Top Quotes by Eric McCormack

By | May 4, 2017

Most people, if you live in a big city, you see some form of schizophrenia every day, and it’s always in the form of someone homeless. ‘Look at that guy – he’s crazy. He looks dangerous.’ Well, he’s on the streets because of mental illness. He probably had a job and a home.

Eric McCormack

I could probably eat sushi every day.

Eric McCormack

Each one of us fulfills a piece of a larger puzzle.

Eric McCormack

Unfortunately, with men’s health, we don’t talk about it enough, and prostate cancer gets lost in the conversation.

Eric McCormack

I didn’t want to do a lawyer. I didn’t want to do forensics. I didn’t want to work in an ER.

Eric McCormack

That’s an amazing feeling, to walk onstage, and you’re not thinking about anything, you’re not thinking about your lines or what you’re supposed to do – your body, your brain knows, so there’s freedom. There’s not fear, there’s not nerves.

Eric McCormack

I loved working with Cary Elwes, who is in ‘The Princess Bride’, one of my favorite films. He’s a great guy.

Eric McCormack

On Netflix and other streaming services, they’re taking risks that are based on ‘Come with us! Come with us!’ and the audience does.

Eric McCormack

My wife is a real camper; it’s a nice way to bond.

Eric McCormack

When you become a father, everything changes.

Eric McCormack

At home in L.A., Sunday is lazy. It’s the wife and me lying in bed with coffee, watching ‘The Soup’ or something funny on TiVo. The kid will occasionally join us. Eventually, breakfast is at a place down the street called Paty’s. And we always have some kind of great dinner – my wife makes a great roast beef.

Eric McCormack

I think there’s a certain objectivity that comes from being Canadian. You’re partly British and partly American; you have a good bird’s-eye view of both countries. So much of the comedy that comes out of Canada is impersonation – it’s less ‘look at me’ than it is ‘look at me playing other people.’

Eric McCormack

We want all LGBTQ kids to grow up in a world where they feel safe and equal to their straight peers.

Eric McCormack

You can write your own history.

Eric McCormack

The vote is the important thing. Just go and vote.

Eric McCormack

I like playing a character every day. I like having something to go back to. I always enjoyed that with ‘Will & Grace.’ I like the camaraderie. I like having a crew that I know and I can work with every day.

Eric McCormack

I love learning language and ideas that I didn’t know before and making them sound like my own.

Eric McCormack

I started to realise that it wasn’t for me. Perhaps I didn’t have to give my Hamlet before I died, that the world might be an OK place without my Hamlet, in fact.

Eric McCormack

Will isn’t a screaming queen – that’s Jack’s part. They needed someone to play the part for America. It’s just not the same as Britain. To have a gay character as a lead is risky.

Eric McCormack

I’m doing a very funny show in which we talk about issues. I speak at Aids charities and things. It’s great to do something fun with our days and yet we’re told we’re doing something important.

Eric McCormack

I have accomplished a lot, but it didn’t happen overnight for me. I was 35 when I got the show, and had been working professionally for 15 years. It would be a lot weirder if I were in my early 20s and stumbled into it.

Eric McCormack

But I was ready for it and I knew I could do it. I’ve just turned 40, I have a son and I feel more settled and driven than ever. I think my 40s will be my most prolific time. It’s a very rare life you get to lead as a sitcom guy.

Eric McCormack

My most romantic job: I was a manager at Baskin-Robbins.

Eric McCormack

I never felt cool growing up. I was a bit of an outsider, but I discovered theatre very early on, which got me through.

Eric McCormack

When I read the script for Will & Grace in 1998, I knew I was the only guy for the part.

Eric McCormack

I think I was very lucky that I didn’t get well-known until my early thirties. If it had happened when I was younger, you might have seen me falling out of nightclubs. I think I conducted myself as a much better human being because I was already married when all that came along (I got married five months after I got the role as Will).

Eric McCormack

I’m torn about late parenting. I believe people should spend their twenties living and having fun and not having any regrets later. I also think people in their thirties generally make better parents but so many of my friends are having trouble – myself included – as fathers get older.

Eric McCormack

As a television actor, there’s a power you’re given to use your image to do something valuable. As a parent, these messages are particularly important to me.

Eric McCormack

If you’re doing an hour-long show, you’re working movie hours, doing a 12-15-hour day. We work three or four hours a day, and get every third or fourth week off to give the writers time to write. It’s the cushiest job in Hollywood.

Eric McCormack

I had played many gay characters before, but they were finite – guest characters in TV shows or characters in plays.

Eric McCormack

Growing up, my father was a financial analyst for an oil company. He was just a regular dad. And when I would say, ‘Hey, come see my play,’ he’d say, ‘Sure.’ He’d see one, ‘Oh, good play’ – you know, very typical dad reaction.

Eric McCormack

I was raised on ‘Get Smart’ and ‘All in the Family’ and ‘M.A.S.H.,’ and certainly when ‘Cheers’ came along, that was a big one.

Eric McCormack

We didn’t, with ‘Will & Grace,’ set out to change the gay world. We just set out to be funny.

Eric McCormack

I think we all realize that anyone can – and has – gotten AIDS. So there’s obviously still a lot to be done.

Eric McCormack

Back when I was in theater school, trying to figure out what I was going to do with my life, ‘Sweeney Todd’ was a huge touchstone for me, my favorite musical for sure.

Eric McCormack

I always get a little uppity when I hear the phrase ‘TV actor.’ It’s like saying you’re a magazine reporter. I was in the theater for ten years before I ever had a TV audition.

Eric McCormack

There wasn’t an episode of ‘Will & Grace’ that didn’t begin with my voice saying, ‘Will & Grace’ is taped before a live studio audience.

Eric McCormack

Mental illness is the last frontier. The gay thing is part of everyday life now on a show like ‘Modern Family,’ but mental illness is still full of stigma. Maybe it is time for that to change.

Eric McCormack

‘Perception’ was a different show than ‘Will & Grace’. ‘Will & Grace’ was obviously a different show than anything I’d done before.

Eric McCormack

I did ‘The Commish’ and an episode of ‘Neon Rider,’ and then I got the series called ‘Street Justice,’ which I ended up doing about 18 episodes of.

Eric McCormack

Certainly ‘Lonesome Dove’ would be way hard now, because, I mean, back then I wasn’t married. I didn’t have kids.

Eric McCormack

As much as I loved Pacino and De Niro and wanted to be a dramatic actor, I also grew up on sitcoms. I grew up on ‘M*A*S*H’ and ‘All In The Family’ and ‘Cheers.’ And then around this time – this would have been ’95, ’96 – I was so into ‘Friends’ and ‘Mad About You,’ the idea of being on a sitcom became a very real thing that I wanted.

Eric McCormack

Probably one of the most surreal moments of my career was acting in front of Notre Dame with a mime.

Eric McCormack

I love everybody at TNT, and they were totally behind ‘Trust Me.’ I totally loved that show. I feel like it should have had more life.

Eric McCormack

I know where TNT’s sweet spot is, and when I read ‘Perception,’ I thought, ‘This is a chance to play a fascinating, fun, challenging character but still within the realm of something that will sit very well with ‘The Closer’ and ‘Major Crimes’ and the other shows there.’

Eric McCormack

I love playing anyone that does stuff that I don’t do.

Eric McCormack

That’s the hard part of television: When you walk into the network tests, you’re signing away seven years of your life.

Eric McCormack

That was the only trepidation I had about ‘Will & Grace.’ It had nothing to do with the sexuality of the character. It was more, ‘This could be the next 7 to 10 years of my life.’

Eric McCormack

I think most actors go into the business thinking, ‘I can play everything. Why can’t I play a black woman? Just give me a chance.’ Then you grow up and realize it’s probably better that they cast an actual black woman.

Eric McCormack

As I got older, I realized that my life experience, what I really had, was always going to be more valuable than what I pretended to have.

Eric McCormack

I’ve had to take roles that on purpose were not Will-like so that someone like ‘The Hollywood Reporter’ would write, ‘McCormack shows great range; no Will Truman here.’

Eric McCormack

I’m an actor. I can’t afford to have a type. I love to mix it up.

Eric McCormack

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