"It's very difficult if you want to do those movies within structures that are based in commercial issues. You can do movies like that if you go in the independent world. In fact, last year for example Slumdog Millionaire is a movie that comes from that world, and it breaks structures because they are more daring. But coming from the studios, it's very difficult to find that. I'm not criticizing the studios; they have to do what they have to do. They're looking for commercial movies, and that's fantastic and it keeps alive the industry and I think that's absolutely fine. But if you want to find those types of risks, you have to go to another structure. I think movies serve many purposes; one can be purely entertainment, another can be a reflection of the human spirit, and another goes in another direction, experimental... many, many different purposes. All of them are good. I am not criticizing specifically one way of making movies; this just is the way it is."
"I hate that cat ("Puss in Boots" from Shrek 2). Ever since he appeared in my life he's more important than me. Now women always say, 'Oh, I love that cat. He's so cute'. Before, it was, 'I loved you in Zorro'. And sometimes you think is she saying that because she has some other intention? But no. They love the cat, and they hate me"."
"When you see actors on the red carpet they seem to know each other but really it's like a wax museum. Los Angeles is probably one of the fakest cities in the world. For me it is a working place."
"If they had offered me James Bond, I probably couldn't have gone to England anymore in my life. James Bond with an accent? That would have been something."
"I don't want anything I don't deserve, (but) if they offer me more money, I'm not stupid."
"To be married in our profession is not an easy thing. There's too many beautiful people around, very interesting people. It's just a matter of really having-being patient and probably having the capacity and the faith of falling in love with your own wife again. That happens to me."
"This lust for beauty is a terrible thing. I've forbidden her from ever going to a cosmetic surgeon again. It is something we have agreed to for the sake of our marriage" Referring to his wife, Melanie Griffith, having more cosmetic surgery.
"Melanie (his wife) is more of a disciplinarian with the little girl than me, probably because it's my first baby. She gets everything easy from Papa. I am more weak. She takes advantage of me."
"I don't believe in careers, I just picture myself always as one of those old actors from the 19th century who go from village to village in their repertoire."