Quotes

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“‘Odd Jobs’ got more than pushed, it kinda got pushed out or shelved…I don’t really know what’s gonna become of it. But in the interim, Bad Robot has another interesting property called ‘Person of Interest.’ It’s kind of a noir, crime solving thing, or crime prevention thing set in New York City. It’s being done by Jonah Nolan, brother to Christopher Nolan. Because it’s shot in New York City, I thought ‘oh, wouldn’t it be nice to work and live in the same town?’ … I read a really nice pilot script that Adam [Horowitz] and Eddy [Kitsis] from ‘LOST’ had written once upon a time. It’s super cool, but there wasn’t really a part for me in it.”

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“It worries me a little bit the reach and power of TV. More people saw me in “The Practice” (1997) than will ever see me in all the stage plays I ever do. Which is sort of humbling. Or troubling. Or both.”

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“Things that are sparsely played, and have an empty quality to them, I find very appealing.”

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“I’ve been blessed by doing classic plays on Broadway, which was one of my great dreams forever”

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“I’m an actor who has never even succeeded in testing for a pilot and here I find myself involved in a project custom-built for Terry and me! Can’t tell you how thrilling it is to be part of the Bad Robot family and enter into this exciting collaboration with Warner Brothers and NBC! Have we ARRIVED or what?! But best of all will be that day when Terry and I show up on the set of a brand new show, look around, shrug our shoulders and say “Let’s get started!” (on hearing that NBC has picked up he and Terry O’Quinn’s new series)

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“Every day was physically demanding because of repetition. Even if you’re just sitting in a chair and holding your pose, you have to deal with tension in your body. On a rough day, you are running, tackling, fighting and shooting – and that was extremely challenging for me. I wasn’t getting any younger and no matter how careful I was, I would always feel beaten up by the end of the day.” (on working on ABC’s Lost)

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“I think we’re living in the second golden age of television writing. At the moment, television writing is superior to cinematic writing in America on average. I honestly believe that. We’ve got some wonderful shows on television.”

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“I’m completely satisfied with Ben’s adventure. Of course, there are always the “paths not followed” which are tantalizing. It would have been interesting to explore the relationship between Ben and Annie.”

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“When it happened, it was 9/10 surprise and 1/10 intense pain. Then I put my head down on the hood on the car and gently felt to make sure my eyeball hadn’t popped out.” (on being accidentally punched in the eye by Henry Ian Cusick while shooting a scene for ABC’s Lost)

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“I just hope that when he wins, he’ll say something tender about me.” (on if Terry O’Quinn wins the 2010 Emmy for Best Supporting Actor)

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“I feel like I’m living a character actors dream.” (on winning the 2009 Emmy for Best Supporting Actor)

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“We like the idea of telling the truth about guys of a certain age. They drink heavily, have difficult relationships and can’t really run.” (on his and Terry O’Quinn’s new show.)

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“I’ve only had three sets of these clothes through the show’s history,” said Emerson. “I think I have worn the last set for a year or longer. When you take them off they walk across the room on their own power and hang themselves up in the closet. Burning isn’t enough.” (on getting rid of Ben’s dirty shirt once Lost is over.)

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“I spent a whole summer once when I was a kid devouring the Nancy Drew books. I think I knew more at that time about however many there were—the 25 or 30 books that existed at that time—than about anyone on Earth. [Laughs]”

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“That’s like saying which kind of chocolate cake do you like best?” – when asked “are you a Kate or Juliet guy?

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“My mother always told me growing up I had a punchable face. Little did I know she was predicting my television career.”

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