Personal Quotes

• “It’s impossible to be depressed wearing a cowboy hat.”

• (About his brothers) “We spent so much time together that I can remember us being in our teens and our dad saying we should try to find some other friends because he thought we were our own lowest common denominator when we got together.”

• “I think of myself as a doom person. I’m a worrier. But I like the idea of being an optimist. Maybe I’m the kind of optimist who deep down knows it’s not going to work.”

• “I’m not going to play a guy with MS or a guy in a wheelchair. I can play a dramatic character, certainly, but I’m not the real chameleon-type actor who, you know, changes his voice and everything.”

• (On what he enjoys most about being an actor) “I was reading some Bob Dylan interview where he said, ‘It beats nine-to-five. It beat it yesterday, it beats it today, and it will beat it tomorrow.’ That’s how I feel. I just thank God that I’m able to make a living doing something that I can have a good time doing, and be creative.”

• (On his career) “Sometimes I stop and think how strange this all is. Something that began as a little idea in Austin, that Wes and I just walked around talking about between ourselves, has turned into all this.”

• “The image – being from Texas, the slacker, surfer thing – you don’t think of that and see a worrier, an angst-ridden person, I know that. Also, I’m reasonably polite and that puts people at their ease, so they think you are too.”

• “It’s that middle brother syndrome. The older child has a very clear identity, and the baby gets a lot of attention. The middle brother is a little bit in no-man’s land. That might give you a little bit of sensitivity, a feeling that you’re not clearly on the winning team, you know?”

• (On Zoolander) “The walk off was the most uncomfortable scene for me to shoot, cos I literally have never danced in public or really even in private. I’m not a musical person and we had to dance like Michael Jackson and we had to do breakdancing…”

• “To me, being cool is just the opposite of living. It’s about not getting too worked up about anything, by being ‘Nyah, nyah, nyah,’ and no big deal. I can’t stand that. It’s such a jaded, clichéd posture to take. I get real enthusiastic about stuff. It’s what I think is life-affirming.”

• “There’s that great quote from Beckett, I think, ‘He had an abiding sense of melancholy that sustained him through brief periods of joy.’ I like that, because I’m definitely an up-and-down person.”

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