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On being a genius: "There's a man I met 20 years ago. He escaped Russia. He was not even a carpenter, built a 17-foot boat and sailed across the Atlantic for decades he held the world record for smallest vessel single-man sailed across the Atlantic. He told me this, he said, 'A genius can be anybody he wants to, but a genius is always one person at a time.' So to that I say, that's what we get to do, isn't it? One man, one woman, one human. At a time. When we do it well. Just keep doing that. Just keep living." — 2014 SAG Award acceptance speech

On how he surprises people: "I have my own vocabulary. I love linguistics. That surprises people." — People magazine, November 2005

On keeping a diary: "A man should always have his diary on him. That way he's guaranteed to always have something incredible to read." — GQ, November 2014

On the raps he writes for himself: "Rollin' through yellow lights on my skateboard. Kiss the fire, and walk away whistlin'." — GQ, December 2013