Michael Stahl-David

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Quotes (16)

  • Michael Stahl-David: (talking about the speculation on Cloverfield) It's interesting to me how much people like to solve a puzzle, and how much you can make something about something that it's not and find evidence to support it. You can prove anything almost.

  • Michael: (about filming in New York) It's like another character. It just does so much for me.

  • Michael: (talking about the public hype and speculation surrounding Cloverfield) It's interesting to me how much people like to solve a puzzle, and how much you can make something about something that it's not and find evidence to support it.

  • Michael: (On who he looks to for inspiration) Tony Kushner. David Simon. People who make political art that entertains.

  • Michael: (On his last year of high school) I wasn't really on track. I was messing around with graffiti art and wasn't sure I wanted to be an actor anymore. I thought I wanted to be a history teacher.

  • Michael: (On his stint on The Black Donnellys) One of the greatest things was learning to feel comfortable on a set.

  • Michael: (on his past job as a Starbucks barista) I wanted to work in the basement restocking instead of upstairs dealing with extra foam.

  • Michael Stahl-David: (on working on plays) I feel very safe on stage. I like the environment of a rehearsal room, with just the cast and the director and the stage manager.

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  • In an interview with Variety, Michael Stahl-David named Tony Kushner and David Simon as the persons he looks to for inspiration. He told the interviewer that people who make political art that entertains are inspiring to him.

  • One of Michael's dream projects would be to collaborate with Iraqi refugees in making a film. He wants to show the humanity on both sides of the occupation through the film.

  • Michael Stahl-David named Dan Eldon, a photojournalist killed in Somalia, as the real-life person he would most like to play in a movie.

  • Before becoming an actor, one of Michael's jobs was pedaling tourists around midtown New York as a pedicab driver. This was his job right before getting a part in NBC's The Black Donellys.

  • Michael got a good start in his career by studying at Lincoln Park High School, an institution well-known for its drama program. According to Michael, casting directors would come to his school in Chicago, allowing him and his schoolmates a chance to audition for movies, pilots and commercials.

  • When asked by Variety who he was the best actor in Hollywood, Michael answered that Daniel Day-Lewis was the best, citing the latter's commitment as one of the reasons.

  • Both of Michael Stahl-David's parents are physicians. His civic-minded parents are currently practicing medicine in their family's hometown of Chicago.

  • Michael has a role in an independent movie, entitled The Project. In the movie, he appears on-screen as a character in a documentary-style story, much like his last movie, Cloverfield.

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