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 just think that things should be allowed to run their course, and not turned into a Disney ride.
I would love to write the story of my upbringing in Ireland.
I enjoy making films, but my heart is in the stage. Every night you have to be on. There's no second take.
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.
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.
One moment cannot be the most important.
Acting doesn't have to be threadbare misery all the time.
The energy released by it is enormous and it becomes quite addictive, the power between the audience and the actor.
I certainly had no intention of playing a man.
Honestly, I get more recognized for 'Three Men and a Little Lady' than 'Harry Potter'.
The Americans are very clear, and obsessed with nouns.
There's something about the Irish that is remarkable.
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.
The word democracy has no meaning. Duty has gone. Only rights remain.
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.
I find it incredibly tedious, hate that it murders itself with its own conservative pomposity.
Once you've done one style, you leave it for a while.
I loathe bad theater and most theatre is very bad because its repetitious, unexciting and, dangerously, it is sometimes praised for those things.
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.
I would say the next imminent hot writers are often the writers from the decade before you were born.
There is a great relief in experiencing the worst vicariously.
A lot of Irish people perform. They perform in drawing rooms. They sing songs and they play piano.
I had a ball doing Harry Potter.
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