I love acting. It's the one job I know of where you can go in, go through complete catharsis - emotionally, physically sometimes and mentally - and at the end of the day say, 'See you in the pub, guys.
The films that I really enjoy now are films that are made by, for wont of a better word, mavericks.
Nine out of ten delinquents are frustrated actors.
Filmmaking is something I have to do. It's not something I particularly want to do.
When things are really painful, I turn it into comedy.
Part of the reason why movie bosses are so obsessed with crime movies is because they know that world and the criminals. And that's what they are - they would not hesitate to act illegally to achieve profit and gain.
I find the world more absurd now than I did when I was a kid.
If I'm at home on my own and the writing isn't going well, I clean my house. And there have been times in the past few years when my house has looked really clean.
In the acting game, you spend a long time fighting against what the director perceives you to be. And half the time the directors don't know.
I know virtually no one of my age who can remember a hug, or a smile from their father, or a 'Let's go play football.'
It takes a very strong brain to resist the absolutes, the myths that the media and the politicians peddle - the idea that if you are too kind, where does it all end? That not to help someone is somehow a good idea.
There's a part of bohemia I love. The lack of prejudice, the lack of aggression, I love the lack, for the most part, of competitiveness. It's more peaceful.
The Vatican has tried to condemn 'The Magdalene Sisters' as a pack of lies and that I've made it all up - I wish I was that good a dramatist - and in terms of public relations, that was the daftest thing they ever did.
I was on the set of 'Braveheart' and my mate says to me, 'Do you think this film will be any good?' And I really meant this, too, I told him 'Let me put it this way - It won't win any awards.' Cut to: five Oscars.
You have to just go with your imagination, where your instinct takes you.
There's no such thing as an actor giving positive criticism to a director. The minute you say 'Don't you think it would look nicer', that director's going to hate your guts. Particularly if it's a good idea.
Truth is I don't think God on a daily basis. I think politics, science.
I don't like the way some actors, when playing a nasty character, will try to grab hold of something good about them.
I wanted to dismantle the bollocks that there's a military structure to a gang, with a leader, second leader, the good looking one, first babe, second babe. It's far more arbitrary than that and their values shouldn't be romanticised. They aren't something you want to sign up to.
I hate it when something is set in 1967 and every piece of furniture was made in 1967. No! If it's set in 1967, people have furniture given to them by their grandmother, which she bought in 1932!
In terms of popular cinema, 'One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest' is as near perfection as I can think of.
What point is there to all the wealth and power that America may have if they can't look after its own?
Watching people just look out for themselves, I think, is extremely interesting. It goes right back to something like 'The Beggar's Opera' - the underbelly of society, how it operates, and how that reflects their so-called betters.
A script is utterly useless in and of itself; it's only of any worth the minute your actors, your designers, your directors come into being.
A lot of actors aren't particularly good directors. And they're not particularly good with other actors. That's kind of a fallacy.
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