- “After ‘Rocky,” I should have been writing and directing my own movies, like Clint Eastwood, but I took a different route. I tried to be a more diversified actor, and I didn’t realize that you are pretty much defined by your initial impact on this industry. After “Rocky,” that’s who I was. That’s the role that the industry coveted, but I tried to fight it.
- “I was being challenged by the media not to be a one-note actor, and then they vilified me when I tried to do comedies and other films that were outside my strengths. I don’t know why the media does that to actors. They don’t do it to athletes. You never hear anybody telling Tom Brady that he’s a great quarterback, but then questioning how good a defensive end he is. No one expects him to play a different position. He does what he does well.
- “I should have stayed where I belonged, in the action genre. Everybody has a niche. I shouldn’t have been so damn artistically greedy. I thought I could run the table on all those different roles, which was self-destructive. I should have been happy to just be the action guy.”
Nice piece, Mr. Koltnow! – Craig