by Jack Tewksbury
For forty years the HFPA has recorded interviews with famous and celebrated actors, actresses and filmmakers. The world’s largest collection of its kind — over 10,000 interviews — is now in the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences Library. The audios are fascinating. Below is an excerpt, recorded in 1988 when Richard Gere was promoting Miles From Home, actor Gary Sinise directorial debut, in which he starred alongside Helen Hunt, Penelope Ann Miller and Brian Dennehy.
I consider myself to be at a very dangerous age right now. At thirty-nine, I’m old enough to know there are no rules, but I’m still young enough to have enormous energy. I think I have matured. A lot of fears have fallen away. As you get older, the rules fall away. They are twofold. Those I can be flip about because there are no fathers anymore. Our culture has no fathers, no absolutes in terms of careers or the way we have to live our lives. Those rules, conventions make us smaller. None of them are real.
The real edicts in the universe are obviously the ones that expand our hearts.Those are the only ones to follow. I guess that’s the danger I find myself in now. I don’t care about rules that make me smaller. I’m interested in the principles that make me bigger.
When I started as a young actor I wanted to explore my reality and things around me, make sense of the universe, and be involved in its creative process. That hasn’t changed.
I have never really been influenced by the public’s perception of me. Everyone projects some idea of me. To maintain who I am in the face of all that projection, I have had to be really strong. Of course, it ‘s great when the public likes my work and are touched, but even that’s not necessary. Acting is a tool, a job. I don’t see it as some mystical science. I see it as a way of interfacing with the creative process of the universe. “
|24th September 2012,|