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"You just question the message. And the message is pure. The message is you need to love each other and you need to pray more. It didn’t even say which religion you need to pray more. It’s a meditation. It’s a positive thing. It’s a message of love and tolerance. In our society unfortunately, it is needed. We always need more encouragement to become better people." (Deepest Dream, 26 August 2020)

"It was crazy. I was lying down, and the hypnotist said, 'Relax.' I thought, 'Geez, I'm not hypnotized. This is boring.' It was so hot in the office, so I said, 'Can you please turn the air conditioning on?' He said, 'Of course.' Then I told him, 'It's getting really cold now.' At the end of the session, he said, 'You know, we don't have AC.' The temperature never changed. Hypnosis is a powerful thing." - Goran talking about an eye-opening experience while researching his role as hypnotherapist Michael Strother in Close Your Eyes (aka: Doctor Sleep, 2002)

"I don't understand the word 'hunk.'" (Calgary Sun, 30 January 2000)

"All I ever wanted to do was act."

"I was happy to do it when I saw the chance of helping out the local theater scene ... I am delighted to be able to help the theaters where I grew up and learned my profession. I have never forgotten my past."

"I would really like to do theatre in my native language because that would be like so relaxed after ER ... English ... those medical words!"

"Every time I perform, I work really hard to give part of myself to the audience. Then I do an interview and I read some story that just isn't true, or someone draws a crazy conclusion about my life, and it's such a betrayal. It hasn't happened here, but in Croatia, I've had to stop reading about myself. I don't think actors mean to be secretive - they just don't want strangers looking through their kitchen window."

"I'm always trying to be a good ambassador for my country." (Radio Times, April 2007)

"If a great part comes up and the guy's meant to have an Eastern European accent, great; but if it's a bad part I won't take it." (Radio Times, April 2007)

"But people in Croatia are more relaxed, they work less, they have less money, but they enjoy life more because they are not so busy." (Radio Times, April 2007)

"ER is a pretty big deal in Croatia. When my agent called and told me about this show, I said, 'Are we talking about the same ER?' And I thought about it for half a second and then said, 'Yes, of course!' I was watching them in Croatia when I was still at the Academy of Dramatic Arts, and now I'm working with them."

"Making my English better is a hard job, a slow job. But it's getting better. Three years ago it would have taken me a half hour to say this sentence."

"Several years ago I saw a video of a seal hunt in Canada and was shocked. I just couldn't believe that sort of thing was still happening in the 21st century. But it was. The way seals are killed is so inhumane. They're clubbed then pulled across the ice with big hooks. I mean, I have a pretty strong stomach from being on ER all these years, but it still disgusts me. Once you see a video like that it's really hard to sit on the sidelines and say 'who cares.'"

Goran Višnjić Archive is a fansite for Croatian-American actor Goran Višnjić. He is best known for his role as Dr. Luka Kovač on ER, and he has also appeared in films such as Practical Magic, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, and Fátima. Most recently he has starred as Garcia Flynn on NBC's Timeless, and as famed inventor Nikola Tesla in the BBC’s Doctor Who.

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