Transcript Mystic River

Oh boy! That’s so cool. Susie’s got one of these. I’m gonna get them alone in a dark room, see what happens. [laughter] Oh! So happy to get this award from SAG. It’s so important that we have unions, otherwise without unions, we’d be working 18 hour days, six days a week. [applause] No, but we get overtime. [laughter] Except in Australia.

I have several people I’d like to thank. My agent, first of all, Tony Howard, Lisa Kasteler, Phyllis Huffman, Robert Lorenz, Judy Hoyt, Bruce Berman, Jeff Robinoff [sp], Don Taybin, Allen Horn, Joel Himes ­ you rock! Benicio, Alec, Ken, Chris Cooper, all incredible performances, and I’m honored to be in your company. The crew of “Mystic River,” thank you so much.

Actors need words and we had amazing words from Brian Helgeland, adapted from a book by Dennis LeHane, thanks to both of them. Thanks to the master Clint Eastwood, for guiding us all there. [applause] Sean Penn, Kevin Bacon, Laurence Fishburne, Laura Linney, Marcia Gay Harden… also a few of the other people I haven’t mentioned much, and Kevin Chapman, Adam Nelson, Thomas Gehry, Emmie Rosen [sp], Spencer Clark, Robert Wahlberg and Eli Wallach, who also were so fantastic in the show.

Thanks to the Actors Gang for letting me come here. I missed the dress rehearsal at the Public today. They’re flashing the lights. What does it mean? [laughter] Susan, I love you. Kids, thank you so much for being patient with me going all around all over the place.

One more thing, this is about supporting actors. I just would like to say, there are so many supporting actors that make their living: day players and people my age, and a little bit older, in SAG that have taken a hit in the past few years because of a lot of runaway productions. And I’d like to encourage all the power that’s in this room to try to bring back some of those productions into the United States of America. [applause]

Thank you so much.