Stories work, if they have a beginning, middle and end.
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.
We always see abhorrent behavior and say why, but then we get mad when somebody tries to answer.
When you're doing comedy on stage, it's great because you have the audience there and they're like another actor in the scene. You feed off of them, laugh. But in film when everyone's quiet, it's all about timing. But the key to that is to be authentic. Be in the moment, and if you play the moment t
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.
Gregory Hines was the most talented man I've ever met or seen. Gregory Hines is one of those people that whenever he talked to you, you felt like you were the center of the universe.
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.
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.
We don't eat to live, we live to eat because that's a part of the creativity of the day.
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.
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.
'The Wire' really is an American classic, and I think that's something to be very proud of. Wendell Pi
One of the real worries I had before the first season of 'Treme' aired was that, man, people in New Orleans really hold movie and television shows up to a high standard in how they depict the city.
The power of a sports team in a community it's almost indescribable.
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.
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.
Be your true self. Because if you're not, there are consequences to be paid.
A lot of cats in New Orleans, very soulful, very soulful musicians and they assume that they're singers. And they just make that assumption. And so when there's a little intonation problem, people are very forgiving of them because they heard how soulful they play.
There's no greater honor, as an actor, to be a part of a project that changes lives, and awakens and enlightens and entertains.
I come out of journalism, and then book writing. There, it's just you and your editor and maybe a copy desk, looking over your editor's shoulder, and that's the story. It's right there. I can show it to you because it's on paper.
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.
The people of Baltimore are great. I love Baltimore. What I looked forward to, every year, was getting a new apartment in a different part of town and hanging out. People started to see you in the character that you were, so everyone thought I was real police.
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 Wire' really is an American classic, and I think that's something to be very proud of.
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 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.
Our thoughts are to the individual as our art is to the community.
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.
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