(1949 - )

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Around mid-life everyone goes maniac a little bit.
 

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

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

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.
 

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

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.
 

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

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.
 

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.
 

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

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

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.
 

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.
 

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

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.
 

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.
 

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

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.
 

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

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


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