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" Acting is a really insular thing. "
" I think I have a natural, if I can say that, got a kind of natural ability in comedy. "
" The quality of TV drama nowadays is getting better and better. They've had to invent a new term for it: 'high-end television.' "
" Vancouver's a very child friendly city, there's... no doubt about that. "
" I want to keep audiences off balance, so they don't know who I am or how to take me. If I duck and weave, as Frank Bruno might say, I'll have a longer shelf life. "
" Biologically, I'm lucky - an angular face and dark colouring which shows up well on camera. "
" It took a long time for me to accept I was an actor, a professional actor, and that, actually, I make a living out of this. "
" The first thing you should know about me is when I was three years old my mother left me and my father. And that was traumatic obviously for my father - he suffered a nervous breakdown at that time in his life. "
" Hunger's a great spur. "
" I feel like I'm the luckiest man on the planet. "
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" The more people know about an actor the less convincing they become. A bit of mystery's a good thing. "
" Most of the time, you find that the smaller the budget, the more the project is about something substantive. "
" I'd work with Danny Boyle every day of the week. No matter what he was doing I would do that. "
" Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I am a very patriotic guy, in terms of my Scottishness and my roots. "
" I'm in four different films this year, and I have four different accents. I sound different in every film. You have to love a character to play it well, and change in my work is what I want. "
" Of course, I love chats with various actors about the process and how they do it. To me, if it's not on the camera, if it's not there, it's not worth it. It really just isn't worth it. "
" Guys, particularly in the West, go to the gym and train for hours and hours to pick up something that is heavier than them. Why would you want to do that? "
" The thing I miss the most about Scotland is the football. "
" I'd totally be attracted to a geek girl! "
" I loved cinema while growing up and, for the longest time, wanted to be a director. "
" We met in Cracker. I played a maniac fan who murders a policeman and she did my makeup. I thought anyone interested in me looking like that must have genuinely liked me. "
" I hate the word 'hippy.' "
" The darker the character, the more interesting. "
" I'd love to play some kind of fop. "
" I like to be working and moving - the worst thing you can do to me is stick me in a room all day while you're lighting a shot. That just kills me. "
" I have a reputation for being an improvisational actor, which is true, but I also know what I'm doing so that if the improvisational strand doesn't work I can go back to what I know's already there. "
" A lot of Scots have settled in Canada over the years and it's a very easy place for Scots - they understand us, we understand them. "
" My first love is art, and I see a lot of things in an artistic way. "
" I think you should only wear jewellery if it has a story behind it. "
" Each performance and each film is what it is. It's right and belongs within that moment. You look at it and try to make it fit your particular part of your character and your particular film. "
" I just don't like the whole Hollywood thing. "