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    Well, I think probably when I first got in the business, I wasn't thinking of being strictly a character actor. But I knew I wanted to be a working actor, and as the years have gone on, I just naturally evolved into that. Because, y'know, I'm not a leading guy. Never was.
    — Stephen Root
    I'm lucky I get to work a lot.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: work 
     
    I'm from New York, so I'm a big Howard Stern fan.
    — Stephen Root
    I was a big comic book fan from 13 on.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: book 
     
    I don't aspire to direct like many actors. I would aspire most likely to do some writing, but I haven't had a chance to do that.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: chance  writing 
     
    It's fun to do voiceover work, although you still have to act. But it doesn't involve memorizing lines, and you don't have to dress up.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: work  fun 
     
    I would have to say News Radio is the highlight of my career. I love the character so much.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: character  career 
     
    The ratio of people to cake is too big.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: people 
     
    I'm thrilled to get hired every once in a while.
    — Stephen Root
    I've been able to do a lot of interesting things.
    — Stephen Root
    It's good for you to go somewhere that you wouldn't normally go.
    — Stephen Root
    Researching real people and doing them, I think, is harder than anything else. You don't want to do a caricature of them and you don't want to do an impression. You just want to do the best you can, in terms of presenting their views and a general impression of the guy. That's the hardest thing to do, real people.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: people  real 
     
    My goal as an actor was to work - to be a working actor, whether it was in theater, and, well, I didn't even consider film and television when I was in New York, but what came along, came along.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: work  film  goal 
     
    In TV, when you're doing guest roles, you're gliding into a zone where people are already very comfortable. They go in and go to work every day. You're coming in, and it's a brand-new environment, so you have to get it... and then you're gone again.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: people  work  environment  gone 
     
    I'm more interested in knowing my cues than my lines. If you know what your cues are, then you know what your reaction is going to be to them. Acting is about reacting, and if I can kind of purely react, that's easier for me.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: knowing 
     
    You have to remind casting directors out here that you don't just do one thing. There's a lot of people who do just one thing.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: people 
     
    The more you work, the more people see your work and would like to work with you, and vice versa.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: people  work 
     
    My whole career, I've tried to bounce back and forth between everything, and not get typed out. I've done a pretty good job of not getting typed.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: job  career 
     
    Movies are an editor's medium.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: movie  media 
     
    It's easier to play a dim character, for me, because I have a natural bent for comedy. It's not intrinsic for me to be crafty, so I would have to go outside for a source of origin. I think of myself as pretty dim.
    — Stephen Root
    tags: character  comedy 
     
    In order for comedy to be funny you have to play the truth of the moment. But if you're not being completely truthful to the basis of the character, its not going to be funny.
    — Stephen Root
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