On kicking off his first North American tour in 17 years:
"The '90s were a bit of a disaster for me in so many ways. On a personal level, I don't think I could have toured. Also I had some physical problems with my back that are now sorted and I just wasn't in the right state of mind."
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Four years after the opera singer was fired for being too heavy to fit into her costume:
"To assume that one can weigh 300-plus pounds and still be viable on today's opera stage is naive. I tell that to young singers."
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On obtaining one of California's new gender-neutral marriage licenses:
"May equality live long and prosper." Takei, who played Sulu on the original "Star Trek" TV series, and partner Brad Altman are planning a September wedding.
On his "Get Smart" co-star Anne Hathaway:
"Anne was the first person to come in and do a screen test. It was actually the first time I'd said any of the lines. And after she walked out of the room, we all looked at each other and knew it. It was almost as if everyone else could have gone home at that point, frankly."
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On costarring with Tommy Lee in Planet Green's upcoming "Battleground Earth," a series of competitions between the rapper and the rocker to determine who is the greenest:
"Tommy Lee and myself were two people who didn't have that much knowledge of being eco-friendly at first."
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Billy Ray Cyrus
In an interview on NBC's "Today" show, on a photograph for Vanity Fair Magazine by Annie Leibovitz of his 15-year-old daughter Miley wrapped in a sheet with her back exposed:
"I wasn't there at the time. ... I didn't know they were gonna strip her down and wrap her with a blanket."
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Puppeteer Caroll Spinney
Recalling a visit to Georgia Tech in 1972, when his Big Bird costume was damaged by ROTC students:
"When I saw him lying in the dirt, it was like seeing your child dead on the floor. I went into shock."
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The Emmy Winner, best known for his role on the acclaimed '90s TV show "Homicide: Life on the Street":
"I think I'd be willing to do almost anything, I'd be willing to pursue any great role, but then again, I do want to put food on the table.''
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Referring to Tracy Letts' Tony-winning play about a bitter, backbiting family during the awards show:
"I'm not here to talk about 'August: Osage County,' although I do have a warm spot for dysfunctional pill poppers."