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" Actors are the best and the worst of people. They're like kids. When they're good, they're very very good. When they're bad they're very very naughty. "
" I like to cast actors I admire, one's that are talented. Each one will bring something new to the part. This play has been done thousands of times and now certain characters are too familiar. "
" A creative and artistic home is what I've been looking for in the theatre. "
" One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's characters is his courage to face up to the darker elements of his personality. "
" I was a big admirer of F.D.R. He saved Britain. "
" There is some mysterious thing that goes on whereby, in the process of playing Shakespeare continuously, actors are surprised by the way the language actually acts on them. "
" Even in the case of a god, audiences - paradoxically - enjoy recognizing the human traits. "
" Shakespeare's always on my dance card if it can be. "
" Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don't get so worked up about things. "
" I think what you're always looking for as artists is to be honest and to continue to be honestly driven by that which you are passionately engaged with. It should need not be forced. "
" I am a long-time hide-behind-the-sofa-in-the-early-Doctor Who-in-the-1960s fan. "
" Do you know what I feel about Dr. Who's? I feel the same way as I do about the Bonds. I love them all. I love them all! I don't have favorites. "
" I had a friend who introduced me to a meditation practice which involves a couple of half-hours a day of meditation, where essentially you try to achieve a stillness that allows you to just be there in the moment. "
" 'Thor' has got several big battles in it, a reckless, headstrong young hero who has to confront his past and deal with a complicated relationship with his father, it has lots of savage Europeans hacking each other to death at various points, and all of this sounded very much like 'Henry V.' "
" I'm always interested in contemporary fiction. "
" My dad, for the first 15 years of my career, on every visit he made to a play or a film set, would find the oldest person on set and say, 'Do you think my son has a future?' "
" Sir Derek Jacobi has been an inspiration to so many actors and audiences throughout his brilliant career. To see him in Shakespeare is an event in itself. "
" The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness. "
" I certainly have been guilty of trying to sweep things under the carpet. "
" To look out of a car in Scania, you see a painting on the horizontal - one windmill, one tiny farmhouse, acres of beet or grass. "
" I don't find myself so exercised by a desperation to be new. "
" I think A Midsummer Night's Dream would be terrific because of the transformations that occur. Or The Tempest, things like that. Extraordinary larger than life or supernatural element. "
" A brother who is unhappy is a dangerous relative to have. "
" It's very strange that the people you love are often the people you're most cruel to. "
" Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves. "
" I suppose that was my first bit of acting, the acquisition of an English accent. It was really just an attempt to be understood. "
" In Northern Ireland, I truly, effortlessly, knew who I was. I knew where I belonged. I felt completely and utterly secure. "
" I did 'Love's Labour's Lost' in the theater and found it to be riotously funny. "
" Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports. "
" It's quite hard for people to just accept that they're very contradictory. "
" I think I do have a way of predicting - not always accurately - what is a nerve-wracking day for actors, what may be a difficult scene or a difficult moment, how small - and it may be down to one line - a thing maybe that is upsetting or undermining a performance. "