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Anthony Michael Hall, American Actor ( April 14, 1968 - )

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You want to do work that is remembered, you want to be a part of something that's remembered.~Anthony Michael Hall


Work Want You

In the years since I worked with John Hughes, there were many years where I literally had hundred of doors slammed in my face because I wasn't that kid anymore, and I wasn't a character actor, and I wasn't a leading man, and I wasn't whatever Hollywood was looking for.~Anthony Michael Hall


Character Man Looking

Cutting edge, breakthrough, television. That's what we want to do.~Anthony Michael Hall


Television Want Edge

I think that obstacles lead to growth and ultimately, the most learning I've done in my life is between jobs.~Anthony Michael Hall


Life Learning Growth

15 years later, it's all the TV stars with the film deals, whether it's the cast of Friends or That '70s Show now with Ashton and other people doing stuff.~Anthony Michael Hall


Stars Friends People

But on this show, it's a good question because in the 35 shows that we've done now, I've really made a consistent effort to really shadow the directors because in many ways they have to be more prepared than feature directors.~Anthony Michael Hall


Good Shadow Effort

First of all, it was in my contract. I knew I would be directing an episode.~Anthony Michael Hall


Contract First Directing

I mean, before this, I would have said playing Bill Gates, because I'm playing someone obviously who is alive and is the richest man in the world. That was a heavy responsibility.~Anthony Michael Hall


Man Responsibility World

I think in both of those situations, it's important as an actor to learn, despite the success I had as a kid, that it's important to understand what it means to be a small fish in a big pond.~Anthony Michael Hall


Success Small Learn

I think it's even harder because I think as always, Hollywood is sort of glamour central for the world, and the entire world looks to it for not only entertainment, but the whole idea of the youth factor and youth being sold to our culture via young actors and actresses.~Anthony Michael Hall


Culture Youth World

I think my favorite, and Coppola and that whole thing. East coast Italian directors I guess.~Anthony Michael Hall


Think Favorite Italian

I think the obvious answer is I was raised in New York City, so growing up, not only myself but my family, like my father, we would watch a lot of Scorsese films.~Anthony Michael Hall


Family Myself Father

I would say probably Pirates of Silicon Valley just because I'm proud of the work, playing Gates.~Anthony Michael Hall


Work Proud Just Because

It's funny, like 15 years ago when I was a kid doing all the John Hughes movies, I remember Bruce Willis was the only guy who was transitioning from television into film.~Anthony Michael Hall


Funny Remember Television

Like any show, I think some episodes are going to be stronger than others, but I think it's a good show that people enjoy and I hear the reactions too.~Anthony Michael Hall


Good People Enjoy

Movies are just ridiculously expensive.~Anthony Michael Hall


Movies Expensive Just

Obviously with the onset of cable and satellite, there are more opportunities for programming and original programming, so it creates more opportunities for actors and producers and directors and everything.~Anthony Michael Hall


Opportunities Everything

So I think it's fair to say it's even more of a challenge for some of these actors that are coming up, because there's such a pressure to look good, to be sexy and be palatable to people on whatever level.~Anthony Michael Hall


Good Challenge People

That, we encourage, and I think we're doing a pretty good job with the website and also the DVD, like the first season came out and the second season's being prepared now.~Anthony Michael Hall


Good Job Doing

There are people who do De Niro and Walken impersonations.~Anthony Michael Hall


People Who De Niro

There've been many a season where I couldn't get work, and I think that you learn character development and you learn how to really want what you do in life when you can't really do it.~Anthony Michael Hall


Life Work Character

They all matter to me, whether I'm working on a Sam Jackson film for a week or I'm the star of my own TV series - I take it all very seriously, and I have a healthy respect for the work in general, despite the role.~Anthony Michael Hall


Work Respect Week

We don't want to show our hand to the fan base or give up too much too early.~Anthony Michael Hall


Want Early Hand

Well, I've just gotten accustomed to just being in Canada for five and a half months a year.~Anthony Michael Hall


Canada Year Five

Well, I've learned something from Michael Robison just about maximizing your shots. For example, if I'm shooting a scene and someone's driving at the wheel, you could steal an insert in the same shot.~Anthony Michael Hall


Driving You Same

You have film actors doing TV, rap stars doing TV, with everyone kind of crossing the line.~Anthony Michael Hall


Stars Doing You