I have never seen it (Jaws 4) but by all accounts it is terrible. However, I have seen the house that it built and it is terrific.
Acting is not a competition; everything must be done for the good of the film or else everybody loses.
In film, other actors' performances really are not your concern. If the other actor isn't giving you what you want, act as though he were.
I wouldn't make an anti-American film. I'm one of the most pro-American foreigners I know. I love America and Americans.
To me, 'Educating Rita' is the most perfect performance I could give of a character who was as far away from me as you could possibly get and of all the films I have ever been in, I think it may be the one I am most proud of.
People say to me, why did you do those films, and I say, for money. It wasn't for diamond rings or kidney shaped swimming pools in Beverly Hills, it was in order to improve the lot of everyone around me.
You get paid the same for a bad film as you do for a good one.
I am often asked which of my films has come closest to my own ideal of performance, and I always answer, 'Educating Rita.'
When I was a young actor I was in a lot of film doing one day work and two days' work, and they've included all those titles, which I don't even remember. I think I've played the lead in about 75 movies.
In my early days, I didn't know what a good film or a bad film was, and I was trying to make some money. As it happens I was lucky. I made some good films.
That to me is what my idea of film acting should be. There shouldn't be any acting. You should just be watching a real person.
I spent 30 years of my life not being wanted at all for films.
It's much harder to act in a bad film than in a good one. A terrible script makes for very difficult acting. You can win an Academy Award for some of the easiest acting in your career, made possible by a brilliant script.
My wife comes with me on all the movies, but she is not an appendage to a film star or anything like that. She is a completely intertwined partner. She is the other half of me. Also, we're still very much in love with each other. We always have been, we always will be.
My mum never understood how much I earned. When I told her I earned a million pounds a film, she said, 'How much is that?'
You can see all sorts of things in film acting if you know where to look and what to look for. One thing I often notice is that the actor is looking for his mark, the place where he has to stand to be in the right place in the shot.
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