Even when they have nothing, the Irish emit a kind of happiness, a joy.
To be honest I live among the English and have always found them to be very honest in their business dealings. They are noble, hard-working and anxious to do the right thing. But joy eludes them, they lack the joy that the Irish have.
I think America becomes more disgruntled by going to the movies and having an endlessly good time at them.
People who are good at film have a relationship with the camera.
I'm not afraid of chaos and I'm happy talking to strangers. I really love not knowing where I'm going.
I'm not on the run from anything and I'm not at all clear about what I'm running towards. But as some great writer put it, I want to be certain that when I arrive at death, I'm totally exhausted.
My mother adores singing and plays piano. My uncle was a phenomenal pianist. My brother John is a double bassist. I used to play the piano, badly, and cello. My brother Peter played violin.
I once saw my mother playing Mary Magdalene in a parish event. But she had to put the role aside in order to go and front the choir who were singing at the same occasion. She left the stage halfway through the Crucifixion.
One moment cannot be the most important.
I take the theater seriously in that I loathe it, I'm bored by it.
There was no professional theater in Cork, but still I did a lot of performing.
I would say the next imminent hot writers are often the writers from the decade before you were born.
Once you've done one style, you leave it for a while.
There is a great relief in experiencing the worst vicariously.
Irish people are educated not only about artistry but local history.
Also, an area that interests me - and it will probably take years to state what I mean - is the period of the rise of democracy, with Tom Paine, which is around the turn of the 18th century into the 19th.
The energy released by it is enormous and it becomes quite addictive, the power between the audience and the actor.
I find it incredibly tedious, hate that it murders itself with its own conservative pomposity.
There's something about the Irish that is remarkable.
This whole tribal loyalty seems to have gone.
There once was a demographic survey done to determine if money was connected to happiness and Ireland was the only place where this did not turn out to be true.
A relationship is sent by God and accident.
Acting doesn't have to be threadbare misery all the time.
And by endlessly sanitizing our feelings, we actually feed a disgruntled nation.
Every generation is obsessed with the decade before they were born.
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