The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
I’ve always loved music, but I never really played anything. After ‘Walk the Line’ and learning to play guitar, and having that sense of performing, I think that certainly opened the door for me, for music.
For ‘So Cold the River,’ I’m actually working on adapting the book with Scott Silver, who was just nominated for an Oscar for ‘The Fighter,’ and who also wrote ‘8 Mile,’ which I think is a terrific screenplay. The chance to work with Scott is a tremendous pleasure and I’m learning a lot.
Learning gives us a fuller conviction of the imperfections of our nature which one would think, might dispose us to modesty.