I worked at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco, lived there for three years, and lived in Baltimore for 12 years.
People forget that art is not just a piece of entertainment. It is the place where we collectively declare our values and then act on them. That's one of the most powerful things we have as a community: our culture and our art. And it's the intersection between life and how people deal with life. It
The Wire' really is an American classic, and I think that's something to be very proud of.
I went to Beijing for the Olympics and was literally right across the track from Usain Bolt. And when he gets to full stride, for every two steps the other guy's taking, he's just taking one.
There's no greater honor, as an actor, to be a part of a project that changes lives, and awakens and enlightens and entertains.
The NFL is such a large, multibillion dollar enterprise with fan loyalty because they have provided not only entertainment for sports fans, but memories, good memories, family memories to these fans, that can only bring about good will.
The role of culture is that it's the form through which we as a society reflect on who we are, where we've been, where we hope to be.
'The Wire' really is an American classic, and I think that's something to be very proud of. Wendell Pi
Whenever an actor was going to die, I tried to help them understand not to take it personally. It wasn't about them. It's the story.
Be your true self. Because if you're not, there are consequences to be paid.
Be your true self. Because if you're not, there are consequences to be paid. Wendell Pi
I always wanted to be a journeyman actor. I wanted to be able to do comedy and drama, classical and contemporary. I like to do film and theater. And I pride myself on that diversity of being a journeyman actor.
The real question is, Why do you feel as though that's emasculating? A man can't have a conflict? When you try to do art, it's how it lands on people, and hopefully some people will see it the way that I saw it, which is all of these awful choices come from the place of a man who's damaged.
I understand that we should never lose our right to be offended, so I accept it. But for me it was always a study of human behavior because if we just demonize it, it becomes unreal.
That is the heart and soul of the American dream, homeownership, the idea of being able to buy a house and start to build your family.
The whole idea of jazz came about was the interpretation of the human dialogue, trading fours. When someone's soloing and someone picks up the solo and plays it back at 'em, it was the imitation of the human dialogue. It was how people spoke, through music.
And that's what art is, a form in which people can reflect on who we are as human beings and come to some understanding of this journey we are on.
At Julliard we had some voice classes. It was really just so you could carry a tune. It always just helps with your speaking voice also, when you connect your diaphragm and your breath.
It was really great to also see the response that people were having to 'Treme' 'cause you're in a vacuum when you're on a TV show. You see the response online, you read about it and all of that, but actually to be live and have that many thousands of fans come out, it's really wonderful.
Your actions are not in a vacuum. They impact other people. It may be in a way that's less obvious than in mainstream movies, but it comes to an understanding of who those people are. It also leaves it open to interpretation. And that's what art is, a form in which people can reflect on who we are a
What thoughts are to the individual, art is to the community as a whole. That's where you reflect on who you are, who you hope to be, what you've gone through, and where you hope to go.
Be your true self. Because if you're not, there are consequences to be paid. Wendell Pierc
Stories work, if they have a beginning, middle and end.
Whenever I go someplace I always buy something, collect something, to help me remember the trip. So I guess I collect mementos from my many travels.
The power of a sports team in a community it's almost indescribable.
Culture is the intersection of people and life itself. Its how we deal with life, love, death, birth, disappointment... all of that is expressed in culture.
Culture is the intersection between people and dealing with the journey of life itself. How to deal with life, how a people deals with life is literally manifested in its culture, in its food, in its music, in its art, in the way you dance, the way you communicate.
We don't eat to live, we live to eat because that's a part of the creativity of the day.
One of the richest countries in the history of the world having communities where people have to go over half an hour to get to fresh produce and food is unacceptable.
I played trumpet for about two weeks. Sixth grade. And I didn't practice. Maybe a little longer than two weeks, but I didn't practice and I was faking it.