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I was about 14, and my friend'...

I was about 14, and my friend's stepdad asked me to do a 10K with him because his son - who was more into basketball - didn't want to. It was amazing, and I still remember the time I got: 48:23.

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A paparazzo once jumped out of...

A paparazzo once jumped out of a car and started running backward with me. I slowed down out of courtesy because she started drifting into the street. I reached out my hand and moved her back so she didn't get hit by a bus.

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I told another ESPN friend her...

I told another ESPN friend here, I love all sports. I can't think of any I don't love. I've even come to appreciate cricket. Maybe I could play a sportswriter. I don't know. Anything in the sports realm is appealing.

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There was a combination of not...

There was a combination of not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, but also really not wanting to be stuck in Lord of the Rings for the rest of my life, and being desperate to kind of make sure that I could do something else with my life.

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I was told I had to gain a lot...

I was told I had to gain a lot of weight because Hobbits are very portly. Peter [Jackson] is forever suggesting I have more food. 'A little more food for Mr. Astin.

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At our school, he [Jack Black]...

At our school, he [Jack Black] was the serious thespian dramatist. When I see him rocking out now, I find it shocking.

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I'm so over-earnest sometimes....

I'm so over-earnest sometimes. But my parents were pop-culture icons in the Sixties, and my mom has this Oscar, and I was trying to figure out, how am I going to leave my mark?

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I was really short. I remember...

I was really short. I remember going to the doctor to see if there were injections I could take to be taller. But whenever we ran a lap, I wanted to run the fastest. I don't know why, on the wheel of fortune of personality traits, it stopped on ambition and hustle and drive.

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I think people enjoy reading a...

I think people enjoy reading about money, but the people who are in charge of giving me guidance tell me not to talk about it in interviews. Why not? That's what everybody thinks about.

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I'm like the universe; either ...

I'm like the universe; either expanding or contracting at any given moment. The most that I had put on was about 35, 36 pounds, and I've taken all of that off.

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You get so inspired by others....

You get so inspired by others. Look at Angelina Jolie and all she does. I'm so excited about this project of hers,

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I'd never heard of the 'Lord o...

I'd never heard of the 'Lord of the Rings', actually. So I went to the bookstore and there it was, three shelves of books about Tolkien and Middle-earth, and I was like, 'Holy cow, what else am I missing out on?'

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My career is very easy to inte...

My career is very easy to interpret. It's about working. I'm a working actor, so that's how I see myself.

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It's shocking how sophisticate...

It's shocking how sophisticated little kids can be, when it comes to behaving in a professional manner, and that's a credit to their parents.

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