Quotes by: Edward James Olmos
|Edward James Olmos
Olmos at 2013 Miami International Film Festival premiere of Filly Brown
||Edward Huizar Olmos
February 24, 1947
Los Angeles, California, United States
||Los Angeles, California, U.S.
||Kaija Keel (m. 1971–92)
Lorraine Bracco (m. 1994–2002)
Lymari Nadal (m. 2002)
Right now, the Anglo people are desperately trying to hold on to the United States, like they tried to hold on to Africa.
You know, Hillary Clinton gives of herself. Princess Diana gave of herself. But they are not saints.
There are nuclear weapons in China, Iran, Korea and Pakistan. It wouldn't take much to send a couple of warheads off on this planet somewhere that would cause a lot of environmental damage, then if you have got someone who wants to retaliate you have real problems.
Had I done the movies that were offered to me in my prime, at the height of my career, I would have been alongside the likes of Denzel Washington. But, I chose not to do those movies.
Basically, I think that there are some characters that you can just allow the truth of your character as a human being in your real life to come through.
A saint is a person who gives of themself without asking for anything in return. That's how simple it is to be a saint. Try it! Try being a saint.
There is no way that we know what is going on between the African American and the Asian American. We don't understand what an Indigenous American is. We don't understand what a Latino American is.
'Stand and Deliver' has been the most successful thing I have done in my life. So many people have seen it. There was really no need for me to do anything else.
Education is the key. But it's the kind of education that we teach that is the key. We don't have it.
I think in Vice and American Me I played very silent, rigid characters and people remember them.
Now I also discipline myself to do things I love to do when I don't want to do them.
Yeah, the New York Times is very intellectual and very, very prestigious, but it doesn't reach the market that People magazine does.
And I've been acting for 39 years, so I define characters differently than I did in say Miami Vice.
We don't have as much prejudice as we did 40 years ago, but today it is more educated.
Our inability to relate to one another is very, very, very important. When we don't have it, we get situations like Bosnia.
You get more churches burned down in the United States in the last two years than in the last hundred, because of the lack of understanding of culture and diversity and the beauty of it.