It wasn't until I saw James Dean that I began to think that maybe I could actually do this. Movies didn't have to be just this fantasy with this impossibly handsome guy.
In my youth I dreamed of being an illustrator.
I loved the scent of the wallflowers in the evening.
I wasn't at all sure I could make that sort of leap into that sort of comic book reality.
I have to be stretched in some way. There's not enough things that come my way that I fancy.
From the very first movie I ever made to the current time, there have been times between action and cut when I've sensed some kind of new dimension that I haven't been familiar with before.
I have always had this energy, which I think of as overdrive.
As a boy I believed I could make myself invisible. I'm not sure that I ever could, but I certainly had the ability to pass unnoticed.
I was very disappointed that so much of the work I did on The Haunted Mansion didn't arrive in the final cut.
With Fellini, the fear dropped out of my work because it was such a happy experience... hanging out with Fellini, having pasta on the set with Fellini, and going out with Fellini!
Vancouver is the most wonderful place. I put it up there with San Francisco and Sydney as a kind of magic sort of harbor city.
When I tested for Billy Budd, I had that kind of confidence that comes with the certainty that you're not going to get something. I was very rough around the edges.
I've never wanted to become a politician, an interior decorator, I've never wanted to speculate and make a load of money. I just wanted this.
The very first film I ever saw was during the war. My mother took me, I must have been about 4, and that was Beau Geste, with Gary Cooper.
A lot of newspapers say, Terence Stamp is playing himself and we're as bored as he is.
Peter Ustinov was the first really positive influence in my career. He was real and he bore witness to it. The things he said to you, he lived them.
I'm still tap dancing. I'm still going.
At this point, it's either for fun or it's for money. I don't take movies that I don't really like.
He's Soderbergh, we're working for him. It doesn't matter what he's doing; we'll see it at the premiere.
Although you have some films that are a real bummer, there's always a film that comes up where it's just heaven.
All actors are incredibly insecure.
A lot of people only see me as villains.
I work primarily for the camera-it's not something I really talk about a lot, but it's part of the way I am as a movie actor. The camera is my girl, as it were.
What I wanted more than anything was a long career.
Unless I try, I'm never really going to be at ease with myself.
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