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Lou Diamond Phillips net worth:
$5 Million

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Lou Diamond Phillips information

Birth date: February 17, 1962
Birth place: U.S. Naval Base Subic Bay, Philippines
Height:6 ft (1.85 m)
Profession:Actor, Television Director, Film director, Songwriter, Screenwriter
Nationality:United States of America
Spouse:Yvonne Boismier Phillips (m. 2007), Kelly Phillips (m. 1994–2007), Julie Cypher (m. 1987–1990)
Parents:Lucita Aranas, Gerald Upchurch

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Louis Diamond Upchurch was born on the US Naval Base, Subic Bay in the Philippines, on 17 February 1962, of Scotch-Irish and Cherokee (father), and Hawaiian, Chinese, and Spanish (mother) heritage. He is an actor and director, perhaps best known for his role as Ritchie Valens in the movie called “La Bamba”. Besides this nomination, he was also presented by Tony Award nomination for his portrayal in “The King and I” . He is also known as an actor who has appeared in movies like “Courage Under Fire” , “Che” , and “Love Takes Wing”

So just how rich is Louis Diamond ? Sources have estimated that Louis has a net worth of $5 million, and undoubtedly this actor’s career has been the main sources which has contributed a huge amount to his net worth.

Lou Diamond Phillips Net Worth $5 Million

Though he was born in Philippines, Lou actually grew up in Texas. He took his stepfather’s surname after he was adopted by his widowed mother’s second husband. He attended Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, after which he had an opportunity to study at Yale University but choose the University of Texas, from where he graduated with a Bachelors degree in drama. Even though he lived in a small town, Louis had a passion for acting from an early age. At the same time as he was studying, he was also a member of a drama club and some comedy troupes. He waited for and was ready to catch any chance or opportunity which could give him an opportunity to leave his home town.

Lou Diamond started his acting career starring in the film called” Trespasses”, after which followed perhaps his most beloved performance in the movie “La Bamba”, in 1987, a role which gained him popularity around the world. In 1988 Lou starred in “Stand and Deliver”, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supportng Actor.

Concurrently with his acting career, in the 1990s Lou Diamond was a vocalist with the group “The Pipefitters”, largely on a casual basis.

Later Phillips’ returned to acting career with a role in “Courage Under Fire”, along with such actors as Denzel Washington, Meg Ryan, Lou Diamond Phillips and Matt Damon. “King and I” was the other movie released in 1996, in Louis had a role and for which he was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. Then in 1998 he appeared in the movie, called “The Big Hit” with the role as “Cisco”. Overall, Lou has appeared in well over 100 movies on the big screen, TV films and series, confirming his versatility and demand for his services from a string of directors.

However, no one was surprised when in 2001 Louis stepped across to a totally different sphere and appeared in television’s popular TV action drama “24”.

Speaking about Lou Diamond Phillips’ personal life, it has been rather dynamic. In 1987 he married Julie Cypher, but they divorced in 1990, after his wife announced publically that she was lesbian.

He was later engaged to Jennifer Tilly, but they never married. Model Kelly Phillips(1994-2007) was his second wife with whom he has three daughters. In 2004 he met artist Yvonne Boismier, and they married in 2007; they have one daughter.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La Bamba1987Ritchie Valens
Miami Vice1987TV SeriesDetective Bobby Diaz
Trespasses1986The Drifters (as Lou Diamond)
Dallas1985TV SeriesSidewalk Thug
Interface1985Punk 1
Time Bomb1984TV MovieTerrorist (uncredited)
Created Equal2017post-productionMonsignor Renzulli
Cop and a Half 22017TV Movie post-productionDetective Simmons
6 Rounds of Chloë2017pre-productionJack
Loca2017post-productionCasper
Tao of Surfingpost-productionMick
The Last TraincompletedGunner
Quest2017Gus
Longmire2012-2016TV SeriesHenry Standing Bear
The Night Stalker2016Richard Ramirez
The Crossroads of History2016TV SeriesTaino Chief
Elena of Avalor2016TV SeriesVictor Delgado
Blindspot2015TV SeriesSaúl Guerrero
Sky2015Trucker Duane
The 332015Don Lucho
Another Period2015TV SeriesLagundo
Pariah2015TV MovieWade
The Wisdom to Know the Difference2014Carlos
Sequoia2014/IColin
Sanitarium2013James Silo (segment "Up to the Last Man")
Ironside2013TV SeriesStuart White
Lucy in the Sky with Diamond2012ShortLDP
Southland2012TV SeriesOfficer Danny Ferguson
The Aquabats! Super Show!2012TV SeriesThe Spirit of the Sun
Filly Brown2012Jose Tonorio
Criminal Behavior2011TV MovieLt. Henry Enriquez
Happily Divorced2011TV SeriesDavid
Metal Tornado2011TV MovieMichael Edwards
SGU Stargate Universe2009-2011TV SeriesColonel David Telford
Chuck2011TV SeriesGaez
The Invited2010Garrett
American Dad!2010TV SeriesRusty
Transparency2010/IDavid
Numb3rs2005-2010TV SeriesAgent Ian Edgerton
Angel and the Bad Man2009TV MovieQuirt Evans
Carny2009TV MovieAtlas
Love Takes Wing2009TV MovieRay Russell
The Beast2009TV SeriesCapone
Che: Part Two2008Mario Monje
Lone Rider2008TV MovieBobby Hattaway
Never Forget2008Frank Hill
Death Toll2008Mayor Padial
Backyards & Bullets2007TV Movie
Psych2007TV SeriesSpecial Agent Lars Ewing
Termination Point2007TV MovieDr. Daniel Winter
Striking Range2006Eugene "Vash" Vasher
Fingerprints2006Doug
El Cortez2006Manny DeSilva
Aquaman2006TV ShortTom Curry
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2006TV SeriesVictor Paul Gitano
Laws of Chance2006TV Series
The Triangle2005TV Mini-SeriesMeeno Paloma
Sci Fi Inside: 'The Triangle'2005TV MovieMeeno Paloma
X-Men Legends II: Rise of Apocalypse2005Video GameForge (voice)
Alien Express2005TV MovieVic Holden
Jack & Bobby2005TV SeriesJuan Roberto Alba
Murder at the Presidio2005TV MovieCWO James Chandler
Gone But Not Forgotten2005TV MovieAlan Page
X-Men Legends2004Video GameForge (voice)
The Trail to Hope Rose2004TV MovieKeenan Deerfield
George Lopez2003TV SeriesGeorge Lopez
The Handler2003TV SeriesAndy Torres
Red Water2003TV MovieJohn Sanders
Hollywood Homicide2003Wanda
Absolon2003Agent Walters
Kids' Ten Commandments: A Life and Seth Situation2003Video shortNatha (voice)
Storyline Online2003TV Series
The Twilight Zone2002TV SeriesRitchie Almares
Resurrection Blvd.2002TV SeriesHarry Tran
Stark Raving Mad2002Gregory
Malevolent2002Jack Lucas
Wolf Lake2001-2002TV SeriesJohn Kanin / Noah Cassidy
242002TV SeriesMark DeSalvo
Lone Hero2002Bart
Route 6662001Jack La Roca
Night Visions2001TV SeriesTom Fallor (segment "Dead Air")
Arli$$2001TV Series
Hangman2001TV MovieDetective Nick Roos
Knight Club2001Dirk Gueron
A Better Way to Die2000William Dexter
Picking Up the Pieces2000Officer Alfonso
Supernova2000/IYerzy Penalosa
Bats1999Sheriff Emmett Kimsey
In a Class of His Own1999TV MovieRicardo 'Rich' Donato
Brokedown Palace1999Roy Knox
The Adversaries1998TV Movie
Spin City1998TV SeriesNate
The Big Hit1998Cisco
Adventures from the Book of Virtues1998TV SeriesMartín
Another Day in Paradise1998Jewels (uncredited)
The Outer Limits1998TV SeriesCaptain Cotter McCoy
Happily Ever After: Fairy Tales for Every Child1997TV SeriesCoatl
Courage Under Fire1996Monfriez
Undertow1996TV MovieJack Ketchum
The Wharf Rat1995TV MoviePetey Martin
Hourglass1995Video uncredited
Override1994TV ShortCal
Boulevard1994Hassan
Sioux City1994Jesse Rainfeather Goldman
Teresa's Tattoo1994Wheeler
Dangerous Touch1994Mick Burroughs
The Untold West1993TV SeriesNarrator
Tales from the Crypt1993TV SeriesJerry
Wind in the Wire1993TV Movie
Extreme Justice1993Jeff Powers
Shadow of the Wolf1992Agaguk
The Dark Wind1991Officer Jim Chee
Ambition1991/IMitchell Osgood
Harley1991Harley
The General Motors Playwrights Theater1991TV SeriesClash
Young Guns II1990'Jose' Chavez y Chavez
Demon Wind1990Demon (as Louis Gem Phips)
A Show of Force1990Jesus Fuentes
The First Power1990Russell Logan
Arduous Moon1990ShortBob
Renegades1989Hank Storm
Disorganized Crime1989Ray Forgy
Michael Jackson: Liberian Girl1989Video shortLou Diamond Phillips (uncredited)
Dakota1988John Dakota
Young Guns1988'Jose' Chavez y Chavez
Stand and Deliver1988Angel Guzman
The Three Kings1987TV MovieTag

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Carny2009TV Movie lyrics: "Pray for Dawn" / performer: "Pray for Dawn"
Love Takes Wing2009TV Movie lyrics: "Like A Child"
Malevolent2002lyrics: "Pray For Dawn"
Lone Hero2002performer: "Streets Of Laredo"
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV Special performer: "Shall We Dance?"
Sioux City1994performer: "Find Your Way Home" / writer: "Cry of the Wounded Eagle", "Find Your Way Home"
Dangerous Touch1994lyrics: "WHEN YOU WANT ME"

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Tao of Surfingpost-production
Love Takes Wing2009TV Movie
The Twilight Zone2003TV Series 1 episode
Resurrection Blvd.2002TV Series 1 episode
The Outer Limits1999TV Series 1 episode
Sioux City1994
Dangerous Touch1994

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dangerous Touch1994
Ambition1991/I
Trespasses1986screenplay - as Lou Diamond

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dakota1988associate producer

Stunts

Stunts

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Disorganized Crime1989stunts - uncredited

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Amado M. Peña, Jr: From Culture to Canvas2012Documentary very special thanks
Recovered: Journeys Through the Autism Spectrum and Back2008Video documentary thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Access Hollywood Live2016TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Today Live2016TV SeriesHimself
Live with Kelly and Michael2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Talking Dead2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Soup2013-2015TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Tavis Smiley2015TV SeriesHimself
Made in Hollywood2015TV SeriesHimself
Conan2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2015TV SeriesHimself
Hell's Kitchen2014TV SeriesHimself - Restaurant Patron
The Insider2014TV SeriesHimself - Friend of Elizabeth Pena
Daily Ukulele2014TV Series shortMafioso
Hollywood In & About2014TV SeriesHimself
Chopped2014TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Q N' A with Mikki and Shay2014TV SeriesHimself
Homeward Bound Telethon2013TV MovieHimself
2013 ALMA Awards2013TV SpecialHimself
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
Cougar Town2011-2013TV SeriesHimself
Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off2012-2013TV SeriesHimself - Team Rachael / Himself - Guest Judge
Amado M. Peña, Jr: From Culture to Canvas2012DocumentaryHimself
Chow Ciao! With Fabio Viviani2012TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Uncensored with Sam Rubin2012TV SeriesHimself
Forgotten Soldiers2012DocumentaryNarrator
Rachael Ray2011TV SeriesHimself
Celebrity Close Calls2011TV SeriesHimself
Starf*ckers2011TV Series shortHimself
An Officer and a Movie2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Unscripted2011TV SeriesHimself
The 12th Annual Leo Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Chatting with the Cast: Shooting on the Destiny2010Video shortHimself
Lou Diamond Phillips2010Video shortHimself
2009 World Series of Poker2009TV SeriesHimself
I'm a Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!2009TV SeriesHimself
Iron Chef America: The Series2008TV SeriesHimself - ICA Judge
On Set of Fingerprints2008Video documentary shortHimself
2007 AZN Asian Excellence Awards2007TV SpecialHimself
WWE Raw2007TV SeriesHimself
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Cheers: America's Most Inspiring Movies2006TV Movie documentaryHimself
2006 Asian Excellence Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Film Trix2005Himself
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself
Ballbreakers2005TV SeriesHimself
Stunt C*cks2004ShortHimself
World Poker Tour2004TV SeriesHimself
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
Grandpa's Place2004Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn1999-2003TV SeriesHimself
An Untold Triumph: America's Filipino Soldiers2002DocumentaryNarrator
Naked Movie2002Himself
6th Annual Prism Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
'Bats' Abound1999Video documentary shortHimself
Crucible of Empire: The Spanish American War1999TV Movie documentaryEmilio Aguinaldo (voice)
The Martin Short Show1999TV SeriesHimself
Behind the Music1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998TV SeriesHimself
Howard Stern1994-1998TV SeriesHimself
MADtv1998TV SeriesHimself
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1996-1998TV SeriesHimself
Michael Jackson: HIStory on Film - Volume II1997Video documentaryHimself (segment "Liberian Girl")
Big Guns Talk: The Story of the Western1997TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 42nd Annual Drama Desk Awards1997TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Trial of Adolf Eichmann1997TV Movie documentaryAbba Kovner (voice)
Smoke Alarm: The Unfiltered Truth About Cigarettes1996TV Short documentaryCamel (voice)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1996TV SeriesHimself
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade1996TV MovieHimself
The 50th Annual Tony Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards1995TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 1994 Annual Diversity Awards1994TV SpecialHimself
Willie Nelson: The Big Six-01993TV Special documentaryHimself
Rock the Vote1993TV MovieHimself
The Panama Deception1992DocumentaryEnglish Voice-over (voice)
In a New Light: A Call to Action in the War Against AIDS1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
What About Me? I'm Only 3!1992TV MovieHimself
Travis1991Himself
One on One with John Tesh1991TV SeriesHimself
Big Bird's Birthday or Let Me Eat Cake1991TV MovieHimself
America This Morning1990TV SeriesHimself
Good Morning America1990TV SeriesHimself
The Arsenio Hall Show1990TV SeriesHimself
The 1989 Annual MTV Video Music Awards1989TV SpecialHimself
The 46th Annual Golden Globe Awards1989TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
An All Star Celebration: Vote '881988TV MovieHimself
The 45th Annual Golden Globe Awards1988TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Actress / Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
The Wil Shriner Show1987TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Latin Explosion: A New America2015TV Movie documentaryHimself - Actor / Musician
The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien2009TV SeriesHimself
Hollywood Singing & Dancing: A Musical History - 1980s, 1990s and 2000s2009Video documentaryHimself
One for the Money: The Birth of Rock N' Roll2006Video documentaryHimself - Actor
La tierra de las 1000 músicas2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Celebrities Uncensored2003TV SeriesHimself
Biography1999TV Series documentaryRay Forgy
Spin City1999TV SeriesNate
Intimate Portrait1999TV Series documentaryHimself

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013ALMA AwardALMA AwardsSpecial Achievement in FilmFilly Brown (2012)· Edward James Olmos
· Michael D. Olmos
· Gina Rodriguez
2012Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Actor/Feature FilmFilly Brown (2012)
1997Blockbuster Entertainment AwardBlockbuster Entertainment AwardsFavorite Supporting Actor - Adventure/DramaCourage Under Fire (1996)
1997Lone Star Film & Television AwardLone Star Film & Television AwardsBest Supporting ActorCourage Under Fire (1996)
1989Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Supporting MaleStand and Deliver (1988)
1989Bronze WranglerWestern Heritage AwardsTheatrical Motion PictureYoung Guns (1988)· John Fusco (producer)
· Christopher Cain (producer)
· Charlie Sheen (actor)
· Emilio Estevez (actor)
· Kiefer Sutherland (actor)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama SeriesThe Crossroads of History (2016)
2016Imagen AwardImagen Foundation AwardsBest Supporting Actor - Feature FilmThe 33 (2015)
2013Best Supporting ActorMilano International Film Festival Awards (MIFF Awards)Filly Brown (2012)
1999OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesSpin City (1996)
1989Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureStand and Deliver (1988)

3rd place awards

3rd place awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2016Golden Space Needle AwardSeattle International Film FestivalBest ActorThe Night Stalker (2016)


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#Fact
1Dubbed an "Honorary Latino" by Remezcla, a website targeting Latino Millennials.
2Starring as King Arthur in the national tour of Camelot. [November 2007]
3(June 1996 - ?) Stars as the King on the revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's The King and I
4In May 2011 Phillips accepted the GI Spirit Award from Brandon Millet and Laura Law-Millet, who are founders of the the GI Film Festival. The award is presented to actors embodying "the spirit of an American GI in their creative and philanthropic work." Prior recipients of the award include Gary Sinise, Jon Voight, Karri Turner and Rich Schroder.
5Went to the same college as Ray Corasani, Jonny Cruz, and Kim Matula.
6Met wife, Yvonne, while shooting a Radio Shack commercial in Vancouver, British Columbia.
7Lou and his wife, Yvonne, became the parents of a girl, Indigo Sanara, on October 9, 2007.
8Contributed Native American vocals on the Jon Bon Jovi solo album Young Guns II (1990) soundtrack.
9Was very good friends with the late Brandon Lee.
10Turned down his role in Supernova (2000) a few times before eventually accepting it.
11Loves playing poker and has held games at his Los Angeles home for nearly two decades for his friends and others.
12He was once engaged to Jennifer Tilly.
13He started acting in theater at the Stage West in Fort Worth, Texas.
14Good friends with Kiefer Sutherland.
15Enjoys doing theater.
16Worked at Whataburger as a teen, becoming a shift leader during his term of employment.
17Grew up in Corpus Christi, Texas
18Was nominated for Broadway's 1996 Tony Award as Best Actor (Musical) for playing one of the title roles, the King, in a revival of "The King and I."
19Has 3 daughters with second wife Kelly Phillips: twins Grace and Isabella (born 5 October 1997) and Lili Jordan (born 26 September 1999).
20Graduated from Flour Bluff High School in Corpus Christi, Texas.
21Graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a BFA in Drama
22Lou's father, Gerald Amon Upchurch, was an American, from Georgia, and had English and Scots-Irish ancestry. Lou's mother, Lucita Umayam Araña, was Filipino, from Candelaria.
23First wife, Julie Cypher, partnered with Melissa Etheridge.
24Was seriously considered for the role of Agent John Dogget on The X-Files (1993).
25Is 1/8 Cherokee.
26Named by his father for highly decorated Gunnery Sergeant Leland "Lou" Diamond, USMC, who enlisted in the Marines at age 27 in 1917, and saw action in both world wars. To this day "Lou" Diamond is considered one of the finest Marines of all time, and is known as "Mr. Leatherneck".
27He plays with the group, "The Pipefitters with Lou Diamond Phillips".
28The name Phillips is from his step-father.

#Quote
1[2015] I've been incredibly proud to represent numerous Latino communities throughout my career. Now Chilean, but certainly Mexican-American, Puerto Rican, Cuban, even Bolivian. And it's kind of in the same boat as me representing Native American communities, and as a result I've been adopted into the Cheyenne Nation because of my work as Henry Standing Bear on Longmire. The Lakota Nation adopted me in the early nineties after Young Guns. And I look at it the same way every single time. I try to be specific to the community that I'm representing. I don't just go in and paint it all with the same brush, and I also try to do it with respect and with dignity, because I'm representing a culture to the world. And I feel incredibly fortunate that my ambiguous ethnicity allows me to do that, and to morph into whatever character that I'm representing.
2(2012, on Disorganized Crime) That was a lot of fun. I actually got the offer when we were doing Young Guns, and it was the beginning of the time in my career when I suddenly didn't have to audition for things. They were just kind of coming my way. My agent got the call from Disney giving me the offer, and somehow we knew that Emilio (Estevez) had just passed on the project. Emilio was a new friend at the time, and I remember being very aware of not wanting to step on any toes, so before I said "yes" to that, I read the script, liked it, and then I went to Emilio and said, "You just passed on this. Is it cool if I take it?" And he was like, "Yeah, absolutely. I passed because I didn't want to do it." He'd had a relationship with Disney prior to that because of the Stakeout films, so he had the offer first. I don't know, they might've just been going down the Young Guns cast list... We had these five little cabins right on this trout farm in Montana, in the Bitterroot Valley in Hamilton, and there were only four restaurants in town. So we formed something called the Hamilton Dining Club. It was William Russ, Rubén Blades, Fred Gwynne, and myself. We'd dine together practically every evening and just rotate the restaurants. Unfortunately, two of them weren't so good. So we worked our way down the menu on a couple of them. What was sad was that Corbin Bernsen, because his character was separated from us and we were trying to find him for the entire movie, we never got to work together. Whenever we were off, Corbin had to go to work, and vice versa. So I didn't get to spend much time with him at all. And ditto with Ed O'Neil and Daniel Roebuck. But I absolutely loved that entire ensemble, and a lot of us have stayed close over the years.
3(2012) Cisco in The Big Hit is one of my favorite characters of my entire career. I absolutely love that character. It's so over the top, and Kirk Wong, the director, gave me ridiculous license with that role. He would let me adlib, and he would let me just do crazy things, and he would come running out from behind the monitor going, "Too much, too much! Come back!"... How I got that part was, I was on Broadway doing The King And I, and Kirk Wong and Terence Chang, a producer who's John Woo's partner, came to see me in that. And then we took a meeting, and I read and auditioned for that, because it was a comedy, and it seems like anytime a comedy comes up, people just assume that I'm not funny. But since he was the bad guy, they told me later that nobody made him funny. Everybody was playing him so straight that he wasn't funny. And they were looking for broad. They were looking for big. And after seeing me onstage in The King And I, they knew I could go big.
4(2012, on Aquaman) I can't even speak to that very much, because I've never seen it. Everything pointed to the fact that that project should've been a slam-dunk. It was from the creators of Smallville. The CW was going to rebrand and launch their new network, and it just seemed to be such a great calling card to have a big, slick project like that. So to me, it was a no-brainer. We had filmed the pilot in Miami, and it went beautifully. And I'm literally waiting for a call to go to the upfronts, and not until the day before do we get the call saying, "Well, we're not going to pick it up." And it was devastating to me. I had real high hopes for the project. And when something like that happens, I don't even bother to watch it, because it's just too painful. It's like, "My God, what could've been..." And it ended up being literally the number-one download for two weeks once it became available on iTunes, so I was like, "Do you see? It would've had an audience. It would've been a hit." But they blinked and were afraid to pull the trigger. So it's just one of those things that I chalk up to... it's one of the reasons why I'll never understand the industry.
5(2012, on filming Che) I'd love to say that it was a magical experience being in Madrid, but it wasn't. I only got a couple of hours sleep every night, because I was up drilling, drilling, drilling. And I have to say that the vocal coach was just an angel, because he'd sit there with me, and we go over and over it. Same thing with being on set. So it was a constant chore for me, but ultimately I'm just really, really proud to have been a part of that, and in my opinion-because it was such a long film and because it was in a foreign language-I think it was a bit overlooked. I really feel Benicio (Del Toro) deserved an Oscar nomination, at least. He won Best Actor in Cannes, but I think the film was under-seen here.
6Just before Courage Under Fire I made a decision to start going after quote unquote bigger roles. I think Hollywood got to a place where they thought they knew what to expect from me. I thought that maybe a few things would come to me. Well, they didn't. I said "fine" from now on I'm going to identify what's out there; I don't care if it's written for a blonde haired blue eyed guy. If they'll let me in the door, I'm going to take a shot at it and show people what I can do. I'd never done comedy. I'd rarely done romance. Courage Under Fire, The King And I and The Big Hit, all of this was an effort on my part to expand the perception of my range. The range has always been there.
7The Gypsy in me still loves going on location; loves meeting new people; loves the three month, "I'm in summer camp" kind of thing.
8[on filming The Triangle (2005) in South Africa] I filmed Red Water (2003) in Cape Town, South Africa, so I had a number of local haunts that I'd been to before, and I really, really just love that city and the people are so polite and so wonderful. Not only that, it was a real treat for me, because since I was there for such a long period of time, my three daughters were able to come down and spend 10 days there. So my time off was very welcome because it was like a paid vacation for me. I was able to take the girls on safari, shark cage diving and to the top of Table Mountain. It was an amazing tourist trip while on the clock.
9[on being a working actor] I play poker with some guys, like [Charles Durning], and they say, "Are ya working?" They ask that - and they don't care what it is - you're just fortunate to be a working actor in Hollywood. With every new job I get, I feel the same way. I have that same excitement. I have that same gratitude for being asked to the dance.
10[on selecting roles] There's very few things that I'll turn my nose up at, because some of my biggest successes have been ones totally out of left field. Stand and Deliver (1988) was a tiny little film made for less than $1 million. If I can find something in the script or the character, or even in the cast, that I go, "All right, this is worth doing", then I'll do it. Unfortunately, there was a time in my career when I felt responsible for how a film came out, and I'm just now starting to grasp the concept that there's only so much you can do. You can only show up and do the best work that you can do, be responsible for your character, and be as giving and supportive of the cast and the crew as you can. But when all is said and done, did they have enough money to make the movie? Did the director have a clear vision of it? And even if it turned out to be not a bad film, is it going to be seen, or is it going to fall between the cracks? There's some little films of mine that didn't see the light of day, and yet I still think they were good movies. I think there's this philosophy in Hollywood that if it doesn't make $100 million, it's not a success. And unfortunately, there's quite a few $100-million films that just aren't that good.
11[on his success] I felt I was the luckiest guy in the world when I landed La Bamba (1987), and I still feel the same way. I feel fortunate to be employed in the film business, and still be standing. There's a lot of guys that were around when I made "La Bamba" who aren't as fortunate - and it's not a matter of talent or hard work, it's just the breaks sometimes, you know? I've been fortunate that the right film has come along for me every couple of years. I've been lucky, I think.
12[on working with Harrison Ford] I've got to say, Harrison is probably the most relaxed actor I've worked with in my life. He's truly amazing. They say "Action!"--boom! There's Harrison Ford. I was doing a scene, I'm sitting across a table from him, and between takes I kind of looked over, and I had one of those moments where the hair stood up on the back of my neck and I went, "Oh my God, that's Harrison Ford!" When you're working, you don't really think about those things, but I just had one of those starstruck moments where it's just like, "Look where I'm at".
13[on getting his part in 24 (2001)] That was a funny situation, because Kiefer [Kiefer Sutherland] and I are still very tight. We've done something like five projects together over the years, and we see each other socially every so often since Young Guns (1988). We got the call from the people at "24", saying, "Listen, we don't have a script yet, but the episodes are going to revolve around Kiefer, Dennis Hopper and a role that we'd like you to do". That's really all I needed to hear. So I made one phone call -- to Kiefer's cell phone on the set -- and said, "Listen, man, they want me to come on the show. Is that cool with you?" And he said, "Yeah, c'mon, let's go!"
14The only power an actor has is the ability to say, "No".


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