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" Allan Cubitt has written exceptional material, and I feel very privileged to be working with him and the very talented cast. "
" Who wouldn't want to be wizard, at least for a day, as long as you didn't have the dilemmas and the situations that Merlin was thrown into. I'd be happy if you could actually use the powers to have a bit of fun and do something good for the world and maybe for yourself, whereas Merlin's kind of limited in that he has to look after Arthur. "
" Merlin is the unsung hero who is often responsible for things turning out positively, but rarely gets credit for that. "
" You immediately hear the word 'Merlin,' you think magic, you think adventure, excitement - you also think 'an old man.' "
" For me, it's all I've wanted to do. I did local plays and productions, local theater groups and anything that involved it. And then, I went and studied it, attended drama school and got my first lucky break in the theater in London, and just went from there. "
" So many different countries have got their version of what Merlin is: the Scottish say he Scottish, the Welsh say he's Welsh, the French say he's French. "
" Everyone in London, Wales, and France made the 'Merlin' experience a very, very special one. "
" I think, as a kid, whenever you say you want to be an actor, you get discouraged, so perhaps if I had have listened to those people telling me that, I might have gone down the route of a teacher. But I was never really going to do that. "
" The big, big block in the Arthur/Merlin friendship is the status issue, that Merlin is the servant and Arthur is royalty, and in that time, princes did not socialize with their servants; that wasn't the done thing. It just so happens that their relationship, their friendship, is strong: they have been through the thick and the thin of it all. "
" I never choose a genre over quality. I never think, 'I want to do that,' and sacrifice the fact it might not be very good. "
" In any kid's relationship with their parents, there's always an influence there. You always want to do them proud. "
" To do stories that I love, scripts that I love, and work with people who are passionate about them and passionate about projects - whether that's on stage or television or film, that's the kind of environment I want to work in. "
" For me, one of my favorites, director-wise, is Tim Burton. I also really admire the work of actors like Sean Penn. He is probably my favorite actor because of his dedication and commitment to roles, and the ability to morph and change himself when he needs to. It's about dedication and commitment and a passion. "
" You have to strike while the iron is hot. You have to take downtime to see friends and family, but my passion is acting: pursuing those scary, challenging characters and working with passionate people. "
Friends And Family
" Nowadays, kids know how a programme like Merlin is made and how it works. But the show just seems to grow in popularity the more it goes on. "
" I read 'The Crystal Cave' book by Mary Stewart, and I thought it was a really, really interesting part of the legend, in which Merlin could enter into the cave with these crystals and see reflections of the future in them and learn how to use that and harness those powers for himself. "
" Any Arthurian enthusiast who has watched 'Merlin' has probably concluded that it's not accurate whatsoever - but, it's not meant to be. It's not meant to be a true telling. It's in a fantasy setting, it's really concentrating on the fantasy element. "
" When I think of Camelot, I think of the castle in France where we film, but I think it's wrong to lock it down to one place because it's all part of our imagination. They are legends for a reason. Their stories have endured for hundreds of years and, hopefully, they will for hundreds of years to come. "
" The enormous responsibility and protectiveness a man has to feel towards his family when they are threatened was a revelation to me. I have now experienced manhood. "
" Any kids out there, don't base your homework on 'Merlin.' Just enjoy it and then read the books. "
" I'm still too hungry for whatever comes next. "
" Doors that presented themselves before, which I couldn't walk through, are at least there. And there are a few keyholes I can pick. "
" 'The Living And The Dead' is one of those scripts that you read and are instantly compelled and engaged by. It's intelligent, chilling, and engrossing. "
" Merlin was very definitely supposed to be an old man guiding the young Arthur to the throne. "
" Hats off to Julian and Johnny, the producers, for sticking to their guns with the five-season story arc of 'Merlin'. It would have been too easy to give in to demand and stretch the show on beyond their original plan because of its incredible success. "
" I'm just happy to be doing what I always wanted to do. Sometimes you have to remind yourself how privileged you are. "
" You always want to be part of something you're so passionate about. "
" I cannot wait to come back to Glasgow. I know the place like the back of my hand. In fact, one of the jobs I had as a student was in Cineworld. And I was always at gigs in King Tut's, Nice 'n' Sleazy's and the Barras. I played Ultimate Frisbee down on Glasgow Green and pulled pints in O'Neill's on Queen Street. "
" The fantasy genre is so in at the moment. Viewers want to escape from their lives and watch something that is so separate from their everyday existence. People have always wanted to escape their lives - that's why they go to movies and the theatre. "
" The fans are so supportive. It's amazing when you work on something for so long and find that your fans match your passion - and in many cases exceed it. That's really gratifying. "
" If I'm not completely daunted, I'm not interested. "