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  • Only just in my 70s.

  • Just in your 70s. >> Only just.

  • [QUICK TAKES WITH HELEN MIRREN]

  • [WHY DID YOU WANT TO BE IN FAST & FURIOUS 8?]

  • [Universal Pictures]

  • It's good to keep people surprised. You know?

  • That's what one hopes to do, really,

  • is to constantly sort of surprise people and take a left turn.

  • Sometimes you find yourself up a creek without a paddle,

  • but, you know, even that can be an adventure.

  • So I always like to mix it up a bit.

  • [WHEN DID YOU LEARN TO DRIVE?]

  • My father taught me to drive stick shift.

  • He was a driving examiner. That was one of his jobs.

  • So by the time I was old enough to drive,

  • we finally had a family car, which we never had before.

  • So I was taught to drive on this incredibly old car.

  • I think you had to put your hand out, I seem to remember.

  • I do know that, you know, this is right

  • and this is I'm going left.

  • [HOW DID THE CAST OF COLLATERAL BEAUTY INSPIRE YOU?]

  • [Warner Bros. Pictures] Our guiding light was Will Smith

  • because he somehow manages to be very young,

  • very hip, but he's got the adult quotient as well.

  • So he in a way was a perfect leader for our movie

  • that absolutely has some very young actors in it

  • and some older actors in it. It was great.

  • I always like to work with very young actors

  • because I find them very inspiring. You know?

  • Their freedom and their freshness and their energy

  • I find very inspiring.

  • [YOUR ADVICE TO PEOPLE AS THEY AGE?]

  • Don't allow other people to make the rules for you.

  • Make your own rules.

  • And basically there are no rules.

  • And as I've traveled through life, I've realized more and more

  • that there are less and less rules, actually.

  • And people construct this, you know, amazing structure of rules about themselves.

  • And one of the great things about being an actor

  • is that because you're constantly having to change your schedule,

  • change your look, meet new people,

  • you begin to understand that people fall into habits

  • so easily and they imagine that the world is just going to fall apart

  • if they break a habit.

  • And you learn as an actor that that just is not the case.

  • And therefore it's a really good idea to break your own rules

  • on a regular basis.

  • [AARP Real Possibilities]

Only just in my 70s.

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