What role does vanity play in a man's life?
You need it. It's not such a bad thing. A brushstroke of vanity is good to add into the mix, to balance your timidity. We're all blessed with a lot of timidity and a lot of worry and anxiety, and vanity is a good antidote. I don't need a lot of it, but a brushstroke of it is a good thing. You got to root for yourself. Who the hell else is going to root for you if you don't root for yourself? You gotta say, "Up, up with Mel! Mel's the best." And I'm not talking Gibson, I'm talking Brooks.