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Matthew Avery Modine was born on the 22nd March 1959, in Loma Linda, California USA, and is a Golden Globe Award winning actor who is best known for several of his his appearances, in “Birdy” (1984), “Full Metal Jacket” (1987), “Memphis Belle” (1990), “Transporter 2” (2005), “Weeds” (2007), “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012) and “Stranger Things” (2016).

Have you ever wondered how much wealth this honored actor has accumulated so far? How rich Matthew Modine is? According to sources, it is estimated that the total amount of Matthew Modine’s net worth, as of mid-2016, is $10 million, including assets such as a 2.000 sq ft designer house in Los Angeles’ Venice Beach which he bought in 2012 for $2.5 million. All this wealth has been acquired throughout his acting career, which has been active since 1982.

Matthew Modine Net Worth $10 million

Matthew Modine was born the seventh child to Dolores and Mark Alexander Modine, a bookkeeper and a drive-in theaters manager. Matthew is a grandson of pioneer and prospector Ralph Jacobus Fairbanks, and a nephew of Broadway actress Nola Fairbanks. Right after high school, in 1979 Matthew moved to New York City to pursue his interest in art, and an acting career.

However, in the beginning, Matthew worked as a chef in one of Manhattan’s restaurants while studying at Stella Adler’s Conservatory of Acting. Matthew’s small screen debut occurred in 1982, when he appeared in one episode of “ABC Afterschool Specials” TV series. His real debut came just a year later in 1983, when he was cast in the role of Steve in John Sayles’ comedy “Baby It’s You”. His career bloomed rapidly, and in the course of the next several years Matthew had more serious and memorable roles. He began collaborating with some of the greatest directors of the film industry, such as Robert Altman during filming “Streamers” (1983), Alan Parker – “Birdy” (1984), and Stanley Kubrick – “Full Metal Jacket” (1987). All these accomplishments helped Matthew Modine to build a respectable acting career as well as to dramatically increase his overall net worth.

The ability to adapt to a wide range of totally different roles, such as young criminal in “Orphans” (1987), an FBI agent in the 1988 comedy “Married to the Mob”, a pirate in “Cutthroat Island” (1995), millionaire (he doesn’t need to act like one, huh? He is one!) in “Transporter 2” (2005) opposite Jason Statham, as well as Gotham City’s deputy commissioner if Christopher Nolan’s version of Batman – “The Dark Knight Rises” (2012). It is certain that all these engagements positively impacted Matthew Modine’s net worth.

Throughout his acting career now spanning almost 35 years, Matthew Modine has starred in over 50 movies and a dozen TV series. He was nominated for an Emmy Award twice, for his performances in “And the Band Played On” (1993) and “What the Deaf Man Heard” (1997). Besides movies and TV series, Matthew Modine has also been engaged in the theater.

Some of the most recent professional acting activities of Matthew Modine include appearance as a terminally ill billionaire and tech innovator in the 2015 TV series “Proof” as well as Dr. Martin Brenner in 2016 Netflix’s hit TV series “Stranger Things”. Matthew Modine also has a role in the upcoming horror thriller “47 Meters Down”. Doubtlessly, these ventures have helped Matthew Modine to further expand his wealth.

When it comes to his personal life, Matthew Modine has been married since 1980 to Caridad Rivera, with whom he has two children.

Apart from acting, Matthew Modine is an avid environmentalist – he insists on using double-sided scripts in order to save paper, and is also the creator of the Bicycle For a Day campaign. When it comes to the charity causes, Matthew is an advocate of The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research.


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Garden of Eden2008David's Father
Sex and Lies in Sin City2008TV MovieTed Binion
Mia et le Migou2008Mr. Houston / Godfrey (English version, voice)
Cowboy2008/IIShortCowboy
I Think I Thought2008ShortJoe
The Neighbor2007/IJeff
Weeds2007TV SeriesSullivan Groff
A West Texas Children's Story2007Ben's Father
Go Go Tales2007Johnie Ruby
Good Morning Agrestic2007TV Series shortSullivan Groff
From Ballfields to Battlefields: Stories from Iraq2006TV MovieNarrator
The Bedford Diaries2006TV SeriesProfessor Jake Macklin / Professor David Macklin
Kettle of Fish2006Mel
Opa!2005Eric
Mary2005/ITony Childress / Jesus
Transporter 22005Jefferson Billings
Into the West2005TV Mini-SeriesSamson Wheeler
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit2005TV SeriesGordon Rickett
Funky Monkey2004Alec McCall
The Winning Season2004TV MovieHonus Wagner
Hollywood North2003Bobby Myers
Le divorce2003Tellman
Hitler: The Rise of Evil2003TV Mini-SeriesFritz Gerlich
The West Wing2003TV SeriesMarco Arlens
Expert Witness2003TV Movie
Redeemer2002TV MoviePaul Freeman
The Shipment2001Mitch Garrett
In the Shadows2001Eric
Nobody's Baby2001Sonny
Jack and the Beanstalk: The Real Story2001TV SeriesJack Robinson (Johnathan William Duncan Robinson)
Very Mean Men2000Bartender
Flowers for Algernon2000TV MovieCharlie Gordon
Any Given Sunday1999Dr. Ollie Powers
If... Dog... Rabbit1999Johnnie Cooper
Notting Hill1999Movie-Within-Movie Actor (uncredited)
The American1998TV MovieChristopher Newman
American Experience1998TV Series documentaryLawrence Svobida
What the Deaf Man Heard1997TV MovieSammy Ayers
The Real Blonde1997Joe
The Blackout1997Matty
The Maker1997Walter Schmeiss
Cutthroat Island1995Shaw
Fluke1995Thomas P. Johnson / Voice of Fluke
Bye Bye Love1995Dave
Jacob1994TV MovieJacob
The Browning Version1994Frank Hunter
And the Band Played On1993TV MovieDr. Don Francis
Short Cuts1993Dr. Ralph Wyman
The Tree1993/IIShortBoy as middle-aged-man / Boy as old man
Equinox1992Henry Petosa / Freddy Ace
Wind1992/IWill Parker
Pacific Heights1990Drake Goodman
Memphis Belle1990Capt. Dennis Dearborn
Gross Anatomy1989Joe Slovak
Saturday Night Live1988TV SeriesLloyd Bentsen / Various / Himself - Host
Married to the Mob1988Mike Downey
The Gamble1988Francesco Sacredo
American Playhouse1988TV SeriesEugene O'Neill
Orphans1987Treat
Full Metal Jacket1987Pvt. J.T. 'Joker' Davis
Vision Quest1985Louden Swain
Mrs. Soffel1984Jack Biddle
Birdy1984Birdy
The Hotel New Hampshire1984Chip Dove Ernst
Streamers1983Billy
Private School1983Jim
Baby It's You1983Steve
ABC Afterschool Specials1982TV SeriesRandy
My Love Affair with Marriage2019filming voice
Soldado2017/IIfilmingJames Ridley
The Heyday of the Insensitive Bastards2017post-productionTheodore Foster
The Hippopotamuspost-productionMichael Logan
47 Meters Down2017Taylor
Come diventare grandi nonostante i genitori2016Bob
Army of One2016Dr. Ross
Stranger Things2016TV SeriesDr. Martin Brenner
The Confirmation2016Kyle
Proof2015TV SeriesIvan Turing
Merry Xmas2015/IShortAbe
Guests2014ShortTheodore Foster
Altar2014Alec Hamilton
Family Weekend2013Duncan Dungy
CAT. 82013TV Mini-SeriesDr. Michael Ranger
Jobs2013John Sculley
Anatomy of Violence2013TV MovieConvict #3
Punky Dunk Project: Punky Dunk and the Goldfish2012Video GameNarrator (voice)
The Dark Knight Rises2012Foley
Girl in Progress2012Dr. Harford
The Flying House2011ShortBertie
Arrugas2011Juan (English version, voice)
Too Big to Fail2011TV MovieJohn Thain
Jesus Was a Commie2011ShortJohn Doe
Une vie de chat2010Lucas (English version, voice)
The Trial2010Mac
Little Fish, Strange Pond2009Mr. Jack
Santa, the Fascist Years2008ShortNarrator (voice)

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Love Affair with Marriage2019executive producer filming
Revengeance2016executive producer
Super Sex2016Short producer
Last Days of Coney Island2015Short executive producer
The Brainwashing of My Dad2015Documentary producer
Merry Xmas2015/IShort producer
Hyperion2014Short associate producer
Cheatin'2013executive producer
Punky Dunk Project: Punky Dunk and the Goldfish2012Video Game producer
Plastic Jesus2012Short producer
Somebody2012/IIShort producer
The Flying House2011Short executive producer
Sunchasers2011producer
Jesus Was a Commie2011Short executive producer
Matthew Modine's Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App Project2011Short executive producer
The Trial2010producer
Little Fish, Strange Pond2009executive producer
To Kill an American2008Short producer
I Think I Thought2008Short producer
Kettle of Fish2006executive producer
Ecce Pirate1997Short producer
Smoking1994Short producer
When I Was a Boy1993Short producer

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rocking Horsemenannounced
Super Sex2016Short
As Tears Go By2012Video short
Plastic Jesus2012Short
Somebody2012/IIShort
The Winsor McCay Resurrection Project2011Short
Jesus Was a Commie2011Short
Cowboy2008/IIShort
To Kill an American2008Short
I Think I Thought2008Short
If... Dog... Rabbit1999as Matthew Avery Modine
Ecce Pirate1997Short
Smoking1994Short
When I Was a Boy1993Short

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Rocking Horsemenannounced
Super Sex2016Short
Merry Xmas2015/IShort
Plastic Jesus2012Short
Somebody2012/IIShort
The Winsor McCay Resurrection Project2011Short
Jesus Was a Commie2011Short
Cowboy2008/IIShort
To Kill an American2008Short screenplay
I Think I Thought2008Short writer
If... Dog... Rabbit1999as Matthew Avery Modine
Ecce Pirate1997Short
When I Was a Boy1993Short

Cinematographer

Cinematographer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
As Tears Go By2012Video short
Somebody2012/IIShort
The Winsor McCay Resurrection Project2011Short
Ecce Pirate1997Short
Smoking1994Short

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Somebody2012/IIShort camera operator
Ecce Pirate1997Short camera operator
Smoking1994Short camera operator

Casting Director

Casting Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American2008Short
Ecce Pirate1997Short
When I Was a Boy1993Short

Music Department

Music Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American2008Short music supervisor
Ecce Pirate1997Short music supervisor
When I Was a Boy1993Short music supervisor

Art Department

Art Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American2008Short set designer
Smoking1994Short set designer

Art Director

Art Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American2008Short
When I Was a Boy1993Short

Casting Department

Casting Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ecce Pirate1997Short casting
Smoking1994Short casting

Costume Department

Costume Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ecce Pirate1997Short costume supervisor
Smoking1994Short costume supervisor

Editor

Editor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Smoking1994Short
When I Was a Boy1993Short

Production Designer

Production Designer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American2008Short
Smoking1994Short

Set Decorator

Set Decorator

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American2008Short
Ecce Pirate1997Short

Editorial Department

Editorial Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ecce Pirate1997Short post-production coordinator

Production Manager

Production Manager

TitleYearStatusCharacter
To Kill an American2008Short production manager

Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Ecce Pirate1997Short supervising sound editor

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Go Go Tales2007performer: "That's my dog"

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2017TV SpecialHimself
The Talk2015-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today2012-2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Unity2015DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
The Brainwashing of My Dad2015DocumentaryNarrator
2015 NHL Awards2015TV MovieHimself
Kubrick Remembered2014DocumentaryHimself
This Week2014TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Sidewalks Entertainment2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself
The Bracket2013TV SeriesHimself
The Short Films of Matthew Modine2013TV MovieHimself - Host
Full Metal Joker2012DocumentaryHimself
Gazzara2012DocumentaryHimself
Bill Plympton Re-Imagine's Winsor McCay's, 'The Flying House'2012TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Wendy Williams Show2012TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Big Morning Buzz Live2012TV SeriesHimself
Adventures in Plymptoons!2011DocumentaryHimself
Matthew Modine's Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App Project2011ShortHimself
Mulberry St.2010DocumentaryHimself
The 64th Annual Tony Awards2010TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Talk Stoop with Cat Greenleaf2010TV SeriesHimself
PoliWood2009DocumentaryHimself
Veer2009DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Real Time with Bill Maher2008TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Speechless2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Greatest Ever 80s Movies2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 50 Greatest Moments at Madison Square Garden2006TV Series documentaryHimself - Host
Odyssey in Rome2005DocumentaryHimself
The 15th Annual Gotham Awards2005TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Tony Danza Show2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Hollywood Vietnam2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 100 Greatest War Films2005TV Movie documentaryHimself
Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker2005TV SeriesHimself
Sovann komar2004DocumentaryNarrator
Overnight2003DocumentaryHimself
V Graham Norton2003TV SeriesHimself - Guest
World Birth Day2002TV Movie documentaryNarrator (voice)
The Big Breakfast2001TV SeriesHimself
The British Comedy Awards 20012001TV SpecialHimself (award presenter)
So Graham Norton2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998-2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Nature2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Stanley Kubrick: A Life in Pictures2001DocumentaryHimself
Bamboozled2000Himself
The 50th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
Hollywood Aids1998TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Daily Show1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Light Lunch1998TV SeriesHimself
The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
The Directors1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Lo + plus1996-1997TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Corazón, corazón1996TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1992-1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Way West1995TV Movie documentaryVoice
American Cinema1995TV Series documentaryNarrator
The 46th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV
Luck, Trust & Ketchup: Robert Altman in Carver Country1993DocumentaryHimself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Shooting 'Full Metal Jacket'1986DocumentaryHimself
The Making of 'Mrs. Soffel'1984TV Movie documentaryHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself
Saturday Night Live: Presidential Bash 20002000TV SpecialHimself / Lloyd Bentsen
Saturday Night Live: The Best of Phil Hartman1998TV Special documentaryHimself (uncredited)

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2013New Media Film Festival AwardNew Media Film FestivalBest AppMatthew Modine's Full Metal Jacket Diary iPad App Project (2011)· Adam Rackoff
2012Award of MeritAccolade CompetitionShort FilmJesus Was a Commie (2011)· Terence Ziegler
· Adam Rackoff
2011Star of ExcellenceOldenburg Film FestivalWalk of Fame
2011German Independence Award - Special MentionOldenburg Film FestivalBest Short FilmJesus Was a Commie (2011)· Terence Ziegler
1994Special AwardGolden Globes, USAShort Cuts (1993)· Andie MacDowell
· Bruce Davison
· Jack Lemmon
· Zane Cassidy
· Julianne Moore
· Anne Archer
· Fred Ward
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Chris Penn
· Joseph C. Hopkins
· Josette Maccario
· Lili Taylor
· Robert Downey Jr.
· Madeleine Stowe
· Tim Robbins
· Cassie Friel
· Dustin Friel
· Austin Friel
· Lily Tomlin
· Tom Waits
· Frances McDormand
· Peter Gallagher
· Jarrett Lennon
· Annie Ross
· Lori Singer
· Lyle
1993Special Volpi CupVenice Film FestivalShort Cuts (1993)· Andie MacDowell
· Bruce Davison
· Jack Lemmon
· Zane Cassidy
· Julianne Moore
· Anne Archer
· Fred Ward
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Chris Penn
· Joseph C. Hopkins
· Josette Maccario
· Lili Taylor
· Robert Downey Jr.
· Madeleine Stowe
· Tim Robbins
· Cassie Friel
· Dustin Friel
· Austin Friel
· Lily Tomlin
· Tom Waits
· Frances McDormand
· Peter Gallagher
· Jarrett Lennon
· Annie Ross
· Lori Singer
· Lyle
1983Best ActorVenice Film FestivalStreamers (1983)· Guy Boyd
· George Dzundza
· David Alan Grier
· Mitchell Lichtenstein
· Michael Wright

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesStranger Things (2016)· Millie Bobby Brown
· Cara Buono
· Joe Chrest
· Natalia Dyer
· David Harbour
· Charlie Heaton
· Joe Keery
· Gaten Matarazzo
· Caleb McLaughlin
· Rob Morgan
· John Reynolds
· Winona Ryder
· Noah Schnapp
· Mark Steger
· Finn Wolfhard
2016Jury AwardTribeca Film FestivalBest Narrative ShortSuper Sex (2016)
2012New Media Film Festival AwardNew Media Film FestivalFestival AwardJesus Was a Commie (2011)· Terence Ziegler
2012New Media Film Festival AwardNew Media Film FestivalFestival AwardJesus Was a Commie (2011)· Terence Ziegler
2011German Independence Award - Best Short FilmOldenburg Film FestivalJesus Was a Commie (2011)· Terence Ziegler
2008Jury AwardTribeca Film FestivalBest Narrative ShortI Think I Thought (2008)
2001Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for TelevisionFlowers for Algernon (2000)
1998Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionWhat the Deaf Man Heard (1997)
1994Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionAnd the Band Played On (1993)
1994Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a SpecialAnd the Band Played On (1993)
1994Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadEquinox (1992)


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#Fact
1Streamers (1983) co-star David Alan Grier was the godfather of his two children.
2As of 2016, he is the only actor to have worked with both Stanley Kubrick and Christopher Nolan.
3Starred in three movies about the Vietnam War: Streamers (1983), Birdy (1984) and Full Metal Jacket (1987).
4His paternal great-grandfather, Andrew Daniel Andreassan Modine, was Swedish. His other ancestry is English, with some Scottish, German, and Dutch.
5Is a staunch liberal Democrat.
6Is dyslexic.
7Founder of Bicycle For A Day (BFAD) A global initiative bringing together people who choose to ride a bicycle rather than use gas-powered motor vehicles, immediately reducing their carbon footprint.
8Was member of the dramatic jury at the Sundance Film Festival in 1994.
9Nephew of former Broadway star Nola Modine Fairbanks.
10Attended Brigham Young University.
11On a radio interview with Jonathan Ross in late February 2006, he said he was only baptised a Mormon, but the family wasn't very orthodox or 'tight-knit', and only practiced seriously during his very early years.
12Brother of Mark Modine.
13The Montreal-based band "Pony up!" wrote a song about him called "Matthew Modine" because one of the girls used to have a huge crush on him. You can find the song on the band first LP called "Pony up!".
14Studied acting with Stella Adler.
15Loves to paint.
16Is a horticulturist and a carpenter.
17Learning to fly-fish; his teacher is Liam Neeson.
18Is a neighbor of Liam Neeson.
19Does not own a television set.
20Loves the New York Knicks.
21Was originally offered Tom Cruise's role in Top Gun (1986). Turned down the part because he disagreed with the film's cold-war politics.
22Has a son Boman Modine (b. 8 November 1985) and a daughter Ruby Modine (b. 31 July 1990).
23Good friends with Eric Stoltz.

#Quote
1[on Alan Parker] I love Alan Parker because he's like an inventor -- they're ready to close the patent office and he comes along with something new and they have to open it again.
2(1990, on Baby, It's You) Margery Simkin, who was the casting director, was like the director of that movie for me. I read for her. She said, 'That was good. Now could you try it this way?' And it was the first time a casting director ever asked me for adjustments. Then she told me she wanted me to meet Sayles and the producers, Amy Robinson and Griffin Dunne, and they said, 'Great, we're going to use you.' It's still one of my favorites, maybe because it was the first time I'd ever worked on a film, and I must have used every note from every acting class I'd ever had. I was so precise and so specific. I did not make one gesture or movement that did not have a purpose.
3(1990, on filming Pacific Heights) Filmmaking is never easy. It sounds so trivial to say, 'Oh, it was such a wonderful production. We all got along so well.' It sounds like bullshit. And it is. It wasn't an easy shoot. John (Schlesinger) was very sick during the first weeks of production, which put us under tremendous budget and time constraints. He had to play catch-up. And filmmaking has changed. There used to be a comradery in people working together. John is probably the oldest filmmaker I've ever worked with, and he regrets that the industry has changed and become a business, that the production company insists that he deliver the film in a certain number of weeks, and that the film be under a certain number of minutes.
4(1990, on working with director Alan Parker on Birdy) Alan is a very frustrated, very angry artist when he's working. When he's not working he's very sweet and very kind, but once you start filming, its a war. He becomes this little general who knows he doesn't have much time to get the very best from every element of his crew-which I consider an actor to be part of. Everyone bears the brunt of his anger. My feeling is that Alan has to do that in order to be who he is and make the films he does. I mean, Vincent Van Gogh was a mad fool running around chopping his ear off, drinking turpentine, and eating paint, but he produced something that was incredible. I didn't put up with him, I just laughed at him. Don't get me wrong. I don't want a director who's going to say do whatever you want. I want somebody who is going to force me out, because that's when it gets scary and interesting. Maybe that was what Alan was doing with all his ranting and raving.
5(On why he turned down Top Gun) As a kid, I was always taught the Russians were the bad guys, the Chinese would destroy the world... Then early in my career I was at the Berlin film festival and a guy took me to East Berlin. I saw a monument to Russian soldiers who died fighting Germany. The fact Russia was our ally in World War II was not part of my basic education. I met Russian soldiers and they were no different to my brothers who'd served in Vietnam. We shared cigarettes, they gave me pins from their uniforms. When I got home, the Top Gun script was waiting for me and I knew I just couldn't perpetuate the lie.
6(2009 quote) I've been lucky enough to reach that point in my life, at 50, where there are so many tremendous roles that open up. When you're young you get by on charm and looks, and when you're middle aged there are some amazing opportunities that you have. I just hope all this work I've done over the last 30 years has prepared me for it.
7(On working with Robert Altman three times) The thing about working with Bob was, it wasn't just those times working with him on the set, unless you're a schmuck, you become a part of his family. You'll meet with him, have dinner with him, and you became a part of his life. Oftentimes you work with people on a film and then once you've wrapped, you never see them again. Altman chose people that he enjoyed spending time with, and fortunately I was one of those people that became a part of his extended family.
8I studied with Stella Adler. One of the first things that she said was, "If you're going to stand on a stage, be projected on a motion picture screen, or go into people's homes on their television, then you have a responsibility - not just to entertain. They're going to be inspired and touched by the things that you do and the things that you say, and there's a responsibility that comes with that," and that's not one that I take lightly.
9(On his role in Bamboozled) Alec Baldwin was supposed to be doing that part. So Alec didn't show up to do the part, and Spike (Lee) called me up and said, "Would you run down here and help me out?" And it happened. I like Spike. I think Spike's an important filmmaker.
10Go Go Tales, that's the least interesting of the three films I made with Abel. He was trying to do something with comedy. Everything needs to have structure. You have to have needs and desire and everything set up. Go Go Tales is just crazy. It's a crazy movie. Some people really love Go Go Tales. I prefer Mary.
11Mary, I think it's an amazing, gorgeous movie. Talking about somebody who's really searching and digging through their emotional life. I think Mary is one of [Ferrara's] best films. I just love it. We won a prize at the Venice Film Festival. The Pope gave it a blessing like, "This is a really great film about someone questioning their faith." There was a problem with clearance of title, who wrote the script and who didn't write the script. Somebody saying they wrote that script... There isn't one line I spoke in the film that I didn't write, and the things that I didn't write were written by a bunch of old Jewish guys that wrote the Bible. So you wanna take credit for that? Go ahead. But yeah, that was a problem.
12(On Cutthroat Island) I was given a script that was so amazing about a guy and girl that Michael Douglas was going to do. Then Michael Douglas dropped out, and I think there was a tremendous amount of pre-production money that had been spent and everything, and they needed to replace him really quickly. My father was sick, so I said "I can't do this movie." I had to take care of my dad. And they said, "Oh, no. Everything will be fine. We'll help you and get this done and that done." I went to Paris, met Geena Davis and Renny Harlin. I flew back the next day, and I was playing the part, and then I came home. My dad stabilized. He was fine. And then I went off to the island of Malta to make the film, and was given a script. It was unrecognizable from the script that I had said "yes" to. It went from a movie about a guy and a girl to a movie about a girl and a guy. He was just kind of on the boat. I had the part that would have been normally allotted to the female, the heroine. She had like a dude's part. They might as well have put on a strap-on on Geena's character. I mean, I had a blast (making it)once I realized what I was in-you have to make the best of the situation. So I had a great time with Geena Davis, and she's a really good actor. So we had a good time working together. The outcome of the film, that's never in an actor's hands. That's in the hands of the director. I know that we gave them the pieces that were necessary to have cut a bit of something together. You know, the way a film gets cut together, that's the way the cookie crumbles. There's a really good movie there.
13Short Cuts was... That was a very difficult film, because Robert Altman was juggling a lot of balls, a lot of characters, and a lot of things going on. You were a part of a great big puzzle, but the wonderful thing was that you were invited to be a part of that puzzle. The wonderful thing is, if you ask anyone that worked on that film, they would probably say that they were honored to have been invited to that party. That was a good party. Bob's movies were always parties.
14Val Kilmer might be responsible for how I got the part in Full Metal Jacket, because I didn't know anything about it. You had to audition. You had to send a videotape to Stanley Kubrick to audition for the film. That was back when people didn't have cameras and stuff like that. That was a brand-new technology. Clearly Val had auditioned for the film and sent his tape, and he was pissed-off at me and wanted to get into a fight with me, because not only had I done Vision Quest and Mrs. Soffel, which were two films he had maybe auditioned for, but now I was doing Kubrick's film, and he was pissed off and wanted to get into a fight. I told him I wasn't going to apologize, and if he wanted to take it outside, I was happy to do that, and I was in shape from Vision Quest. I would have kicked his ass. So I ran out of the restaurant that we were at in Los Angeles and called my manager and asked if he knew anything about my getting the role in Full Metal Jacket, and he didn't know anything about it. Alan Parker was editing Birdy in London and Vision Quest was a Warner Bros. picture and Stanley Kubrick made his pictures with Warner Bros., so I said "Let's call Warner Bros and get them to send Vision Quest, get Alan Parker to send some footage over to Kubrick in London," and I got the part. So had Val Kilmer not sort of gotten pissed-off and challenged me in a restaurant and been angry at me for getting Full Metal Jacket, I would have never known about it.
15(On filming Full Metal Jacket) It was hard. Stanley Kubrick was, in every sense of the word, an artist. He knew everything there was to know about film production, about cameras, editing, music. He was just extraordinary, his depth of knowledge. He'd clearly read books about acting, but I think he didn't trust emotions. One of the movies he always wanted to make was a film about Napoleon. Emotions were the downfall for Napoleon, in that he was such a strategic, amazing general in the way that his mind functioned, but the frailty of human beings is emotions, and what do actors work with but emotions? Drudging up memories of happiness and sadness. That was the complicated thing about working with Kubrick, was to be a technical actor and a well-oiled machine, and knowing all the aspects of what your character would be doing or what your lines are, but then there was emotion... human emotion. That was always a frustrating thing about working on a film, just the emotional aspect of the film...In every sense, I'm a better person emotionally, mentally. I'm just a better person having gone through that experience of working with Stanley Kubrick.
16(2008 quote) Orphans was right after Full Metal Jacket, and it was so cleansing. It was the Nestea Iced Tea after Full Metal Jacket. It was really tight; it was, I think, 25 or 30 days of shooting. It was a play, so it was a movie about language. It was wonderful working with Albert Finney and Kevin Anderson and Alan J. Pakula, who had directed Klute and All The President's Men and Sophie's Choice. It was just maybe my favorite movie that I've ever worked on.
17(On making Married to the Mob) Married To The Mob, uh. I was still kind of... Emotionally, that's when I started to realize that the experience of working on Full Metal Jacket had taken a rather painful toll on me that I really hadn't recovered from yet. While I was working on the film, I appreciated the opportunity to work with Jonathan Demme, one of the great American directors, and Michelle Pfeiffer, who is a great actor, but also an extraordinary beauty. I just wasn't ready. I didn't realize how emotionally upset I was still from having that experience of working on Full Metal Jacket. I don't think it shows in my performance, but it certainly... I understood what it meant to be in the grip of depression. The people that really truly suffer from depression, it's not something that you can go, like, "Hey! Snap out of it, man. Have a good time." When you are in the grips of depression, there isn't anything. You're inconsolable. There isn't anything anyone can do to help you. It's really, really scary. A scary place to be. I was really suffering with depression when I was working on that film, but it was great to be working on something that was so light and good-natured. Because contrasts are always good, like a yin and a yang thing. That was where I was emotionally in my life, so it was interesting to be working on something that was the opposite. You know, in many ways, it saved my life.
18(On making Gross Anatomy) That was fun. I got to learn all about life and death. The story was about a student going to medical school, and for me, it was about learning about the fragility of life. Life really is very brief. When I was studying to prepare for the film, I went to a gross anatomy lab-a real one. It was at the University Of Southern California, and it was a room filled with 40 cadavers-people who donated their bodies to science for the benefit of these medical students to learn about the human body, the human anatomy. What you realize when you walk into a room of 40 people who are dead is that there's got to be something else. I'm not talking about God. I'm talking about energy, just pure, simple, the energy of life. We can't go from being animate objects to inanimate objects without something kind of... that energy just has to go someplace. It's got to do something. Who knows what it is? Maybe that's the great big collective consciousness. Maybe we go back into that kind of pool of energy. But that was the really valuable thing. You know, it's not talking about actors or what the experience was of working on movies, but if you are to ask me about it today, that's what I learned. I learned a lot about life and death on that movie.
19(On Baby It's You) This was a great opportunity to work with one of America's really interesting independent film directors, John Sayles, who had given so many young actors an opportunity to work when they were struggling to get their foot in the door. Robert Downey Jr., Fisher Stevens, Meg Ryan, Rosanna Arquette, they sort of had the leads. There were all these other people where this was their first film. Their entrée into the world of film. Vincent Spano and Rosanna Arquette and Tracy Pollan, Michael J. Fox's wife. It was just really fun to be working with people that you met in the acting community of New York, everyone that you would meet on auditions. All of a sudden, all of us had jobs on a film.
20(On Streamers) That was a tremendous opportunity to meet a legend, Robert Altman. Just the whole rehearsal process, the casting process, and then going down to Texas to work in his brand-new studio that had been built in Las Colinas. It was a really, really, intense experience. It was a bunch of guys who didn't have their girlfriends or their wives and who all went down, and it was a very drunken... You know... working with Robert Altman. It was a great experience. It was a lot of drinking that went on down in Texas. There was a lot of partying that went on down in Texas. Then we won the prize at the Venice Film Festival. It was an unprecedented award that gave the Best Actor award to the cast. It was an ensemble.
21The Hotel New Hampshire was the first time I played a real scumbag. I was working in Toronto with Mel Gibson and Diane Keaton on a movie called Mrs. Soffel, and I went to see the movie open up there in a theater in Toronto. And I remember the people sitting behind not recognizing me and going, "I hate that guy. What a prick." And I thought "I'm never going to play another bad guy again, because people don't like you." The Hotel New Hampshire was fun because it was Tony Richardson, who had directed Tom Jones, and he in his own way is a legendary filmmaker. I was working with Nastassja Kinski and Jodie Foster, so that was real pleasurable.
22Birdy was the movie that every actor of my generation wanted. The interesting thing about Birdy is that I auditioned for the role of Al Columbato [the part eventually played by Nicolas Cage.] I didn't audition for Birdy. I imagined somebody very, very different playing Birdy. I was up in Toronto working with Mel [Gibson]. We were living together, we were sharing a house together, and Alan Parker called and said, "Congratulations, I want you to be in my film." I was like, "Are you going to change the name of Columbato, or am I going to play an Italian-American?" And he goes, "You're not playing Al. You're playing Birdy." I was like, "What?" I had to get my head around playing Birdy. I never read one line for Birdy, and he cast me as Birdy. Later that day, it was really weird. We were at Mel's house, and it was kind of a weird snowy day, and this big red robin came into the house and crashed into the glass. It was like a scene out of Birdy. I picked up the robin and kind of held it for a minute. It was clearly dead. I held the bird for a little while and stroked it, and in fact, it wasn't dead, and it hopped up on my finger and just sat there. I have a great photo of Mel and I standing there that my wife took. He's laughing and going, "This is a sign! This is a sign! You were meant to play Birdy. Look at this, man." So a wonderful omen. One of my favorite films I've worked on was Birdy.
23Vision Quest was maybe the hardest film I've ever done, because I never wrestled before in my life. I was a struggling actor that wasn't really fast. I was in drama school smoking cigarettes and drinking coffee and trying to like every young actor at a drama school, trying to be James Dean and be posing. So when I met Harold Becker, he said, "Can you do five push-ups?" I was pretty skinny, so I had to get in shape to do Vision Quest, and that was really, really, really hard and a real pleasure to work with that girl Linda Fiorentino. She's a tough New Jersey broad, very much like her role in the film. It was just fun and a very, very, very hard film to make.

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