Plus the latest quotes from Taye Diggs, Eliza Dushku, and others

Ryan Phillippe
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For ”The Way of the Gun” (opening Sept. 8), Ryan Phillippe packed on 25 pounds of muscle to play a grungy, amoral thug. Phillippe — who turns 26 Sept. 10 — tells he did it because it’s time to get serious about acting. Here’s his quote, along with the latest from some of his Hollywood peers.

? ”When I was 16 years old, all I wanted was to be famous and have a lot of money. But when you get older, your perspective changes. What you want out of your career is something bigger. I mean, I’ve got to take it more seriously than I did when I was 16.” — ”Way of the Gun” heartthrob RYAN PHILLIPPE on his changing view of stardom

? ”My poor family! I was raised Mormon and my family is horrified by some of the scenes I’ve had on ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer.’ My grandmother wouldn’t return my phone calls for a while, she was so upset. Now, I’m pretty much saying, ‘Grandma, what movie? I’m not in a movie this month. Don’t worry about it.”’ — ”Bring It On” vixen ELIZA DUSHKU, whose next flick, the horror thriller ”Soul Survivors,” is due in theaters in January 2001

? ”I was offered ‘The Rocketeer’ a while back. Thank God I had time to think about it. Everything was leaning to, ‘Wow all this f—ing bread, and this big movie, it’ll be cool.’ Then I had this vision of myself in the costume: Me, this big Guinea with a rocket on his back. And I thought, ‘I can’t do this. This is ridiculous.’ They offered me Fred Flintstone in ‘Viva Rock Vegas.’ And it was so much bread, and I thought, ‘Maybe I can make this funny.’ Then I saw myself in the f—ing outfit and realized this is not going to work.” — VINCENT D’ONOFRIO, ”The Cell”’s sartorially splendid serial killer

”First I wanted to be an inventor, then I wanted to be a pediatrician, then I wanted to be a psychologist, then I wanted to sing opera, and then I wanted to be an actor. That one worked out.” — ”Way of the Gun” and ”How Stella Got Her Groove Back” star TAYE DIGGS on what he wanted to be when he grew up

”I’m glad we both got nominated, and if Brad wins, I’ll accept it and be happy for him. But not as happy as if I win.” — ”Everybody Loves Raymond”’s PETER BOYLE on competing for a Best Supporting Actor Emmy against his costar Brad Garrett

”I only take into account the representation of black people once, in the beginning. And then I never think about it again, because I don’t think that’s a good way for an artist to think. I’m just going to play my character to the best of my ability, and play him as a human being. I’m going to do my work and hopefully that will speak for itself.” — New ”Angel” costar J. AUGUST RICHARDS, on being one of the few African American leading players on TV this fall