"I tend to be cynical about a lot of things, but Maya Angelou is somebody that no matter how much I pick her apart, she still has integrity. She was a victim of incest and rape, and she worked as a stripper. And now she’s a literary icon and Nobel Laureate. It goes to show that life is cumulative, and you can’t devalue any type of experience."
I only want to play human beings. I’ve been around for thirty years and there’s been a lot of cartoons, a lot of craziness going on in life, and I’ve just decided to stick with human beings. I’ve been offered a lot of roles, and I guess I would be further along in my career if I had taken them, but I do have to say the respect of my parents, the respect of my children, is of utmost importance to me, and I try to do roles in which I am portraying human beings with certain characteristics rather than cartoons. There’s a big difference between the gay police captain and the police captain who happens to be gay. Because the gay police captain has to be the butt of the joke, whereas the police captain who happens to be gay is a part of the world, he’s an integral part of the world and so it’s much harder to ostracize, to alienate and to basically demean or be contemptuous to someone who’s, in essence, inside the family.