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Lou Diamond Phillips net worth:
$5 Million

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Birth date: February 17, 1962
Birth place: U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines
Height:6 ft (1.85 m)
Profession:Actor, Television Director, Film director, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Yvonne Boismier Phillips (m. 2007), Kelly Phillips (m. 1994–2007), Julie Cypher (m. 1987–1990)
Parents:Lucita Aranas, Gerald Upchurch

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Louis Diamond Upchurch was born on the US Naval Base, Subic Bay in the Philippines, on 17 February 1962, of Scotch-Irish and Cherokee (father), and Hawaiian, Chinese, and Spanish (mother) heritage. He is an actor and director, perhaps best known for his role as Ritchie Valens in the movie called “La Bamba”. Besides this nomination, he was also presented by Tony Award nomination for his portrayal in “The King and I” . He is also known as an actor who has appeared in movies like “Courage Under Fire” , “Che” , and “Love Takes Wing”

So just how rich is Louis Diamond ? Sources have estimated that Louis has a net worth of $5 million, and undoubtedly this actor’s career has been the main sources which has contributed a huge amount to his net worth.

Lou Diamond Phillips Net Worth $5 Million

Though he was born in Philippines, Lou actually grew up in Texas. He took his stepfather’s surname after he was adopted by his widowed mother’s second husband. He attended Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, after which he had an opportunity to study at Yale University but choose the University of Texas, from where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in drama. Even though he lived in a small town, Louis had a passion for acting from an early age. At the same time as he was studying, he was also a member of a drama club and some comedy troupes. He waited for and was ready to catch any chance or opportunity which could give him an opportunity to leave his home town.

Lou Diamond started his acting career starring in the film called” Trespasses”, after which followed perhaps his most beloved performance in the movie “La Bamba”, in 1987, a role which gained him popularity around the world. In 1988 Lou starred in “Stand and Deliver”, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supportng Actor.

Concurrently with his acting career, in the 1990s Lou Diamond was a vocalist with the group “The Pipefitters”, largely on a casual basis.

Later Phillips’ returned to acting career with a role in “Courage Under Fire”, along with such actors as Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips and Matt Damon. “King and I” was the other movie released in 1996, in Louis had a role and for which he was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. Then in 1998 he appeared in the movie, called “The Big Hit” with the role as “Cisco”. Overall, Lou has appeared in well over 100 movies on the big screen, TV films and series, confirming his versatility and demand for his services from a string of directors.

However, no one was surprised when in 2001 Louis stepped across to a totally different sphere and appeared in television’s popular TV action drama “24”.

Speaking about Lou Diamond Phillips’ personal life, it has been rather dynamic. In 1987 he married Julie Cypher, but they divorced in 1990, after his wife announced publically that she was lesbian.

He was later engaged to Jennifer Tilly, but they never married. Model Kelly Phillips(1994-2007) was his second wife with whom he has three daughters. In 2004 he met artist Yvonne Boismier, and they married in 2007; they have one daughter.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La Bamba 1987 Ritchie Valens
Miami Vice 1987 TV Series Detective Bobby Diaz
Trespasses 1986 The Drifters (as Lou Diamond)
Dallas 1985 TV Series Sidewalk Thug
Interface 1985 Punk 1
Time Bomb 1984 TV Movie Terrorist (uncredited)
Created Equal 2017 post-production Monsignor Renzulli
Cop and a Half 2 2017 TV Movie post-production Detective Simmons
6 Rounds of Chloë 2017 pre-production Jack
Loca 2017 post-production Casper
Tao of Surfing post-production Mick
The Last Train completed Gunner
Quest 2017 Gus
Longmire 2012-2016 TV Series Henry Standing Bear
The Night Stalker 2016 Richard Ramirez
The Crossroads of History 2016 TV Series Taino Chief
Elena of Avalor 2016 TV Series Victor Delgado
Blindspot 2015 TV Series Saúl Guerrero
Sky 2015 Trucker Duane
The 33 2015 Don Lucho
Another Period 2015 TV Series Lagundo
Pariah 2015 TV Movie Wade
The Wisdom to Know the Difference 2014 Carlos
Sequoia 2014/I Colin
Sanitarium 2013 James Silo (segment "Up to the Last Man")
Ironside 2013 TV Series Stuart White
Lucy in the Sky with Diamond 2012 Short LDP
Southland 2012 TV Series Officer Danny Ferguson
The Aquabats! Super Show! 2012 TV Series The Spirit of the Sun
Filly Brown 2012 Jose Tonorio
Criminal Behavior 2011 TV Movie Lt. Henry Enriquez
Happily Divorced 2011 TV Series David
Metal Tornado 2011 TV Movie Michael Edwards
SGU Stargate Universe 2009-2011 TV Series Colonel David Telford
Chuck 2011 TV Series Gaez
The Invited 2010 Garrett
American Dad! 2010 TV Series Rusty
Transparency 2010/I David
Numb3rs 2005-2010 TV Series Agent Ian Edgerton
Angel and the Bad Man 2009 TV Movie Quirt Evans
Carny 2009 TV Movie Atlas
Love Takes Wing 2009 TV Movie Ray Russell
The Beast 2009 TV Series Capone
Che: Part Two 2008 Mario Monje
Lone Rider 2008 TV Movie Bobby Hattaway
Never Forget 2008 Frank Hill
Death Toll 2008 Mayor Padial
Backyards & Bullets 2007 TV Movie
Psych 2007 TV Series Special Agent Lars Ewing
Termination Point 2007 TV Movie Dr. Daniel Winter
Striking Range 2006 Eugene "Vash" Vasher
Fingerprints 2006 Doug
El Cortez 2006 Manny DeSilva
Aquaman 2006 TV Short Tom Curry
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2006 TV Series Victor Paul Gitano
Laws of Chance 2006 TV Series
The Triangle 2005 TV Mini-Series Meeno Paloma
Sci Fi Inside: 'The Triangle' 2005 TV Movie Meeno Paloma
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse 2005 Video Game Forge (voice)
Alien Express 2005 TV Movie Vic Holden
Jack & Bobby 2005 TV Series Juan Roberto Alba
Murder at the Presidio 2005 TV Movie CWO James Chandler
Gone But Not Forgotten 2005 TV Movie Alan Page
X-Men Legends 2004 Video Game Forge (voice)
The Trail to Hope Rose 2004 TV Movie Keenan Deerfield
George Lopez 2003 TV Series George Lopez
The Handler 2003 TV Series Andy Torres
Red Water 2003 TV Movie John Sanders
Hollywood Homicide 2003 Wanda
Absolon 2003 Agent Walters
Kids' Ten Commandments: A Life and Seth Situation 2003 Video short Natha (voice)
Storyline Online 2003 TV Series
The Twilight Zone 2002 TV Series Ritchie Almares
Resurrection Blvd. 2002 TV Series Harry Tran
Stark Raving Mad 2002 Gregory
Malevolent 2002 Jack Lucas
Wolf Lake 2001-2002 TV Series John Kanin / Noah Cassidy
24 2002 TV Series Mark DeSalvo
Lone Hero 2002 Bart
Route 666 2001 Jack La Roca
Night Visions 2001 TV Series Tom Fallor (segment "Dead Air")
Arli$$ 2001 TV Series
Hangman 2001 TV Movie Detective Nick Roos
Knight Club 2001 Dirk Gueron
A Better Way to Die 2000 William Dexter
Picking Up the Pieces 2000 Officer Alfonso
Supernova 2000/I Yerzy Penalosa
Bats 1999 Sheriff Emmett Kimsey
In a Class of His Own 1999 TV Movie Ricardo 'Rich' Donato
Brokedown Palace 1999 Roy Knox
The Adversaries 1998 TV Movie
Spin City 1998 TV Series Nate
The Big Hit 1998 Cisco
Adventures from the Book of Virtues 1998 TV Series Martín
Another Day in Paradise 1998 Jewels (uncredited)
The Outer Limits 1998 TV Series Captain Cotter McCoy
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child 1997 TV Series Coatl
Courage Under Fire 1996 Monfriez
Undertow 1996 TV Movie Jack Ketchum
The Wharf Rat 1995 TV Movie Petey Martin
Hourglass 1995 Video uncredited
Override 1994 TV Short Cal
Boulevard 1994 Hassan
Sioux City 1994 Jesse Rainfeather Goldman
Teresa's Tattoo 1994 Wheeler
Dangerous Touch 1994 Mick Burroughs
The Untold West 1993 TV Series Narrator
Tales from the Crypt 1993 TV Series Jerry
Wind in the Wire 1993 TV Movie
Extreme Justice 1993 Jeff Powers
Shadow of the Wolf 1992 Agaguk
The Dark Wind 1991 Officer Jim Chee
Ambition 1991/I Mitchell Osgood
Harley 1991 Harley
The General Motors Playwrights Theater 1991 TV Series Clash
Young Guns II 1990 'Jose' Chavez y Chavez
Demon Wind 1990 Demon (as Louis Gem Phips)
A Show of Force 1990 Jesus Fuentes
The First Power 1990 Russell Logan
Arduous Moon 1990 Short Bob
Renegades 1989 Hank Storm
Disorganized Crime 1989 Ray Forgy
Michael Jackson: Liberian Girl 1989 Video short Lou Diamond Phillips (uncredited)
Dakota 1988 John Dakota
Young Guns 1988 'Jose' Chavez y Chavez
Stand and Deliver 1988 Angel Guzman
The Three Kings 1987 TV Movie Tag

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carny 2009 TV Movie lyrics: "Pray for Dawn" / performer: "Pray for Dawn"
Love Takes Wing 2009 TV Movie lyrics: "Like A Child"
Malevolent 2002 lyrics: "Pray For Dawn"
Lone Hero 2002 performer: "Streets Of Laredo"
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special performer: "Shall We Dance?"
Sioux City 1994 performer: "Find Your Way Home" / writer: "Cry of the Wounded Eagle", "Find Your Way Home"
Dangerous Touch 1994 lyrics: "WHEN YOU WANT ME"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tao of Surfing post-production
Love Takes Wing 2009 TV Movie
The Twilight Zone 2003 TV Series 1 episode
Resurrection Blvd. 2002 TV Series 1 episode
The Outer Limits 1999 TV Series 1 episode
Sioux City 1994
Dangerous Touch 1994

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dangerous Touch 1994
Ambition 1991/I
Trespasses 1986 screenplay - as Lou Diamond

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dakota 1988 associate producer

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Disorganized Crime 1989 stunts - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amado M. Peña, Jr: From Culture to Canvas 2012 Documentary very special thanks
Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back 2008 Video documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Access Hollywood Live 2016 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Today Live 2016 TV Series Himself
Live with Kelly and Michael 2012-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Talking Dead 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Soup 2013-2015 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Tavis Smiley 2015 TV Series Himself
Made in Hollywood 2015 TV Series Himself
Conan 2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2015 TV Series Himself
Hell's Kitchen 2014 TV Series Himself - Restaurant Patron
The Insider 2014 TV Series Himself - Friend of Elizabeth Pena
Daily Ukulele 2014 TV Series short Mafioso
Hollywood In & About 2014 TV Series Himself
Chopped 2014 TV Series Himself - Contestant
Q N' A with Mikki and Shay 2014 TV Series Himself
Homeward Bound Telethon 2013 TV Movie Himself
2013 ALMA Awards 2013 TV Special Himself
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Himself
Cougar Town 2011-2013 TV Series Himself
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off 2012-2013 TV Series Himself - Team Rachael / Himself - Guest Judge
Amado M. Peña, Jr: From Culture to Canvas 2012 Documentary Himself
Chow Ciao! With Fabio Viviani 2012 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin 2012 TV Series Himself
Forgotten Soldiers 2012 Documentary Narrator
Rachael Ray 2011 TV Series Himself
Celebrity Close Calls 2011 TV Series Himself
Starf*ckers 2011 TV Series short Himself
An Officer and a Movie 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Unscripted 2011 TV Series Himself
The 12th Annual Leo Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Chatting with the Cast: Shooting on the Destiny 2010 Video short Himself
Lou Diamond Phillips 2010 Video short Himself
2009 World Series of Poker 2009 TV Series Himself
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here! 2009 TV Series Himself
Iron Chef America: The Series 2008 TV Series Himself - ICA Judge
On Set of Fingerprints 2008 Video documentary short Himself
2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards 2007 TV Special Himself
WWE Raw 2007 TV Series Himself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies 2006 TV Movie documentary Himself
2006 Asian Excellence Awards 2006 TV Special Himself - Presenter
Film Trix 2005 Himself
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Himself
Ballbreakers 2005 TV Series Himself
Stunt C*cks 2004 Short Himself
World Poker Tour 2004 TV Series Himself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2004 TV Special Himself
Grandpa's Place 2004 Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 1999-2003 TV Series Himself
An Untold Triumph: America's Filipino Soldiers 2002 Documentary Narrator
Naked Movie 2002 Himself
6th Annual Prism Awards 2002 TV Special Himself
'Bats' Abound 1999 Video documentary short Himself
Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War 1999 TV Movie documentary Emilio Aguinaldo (voice)
The Martin Short Show 1999 TV Series Himself
Behind the Music 1999 TV Series documentary Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1998 TV Series Himself
Howard Stern 1994-1998 TV Series Himself
MADtv 1998 TV Series Himself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 1996-1998 TV Series Himself
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II 1997 Video documentary Himself (segment "Liberian Girl")
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 42nd Annual Drama Desk Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Trial of Adolf Eichmann 1997 TV Movie documentary Abba Kovner (voice)
Smoke Alarm: The Unfiltered Truth About Cigarettes 1996 TV Short documentary Camel (voice)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1996 TV Series Himself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1996 TV Movie Himself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1995 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The 1994 Annual Diversity Awards 1994 TV Special Himself
Willie Nelson: The Big Six-0 1993 TV Special documentary Himself
Rock the Vote 1993 TV Movie Himself
The Panama Deception 1992 Documentary English Voice-over (voice)
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS 1992 TV Movie documentary Himself
What About Me? I'm Only 3! 1992 TV Movie Himself
Travis 1991 Himself
One on One with John Tesh 1991 TV Series Himself
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake 1991 TV Movie Himself
America This Morning 1990 TV Series Himself
Good Morning America 1990 TV Series Himself
The Arsenio Hall Show 1990 TV Series Himself
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards 1989 TV Special Himself
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
An All Star Celebration: Vote '88 1988 TV Movie Himself
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1988 TV Special Himself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The Wil Shriner Show 1987 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Latin Explosion: A New America 2015 TV Movie documentary Himself - Actor / Musician
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien 2009 TV Series Himself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1980s, 1990s and 2000s 2009 Video documentary Himself
One for the Money: The Birth of Rock N' Roll 2006 Video documentary Himself - Actor
La tierra de las 1000 músicas 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Celebrities Uncensored 2003 TV Series Himself
Biography 1999 TV Series documentary Ray Forgy
Spin City 1999 TV Series Nate
Intimate Portrait 1999 TV Series documentary Himself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 ALMA Award ALMA Awards Special Achievement in Film Filly Brown (2012) · Edward James Olmos
· Michael D. Olmos
· Gina Rodriguez
2012 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Actor/Feature Film Filly Brown (2012)
1997 Blockbuster Entertainment Award Blockbuster Entertainment Awards Favorite Supporting Actor - Adventure/Drama Courage Under Fire (1996)
1997 Lone Star Film & Television Award Lone Star Film & Television Awards Best Supporting Actor Courage Under Fire (1996)
1989 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Male Stand and Deliver (1988)
1989 Bronze Wrangler Western Heritage Awards Theatrical Motion Picture Young Guns (1988) · John Fusco (producer)
· Christopher Cain (producer)
· Charlie Sheen (actor)
· Emilio Estevez (actor)
· Kiefer Sutherland (actor)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama Series The Crossroads of History (2016)
2016 Imagen Award Imagen Foundation Awards Best Supporting Actor - Feature Film The 33 (2015)
2013 Best Supporting Actor Milano International Film Festival Awards (MIFF Awards) Filly Brown (2012)
1999 OFTA Television Award Online Film & Television Association Best Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Spin City (1996)
1989 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Stand and Deliver (1988)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Golden Space Needle Award Seattle International Film Festival Best Actor The Night Stalker (2016)


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#Fact
1 Dubbed an "Honorary Latino" by Remezcla, a website targeting Latino Millennials.
2 Starring as King Arthur in the national tour of Camelot. [November 2007]
3 (June 1996 - ?) Stars as the King on the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I
4 In May 2011 Phillips accepted the GI Spirit Award from Brandon Millet and Laura Law-Millet, who are founders of the the GI Film Festival. The award is presented to actors embodying "the spirit of an American GI in their creative and philanthropic work." Prior recipients of the award include Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, Karri Turner and Rich Schroder.
5 Went to the same college as Ray Corasani, Jonny Cruz, and Kim Matula.
6 Met wife, Yvonne, while shooting a Radio Shack commercial in Vancouver, British Columbia.
7 Lou and his wife, Yvonne, became the parents of a girl, Indigo Sanara, on October 9, 2007.
8 Contributed Native American vocals on the Jon Bon Jovi solo album Young Guns II (1990) soundtrack.
9 Was very good friends with the late Brandon Lee.
10 Turned down his role in Supernova (2000) a few times before eventually accepting it.
11 Loves playing poker and has held games at his Los Angeles home for nearly two decades for his friends and others.
12 He was once engaged to Jennifer Tilly.
13 He started acting in theater at the Stage West in Fort Worth, Texas.
14 Good friends with Kiefer Sutherland.
15 Enjoys doing theater.
16 Worked at Whataburger as a teen, becoming a shift leader during his term of employment.
17 Grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas
18 Was nominated for Broadway's 1996 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for playing one of the title roles, the King, in a revival of "The King and I."
19 Has 3 daughters with second wife Kelly Phillips: twins Grace and Isabella (born 5 October 1997) and Lili Jordan (born 26 September 1999).
20 Graduated from Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, Texas.
21 Graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Drama
22 Lou's father, Gerald Amon Upchurch, was an American, from Georgia, and had English and Scots-Irish ancestry. Lou's mother, Lucita Umayam Araña, was Filipino, from Candelaria.
23 First wife, Julie Cypher, partnered with Melissa Etheridge.
24 Was seriously considered for the role of Agent John Dogget on The X-Files (1993).
25 Is 1/8 Cherokee.
26 Named by his father for highly decorated Gunnery Sergeant Leland "Lou" Diamond, USMC, who enlisted in the Marines at age 27 in 1917, and saw action in both world wars. To this day "Lou" Diamond is considered one of the finest Marines of all time, and is known as "Mr. Leatherneck".
27 He plays with the group, "The Pipefitters with Lou Diamond Phillips".
28 The name Phillips is from his step-father.

#Quote
1 [2015] I've been incredibly proud to represent numerous Latino communities throughout my career. Now Chilean, but certainly Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, even Bolivian. And it's kind of in the same boat as me representing Native American communities, and as a result I've been adopted into the Cheyenne Nation because of my work as Henry Standing Bear on Longmire. The Lakota Nation adopted me in the early nineties after Young Guns. And I look at it the same way every single time. I try to be specific to the community that I'm representing. I don't just go in and paint it all with the same brush, and I also try to do it with respect and with dignity, because I'm representing a culture to the world. And I feel incredibly fortunate that my ambiguous ethnicity allows me to do that, and to morph into whatever character that I'm representing.
2 (2012, on Disorganized Crime) That was a lot of fun. I actually got the offer when we were doing Young Guns, and it was the beginning of the time in my career when I suddenly didn't have to audition for things. They were just kind of coming my way. My agent got the call from Disney giving me the offer, and somehow we knew that Emilio (Estevez) had just passed on the project. Emilio was a new friend at the time, and I remember being very aware of not wanting to step on any toes, so before I said "yes" to that, I read the script, liked it, and then I went to Emilio and said, "You just passed on this. Is it cool if I take it?" And he was like, "Yeah, absolutely. I passed because I didn't want to do it." He'd had a relationship with Disney prior to that because of the Stakeout films, so he had the offer first. I don't know, they might've just been going down the Young Guns cast list... We had these five little cabins right on this trout farm in Montana, in the Bitterroot Valley in Hamilton, and there were only four restaurants in town. So we formed something called the Hamilton Dining Club. It was William Russ, Rubén Blades, Fred Gwynne, and myself. We'd dine together practically every evening and just rotate the restaurants. Unfortunately, two of them weren't so good. So we worked our way down the menu on a couple of them. What was sad was that Corbin Bernsen, because his character was separated from us and we were trying to find him for the entire movie, we never got to work together. Whenever we were off, Corbin had to go to work, and vice versa. So I didn't get to spend much time with him at all. And ditto with Ed O'Neil and Daniel Roebuck. But I absolutely loved that entire ensemble, and a lot of us have stayed close over the years.
3 (2012) Cisco in The Big Hit is one of my favorite characters of my entire career. I absolutely love that character. It's so over the top, and Kirk Wong, the director, gave me ridiculous license with that role. He would let me adlib, and he would let me just do crazy things, and he would come running out from behind the monitor going, "Too much, too much! Come back!"... How I got that part was, I was on Broadway doing The King And I, and Kirk Wong and Terence Chang, a producer who's John Woo's partner, came to see me in that. And then we took a meeting, and I read and auditioned for that, because it was a comedy, and it seems like anytime a comedy comes up, people just assume that I'm not funny. But since he was the bad guy, they told me later that nobody made him funny. Everybody was playing him so straight that he wasn't funny. And they were looking for broad. They were looking for big. And after seeing me onstage in The King And I, they knew I could go big.
4 (2012, on Aquaman) I can't even speak to that very much, because I've never seen it. Everything pointed to the fact that that project should've been a slam-dunk. It was from the creators of Smallville. The CW was going to rebrand and launch their new network, and it just seemed to be such a great calling card to have a big, slick project like that. So to me, it was a no-brainer. We had filmed the pilot in Miami, and it went beautifully. And I'm literally waiting for a call to go to the upfronts, and not until the day before do we get the call saying, "Well, we're not going to pick it up." And it was devastating to me. I had real high hopes for the project. And when something like that happens, I don't even bother to watch it, because it's just too painful. It's like, "My God, what could've been..." And it ended up being literally the number-one download for two weeks once it became available on iTunes, so I was like, "Do you see? It would've had an audience. It would've been a hit." But they blinked and were afraid to pull the trigger. So it's just one of those things that I chalk up to... it's one of the reasons why I'll never understand the industry.
5 (2012, on filming Che) I'd love to say that it was a magical experience being in Madrid, but it wasn't. I only got a couple of hours sleep every night, because I was up drilling, drilling, drilling. And I have to say that the vocal coach was just an angel, because he'd sit there with me, and we go over and over it. Same thing with being on set. So it was a constant chore for me, but ultimately I'm just really, really proud to have been a part of that, and in my opinion-because it was such a long film and because it was in a foreign language-I think it was a bit overlooked. I really feel Benicio (Del Toro) deserved an Oscar nomination, at least. He won Best Actor in Cannes, but I think the film was under-seen here.
6 Just before Courage Under Fire I made a decision to start going after quote unquote bigger roles. I think Hollywood got to a place where they thought they knew what to expect from me. I thought that maybe a few things would come to me. Well, they didn't. I said "fine" from now on I'm going to identify what's out there; I don't care if it's written for a blonde haired blue eyed guy. If they'll let me in the door, I'm going to take a shot at it and show people what I can do. I'd never done comedy. I'd rarely done romance. Courage Under Fire, The King And I and The Big Hit, all of this was an effort on my part to expand the perception of my range. The range has always been there.
7 The Gypsy in me still loves going on location; loves meeting new people; loves the three month, "I'm in summer camp" kind of thing.
8 [on filming The Triangle (2005) in South Africa] I filmed Red Water (2003) in Cape Town, South Africa, so I had a number of local haunts that I'd been to before, and I really, really just love that city and the people are so polite and so wonderful. Not only that, it was a real treat for me, because since I was there for such a long period of time, my three daughters were able to come down and spend 10 days there. So my time off was very welcome because it was like a paid vacation for me. I was able to take the girls on safari, shark cage diving and to the top of Table Mountain. It was an amazing tourist trip while on the clock.
9 [on being a working actor] I play poker with some guys, like [Charles Durning], and they say, "Are ya working?" They ask that - and they don't care what it is - you're just fortunate to be a working actor in Hollywood. With every new job I get, I feel the same way. I have that same excitement. I have that same gratitude for being asked to the dance.
10 [on selecting roles] There's very few things that I'll turn my nose up at, because some of my biggest successes have been ones totally out of left field. Stand and Deliver (1988) was a tiny little film made for less than $1 million. If I can find something in the script or the character, or even in the cast, that I go, "All right, this is worth doing", then I'll do it. Unfortunately, there was a time in my career when I felt responsible for how a film came out, and I'm just now starting to grasp the concept that there's only so much you can do. You can only show up and do the best work that you can do, be responsible for your character, and be as giving and supportive of the cast and the crew as you can. But when all is said and done, did they have enough money to make the movie? Did the director have a clear vision of it? And even if it turned out to be not a bad film, is it going to be seen, or is it going to fall between the cracks? There's some little films of mine that didn't see the light of day, and yet I still think they were good movies. I think there's this philosophy in Hollywood that if it doesn't make $100 million, it's not a success. And unfortunately, there's quite a few $100-million films that just aren't that good.
11 [on his success] I felt I was the luckiest guy in the world when I landed La Bamba (1987), and I still feel the same way. I feel fortunate to be employed in the film business, and still be standing. There's a lot of guys that were around when I made "La Bamba" who aren't as fortunate - and it's not a matter of talent or hard work, it's just the breaks sometimes, you know? I've been fortunate that the right film has come along for me every couple of years. I've been lucky, I think.
12 [on working with Harrison Ford] I've got to say, Harrison is probably the most relaxed actor I've worked with in my life. He's truly amazing. They say "Action!"--boom! There's Harrison Ford. I was doing a scene, I'm sitting across a table from him, and between takes I kind of looked over, and I had one of those moments where the hair stood up on the back of my neck and I went, "Oh my God, that's Harrison Ford!" When you're working, you don't really think about those things, but I just had one of those starstruck moments where it's just like, "Look where I'm at".
13 [on getting his part in 24 (2001)] That was a funny situation, because Kiefer [Kiefer Sutherland] and I are still very tight. We've done something like five projects together over the years, and we see each other socially every so often since Young Guns (1988). We got the call from the people at "24", saying, "Listen, we don't have a script yet, but the episodes are going to revolve around Kiefer, Dennis Hopper and a role that we'd like you to do". That's really all I needed to hear. So I made one phone call -- to Kiefer's cell phone on the set -- and said, "Listen, man, they want me to come on the show. Is that cool with you?" And he said, "Yeah, c'mon, let's go!"
14 The only power an actor has is the ability to say, "No".


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