There's a thing I think children realise at a certain age, which is that if their parents say, 'Don't do it', and they go ahead and do it, they're still not going to die. And I think that's what it is: that no matter what you do, you're not going to die.
I was a closet straight. I think I wanted to be gay because I thought it was arty and interesting. And also, I was phenomenally shy with girls.
Not being anxious requires a level of humility, doesn't it? It does, I think. It's not all about you.
I'm crap at interviews. I'm just not very good at sentences.
The urge to act became the overriding force in my life. It thrilled me. There's a moment with acting when you're in the groove, and you and what you're trying to do are seamlessly one. That happens sometimes, and I'm really happy it can happen to me.
I just think the older I get, actually, the better I feel.
I don't plan. I don't think, 'I have to do this kind of part 'cause I've done that kind of part.' I'm not a very good planner.
I never went to acting school. I started in the circus, music hall, I was in a group, did kids bits. Ive always had this kind of insecurity being uneducated.
I drifted into acting, and I've drifted into my career, and I've never been guided by anything particularly concrete.
I was a dozy boy; I'd like to have been like James Dean, but I was more Arthur Askey - pathetically rebellious in a cheeky, chappy sort of way.
I'm entirely uneducated. I went to public school - public in the American sense - a blue-collar, working-class school. I never got a scholarship, I left when I was 15, never did any exams.
I was concerned about doing the right thing when I was a kid. I suppose as a child, youre a massive egomaniac, and you think that everything you do is going to affect the world.
Celebritys a pain in the backside - youre always on display.
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