Steve Buscemi has seen almost everything.

As a child he was hit by a car and a bus. He was once stabbed in a bar fight.

He volunteered as a firefighter during the events of 9/11. Somewhere along the road became one of the most proficient film actors of his generation.

And then tragedy hit: In 2019, Steve lost his wife after 32 years of marriage.

Steve Buscemi has spent a lifetime playing lunatics and deviants, outcasts and misfits, showing us in a unique way how difficult it really is to exist in this strange world.

His heavy-lidded blue eyes are one of the most identifiable sets in the movie industry, which can jut out maniacally or drown in despair.

I guess I don’t think about age too much. I’ve always felt older than I really am anyway. I’m not dreading getting older. I don’t miss the anxiety of being younger and not knowing what you want or where you’re going.

I’ve never had a grand plan. I’ve only just tried to keep open to many different possibilities, have fun and work with people who are passionate about what they do.

When I was a fireman I was in a lot of burning buildings. It was a great job, the only job I ever had that compares with the thrill of acting.

I can’t relate to 99% of humanity.

What if I told you insane was working fifty hours a week in some office for fifty years at the end of which they tell you to p*ss off; ending up in some retirement village hoping to die before suffering the indignity of trying to make it to the toilet on time? Wouldn’t you consider that to be insane?

Really interesting things come because you don’t know what the rules are, what you can and can’t do.

Every day’s an adventure when I step out of my door. That’s why I usually wear a hat and keep my head low.

Every day’s an adventure when I step out of my door. That’s why I usually wear a hat and keep my head low.

My favorite review described me as the cinematic equivalent of junk mail. I don’t know what that means, but it sounds like a dig.

Just because people want to eat the burger doesn’t mean they want to meet the cow.

I don’t tend to think of the characters i play as losers. I like the struggles that people have, people who are feeling like they don’t fit into society, because I still sort of feel that way.

I like telling stories about people with problems. I can’t really put it much simpler than that.

I suppose things are better now, but … I don’t know. People still hate each other, they just know how to hide it better.

Do you think god stays in heaven because he too lives in fear of what he’s created here on earth?

What’s „God“? Well, you know, when you want something really bad and you close your eyes and you wish for it? God’s the guy that ignores you.