Out of the Mouths of Babes
The Regular Guy
After I make a movie, just the first or second week they'll bug me. It's a lot worse on the bus with the high-school kids.
People still recognize me, but now instead of a bull's-eye right off the bat they say, "You look so familiar; did you go to this school, or date my little sister?".
Kids at school say things like, "Why don't you come to school in a limosine?" or "Why don't you wear a tuxedo to school?" Even if I had a tuxedo I wouldn't wear it to school. --Duh.
Henry's "Hits and PIts" from 1995. Hits: Historical dramas like "Braveheart" and "Rob Roy". The Pits: Everybody cheering on potential presidential candidates when as soon as they get into office, the supporters will turn into critics. --Whatever, Henry.
I don't think of her as my sister anymore, but I just don't think I could bring myself to look at her nude. I mean, we were kids together.--on Drew Barrymore's "Playboy" spread.
You know how you drink and then feel like you're gonna throw-up, but then you don't. That's the way I feel.--I hear ya Hank. This lovely tid-bit was over heard outside of a live music venue.
I was getting a lot of hassles from the public. Everybody recognized me. I didn't get a hard time from my friends. it was the people I didn't really know, the ones who'd never talked to me before. Carloads of tourists would photograph the family mailbox, and there was weird mail, death threats. I don't think most of them were serious. Some were just from little girls I didn't write back to. --Well, Lone Star, I'm not really a girl (or grrrl) and I'm a far cry from little--so you'd better just watch your back (and your mailbox).
The Sad Sack
My dog was a puppy, and he was fighting and got bitten. He was just a little dog and he died. So, I just think of that. It's harder to laugh than to cry.--on how H.T. was able to conjure up tears for "E.T."
I was relieved when "Jurassic Park" passed "E.T." as box office champ. It wears on the nerves after a while. As a sophomore in high school, I worked in a video store. People'd come in and ask, "When are you going to make another movie?". I felt like a loser. --Lone Star Thomas, you'll always be a winner in my eyes.
I talk with Steven every so often, and he says, "We have to work together again sometime". I'd love to. But it doesn't happen. --Poor Lone Star. He's so tortured.
But in a way he's real. He seems real. I wish they'd have a premiere with E.T. in a long-tailed coat and a hat! They should have an E.T. fan club! Get a picture of E.T. and have a stamp for his signature and write it first in his language and then translate it!
All-time favorite H.T. quote
I never had a grandpa so I made one up, and he was like this world-famous inventor. I would sit in the driveway and just stare and stare, and then I would come in and tell my mom about all these adventures I had had. Grandpa Genius made airplanes and we would go flying all the time. And he kept these giant white ants on chains. They gave out green milk. The ants lived in the ground, but when I pulled on their chains they would come up. --Now that's what I call a grandpa! That's one of the sweetest, most fucked-up things I've ever heard. The most disturbing thing is that he said this when he was thirteen years old.
I didn't play out here as much as I played up here. --pointing to his head, in response to the question of how he occupied himself as an only child on a ranch. Judging from that Grandpa Genius bit, I'd have to say that Henry speaks the truth.
It won't sound so amazing. But it was. it was one of those things where we just stayed in all day. We locked the doors and turned the TV off. I was with a long-term girlfriend, and there was a beautiful honesty that made for a better time. --Eeew! That is so fucking disturbing. 1). It's all tender and straightforward. (Doesn't he know that you're supposed to come up with evasive, humorous answers to these questions?) 2). Why the need to mention locking the doors? What's he doing in there?! I bet he locked them so the unfortunate gal couldn't escape all his forced fellatio and sodomy.
I've got a lot of crazy plans. If I can generate enough income, I'd like to get a castle, a historic castle that I can restore. I'm talking old--like 12th century. I like old, crumbling stuff.
I definitely want to find a princess to go with my castle. Not a real princess, just a cool girl who doesn't mind damp places. She'd have to like dogs. And if she could play a mean fiddle, that would be a real plus. I think it's great when girls are artistic. --I really feel the urge to comment on that, but I'll refrain.
1989. I don't really like being so far away. I grew up there, and it seems like the best place to me--somewhere where you know everything. Where you know where all the roads go.
1995. I'll never make it a permanent home. No way. I look at it like this: I like it here. I have horses, I drive a truck, and I wear cowboy boots. First I'm a Texan.
1998. I can't stay in L.A. too long or it starts to grow on me in a bad way. I stay maybe three weeks, then I have to go home [to San Antonio]. It's really important to go back to where you come from.