And also, having Stanley Tucci make me his famous martini in his trailer. Tommy Lee Jones, as well – he recited some poetry to me on set. And we talked a lot about literature and opera, and he gave me his favorite book, Bel Canto. I read that on set. So there’s the work itself, but then the other side of it is you get to meet some extraordinary people.
“It’s just murder. All God’s creatures do it. You look in the forests and you see species killing other species, our species killing all species including the forests, and we just call it industry, not murder” - Natural Born Killers (1994)
“The second one, it was like we was both back in older times. And I was on horseback, goin’ through the mountains of a night. Goin’ through this pass in the mountains. It was cold, and there was snow on the ground and he rode past me and kept on goin’ - never said nothin’ goin’ by, just rode on past. He… had his blanket wrapped around him with his head down. When he rode past, I seen he was carryin’ fire, in a horn the way people used to do, and I - I could see the horn from the light inside of it - ‘bout the color of the moon. And in the dream, I knew that he was goin’ on ahead. He was fixin’ to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark… and all that cold. I knew that whenever I got there he’d be there. And then I woke up.”
Sex scenes, love scenes. Yes, at this age it’s unusual for somebody to do a love scene, to be making love. But that is just how benighted we are. Because, you know, we still are alive. It’s you and I, baby. It’s authentic. The whole idea that you have to look a certain way and be a certain age to earn love is ridiculous. We love what we love. It doesn’t matter what shape it is.
The ticking heard from Abraham Lincoln’s pocket watch as he sits at his desk and plays with it is the actual ticking sound from the watch he carried in his pocket. An audio engineer went to the museum in Kentucky where the watch is kept to get sound bites from it.