Quotes by: J. K. Simmons

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I'd always had the concern that being in commercials would affect my credibility when I was getting started as a TV and film actor.
J. K. Simmons
My full name's Jonathan Kimble, but my parents didn't want to call me either. So for a while, I went by Kim, which is a name for a girl or a Korean person.
J. K. Simmons
I don't often do a lot of that kind of research, but when it's something specific like 'Oz' - which I fortunately did not have a lot of experience with - I will. I read 'The Hot House,' about being on the inside at Leavenworth prison.
J. K. Simmons
When I go back to New York all these years later, I'll walk down Seventh Avenue, and I'll hear, 'Yo, Oz!' In New York, I get recognized for that all the time.
J. K. Simmons
Everybody does their homework, and we all come together and just knock it out. There are adjustments to make, and if you have actors who are collaborators and who really know how to listen and be in the scene together, than it works out beautifully.
J. K. Simmons
You can't play a guy who's just a snake, because what do you draw on?
J. K. Simmons
My overall quest is always to do something that's somehow different from whatever it is that I just got done doing. If that can include occasionally playing an older guy who has a romantic side and a romantic relationship, than that's a real treat.
J. K. Simmons
If you're doing a prison show, HBO is the absolute best place in the world to be doing that because you're not going to have to do all that, you know, 'Prison Break' stuff where you can't really behave and speak like people do in a maximum-security prison.
J. K. Simmons
I do think you need to understand a character's motivation and perspective.
J. K. Simmons
In lean times, you get plenty of sleep, and you're not flying around everywhere.
J. K. Simmons
My general philosophy of playing bad guys, which I've sort of done, you know, half the time is, you know, very few people who we view as bad guys get out of bed and think, 'What evil, terrible thing am I going to do today?' Most people see their motivations as justified - as, you know, justifying whatever they do.
J. K. Simmons
I read a lot of scripts, and there's a lot of good writing and a lot of OK writing and a lot of crappy writing. And even with the really good writing, it doesn't necessarily speak to me.
J. K. Simmons
Maybe when my kids are grown up, I can go back to Broadway. It would be great someday, I suppose.
J. K. Simmons
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