A character I would love to play is Iago, from Othello.
There is less pressure as a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to just be a rich and famous person, that would be pretty boring.
There just seems to be more acceptance now of other kinds of British films, than the picture-postcard ones.
The better the writing, the easier it gets.
I'm sick of very white teeth and lots of gymnasium practice. I'm bored, you know, send in the next one. I wanted a real man that I could believe was my brother, my father, you know, my next-door neighbor - a real person.
How would you compare Polanski or Kubrick? I try not to do any comparisons.
I can't do anything else. So if this falls through, I'm screwed.
Any show in its first season is going to probably have some growing pains.
Certainly coming to America has been extraordinary.
I think every director has a different take, some are good, some are bad. The directors you get on best with sometimes don't make the best films, so who's to say who is right.
I miss my family, and I like being a tourist when I go back.
I'm so scared of doing theater. I've got stage fright, although they keep asking me to come back.
Everyone is an abused child, if you think about what governments do.
You read a script and its based on 'Reservoir Dogs' and 'Pulp Fiction', and it goes right in the bin.
I have a bad time between jobs because I'm always convinced I'll never work again. I think it may be an English thing, this fear of unemployment.
The only thing I won't do is theater.
The first role I ever did... I played a Nazi skinhead.
When you know youre whoring it hurts. I have kids. I'm not going to run down an actor for doing this.
I don't care to analyze acting. On the other hand there is a fascination because distributors are putting out British films. You get films here with great performances you'll never see again. Why compare. We should go after the businessmen.
I like the idea of experimenting with different kinds of formats, and I think you've got to keep on your toes and keep changing.
I have come close to producing films. But generally by the time they hit the screen, there's about 50 people with producer credits, so what's the point. I usually find scripts I like with no money attached and take them to producers that I know and try to raise finance.
I started off on stage because it was the only work I could get. I haven't been back for 11 years. I think any stage experience is good experience, as far as being an actor is concerned.
If you meet somebody who's spent any length of time in prison, you don't let your guard down. Ever. And really, that's what that was about-if you open up too much, you're asking to get your teeth kicked in.
My dad was a Communist Party member who fought for his country.
I will watch everything that Cary Grant did, or Kubrick made or Bergman.
"The better the writing, the easier it gets."
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