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On acting: "When you're seeing the character from the inside out, when you're walking out every day and everything you see, smell and touch, and observe is coming through that character and into you, and it's making sense and you're the subject. You're the eye. You're first-person seeing it through that character's eyes. That doesn't always happen. But boy, when it does, and it feels like they could put a blindfold on you and put you on a spaceship and take you to Neptune and you could hop off on the planet and they better have the sprock control, and you get off that spaceship because you are going to behave as your man. That is a glorious feeling!" — 2014 SAG Award acceptance speech

On winning awards: "I had to take my pants off to win a trophy; I had to drop my drawers to win the award. Hot damn! F*ck yeah, man dot com." — 2013 Spirit Award acceptance speech

On Camila Alves: "To my wife, Camila, who's not only put up with me for all this time, in our seven years, and this last three years of wonderful work, but kicked my *ss out the door, and said, 'Go git it, go git it, McC . . . my man, my king.'" — 2014 Golden Globe acceptance speech


On marriage: "That house was mine. And yeah, we coulda gone in there right away. Camila would have said, 'Fine, don't change a thing.' But I thought, I found the woman I wanna do it with, the woman I wanna make a family with, hopefully live our life out together. She needs to have 50 percent of that. I mean, it's a lot easier for me to be at 100 percent. I'd always been 100 percent. It's braver for me at 50 percent." — Esquire, March 2011

On his hero: "You know who it is? It's me in 10 years. So I turned 25. Ten years later, that same person comes to me and says, 'So, are you a hero?' And I was like, 'not even close. No, no, no.' She said, 'Why?' I said, 'Because my hero's me at 35.' So you see every day, every week, every month and every year of my life, my hero's always 10 years away. I'm never gonna be my hero. I'm not gonna attain that. I know I'm not, and that's just fine with me because that keeps me with somebody to keep on chasing." — Academy Awards acceptance speech, March 2014

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