Harris at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival
|Born||Edward Allen Harris
November 28, 1950
Englewood, New Jersey, United States
|Occupation||Actor, producer, director, screenwriter|
|Spouse(s)||Amy Madigan (m. 1983)|
It's hard to see a film that's been made from a book that you really loved because it's such a different experience.
I made career decisions that came from the part of me who wanted to shun the limelight.
There's always a reaction based on fear. People assume if you're criticizing a decision to go to war, then you're saying something against the soldiers-which is not the case.
If I started worrying about how my constituents are going to react to every move I make, I wouldn't be able to do my job here. I'll do what I think is right and explain it later.
I'm not an activist per se, but I have strong feelings about things. People can jump on celebrities for being ill-informed or naive, but I've got a right to say what I believe.
You get three hours' sleep and then you start all over again. Relentless. Pre-production was almost harder than filming. I was all over the city every day. It was really exhausting.
I listen to National Public Radio, which, to me at least, presents the most rounded view of things.
I've always wanted to work with Paul Newman. I had a couple opportunities in the past, and I didn't take advantage of it, so it was really fun to be working with him.
In the past 10 years, I've looked at life as this Pollock stuff. And now I'm almost in the post Pollock phase.
I had some really dear friends who died from AIDS-one in particular. His family wasn't around and he didn't have many friends. I spent a lot of time with him in his later days.
One of the first things I learned about acting was, the only person you compete against is yourself.
When I decided to direct, never having done that before, is something I'm very proud of.
Seeing what happens when you rip yourself open is what your job is all about.
I have a tight family group that's really important to me. I don't want to work all the time.
I think most people that are looked upon as doing something daring don't necessarily think of it that way-they do what they have to do.
I love this country very much, and I'm proud to live here, but I think our current administration is extreme. These are not merely conservative people, these are extreme right-wing people.
If I'm daring at all, I guess it would be emotionally. I try to keep things interesting for myself and to do things that challenge me.
I was concerned about filling my life up with something important to me. To me, it was just necessary.
You can mostly forget ethnic or religious differences. The competition for a bigger share of the oil proceeds is behind much of the fighting.
Pollock said several times that he couldn't separate himself from his art. Not knowing much about modern art when I began to read about him, I was much more his persona – his struggles as a human being – that was interesting to me.
You look at a guy like Lance Armstrong, and you have to be inspired. I sat next to Kirk Douglas the other day, and he's inspiring for fighting through his stroke.
I chose films made by people I wanted to work with, about subject matter I thought was intriguing.
When Bush first got elected, the very first time there was talk of going to war with Iraq, the mainstream media gave his position total credibility. I didn't get it then, and I don't get it now.