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    • Kerry: When you leave here today and commence the next stage of your life, you can follow someone else's script, try to make choices that will make other people happy, avoid discomfort, do what is expected, and copy the status quo. Or you can look at all that you have accomplished today and use it as fuel to venture forth and write your own story. If you do, amazing things will take shape.

      You and you alone are the only person that can live the life that writes the story that you were meant to tell. And the world needs your story because the world needs your voice. Every single one of you. And because as your story unfolds, you will inspire others to find their stories, and so on. And those are the stories that I can't wait to watch

    • Kerry: (On filming The Last King of Scotland in Uganda) For an African-American there's a mythical duty to feel you've arrived in the Motherland. I was petrified I wouldn't feel that, which would make me a bad black person. But this role made me engage with Africa on an intimate level.

    • Kerry: I don't see myself directing for another 15-20 years, just because there's so much that I want to do as an actor and as a producer in so many different mediums.

    • Kerry: I love writing, you know? About a year ago I got really exhausted from reading bad scripts and I know that I am a writer and that I have stories to tell, so I thought, "Let's do this!" So I'm co-writing a screenplay now with another screenwriter and loving it. Absolutely loving it.

    • Kerry: I don't really see myself not being able to act. Even if people don't think I am sexy enough for film at 40, I'll still be acting.

    • Kerry: I come from the theater and I plan to always do theater.

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