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" Anyone that knows me knows what I'm about, and I'm very much a British actor, a European actor. "
" I'm not someone who believes in wasting my vote. "
" Hunger's a great spur. "
" Acting is a really insular thing. "
" 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. "
" 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? "
" 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. "
" 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. "
" I think I have a natural, if I can say that, got a kind of natural ability in comedy. "
" I often have scripts sent to me with allegedly Scottish characters where I end up telling them, 'You're going to have to rethink this whole thing!' "
" My first love is art, and I see a lot of things in an artistic way. "
" I don't take a great deal of interest in party politics. Social politics interests me a great deal more. "
" My wife was a make-up artist, and she's a total product junkie. Our bathroom is packed full of lotions and potions so I end up trying them out. "
" I hate the word 'hippy.' "
" 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. "
" If there's anything you want to ask your parents, ask them before they go, because once they go, they're gone. "
" When I look back at it now, my past and the way I grew up, I grew up on communes. "
" To be honest I don't think I was any great shakes as a theatre actor because everything I was doing was really small in size - intimate. "
" I just don't like the whole Hollywood thing. "
" There are a lot of things that make up a performance, a lot of technical things. It isn't always just about pulling it up from the darkest recesses of your mind or your heart. It's your experience and your observation. "
" 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. "
" A lot of the characters I play have problems, they are marginalised, they have serious psychological problems, problems with relationships, with childhood. These are big subjects, big subjects. You can't balk at work like that. As an actor, that's as good as it gets. "
" The script will point you in certain directions and I go the opposite if I can. I try do do one thing and tell a different story with my eyes. I believe what's more interesting is always what's not being said. "
" I used to be a rabid reader, but now it's scripts or nothing - network television is quite relentless, and you can't drop the ball. "
" I was 16 when I was in a band, for about 10 minutes. I went off and did acting after that. So it was a wee moment for me when I sang. "
" I'd work with Danny Boyle every day of the week. No matter what he was doing I would do that. "
" I think you should only wear jewellery if it has a story behind it. "
" A lot of my work is with children and there's a reason for that, because they really level you. "
" 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. "
" I love sci-fi because it leads in the imagination, and I always say it has the most intelligent fans in the world. "
" I've always taken my love of children from my father. He was a children magnet. Suddenly, having my first child hit home what my dad went through. "