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.
New Attached 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.
Most Theater Hopefully
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.
Creative Bluegrass I Can
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.
Think Head Day
I do have characters who are more well known than I am, which suits me fine.
Well Known Well Fine
I think I was afraid of what I might say when I got onto someone's stage or in front of someone's camera.
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.
Movies Concerns Fiscal
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.
Harry Pop Culture Yeah
The great thing about movies is that they're collaborative. And the worst thing is that they're collaborative.
Movies Worst Thing Great
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.
Look Kept Walked