I think I’m quite a lazy person, actually. If I’m not careful, I could just stay in bed all day.
Nothing is my guiltiest pleasure. I love it. I love doing it. I love planning to do it, I love loafing and pottering and chilling and daydreaming.
We have one life and we should cherish it and make it the best we can.
You look at any war zone and you talk to any soldiers and they have to blank out - in order for that to work for them, in order for them to survive they have to blank out something in themselves in order to do it.
In all honesty, we all want our fantasy selves to be the best people. We all think in a time of crisis, we will react heroically and with humanity.
I always try to put myself in the way of surprise as much as possible. My ambition is to keep challenging myself. I like that journey of discovery.
I like to act because I can forget about everything else.
All actors think every job will be their last.
I've got a great family and a beautiful house. I feel very lucky as far as my lifestyle is concerned. I'm not really interested in fame and all its trappings.
I love getting stuff, and if I give a present to someone and don't get one back, you can bet your life they won't be getting one next year.
I always have to go out to work even if it's just a desk somewhere or an office or the British Library.
I think the corruption of power is very interesting, and I think the idea that power is something that... You know, when people want power, theyre a certain individual. When people acquire power by accident, theyre different again.
When you are an actor, rejection and disappointment are an occupational hazard.
My house is very clean apart from a very small part of it that looks as if we've been burgled, which is my office.
Liverpool will always be my home.
Liverpool has always made me brave, choice-wise. It was never a city that criticised anyone for taking a chance.
It's always good to find out what you don't want to do.
I'm not a perfectionist at all. I find perfectionists boring because the real creative heart is in the mess somewhere.
I'm no good at down-time. I panic slightly and then plan a project or set up a meeting about starting a project.
I'm a massive fan of Brit Art in general and Damien Hirst in particular. I think he's an absolute genius and should be celebrated in every way.
I'd really like to get on a Greyhound bus and go backpacking across America.
I think when you don't know where you stand with someone, they can surprise you in their goodness and their badness, and that makes them human.
I love telling stories. I like the challenges presented to me on a daily basis. There's nothing resting about acting.
You want people to identify with the person on the screen or in the theater, but you don't want them to identify with you as a person.
I've moved into directing as well as acting, and it has taught me never to take casting personally.
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