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Matthew Avery Modine was born on the 22nd March 1959, in Loma Linda, California USA, and is a Golden Globe Award winning actor who is best known for several of his his appearances, in “Birdy” (1984), “Full Metal Jacket” (1987), “Memphis Belle” (1990), “Transporter 2” (2005), “Weeds” (2007), “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) and “Stranger Things” (2016).

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this honored actor has accumulated so far? How rich Matthew Modine is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Matthew Modine’s net worth, as of mid-2016, is $10 million, including assets such as a 2.000 sq ft designer house in Los Angeles’ Venice Beach which he bought in 2012 for $2.5 million. All this wealth has been acquired throughout his acting career, which has been active since 1982.

Matthew Modine Net Worth $10 million

Matthew Modine was born the seventh child to Dolores and Mark Alexander Modine, a bookkeeper and a drive-in theaters manager. Matthew is a grandson of pioneer and prospector Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks, and a nephew of Broadway actress Nola Fairbanks. Right after high school, in 1979 Matthew moved to New York City to pursue his interest in art, and an acting career.

However, in the beginning, Matthew worked as a chef in one of Manhattan’s restaurants while studying at Stella Adler’s Conservatory of Acting. Matthew’s small screen debut occurred in 1982, when he appeared in one episode of “ABC Afterschool Specials” TV series. His real debut came just a year later in 1983, when he was cast in the role of Steve in John Sayles’ comedy “Baby It’s You”. His career bloomed rapidly, and in the course of the next several years Matthew had more serious and memorable roles. He began collaborating with some of the greatest directors of the film industry, such as Robert Altman during filming “Streamers” (1983), Alan Parker – “Birdy” (1984), and Stanley Kubrick – “Full Metal Jacket” (1987). All these accomplishments helped Matthew Modine to build a respectable acting career as well as to dramatically increase his overall net worth.

The ability to adapt to a wide range of totally different roles, such as young criminal in “Orphans” (1987), an FBI agent in the 1988 comedy “Married to the Mob”, a pirate in “Cutthroat Island” (1995), millionaire (he doesn’t need to act like one, huh? He is one!) in “Transporter 2” (2005) opposite Jason Statham, as well as Gotham City’s deputy commissioner if Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman – “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012). It is certain that all these engagements positively impacted Matthew Modine’s net worth.

Throughout his acting career now spanning almost 35 years, Matthew Modine has starred in over 50 movies and a dozen TV series. He was nominated for an Emmy Award twice, for his performances in “And the Band Played On” (1993) and “What the Deaf Man Heard” (1997). Besides movies and TV series, Matthew Modine has also been engaged in the theater.

Some of the most recent professional acting activities of Matthew Modine include appearance as a terminally ill billionaire and tech innovator in the 2015 TV series “Proof” as well as Dr. Martin Brenner in 2016 Netflix’s hit TV series “Stranger Things”. Matthew Modine also has a role in the upcoming horror thriller “47 Meters Down”. Doubtlessly, these ventures have helped Matthew Modine to further expand his wealth.

When it comes to his personal life, Matthew Modine has been married since 1980 to Caridad Rivera, with whom he has two children.

Apart from acting, Matthew Modine is an avid environmentalist – he insists on using double-sided scripts in order to save paper, and is also the creator of the Bicycle For a Day campaign. When it comes to the charity causes, Matthew is an advocate of The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Very Mean Men 2000 Bartender
Flowers for Algernon 2000 TV Movie Charlie Gordon
Any Given Sunday 1999 Dr. Ollie Powers
If... Dog... Rabbit 1999 Johnnie Cooper
Notting Hill 1999 Movie-Within-Movie Actor (uncredited)
The American 1998 TV Movie Christopher Newman
American Experience 1998 TV Series documentary Lawrence Svobida
What the Deaf Man Heard 1997 TV Movie Sammy Ayers
The Real Blonde 1997 Joe
The Blackout 1997 Matty
The Maker 1997 Walter Schmeiss
Cutthroat Island 1995 Shaw
Fluke 1995 Thomas P. Johnson / Voice of Fluke
Bye Bye Love 1995 Dave
Jacob 1994 TV Movie Jacob
The Browning Version 1994 Frank Hunter
And the Band Played On 1993 TV Movie Dr. Don Francis
Short Cuts 1993 Dr. Ralph Wyman
The Tree 1993/II Short Boy as middle-aged-man / Boy as old man
Equinox 1992 Henry Petosa / Freddy Ace
Wind 1992/I Will Parker
Pacific Heights 1990 Drake Goodman
Memphis Belle 1990 Capt. Dennis Dearborn
Gross Anatomy 1989 Joe Slovak
Saturday Night Live 1988 TV Series Lloyd Bentsen / Various / Himself - Host
Married to the Mob 1988 Mike Downey
The Gamble 1988 Francesco Sacredo
American Playhouse 1988 TV Series Eugene O'Neill
Orphans 1987 Treat
Full Metal Jacket 1987 Pvt. J.T. 'Joker' Davis
Vision Quest 1985 Louden Swain
Mrs. Soffel 1984 Jack Biddle
Birdy 1984 Birdy
The Hotel New Hampshire 1984 Chip Dove Ernst
Streamers 1983 Billy
Private School 1983 Jim
Baby It's You 1983 Steve
ABC Afterschool Specials 1982 TV Series Randy
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards 2017 post-production Theodore Foster
The Hippopotamus post-production Michael Logan
Army of One 2016 Dr. Rose
47 Meters Down 2016 Taylor
Stranger Things 2016 TV Series Dr. Martin Brenner
The Confirmation 2016 Kyle
Proof 2015 TV Series Ivan Turing
Merry Xmas 2015/I Short Abe
Guests 2014 Short Theodore Foster
Altar 2014 Alec Hamilton
Family Weekend 2013 Duncan Dungy
CAT. 8 2013 TV Mini-Series Dr. Michael Ranger
Jobs 2013 John Sculley
Anatomy of Violence 2013 TV Movie Convict #3
Punky Dunk Project: Punky Dunk and the Goldfish 2012 Video Game Narrator (voice)
The Dark Knight Rises 2012 Foley
Girl in Progress 2012 Dr. Harford
The Flying House 2011 Short Bertie
Arrugas 2011 Juan (English version, voice)
Too Big to Fail 2011 TV Movie John Thain
Jesus Was a Commie 2011 Short John Doe
Une vie de chat 2010 Lucas (English version, voice)
The Trial 2010 Mac
Little Fish, Strange Pond 2009 Mr. Jack
Santa, the Fascist Years 2008 Short Narrator (voice)
The Garden of Eden 2008 David's Father
Sex and Lies in Sin City 2008 TV Movie Ted Binion
Mia et le Migou 2008 Mr. Houston / Godfrey (English version, voice)
Cowboy 2008/II Short Cowboy
I Think I Thought 2008 Short Joe
The Neighbor 2007/I Jeff
Weeds 2007 TV Series Sullivan Groff
A West Texas Children's Story 2007 Ben's Father
Go Go Tales 2007 Johnie Ruby
Good Morning Agrestic 2007 TV Series short Sullivan Groff
From Ballfields to Battlefields: Stories from Iraq 2006 TV Movie Narrator
The Bedford Diaries 2006 TV Series Professor Jake Macklin / Professor David Macklin
Kettle of Fish 2006 Mel
Opa! 2005 Eric
Mary 2005/I Tony Childress / Jesus
Transporter 2 2005 Jefferson Billings
Into the West 2005 TV Mini-Series Samson Wheeler
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2005 TV Series Gordon Rickett
Funky Monkey 2004 Alec McCall
The Winning Season 2004 TV Movie Honus Wagner
Hollywood North 2003 Bobby Myers
Le divorce 2003 Tellman
Hitler: The Rise of Evil 2003 TV Mini-Series Fritz Gerlich
The West Wing 2003 TV Series Marco Arlens
Expert Witness 2003 TV Movie
Redeemer 2002 TV Movie Paul Freeman
The Shipment 2001 Mitch Garrett
In the Shadows 2001 Eric
Nobody's Baby 2001 Sonny
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story 2001 TV Series Jack Robinson (Johnathan William Duncan Robinson)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rocking Horsemen producer announced
Revengeance 2016 executive producer
Super Sex 2016 Short producer
Last Days of Coney Island 2015 Short executive producer
The Brainwashing of My Dad 2015 Documentary producer
Merry Xmas 2015/I Short producer
Hyperion 2014 Short associate producer
Cheatin' 2013 executive producer
Punky Dunk Project: Punky Dunk and the Goldfish 2012 Video Game producer
Plastic Jesus 2012 Short producer
Somebody 2012/II Short producer
The Flying House 2011 Short executive producer
Sunchasers 2011 producer
Jesus Was a Commie 2011 Short executive producer
Matthew Modine's Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App Project 2011 Short executive producer
The Trial 2010 producer
Little Fish, Strange Pond 2009 executive producer
To Kill an American 2008 Short producer
I Think I Thought 2008 Short producer
Kettle of Fish 2006 executive producer
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short producer
Smoking 1994 Short producer
When I Was a Boy 1993 Short producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rocking Horsemen announced
Super Sex 2016 Short
As Tears Go By 2012 Video short
Plastic Jesus 2012 Short
Somebody 2012/II Short
The Winsor McCay Resurrection Project 2011 Short
Jesus Was a Commie 2011 Short
Cowboy 2008/II Short
To Kill an American 2008 Short
I Think I Thought 2008 Short
If... Dog... Rabbit 1999 as Matthew Avery Modine
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short
Smoking 1994 Short
When I Was a Boy 1993 Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rocking Horsemen announced
Super Sex 2016 Short
Merry Xmas 2015/I Short
Plastic Jesus 2012 Short
Somebody 2012/II Short
The Winsor McCay Resurrection Project 2011 Short
Jesus Was a Commie 2011 Short
Cowboy 2008/II Short
To Kill an American 2008 Short screenplay
I Think I Thought 2008 Short writer
If... Dog... Rabbit 1999 as Matthew Avery Modine
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short
When I Was a Boy 1993 Short

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
As Tears Go By 2012 Video short
Somebody 2012/II Short
The Winsor McCay Resurrection Project 2011 Short
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short
Smoking 1994 Short

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Somebody 2012/II Short camera operator
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short camera operator
Smoking 1994 Short camera operator

Casting Director

Casting Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American 2008 Short
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short
When I Was a Boy 1993 Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American 2008 Short music supervisor
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short music supervisor
When I Was a Boy 1993 Short music supervisor

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American 2008 Short set designer
Smoking 1994 Short set designer

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American 2008 Short
When I Was a Boy 1993 Short

Casting Department

Casting Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short casting
Smoking 1994 Short casting

Costume Department

Costume Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short costume supervisor
Smoking 1994 Short costume supervisor

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Smoking 1994 Short
When I Was a Boy 1993 Short

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American 2008 Short
Smoking 1994 Short

Set Decorator

Set Decorator

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American 2008 Short
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short post-production coordinator

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American 2008 Short production manager

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ecce Pirate 1997 Short supervising sound editor

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Go Go Tales 2007 performer: "That's my dog"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Talk 2015-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 2012-2016 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Unity 2015 Documentary Narrator (voice)
The Brainwashing of My Dad 2015 Documentary Narrator
2015 NHL Awards 2015 TV Movie Himself
Kubrick Remembered 2014 Documentary Himself
This Week 2014 TV Series Himself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Himself
The Bracket 2013 TV Series Himself
The Short Films of Matthew Modine 2013 TV Movie Himself - Host
Full Metal Joker 2012 Documentary Himself
Gazzara 2012 Documentary Himself
Bill Plympton Re-Imagine's Winsor McCay's, 'The Flying House' 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Wendy Williams Show 2012 TV Series Himself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live 2012 TV Series Himself
Adventures in Plymptoons! 2011 Documentary Himself
Matthew Modine's Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App Project 2011 Short Himself
Mulberry St. 2010 Documentary Himself
The 64th Annual Tony Awards 2010 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf 2010 TV Series Himself
PoliWood 2009 Documentary Himself
Veer 2009 Documentary Narrator (voice)
Real Time with Bill Maher 2008 TV Series Himself
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Speechless 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Greatest Ever 80s Movies 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden 2006 TV Series documentary Himself - Host
Odyssey in Rome 2005 Documentary Himself
The 15th Annual Gotham Awards 2005 TV Special Himself - Presenter
The Tony Danza Show 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Hollywood Vietnam 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
The 100 Greatest War Films 2005 TV Movie documentary Himself
Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker 2005 TV Series Himself
Sovann komar 2004 Documentary Narrator
Overnight 2003 Documentary Himself
V Graham Norton 2003 TV Series Himself - Guest
World Birth Day 2002 TV Movie documentary Narrator (voice)
The Big Breakfast 2001 TV Series Himself
The British Comedy Awards 2001 2001 TV Special Himself (award presenter)
So Graham Norton 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1998-2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Nature 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures 2001 Documentary Himself
Bamboozled 2000 Himself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Audience Member
Hollywood Aids 1998 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Daily Show 1998 TV Series Himself - Guest
Light Lunch 1998 TV Series Himself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The Directors 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Lo + plus 1996-1997 TV Series Himself - Guest
Corazón, corazón 1996 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1992-1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Way West 1995 TV Movie documentary Voice
American Cinema 1995 TV Series documentary Narrator
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country 1993 Documentary Himself
Shooting 'Full Metal Jacket' 1986 Documentary Himself
The Making of 'Mrs. Soffel' 1984 TV Movie documentary Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The O'Reilly Factor 2008 TV Series Himself
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 2000 2000 TV Special Himself / Lloyd Bentsen
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman 1998 TV Special documentary Himself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013 New Media Film Festival Award New Media Film Festival Best App Matthew Modine's Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App Project (2011) · Adam Rackoff
2012 Award of Merit Accolade Competition Short Film Jesus Was a Commie (2011) · Terence Ziegler
· Adam Rackoff
2011 Star of Excellence Oldenburg Film Festival Walk of Fame
2011 German Independence Award - Special Mention Oldenburg Film Festival Best Short Film Jesus Was a Commie (2011) · Terence Ziegler
1994 Special Award Golden Globes, USA Short Cuts (1993) · Andie MacDowell
· Bruce Davison
· Jack Lemmon
· Zane Cassidy
· Julianne Moore
· Anne Archer
· Fred Ward
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Chris Penn
· Joseph C. Hopkins
· Josette Maccario
· Lili Taylor
· Robert Downey Jr.
· Madeleine Stowe
· Tim Robbins
· Cassie Friel
· Dustin Friel
· Austin Friel
· Lily Tomlin
· Tom Waits
· Frances McDormand
· Peter Gallagher
· Jarrett Lennon
· Annie Ross
· Lori Singer
· Lyle
1993 Special Volpi Cup Venice Film Festival Short Cuts (1993) · Andie MacDowell
· Bruce Davison
· Jack Lemmon
· Zane Cassidy
· Julianne Moore
· Anne Archer
· Fred Ward
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Chris Penn
· Joseph C. Hopkins
· Josette Maccario
· Lili Taylor
· Robert Downey Jr.
· Madeleine Stowe
· Tim Robbins
· Cassie Friel
· Dustin Friel
· Austin Friel
· Lily Tomlin
· Tom Waits
· Frances McDormand
· Peter Gallagher
· Jarrett Lennon
· Annie Ross
· Lori Singer
· Lyle
1983 Best Actor Venice Film Festival Streamers (1983) · Guy Boyd
· George Dzundza
· David Alan Grier
· Mitchell Lichtenstein
· Michael Wright

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016 Jury Award Tribeca Film Festival Best Narrative Short Super Sex (2016)
2012 New Media Film Festival Award New Media Film Festival Festival Award Jesus Was a Commie (2011) · Terence Ziegler
2012 New Media Film Festival Award New Media Film Festival Festival Award Jesus Was a Commie (2011) · Terence Ziegler
2011 German Independence Award - Best Short Film Oldenburg Film Festival Jesus Was a Commie (2011) · Terence Ziegler
2008 Jury Award Tribeca Film Festival Best Narrative Short I Think I Thought (2008)
2001 Golden Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television Flowers for Algernon (2000)
1998 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television What the Deaf Man Heard (1997)
1994 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television And the Band Played On (1993)
1994 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special And the Band Played On (1993)
1994 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Equinox (1992)


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#Fact
1 Streamers (1983) co-star David Alan Grier was the godfather of his two children.
2 As of 2016, he is the only actor to have worked with both Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan.
3 Starred in three movies about the Vietnam War: Streamers (1983), Birdy (1984) and Full Metal Jacket (1987).
4 His paternal great-grandfather, Andrew Daniel Andreassan Modine, was Swedish. His other ancestry is English, with some Scottish, German, and Dutch.
5 Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
6 Is dyslexic.
7 Founder of Bicycle For A Day (BFAD) A global initiative bringing together people who choose to ride a bicycle rather than use gas-powered motor vehicles, immediately reducing their carbon footprint.
8 Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.
9 Nephew of former Broadway star Nola Modine Fairbanks.
10 Attended Brigham Young University.
11 On a radio interview with Jonathan Ross in late February 2006, he said he was only baptised a Mormon, but the family wasn't very orthodox or 'tight-knit', and only practiced seriously during his very early years.
12 Brother of Mark Modine.
13 The Montreal-based band "Pony up!" wrote a song about him called "Matthew Modine" because one of the girls used to have a huge crush on him. You can find the song on the band first LP called "Pony up!".
14 Studied acting with Stella Adler.
15 Loves to paint.
16 Is a horticulturist and a carpenter.
17 Learning to fly-fish; his teacher is Liam Neeson.
18 Is a neighbor of Liam Neeson.
19 Does not own a television set.
20 Loves the New York Knicks.
21 Was originally offered Tom Cruise's role in Top Gun (1986). Turned down the part because he disagreed with the film's cold-war politics.
22 Has a son Boman Modine (b. 8 November 1985) and a daughter Ruby Modine (b. 31 July 1990).
23 Good friends with Eric Stoltz.

#Quote
1 [on Alan Parker] I love Alan Parker because he's like an inventor -- they're ready to close the patent office and he comes along with something new and they have to open it again.
2 (1990, on Baby, It's You) Margery Simkin, who was the casting director, was like the director of that movie for me. I read for her. She said, 'That was good. Now could you try it this way?' And it was the first time a casting director ever asked me for adjustments. Then she told me she wanted me to meet Sayles and the producers, Amy Robinson and Griffin Dunne, and they said, 'Great, we're going to use you.' It's still one of my favorites, maybe because it was the first time I'd ever worked on a film, and I must have used every note from every acting class I'd ever had. I was so precise and so specific. I did not make one gesture or movement that did not have a purpose.
3 (1990, on filming Pacific Heights) Filmmaking is never easy. It sounds so trivial to say, 'Oh, it was such a wonderful production. We all got along so well.' It sounds like bullshit. And it is. It wasn't an easy shoot. John (Schlesinger) was very sick during the first weeks of production, which put us under tremendous budget and time constraints. He had to play catch-up. And filmmaking has changed. There used to be a comradery in people working together. John is probably the oldest filmmaker I've ever worked with, and he regrets that the industry has changed and become a business, that the production company insists that he deliver the film in a certain number of weeks, and that the film be under a certain number of minutes.
4 (1990, on working with director Alan Parker on Birdy) Alan is a very frustrated, very angry artist when he's working. When he's not working he's very sweet and very kind, but once you start filming, its a war. He becomes this little general who knows he doesn't have much time to get the very best from every element of his crew-which I consider an actor to be part of. Everyone bears the brunt of his anger. My feeling is that Alan has to do that in order to be who he is and make the films he does. I mean, Vincent Van Gogh was a mad fool running around chopping his ear off, drinking turpentine, and eating paint, but he produced something that was incredible. I didn't put up with him, I just laughed at him. Don't get me wrong. I don't want a director who's going to say do whatever you want. I want somebody who is going to force me out, because that's when it gets scary and interesting. Maybe that was what Alan was doing with all his ranting and raving.
5 (On why he turned down Top Gun) As a kid, I was always taught the Russians were the bad guys, the Chinese would destroy the world... Then early in my career I was at the Berlin film festival and a guy took me to East Berlin. I saw a monument to Russian soldiers who died fighting Germany. The fact Russia was our ally in World War II was not part of my basic education. I met Russian soldiers and they were no different to my brothers who'd served in Vietnam. We shared cigarettes, they gave me pins from their uniforms. When I got home, the Top Gun script was waiting for me and I knew I just couldn't perpetuate the lie.
6 (2009 quote) I've been lucky enough to reach that point in my life, at 50, where there are so many tremendous roles that open up. When you're young you get by on charm and looks, and when you're middle aged there are some amazing opportunities that you have. I just hope all this work I've done over the last 30 years has prepared me for it.
7 (On working with Robert Altman three times) The thing about working with Bob was, it wasn't just those times working with him on the set, unless you're a schmuck, you become a part of his family. You'll meet with him, have dinner with him, and you became a part of his life. Oftentimes you work with people on a film and then once you've wrapped, you never see them again. Altman chose people that he enjoyed spending time with, and fortunately I was one of those people that became a part of his extended family.
8 I studied with Stella Adler. One of the first things that she said was, "If you're going to stand on a stage, be projected on a motion picture screen, or go into people's homes on their television, then you have a responsibility - not just to entertain. They're going to be inspired and touched by the things that you do and the things that you say, and there's a responsibility that comes with that," and that's not one that I take lightly.
9 (On his role in Bamboozled) Alec Baldwin was supposed to be doing that part. So Alec didn't show up to do the part, and Spike (Lee) called me up and said, "Would you run down here and help me out?" And it happened. I like Spike. I think Spike's an important filmmaker.
10 Go Go Tales, that's the least interesting of the three films I made with Abel. He was trying to do something with comedy. Everything needs to have structure. You have to have needs and desire and everything set up. Go Go Tales is just crazy. It's a crazy movie. Some people really love Go Go Tales. I prefer Mary.
11 Mary, I think it's an amazing, gorgeous movie. Talking about somebody who's really searching and digging through their emotional life. I think Mary is one of [Ferrara's] best films. I just love it. We won a prize at the Venice Film Festival. The Pope gave it a blessing like, "This is a really great film about someone questioning their faith." There was a problem with clearance of title, who wrote the script and who didn't write the script. Somebody saying they wrote that script... There isn't one line I spoke in the film that I didn't write, and the things that I didn't write were written by a bunch of old Jewish guys that wrote the Bible. So you wanna take credit for that? Go ahead. But yeah, that was a problem.
12 (On Cutthroat Island) I was given a script that was so amazing about a guy and girl that Michael Douglas was going to do. Then Michael Douglas dropped out, and I think there was a tremendous amount of pre-production money that had been spent and everything, and they needed to replace him really quickly. My father was sick, so I said "I can't do this movie." I had to take care of my dad. And they said, "Oh, no. Everything will be fine. We'll help you and get this done and that done." I went to Paris, met Geena Davis and Renny Harlin. I flew back the next day, and I was playing the part, and then I came home. My dad stabilized. He was fine. And then I went off to the island of Malta to make the film, and was given a script. It was unrecognizable from the script that I had said "yes" to. It went from a movie about a guy and a girl to a movie about a girl and a guy. He was just kind of on the boat. I had the part that would have been normally allotted to the female, the heroine. She had like a dude's part. They might as well have put on a strap-on on Geena's character. I mean, I had a blast (making it)once I realized what I was in-you have to make the best of the situation. So I had a great time with Geena Davis, and she's a really good actor. So we had a good time working together. The outcome of the film, that's never in an actor's hands. That's in the hands of the director. I know that we gave them the pieces that were necessary to have cut a bit of something together. You know, the way a film gets cut together, that's the way the cookie crumbles. There's a really good movie there.
13 Short Cuts was... That was a very difficult film, because Robert Altman was juggling a lot of balls, a lot of characters, and a lot of things going on. You were a part of a great big puzzle, but the wonderful thing was that you were invited to be a part of that puzzle. The wonderful thing is, if you ask anyone that worked on that film, they would probably say that they were honored to have been invited to that party. That was a good party. Bob's movies were always parties.
14 Val Kilmer might be responsible for how I got the part in Full Metal Jacket, because I didn't know anything about it. You had to audition. You had to send a videotape to Stanley Kubrick to audition for the film. That was back when people didn't have cameras and stuff like that. That was a brand-new technology. Clearly Val had auditioned for the film and sent his tape, and he was pissed-off at me and wanted to get into a fight with me, because not only had I done Vision Quest and Mrs. Soffel, which were two films he had maybe auditioned for, but now I was doing Kubrick's film, and he was pissed off and wanted to get into a fight. I told him I wasn't going to apologize, and if he wanted to take it outside, I was happy to do that, and I was in shape from Vision Quest. I would have kicked his ass. So I ran out of the restaurant that we were at in Los Angeles and called my manager and asked if he knew anything about my getting the role in Full Metal Jacket, and he didn't know anything about it. Alan Parker was editing Birdy in London and Vision Quest was a Warner Bros. picture and Stanley Kubrick made his pictures with Warner Bros., so I said "Let's call Warner Bros and get them to send Vision Quest, get Alan Parker to send some footage over to Kubrick in London," and I got the part. So had Val Kilmer not sort of gotten pissed-off and challenged me in a restaurant and been angry at me for getting Full Metal Jacket, I would have never known about it.
15 (On filming Full Metal Jacket) It was hard. Stanley Kubrick was, in every sense of the word, an artist. He knew everything there was to know about film production, about cameras, editing, music. He was just extraordinary, his depth of knowledge. He'd clearly read books about acting, but I think he didn't trust emotions. One of the movies he always wanted to make was a film about Napoleon. Emotions were the downfall for Napoleon, in that he was such a strategic, amazing general in the way that his mind functioned, but the frailty of human beings is emotions, and what do actors work with but emotions? Drudging up memories of happiness and sadness. That was the complicated thing about working with Kubrick, was to be a technical actor and a well-oiled machine, and knowing all the aspects of what your character would be doing or what your lines are, but then there was emotion... human emotion. That was always a frustrating thing about working on a film, just the emotional aspect of the film...In every sense, I'm a better person emotionally, mentally. I'm just a better person having gone through that experience of working with Stanley Kubrick.
16 (2008 quote) Orphans was right after Full Metal Jacket, and it was so cleansing. It was the Nestea Iced Tea after Full Metal Jacket. It was really tight; it was, I think, 25 or 30 days of shooting. It was a play, so it was a movie about language. It was wonderful working with Albert Finney and Kevin Anderson and Alan J. Pakula, who had directed Klute and All The President's Men and Sophie's Choice. It was just maybe my favorite movie that I've ever worked on.
17 (On making Married to the Mob) Married To The Mob, uh. I was still kind of... Emotionally, that's when I started to realize that the experience of working on Full Metal Jacket had taken a rather painful toll on me that I really hadn't recovered from yet. While I was working on the film, I appreciated the opportunity to work with Jonathan Demme, one of the great American directors, and Michelle Pfeiffer, who is a great actor, but also an extraordinary beauty. I just wasn't ready. I didn't realize how emotionally upset I was still from having that experience of working on Full Metal Jacket. I don't think it shows in my performance, but it certainly... I understood what it meant to be in the grip of depression. The people that really truly suffer from depression, it's not something that you can go, like, "Hey! Snap out of it, man. Have a good time." When you are in the grips of depression, there isn't anything. You're inconsolable. There isn't anything anyone can do to help you. It's really, really scary. A scary place to be. I was really suffering with depression when I was working on that film, but it was great to be working on something that was so light and good-natured. Because contrasts are always good, like a yin and a yang thing. That was where I was emotionally in my life, so it was interesting to be working on something that was the opposite. You know, in many ways, it saved my life.
18 (On making Gross Anatomy) That was fun. I got to learn all about life and death. The story was about a student going to medical school, and for me, it was about learning about the fragility of life. Life really is very brief. When I was studying to prepare for the film, I went to a gross anatomy lab-a real one. It was at the University Of Southern California, and it was a room filled with 40 cadavers-people who donated their bodies to science for the benefit of these medical students to learn about the human body, the human anatomy. What you realize when you walk into a room of 40 people who are dead is that there's got to be something else. I'm not talking about God. I'm talking about energy, just pure, simple, the energy of life. We can't go from being animate objects to inanimate objects without something kind of... that energy just has to go someplace. It's got to do something. Who knows what it is? Maybe that's the great big collective consciousness. Maybe we go back into that kind of pool of energy. But that was the really valuable thing. You know, it's not talking about actors or what the experience was of working on movies, but if you are to ask me about it today, that's what I learned. I learned a lot about life and death on that movie.
19 (On Baby It's You) This was a great opportunity to work with one of America's really interesting independent film directors, John Sayles, who had given so many young actors an opportunity to work when they were struggling to get their foot in the door. Robert Downey Jr., Fisher Stevens, Meg Ryan, Rosanna Arquette, they sort of had the leads. There were all these other people where this was their first film. Their entrée into the world of film. Vincent Spano and Rosanna Arquette and Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox's wife. It was just really fun to be working with people that you met in the acting community of New York, everyone that you would meet on auditions. All of a sudden, all of us had jobs on a film.
20 (On Streamers) That was a tremendous opportunity to meet a legend, Robert Altman. Just the whole rehearsal process, the casting process, and then going down to Texas to work in his brand-new studio that had been built in Las Colinas. It was a really, really, intense experience. It was a bunch of guys who didn't have their girlfriends or their wives and who all went down, and it was a very drunken... You know... working with Robert Altman. It was a great experience. It was a lot of drinking that went on down in Texas. There was a lot of partying that went on down in Texas. Then we won the prize at the Venice Film Festival. It was an unprecedented award that gave the Best Actor award to the cast. It was an ensemble.
21 The Hotel New Hampshire was the first time I played a real scumbag. I was working in Toronto with Mel Gibson and Diane Keaton on a movie called Mrs. Soffel, and I went to see the movie open up there in a theater in Toronto. And I remember the people sitting behind not recognizing me and going, "I hate that guy. What a prick." And I thought "I'm never going to play another bad guy again, because people don't like you." The Hotel New Hampshire was fun because it was Tony Richardson, who had directed Tom Jones, and he in his own way is a legendary filmmaker. I was working with Nastassja Kinski and Jodie Foster, so that was real pleasurable.
22 Birdy was the movie that every actor of my generation wanted. The interesting thing about Birdy is that I auditioned for the role of Al Columbato [the part eventually played by Nicolas Cage.] I didn't audition for Birdy. I imagined somebody very, very different playing Birdy. I was up in Toronto working with Mel [Gibson]. We were living together, we were sharing a house together, and Alan Parker called and said, "Congratulations, I want you to be in my film." I was like, "Are you going to change the name of Columbato, or am I going to play an Italian-American?" And he goes, "You're not playing Al. You're playing Birdy." I was like, "What?" I had to get my head around playing Birdy. I never read one line for Birdy, and he cast me as Birdy. Later that day, it was really weird. We were at Mel's house, and it was kind of a weird snowy day, and this big red robin came into the house and crashed into the glass. It was like a scene out of Birdy. I picked up the robin and kind of held it for a minute. It was clearly dead. I held the bird for a little while and stroked it, and in fact, it wasn't dead, and it hopped up on my finger and just sat there. I have a great photo of Mel and I standing there that my wife took. He's laughing and going, "This is a sign! This is a sign! You were meant to play Birdy. Look at this, man." So a wonderful omen. One of my favorite films I've worked on was Birdy.
23 Vision Quest was maybe the hardest film I've ever done, because I never wrestled before in my life. I was a struggling actor that wasn't really fast. I was in drama school smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee and trying to like every young actor at a drama school, trying to be James Dean and be posing. So when I met Harold Becker, he said, "Can you do five push-ups?" I was pretty skinny, so I had to get in shape to do Vision Quest, and that was really, really, really hard and a real pleasure to work with that girl Linda Fiorentino. She's a tough New Jersey broad, very much like her role in the film. It was just fun and a very, very, very hard film to make.

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