Lou Diamond Phillips

Trivia and Quotes

Quotes (8)

  • Lou: Simply surviving in this business is a feat.

  • Lou: (asked who – or what – has had the biggest influence on his career) Probably my mentor, Adam Rourke. He's no longer with us, but this was the guy who was a contract player with Universal in the '50s, did all the biker movies in the early '70s, and he taught me not only acting and film technique, but respect for the craft. Beyond that, he was always honest with his students about his mistakes. About the cost of arrogance, the cost of addiction, the cost of playing the game as opposed to paying attention to the work. His lessons have been with me forever.

  • Lou: (asked which project he feels didn't live up to what he envisioned) Oh... god... how much time do you have? You know what? Supernova.

  • Lou: (on his most important professional accomplishment to date) Wow... well, obviously, getting launched in La Bamba was a big thing. But the year that I was on Broadway in The King and I and nominated for a Tony, and had Courage Under Fire come out, I think that was a benchmark year for me.

  • Lou: Although a lot of pain for a little screen time; Shaving legs, waxing eyebrows, high heels, trying to put on a bra, losing weight because women's clothes are SO revealing - Ladies you have my respect.

  • Lou: Sometimes I only hope to make a good popcorn movie.

  • Lou: Action films are not necessarily my favourite type of movie but I certainly have fun doing them and they are probably the most often made films in Hollywood. Taking part in situations that I would never do in real life (fight scenes, wielding a machine gun, putting myself near an explosion in Red Water among other things) appeals to the boy in me and can be part of that 'I can't believe they're paying me to do this' mentality.

  • Lou: Approach every film with the same enthusiasm, regardless of its budget.

Trivia (25)

  • Lou lent his voice to The Word of Promise, a dramatized audio book of the New Testament. He is the voice of the Apostle Mark.

  • Lou credits the movie La Bamba as the project he is most proud of.

  • Lou's favourite books are The Stand by Stephen King, The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen, Illusions by Richard Bach, Watership Down by Richard Adams, and The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran.

  • Lou's favorite TV programs are 24, ER and Friends.

  • Lou's favourite movies are Blade Runner, The Godfather 1 and 2 and Casablanca.

  • Lou's stage credits include: - Burning Desire (2005) - The King and I (2004) - Lovely Ladies, Kind Gentlemen (2002) - The King And I (1996) - On Broadway - The Good Person of Setzuan (1994) - Burning Desire (1996) (also wrote) - A Hatful Of Rain - Whose Life is It Anyway? - Doctor Faustus - Hamlet - The Lady's Not For Burning - P.S Your Cat Is Dead

  • In 2005, Lou won the Asia Pacific Islander Heritage Award for Excellence in Entertainment and Arts.

  • In 2003, Lou was the recipient of the Cinemanila Film Festival Lifetime Achievement Award.

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