What have we been robbed of, by his death? Not so much a movie star, I think, as somebody who took our dramatic taxonomy—all those lazy, useful terms by which we like to classify and patronize our performers, even the best ones—and threw it away. Leading man, character actor, supporting player: really, who gives a damn? Either you hold an audience, so tight that it feels lashed to the seats, or you don’t.
When I turned 30 in 2012, my girlfriend at the time was like, “We’re watching Almost Famous for your birthday.” So we sat down and watched it and I hadn’t seen it in so long, so I was kind of picking myself apart. But then Philip comes on, and it was so bizarre because I knew what was going on when we shot the movie and I knew what I was doing when we shot the movie, but there was so much that I just didn’t see in the script or didn’t understand because I was young. I hadn’t had a lot of life experience, so watching it as a grown man was a way different experience. And it really struck me especially then, just how special it was that I got to do those scenes with Philip. This was a grown-ass man who knew how to act, and I was just some dumb-sh– kid that got lucky, you know?
We can’t plead ignorance, only indifference. Those alive today are the generations that came to know better. We have the burden and the opportunity of living in the moment when the critique of factory farming broke into the popular consciousness. We are the ones of whom it will be fairly asked, What did you do when you learned the truth about eating animals?
—Jonathan Safran Foer
Truly man is the king of beast for his brutality excedes theirs. We live by the death of others. We are burial places.
—Leonardo Da Vinci
He had a rare ability to illuminate the varieties of human ugliness. No one ever did it so beautifully.
The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.