Bankrate: You've had a very successful personal life and professional
life with financial security. What would you say your financial stability has been able to afford you?
Randy Quaid: I think for most actors, financial stability is not a phrase
that goes with that profession. But I have been very fortunate. There's a comfort level, I think, that I've been able
to achieve. I don't like to take extravagant vacations or spend extravagantly; I just like to be comfortable. Being
able to get a nice hotel room if you need it for a couple of days is always a nice feeling of financial stability.
Right now, we're moving from our home; we just sold it. We're moving from Los Angeles and it looks like New York
Bankrate: What was your first big splurge and last big splurge?
Randy Quaid: When I got my first big paycheck, I moved from a $135 apartment
to a $235 apartment. Then when I was doing "Break Out," right after "The Last Detail," I bought a new Audi with a stereo.
I was doing night shooting at the time and I remember driving around the empty freeways at night listening to the stereo
before I'd go home.
But it wasn't until I met Evi that I learned what true splurging was (loud laugh). She showed me the
ropes on that one. Evi came home one day when we first got together and bought these new drinking glasses. She asked
how I liked them and I said they're nice, they look great, honey. She said they were Baccarat glasses and I asked how
much they were. Oh, $500 apiece. WHAT??!! I just went right through the roof -- $500 for drinking glasses. I was like
Desi Arnaz (in his Desi accent) "you take these back right now."
Bankrate: And did she?
Randy Quaid: Yeah, she did.
Bankrate: So you play golf a lot in your leisure time. That can get to be
an expensive sport.
Randy Quaid: I quit playing golf; I used to do that a lot. I had played it
for so long; I played it for 40 years. I love the game and still watch it, but I just wanted to do something else. Right
now I'm into chess. I've got a computer and when I'm on location, I find someone who plays. And I have a few friends
in Los Angeles that are pretty good.
Bankrate: What is your most prized possession?
Randy Quaid: I don't really hold much as possessions. I'm not a material
kind of guy.