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“I’m someone who remains faithful to my dreams. I just need my books and I can get by.”

“For me, working on film is everything – music, literature, photography. It is all my hobbies put together and I love it.”

“I’m not saying I’m a writer, but I’ve been in movies for a long time, and I think I could write a script for a movie. Writing and directing. I’d like to tell a story from the way I look at life because sometimes I think, well, I just saw that, and I see somebody else seeing it, so I think there are people out there who can see the same colors as I see. I’d like to tell a story that way.”

“I prefer to apologize than to ask for permission.”

“Before I was ever in high school, I had dark circles under my eyes. The rumor was I was a junkie. I have dark circles under my eyes, deal with it.”

“As a last meal, I’d like to have Cuchifritos, a stew that people cook in my homeland Puerto Rico. It’s made with black pudding, pork skin, pork feet and pork meat. And for dessert I would like a portion of Arroz con dulce, a sweet rice pudding, the way my grandmother always used to make it, with lots and lots of coconut milk.”

“My career went into the hole after Las Vegas parano (1998). People might have seen what they saw on screen and subconsciously, people in the business might have taken what they saw literally. I think people thought, ‘He got fat. He got weird. His mumbling increased tenfold.’ I was trying to do an interpretation of a masterpiece of a book, and that’s what the character was – an animal!”.

“I like anything that’s three-dimensional, anything I can believe in -even if it’s fantastic, surreal or from another planet.”

“I like to keep growing. I haven’t gotten anywhere, as far as I’m concerned.”

“I’d like to do completely different roles – a romantic lead, for example. I’d like to be dressed up in a suit and get the girl at the end of the movie.”

“I see Usual Suspects (1995) as the time where I was, quote unquote, discovered. It took me six, seven years to get to that place. And it was not easy. You’re fighting with people who doubt you and your choice of career. There are a lot of doubts – and you have to stay focused with what you want. I never put a time limit on me being successful or not. I just cared about the work as an actor. But it wasn’t easy because there were a lot of ups and downs. I don’t know if you know much about baseball, but baseball is the game of failure. You deal with failure – strike, strike, strike – all the time. Acting is like that. You have to have a very thick skin in a way – your hair is too dark, you’re too ugly for the part, your audition wasn’t good.”

“I do get more recognized now. If I go to dinner, people look at me more now and whisper. But as an actor I would be no one without the people who come and see me. So it would be ridiculous for it to bother me. It just bothers me when I’m intoxicated.”

“My goal as an actor has always been to reach a level where I can find a lot of interesting work, and I think I’m at that point now. The Oscar has given me a lot of recognition, but I think Traffic (2000) alone would have done a lot for me. It’s the kind of role you die for because a lot of people are going to focus on your work. It gives you a very high profile.”

“I feel very free and that’s all that I’ve ever wanted out of life. Freedom, and maybe a little bit of art thrown in.”

“I used to play basketball and I was pretty competitive, but I was never a bad loser. I never got angry. For me it was always about doing my best and devoting myself to a challenge. Sometimes that will cut it, other times it won’t. But I’m someone who remains faithful to my dreams. That’s how I looked at acting, even though I knew it would be tough going at first. I didn’t think about the money, I’ve always lived simply. I just need my books and I can get by.”

“I like to take things very slowly. When you start to become a movie star it’s easy to believe that you are Superman. That can fool you. That’s why I prefer not to pay much attention to fame. The truth is that I don’t give it much thought. I don’t suffer. I don’t hang my photographs on the wall. Without realizing it, you can enter a vicious circle and think that you really are a superhero. That’s the moment when you get yourself in real trouble.”

“It’s funny, but when I arrived in California to start college I was much more interested in becoming a surfer and cruise along in life from one beach to the next. I didn’t plan out any huge career for myself. Now that I see that I have this career and it’s worked out for me, it still feels like I’m surfing, only that it’s on a different level. I feel very free and that’s all that I’ve ever wanted out of life.”

“Maybe the thing I like the most when I meet someone—man or a woman—is their ability to see that everyone is different. The ability to see that you can be smart in different ways. I hate when they try to pigeonhole everyone. Everything you do has to be this or that.”

“If they have expectations for me to behave some way, or dress some way, or look some way, you know, I couldn’t give a damn about that.”