There is so much to do on a film set. It is an extraordinarily invigorating and wonderful place to be, when things are running well.
There was one titanic guiding light on the film set, and I was in the presence of a true Mahatma, in the deepest and most profound sense of the word.
If your best friend has stolen your girlfriend, it does become life and death.
I'm convinced that had I not changed my name, I don't think I would have had quite the same career curve that I eventually had.
Hamlet is an astonishing intelligence.
I think Romeo and Juliet is uplifting. That's how much a son wishes to avenge his father. That is how much two young people can love each other.
When you drop your guard in films, the acting process compensates. You get lazy and you start acting.
Fifteen years before I became a screen actor, I was in the theatre. A lot of my work was comedy, which I loved doing. It's harder.
I think that you can fall into bad habits with comedy... It's a tightrope to stay true to the character, true to the irony, and allow the irony to happen.
But filming is good for you, because the crew isn't allowed to laugh. You can't get addicted to getting the laugh.
I just loved playing a man who was unafraid of making an idiot of himself in the process of falling in love. I found that admirable.
There's so much crap talked about acting.
Somewhere in your career, your work changes. It becomes less anal, less careful and more spontaneous, more to do with the information that your soul carries.
That hunger of the flesh, that longing for ease, that terror of incarceration, that insistence on tribal honour being obeyed: all of that exists, and it exists everywhere.
I was fortunate as a young actor, to go straight to the RSC, where I learned that being an actor can bring with it wonderful responsibilities.
As a singer, I might have fallen among thieves. I wonder if I'd still be alive by now.
As an actor there's no autonomy, unless you're prepared to risk the possibility of starving.
There have not been any troughs as regards my work. There's never been a trough of my assurance.
I don't honestly think people know what acting is.
If I were to play somebody who ran a fish and chip shop, I would not work in a fish and chip shop for three months. Staring at chips is not going to help me in my performance.
I think that most actors, and they're a very strange lot actors, very strange people, but I think that they attempt to keep in touch with the child.
I think that all of us either lose touch with the child inside us or try and hold onto it because it so precious to us and it's such an extraordinary part of our lives.
But comedy I'd love to do as much as humanly possible.
The hierarchy of class in London was rigid. It was like a religion. It still is to a certain extent.