JOSH BROLIN, STAR OF "MEN IN BLACK 3"
WHAT DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU DIDN'T KNOW IN YOUR 20s AND 30s?
"That it's all okay. Life is an easy dance if you look at it that way.
"It's all good if you see it that way. Sure, there will be some painful times and even horrible times. Or you might find that your life becomes frustrating.
"It's all going to be okay. What I've learned is that you just have to believe that sentence.
"What I also know is that I hate when people say, 'It's right around the corner for you, man.' I don't want to live with this idea that something great is around the corner. It's really fine now.
"Be happy with what you have today. Even when I was younger and not working as much I said, 'I'm making a living as an actor. I'm really happy.'
"You also have to celebrate other people. I was never that guy who looked at a great performance and said, 'Why was it him in that movie?' I remember seeing Matt Damon in 'Good Will Hunting' and saying, 'Thank God. That's a great actor in a great role. I really enjoy that man.'"
"You also have to look for the joy in life. I find that in my kids. My son is in Bangkok teaching science and English. My stepdaughter is at NYU. My daughter is in acting school. Their Dad is big brother. There is no way to get away from me. 'Men in Black 3' is everywhere.
"I really do enjoy my kids. I was one of those Dads who liked being a Dad. We're having fun and we're very close. I know now to ask them what I should do. I'll say, 'What do you want to see your pop do next in a movie? What would be fun for you?'"
"Finally...and the last one...what I know now is it's never about the money.
"I have joy now because as lame as it sounds, I feel like I didn't sell out. I feel good about my characters and my roles.
"Money is neat. Money is fun. When someone going, 'Do you want this money' it's really hard to say no. A little time goes by and you get over the withdrawal of seeing that money truck pull away. You say, 'I'm alright.' And you are."