Monday, November 12, 2007

Quote of the Day

“It was always assumed that the classics were a good line of work for me because I had a decent voice and the right nose. But anybody who comes from an essentially cynical European society is going to be bewitched by the sheer enthusiasm of the New World. And in America, the articulate use of language is often regarded with suspicion. Especially in the West. Look at the president. He could talk like an educated New Englander if he chose to. Instead, he holds his hands like a man who swings an ax. Bush understands, very astutely, that many of the people who are going to vote for him would regard him less highly if he knew how to put words together. He would no longer be one of them. In Europe, the tradition is one of oratory. But in America, a man’s man is never spendthrift with words... This, of course, is much more appealing in the movies than it is in politics.”

That's Daniel Day-Lewis in a long article about him in yesterday's NYT Magazine; it made me realize that I think I could sit and listen to him talk for hours. A positive sign, then, for There Will Be Blood.

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