“It’s a metaphor.”

“I know it’s a metaphor.”

For me, acting is torturous, and it’s torturous because you know it’s a beautiful thing. I was young once, and I said, That’s beautiful and I want that. Wanting it is easy, but trying to be great — well, that’s absolutely torturous.
—  Phillip Seymour Hoffman (New York Times Magazine 2008 Profile)