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    To be at acting school, it was kind of the first time you felt the freedom to be as much of yourself as you wanted. People weren't going to judge you.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: time  people  freedom  school 
     
    I do smoke in real life. A lot. We're all smoking right now in fact.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: right  real  facts  smoke 
     
    Back 20 years ago, there was a division between movie actors and TV actors. That's kind of gone away. People who have had a lot of success in movies in the past now want to be on TV. There used to be much more of a quality division between TV and movies, and that's kind of not the case anymore.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: people  past  gone  movie  success  quality  year 
     
    Detroit 1-8-7' - the numbers are police slang for murder - is filmed in that blue-collar Michigan city, providing a flavor of authenticity. Detroit offers a unique visual landscape that tells the story of the city and what it's been through.
    — Michael Imperioli
    Detroit is a city that really stands out. It's been through a very difficult time. There's been a lot of pain here, and the city, physically, has suffered. You can see it in certain neighborhoods, and there's buildings downtown that have been abandoned.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: time  pain 
     
    I played guitar in a band from when I was about 20 for three years. Then I sang a little. Then I started getting really busy as an actor and forgot about it.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: year 
     
    I've been working professionally as an actor since I was 20. That's going to be 25 years soon. So, that's a veteran. That's a big-time veteran. I've had some great successes, and I've had some not-successes.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: success  year 
     
    I've played some gangster roles, but that's obviously not me. When you're an Italian-American New York actor, it's just an easy way to get cast.
    — Michael Imperioli
    In Britain you're more used to challenging drama. In America, TV is just boring, and numbing, and bloody terrible.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: drama  america 
     
    John Ventimiglia, who was on 'The Sopranos,' was in my first acting class and we have been friends since that time. Alec Baldwin was in my class back then, Sean Young and Andrew McCarthy.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: time  friends  young 
     
    My family is my life, and everything else comes second as far as what's important to me.
    — Michael Imperioli
    Not to toot our own horn, but when 'The Sopranos' was on, it was as good as any movie that was coming out in the theater. I think that goes for a lot of shows today.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: movie 
     
    There's too many actors in LA. I mean, I'll go out there from time to time, but I always find it pretty soul-destroying. I don't drive, and the people kind of rub me the wrong way. It's just not home. You know? It's not New York. It's not... my town.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: time  people  wrong 
     
    I'd go for parts that didn't pay a dime, and there would be 300 to 400 actors there. It could be very discouraging. To make it in this business, you have to have a kind of dumb sense that you're really good. You have to believe that someone is going to recognize that.
    — Michael Imperioli
    tags: believe  business 
     
    Stop and appreciate what you have today. Look at what you have with wider eyes, maybe with more compassion and more gratitude for the things that you do have and not the things you don't have.
    — Michael Imperioli
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