Some musicians play blues, others classical jazz or bluegrass. I like to play political roles because I can merge my political interests with my creative interests.
Roles Political Because
For lack of any clearer idea, I just started acting one day. It had been in the back of my head for a while, but I think in some ways I was afraid to do it, and finally I just stepped up.
I do have characters who are more well known than I am, which suits me fine.
I Do Fine Me
I think I was afraid of what I might say when I got onto someone's stage or in front of someone's camera.
Afraid Might I Think
And it's one reason why I don't go to a lot of movies - they're more and more dominated by corporate values and fiscal concerns as opposed to cinematic concerns.
Cinematic Opposed Concerns
Shaft was a pop culture figure along t he lines of, I guess, Dirty Harry - except that he wasn't as much of a racist. So yeah, I was always a fan.
The great thing about movies is that they're collaborative. And the worst thing is that they're collaborative.
Well, I like to be kept on my toes. I look for a challenge. I don't like to recreate steps that I've already walked. I like to see if I can create something new.
Like Create I
I like New York because you're kind of forced to smell everybody else's funk. So it keeps you biologically attached to the world around you.
World Around Else
I like to do theater and hopefully be effective. Most actors, at least contemporary actors of my generation, can't do it. They don't have the chops.
Chops Like Contemporary