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'Men should always change diapers.' 19 famous fathers dish on daddyhood

From the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air to father-to-be Prince William, famous men share their thoughts on what it's like to raise kids.

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Prince William. "All the mothers have been looking at me [and saying,] 'Just you wait, just you wait. Long sleepless nights.'" (People Magazine)

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Barack Obama. “I was raised by a heroic single mom, wonderful grandparents — made incredible sacrifices for me. And I know there are moms and grandparents here today who did the same thing for all of you. But I sure wish I had had a father who was not only present, but involved. Didn’t know my dad. And so my whole life, I’ve tried to be for Michelle and my girls what my father was not for my mother and me. I want to break that cycle where a father is not at home … where a father is not helping to raise that son or daughter. I want to be a better father, a better husband, a better man.” (Speech to graduates at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia on May 19, 2013).

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Sean Penn. "My son had a skateboard accident where he almost died. He had emergency brain surgery. This was before he turned eighteen — he's nineteen now. And when he was recovering, seeing the morphine go into him and give him relief created kind of a love affair for me with morphine and that usage of it. It had already been eight months of divorce and shit, and raising a kid that's going through the divorce himself, and then this fucking thing happens. He's 100 percent now, no brain damage — he's great. Got a few scars, but he's great. But it was a tough, tough time." (Esquire)

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Alec Baldwin. “My own experiences with fatherhood have been...complicated. But I always remember the words of my dad. 'Fatherhood is a race between two people,' he would say, 'where the man always wins the bronze.'" (Huffington Post)

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Colin Farrell. "I've never thought of my son as being someone with a disability. From day one I felt that he's the way he's meant to be. Some of the best things that happen to you in life are unplanned, and that's what Jimmy was. He was a gift. There's no embarrassment or heartbreak." (Daily Mail)


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Brad Pitt. "Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on." (Good Housekeeping)

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Tom Cruise. "I’ll never forget the moment I became a dad. It’s hard to describe – that level of responsibility, the desire to give such joy. [And] the clarity: Nothing is more important than this." (Esquire)

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Woody Harrelson. ‘I think it’s the best thing going, parenthood.’ (Esquire)

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Jim Carrey. ‘Certainly there have been times in my life when I was so crazed with Hollywood and everything that was going on that I missed time with my daughter. So, I understand that and how important that is. ... We've certainly mended anything that was going on between us. We're closer than ever.’ (She Knows)

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Will Smith. ‘Boys are easy. Like, it’s really easy with boys. It’s like, until you can beat me in a fist fight you’ve gotta do what I say!’ (Access Hollywood)

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Elton John. ‘[Being a father] is surprisingly very relaxing because this little soul that you are feeding, changing, bathing and that you’re telling bedtime stories to is a blank palette, a blank canvas and all it needs is love and nurturing.’ (Baby Center)

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Chris Rock. ‘Every day I'm proud to be a dad. When you have kids, there's no such thing as quality time. There's just time. There's no, “Ooh, his graduation's better than going to the mall.” It's all kind of equal. Changing her diaper and her winning a contest – it's all good.’ (Good Housekeeping)

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Hugh Jackman. ‘From the moment we started the adoption process, all the anxiety went away. I don’t think of them as adopted – they’re our children. ... Deb and I are believers in, I suppose you could call it destiny. We feel things happened the way they are meant to. Obviously, biologically wasn’t the way we were meant to have children.’ (Herald Sun)

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Ben Affleck. ‘It's great, but don't do it if you're not ready. It's a full-time job, it's a lot of work. But kids make it worth the whole thing.’ (

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Chris Martin. ‘Men should always change diapers. It's a very rewarding experience. It's mentally cleansing. It's like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes.’ (Good Housekeeping)

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Orlando Bloom. ‘My baby is amazing, even his head smells amazing. His breath, the whole thing, you could eat him!’ (Baby Center)

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Christian Bale. ‘I've got incredible pride for my family. I've absolutely fallen into that cliché of a dad who could just happily talk about my daughter endlessly.’ (Cafe Mom)

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Neil Patrick Harris. ‘Babies laughing is like opium.’ (Twitter)

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Jay-Z. ‘I thought I would be more inspired to have all these new feelings to talk about [in the studio], but I really just want to hang out with my daughter. I want to enjoy this time for what it is.’ (Billboard)

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