The TRAINING DAY star admits he went through "a smug and arrogant" phase when he turned down a string of big-budget movies - including Independence Day.
He tells American magazine GIANT, "On the page, that part was nothing; he (Will Smith) totally created it. I remember reading it and showing it to a friend, like, 'Can you believe how bad this line is - 'Now that's what I call a close encounter'. Give me a break.
"Then I'm in the theatre on the Fourth of July weekend, and Will Smith goes, 'Now that's what I call a close encounter,' and the place bursts into laughter.
"I was like, 'I've got my finger on the heel of America. I can't get a pulse.'"
He adds, "I couldn't get an audition for Saving Private Ryan. That p**sed me off. I wanted Ed Norton's part in Fight Club."18/01/2005 03:29