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    • Ted Levine: I'm not that attached to [my mustache]. It's for the work. If I could get a good fake one and wear it for work, I would, but you can't, so I have a real one.

    • Ted Levine: (comparing himself to his "Monk" character) I don't think I'm as tough as Stottlemeyer, by my heart is soft.

    • Ted Levine: As far as which characters are more challenging, I would say that I've enjoyed playing both bad guys and good guys. And I've found that each one presents its own challenge, and that's what makes acting so rewarding.

    • Ted Levine: (about his co-star on "Monk," Tony Shalhoub) Tony and I have a mutual respect for one another. We come from similar backgrounds...similar, not the same, but yeah, it's interesting. It's a similar relationship.

    • Ted Levine: (about his character role on Monk) Stottlemeyer is a pretty average guy. I've always thougt that if Monk has uncommon sense, Stottlemeyer has common sense.

    • Ted Levine: (about his co-star on Monk, Jason Gray-Stanford) Jason has a photographic memory. Jason can remember some of the most obscure trivia. If I have a sports question, or an actor question about who did what and when, Jason knows it.

    • Ted Levine: (about Monk): Monk has a whole lot to do with Tony's [Shalhoub] ability. He is wonderful. The big challenge with Stottlemeyer is to keep it simple, to put myself in the place where I can react to what he's doing and react honestly. Anytime I try to force it, it doesn't ring true.

    • Ted Levine: (about his character role on "Monk") Stottlemeyer is a bit of a bureaucrat with a mustache.

    • Ted Levine: I really enjoy comedy. It's a real challenge. About the best thing an actor can do when all is said and done is to make people laugh.

    • Ted Levine: One of big reasons I'm an actor is because of watching Laurel and Hardy when I was a kid. Good comedy is ageless.

    • Ted Levine: I made a conscientious choice that I wanted to do television so I wouldn't have to be away from my family for great periods of time making movies.

    • Ted Levine: Take life slowly and deliberately, making sure to acknowledge the people who have helped you succeed along the way.

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