Quotes

“When you are living your dreams it doesn’t feel like work, but it’s important to take some time away for yourself. It’s goot to make some time for your own company.”

“I never think people are cheeering for us. In fact, i don’t really hear them at all.”

“I could be your worst enemy. But i would rather have friends then enemies, and i go to great length to make that the case. There’s much more reward in having friends.”

“When you’re young, you don’t know that you’re poor, you just know whether or not you’re happy. And i was happy, and loved. My mom did whatever she has to do to get by, and the lesson i learned from my childhood was that it’s possible to pursue happiness, no matter where that pursuit may lead you.”

“I Lived on the street when i was a kid, i wasn’t even at school, so i had a whole different set of experiences for those formative years. I was gone… i was in a very precarious place when i was younger.”

“Approval isn’t necessary. It’s nice when you get it, but it’s not going to stop us from being who we are. I mean, if I’d have listened to approval, I’d never have made it one day onstage. But to be criticized, if there’s validity, as upset are you are, you can learn from it.”

“We never want to be a band that keeps our fans at arm’s length. This has always been about us and our fans together. We’ve been on an amazing journey with our fans already, but knowing that the best is still to come is a pretty
exciting feeling for all of us.”

“I’ve heard that i’m a whore, i’m gay, i smoke crazk, that i’m a total prick…”

“I don’t think [Requiem for a Dream] is for children, but I think if you went home and looked at the video games that your kids are playing, you’d be much more shocked.”

“I showed up in LA with $500 and a backpack and I stayed at a shelter, so nobody handed me anything. I worked for every single thing that I have.”

“It’s not like I’m hanging out at shopping malls or going to celebrity golf tournaments. I’m so in my own little world. I got my dog, my music, my brother, a couple of friends.”

“Well, the experience for me making a film is the most profound one. I really don’t have any business watching the movie so much. Maybe I could watch it for entertainment purposes, but you have so little input and control of the final product once you’re done that I feel like I just would rather leave it alone. It kind of leaves me in a place where every film I do, I’m kind of having to reinvent and figure out how to start again fresh, and hopefully not repeat myself.”

“I was never interested in `Teen Beat` like roles. I just wanted to work.”

“I’ve always liked Saturn. But I also have some sympathy for Pluto because I heard it’s been downgraded from a planet, and I think it should remain a planet. Once you’ve given something planetary status it’s kind of mean to take it away.”

“It’s nice because I think a lot of people would rather stay home and play a video game these days then go to a rock show.”

“My coolest job was when I was 12 and I was a dishwasher at the Three Pigs Bar-B-Que for $2.50 an hour. All the fleabags and stoners worked there, so that’s where I wanted to be.”

“All those reports that I sleep in my closet. I don’t know how people get that. People are so obsessed with what you do at home.”

“DVD box sets are really good on a tour bus because you get hooked in for hours at a time while you’re driving from Texas to Atlanta. I also just watched the first season of 24, I thought that was really good, too.”

“When I was a kid I was the king of mullets. If you’re wearing a rock T-shirt and you’re a fan of Rush – one of the greatest bands in the universe – you’ve got to have a mullet.”

“It was great growing up a nomad. To this day I still love hiking and back packing.”

“No, I don’t wear contacts, and contrary to what some people have said, I do not have a glass eye.”

“I was raised around a lot of artists, musicians, photographers, painters and people that were in theatre. Just having the art-communal hippie experience as a child, there wasn’t a clear line that was drawn. We celebrated creative experience and creative expression. We didn’t try and curtail it and stunt any of that kind of growth.”

“About why he did Urban Legend I thought, who’s having the most fun – people who are working or people who are sitting around planning the perfect career?”

“I always had an understanding and a connection and a good relationship with gay men and women. And I don’t want to censor myself about the fucking subject because I don’t have a problem with gay or straight or any of that.”

“If I saw a man and I was attracted… I would follow through with it.”

“It’s funny. I don’t like onions but I like onion rings. What’s up with that?”

“All of my roles have had their own unique set of challenges, and I enjoy that in some perverse, masochistic way. I’m always dying though! Maybe I have some kind of fetish.”

“High school is a dark place; I hung out with ‘freaks.’”

“I could care less about anybody knowing who I am, but I realize this is part of the game. Maybe if I really hated this whole public thing, I would go do plays in Hoboken.”

“You know you’re really famous when there’s rumors about you being gay.”

“The idea that I would ever end up on David Letterman or Jay Leno is horrifying. I am such a freak in comparison to most other twenty-five-year-old guys. I have no idea what other people are thinking. I’m not really in touch.”

“Teens are always shown as one dimensional. They’re stereotyped. When I was in high school, I cared about more than getting a date or making the team.”

“If I was ever a teen idol, I’d kill myself.”

“I wanted to be a visual artist because I grew up around a lot of painters and photographers and had a very artistic upbringing. And I fantasized about being a drug-dealer when I was a kid. I thought it would be a good opportunity; I knew that the market would be strong. Is that bizarre?”

“I was very much in my own world, never the popular kid. But I had a great family, a great brother and mother.”

“I stole a lot when I was a kid, but I wouldn’t steal one candy; I’d take the whole carton. I also used to like to break into other people’s houses and sit in their rooms. I found it very comforting to be in someone’s empty house.”

“One memory I have is there were a lot of dogs at this one place and my brother got in a horrific fight with a dog and the dog bit his toe off. They became fast friends after that. He lost a toe and gained a friend.”

“I take computers practically apart and put them back together. I have a supercomputer I built over the years out of different computers.”

“Years ago, there was a rumor going around that I was dead because I was working in Ireland. Once I got back, people who seemed very upset would come up to me and say, “We thought you were dead!”

“That’s what the problem is with the internet, this great escape that we have, everything automatically becomes `fact’!”

“I spent some time in prison. Just the normal stuff. Listen, I’ve had so much edge in my life, I don’t need to contrive any. I’m not gonna front like Mr Angst.”

“I knew what I was walking into, and I knew that I was going to get my ass kicked, and it would have been much easier to just continue making films, but I’ve been making music since I was a kid and I certainly wasn’t going to let that stop me from pursuing my dreams…”

“I never look at myself as a closet actor wanting to make music or a closet musician wanting to act — I’m very proud to do both and I don’t put one above the other, I’m very grateful and excited by both opportunities — it’s really a unique opportunity to do both.”

“I’m a vagabond.”

“I live by the rule that you should follow your dreams…no matter what you do, you should follow your dreams”

“I don’t like doing interviews. I’m not pretending to be some super neurotic, hiding in my closet. I could care less about anybody knowing who I am, but I realize this is part of the game. Maybe if I really hated this whole public thing, I would go do plays in Hoboken.”

“I’m rarely proud of what I’ve done. I hated everything I did on ‘My So-Called Life’. It was a great show, no thanks to me. But I think there’s some pretty decent moments in ‘Prefontaine’. I worked really, really hard at the running. I trained really hard. And I worked really hard to look like him.”

“I’m such a freak in comparison to most other twenty-five-year-old guys. I have no idea what other people are thinking. I’m not really in touch.”

“I’ve made, I think, three movies in the last five years,” he says. “I doubt if anyone in this town would advise that.”

“I’m pretty masochistic. I kill myself for my craft – Literally”

“I use it [drink] as a mouthwash”

“As artists, it’s our job to delve into the uncomfortable, the difficult and the challenging.”

“I’ve always had a very strong interest in Asian culture, It always struck a deep chord in me, and some of my favorite films are Kurosawa’s ‘Kagemusha’ and ‘Ran,’ and Bertolucci’s ‘The Last Emperor.’ And I thought that the passion of the people, the history and the culture would be a really strong foundation for the song “From Yesterday”.”