My dad is a motorcycle guy, not some Hollywood dude.
And yeah, my handicap was down to a 10 when we were at the thick of it. I trained for six or seven months, golfing every day for six hours, seven days a week, with eight trainers. It was intense.
I turned down a scholarship to Yale. The problem with college is that there's a tendency to mistake preparation for productivity. You can prepare all you want, but if you never roll the dice you'll never be successful.
I'm not a strikingly handsome guy, but I'm in movies.
Adversity has a way of introducing a man to himself.
I come from French Cajun Jewish people.
I can't tell you how many hot dogs I've eaten in my life.
You never really meet a human being until you live with them or know them for awhile, so this is my clown and they understand that and so these interviews don't bother them.
I'm an only child, so I'm pretty much a loner.
I like the dark, mysterious, maybe even gothic type girls. They have to have a good personality too! I'm very picky!
I was in a relationship with a girl I loved for three years. Where do you go after three years? Then you've got to start thinking about other things, and I'm too young to think about those things.
I don't have to live this lavish lifestyle.
Respected, I almost want to be revered, that's what I'm chasing.
You can't buy back your respect; you can't buy back your career. You only get one, so I don't want to mess that up.
I drink protein shakes nonstop - three or four a day - and I run a lot, so you get rid of the bad carbs and keep the rest so you have the energy to make it through.
I've spent more on my Dodger tickets that I did on my car.
No, I come for a hippy lifestyle, it's very open; my parents are both hippies.
I have a hard time with free time.
You can't have bank holding companies acting as hedge funds. You can't have them taking a million-dollar pension plan for Joe Schmo the bus driver and treat it with the same risk appetite that you treat George Soros' pocket money. It's fundamentally ridiculous.
Crime is sexy.
If I have enough money to eat I'm good.
Talent is to actors what luck is to card players. It's not really anything; it's just a fictitious word that people have created and labeled things. Talent is like, you know, I never really believed in talent, I believed in drive and determination and preparation, but talent is sort of like luck.
When people ask me about my story, I just go through the positive stuff: the tent-pole moments, the big landmark checkpoints.
Every actor chooses their story at the beginning.
I think penguins are the most human of all the birds, which may be why people love them. They're cute, they stand upright and they look like they're wearing tuxedos.
And if you're a golfer and you watch a golf film and Matt Damon swing, and it's not great, then you're not going to believe in the golf story, you're not going to believe in the rest of the film. That's the whole movie, so if that swing looks like crap, the movie's crap.
I used to dirt bike a lot. I can't do that anymore. Can't eat a whole lot of chocolate anymore, either. I can't be in 'Indiana Jones' and be a fatso!
There's a form of selling out. It's necessary. You have to become edible for people in Texas. You have to become edible for the Christian right, for mass audiences.
I was always raised on cowboy films, and then when I could start making choices about the movies I wanted to watch I found myself wanting to watch gangster films which were slightly more sophisticated than the baseline stuff that was in westerns.
If I had more recreation time I would be able to step back and reflect on how life has changed. But it has been like a constant... boom, boom, boom, boom, boom!
I come from garbage.
It's really easy to fall for someone on-set, but in the end you know, it's a representative and it's not really them.
I've been in fights, but that doesn't make me cool or like a tough guy or more interesting actor, I'm not proud of it.
When golf used to be a rich man's sport, if you were poor you could not step foot on a course.
I understand why marriages break up over golf. I can't even talk about my own handicap because it's too upsetting.
To be an actor, a true actor, you have to be brokenhearted.
At this point I have enough money to live 25 lifetimes. You couldn't spend the money I've accrued now.
Sometimes I feel I'm living a meaningless life, and I get frightened.
I'm a video game fan, and I always thought it would be cool to be able to control a character.
When you look at golf films before us they're all - garbage or satire. A lot of sports films tend to vilify the opposition. Where the opposition becomes this big angry monster, so big you can't beat him.
I didn't know my dad for a long time. My dad was on drugs and my dad was at the VA Hospital, my dad was off in his own world selling drugs or using them or there would be crack heads in the house or whatever it would be.
I would like to be George Clooney diplomatic. I just don't have the wherewithal yet or the inner serenity.
I go to sleep at night, and I feel like I just dreamed the whole day.
My first car, I got it in an auction at my temple. It was an '86 Volvo that I got for 500 bucks, and then wound up throwing $10,000 into the stereo system and put TVs in the foot rests. It was the most ridiculous Volvo you'd ever seen, but I had never had money before and I was out of my mind.
Probably the sexiest woman I know is my mother.
I grew up around a lot of aggressive guys. My parents used to take me to AA meetings when I was very young. So I know aggression, I know insanity.
I think, my generation, it's hard to have hope when you got a $700-trillion derivatives debt to pay and a bubble about to explode and $500 trillion worth of GDP.
I've never been able to learn from other people's mistakes - I'm not that smart - so I usually learn by trial by fire.
My neighborhood was rough, but I live a great life now. I don't fight that much now. I don't look for it anyway, but if someone hits your mother, whether you're a star, an accountant, or an astronaut or anything... I mean it's your mother, so I lost my mind.
But this is a little different. This is the adult acting. This is a different crowd. It's more work and more good work. That's it. People will have their opinion regardless.
Nobody strives to lose.
The comic book world is a tough business.
Latins are into clowns.
My mom is the backbone not just of my family but of many families.
I'm not that smooth.
The best movies are simple.
Old Americana vintage gangster stuff has a fantastical feel; it feels less dirty in a way. It feels like the opera of crime.
They're very, uh, you know, I don't come from the suburbs and a jolly, Disney type of lifestyle. I come from something totally different. And they're cool and bare minimum so it's not always a money issue for me.
The big thing for actors is the level of commitment.
Animation has completely changed, and I've always been a big fan.
I just wish the crowd I was associated with was more passionate about what they were doing and less consumed with the commerce of the art form.
I hated golf when we first started, but a big part of the training process was falling in love with this sport, so I went on tour with the UCLA Team.
I think every young actor in Los Angeles went up for that role. It was between Frankie Muniz and me, and he pulled out, so I got the role.
I think I'm prone to not being a good guy in relationships.
I'd love to go to school and have a normal life, but I don't see any professor at Yale being able to teach me more than Steven Spielberg.
A lot of people like to think that golf is a lazy man's sport. Or it's a rich man's sport, or it's a sport that they can't be involved in.
Now my dad is with me, traveling with me and a big part of this whole thing is I like to mix it up a little bit, you know. Who gets to take their father on a private jet across the country and stay in first class hotels? So we're enjoying it, but I'd stop if it's not possible.
I've had to deal with all different types of situations - positive and negative and extremes of both.
I turned down twelve films last year... Huge money films, but I had no respect for the writer or the work.
Oh, I've been in love with every woman I've ever worked with.
I trained more than anybody ever in a golf film ever made - my swing is pretty hot.
We did this two-week boot camp before we filmed the movie. I got to know everybody in the group and we became friends. We got really tight throughout those two weeks.
Every time you make a movie it's an adventure.
When a gust of wind hits a broken bone, you feel it.
I think the audience is pretty intelligent.
People were going to geometry class and I was swimming through vats of chili on 'Even Stevens.' It was like a dream!
I don't even really know what it is I do for a living - the level of insecurity is very, very high. You're making a lot of money, getting a lot of accolades and positive criticism for something where you don't even know what you're doing.
There's no room for being a visionary in the studio system. It literally cannot exist.
I was the only white kid in my neighborhood for most of my youth even in high school, so reverse racism was just as apparent as racism.
People are still emulating the old fashioned criminal.
Agents are used to the parents pimping. They're not used to the kid pimping.
My family's lineage is five generations of artists who never made it.
I'm just selfish. I have to be for what I do.
Look, you're on the set for six months, with someone who's rooting to be attracted to you, and you're rooting to be attracted to them. I never understood the separation of work and life in that situation. But the time I spent with Megan was our own thing.
Clubs are so lame. Nobody even dances at these clubs. They stand around and get drunk and they schmooze. There is no enjoyment factor.
Hey, I'm a human being also.
If you asked an 18-year-old what they want to do with their life, and the options are 'Transformers' or Lars von Trier, he's probably shipping out for 'Transformers.' If you ask a 26-year-old what he wants to do, 'Transformers' or Lars von Trier, he'd probably pick Lars von Trier. So, my sensibilities are changing as I change.
There's only so far you can take a relationship before you got to get into things that are too serious or over the top.
There's never been a parent in my life.
Literature is an easier way to study acting, because then you can take any kind of spin.
I don't know, I just want to be happy. I could be in a hole somewhere. Or I could completely lose it and be some hippy living in the woods with my dad.
I'm very picky and I'm in a situation where it's a big crossover.
My generation will actually be the first generation that is tamer than the one that came before it, and it will probably be poorer; less fun and less money.
None of my friends were ever as broke as I was.
We're living through the twilight of American economic dominance.
Comics, for me, is being able to sing alone in the shower. I find it freeing. You just pick up a pen and get to it.
I was planning on going to Yale to theater school.
My mom is at my house every day, and she nags me about everything, especially hygiene.
In my parents' generation, rebellion was pop culture. It's not anymore.
I want my audience to know me for my work, not because of who I'm dating or what drugs I'm on or what club I went to.