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TOM HANKS: "It's the most exhilarating thing, like being strapped inside of a huge explosive rocket ship and you're waiting for the countdown to go and it jus tmight blow you to kingdom come or it might take you to the moon."
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KRISTEN WIIG: "Being on that show pushes you. The whole week, depending on how you look at it, can be a very stressful week and it can also just be really fun. I think people handle stress differently and I think I just made a decision early on that I wanted to have fun."
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BILL HADER: "Another reason I think I broke doing Stefon--without sounding too pretentious--is that the character was very nervous, very tactile, and I would get into this kind of mind-space when I did that character where I was always on the edge."
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TINA FEY: "I remember that it was on the train ride back from D.C. that I realized I didn't want to do [Weekend Update] by myself. I called Lorne, I think it was that Monday night, and then I called Amy, saying, 'I want you to do this with me.' Again, it's all really spousal, it's like a marriage proposal. Like, 'I would like you to please be my comedy partner.'"
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LORNE MICHAELS: "I feel old almost every day. I used to remember everything; now I don't. It's also getting harder in the morning to remember my grudges. I have a much harder time holding on to anger other than in the moment. I just lose interest in it."
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AMY POEHLER: "I used to love that about watching the show. I loved being reminded that anything could happen. I loved the screwups. I loved being reminded that it was live."
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RACHEL DRATCH: "I don't like it when I'm watching TV and I see someone breaking up all the time; it becomes sort of cheap. But sometimes you just can't help it. I've never been chastised by Lorne for it, but I don't know what happens while he's watching it."
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WILL FERRELL: "I'll catch Lorne just like chuckling to himself, something no one ever gets to see, and I don't know if all the times that you don't see him laugh are part of a facade he has to wear, like being a principal or something."
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STEVE HIGGINS: "Around here you brave the storm. That's the only way I can think of it. You just brave it."
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DANA CARVEY: "I was just assigned George Bush, and I couldn't do him at all. It was just a weird voice and a weird rhythm. It's one of those things where you go, 'There's nothing to do.' Reagan was easy because you just go, '*Well*, everybody.' But then over time, after Bush won the election, one night I just sort of hooked it, and it was the that phrase 'that thing out there, that guy out there doin' that thing,' and that sort of hooked it for me, and from there on I kind of refined it."
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