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" At home, I hardly ever leave London. I don't like the countryside in England. "
" Courage is soldiers fighting on the front line, or people living on the bread line. "
" Comedy is probably a way of dealing with anxiety. Sometimes it's a way of dealing with pain. "
" After I found that I had become an actor, slightly to my surprise, I did have some insecurity, and I did take some rather strange acting classes at a place called The Actor's Studio in London. I don't think they did me any good at all. "
" I frequently dream of having tea with the Queen. "
" I've got four houses in my street. I live in two, and the others are empty. I'll buy more as they come up, because I think it would be great to have the entire street. "
" Some newspapers in Britain have become closer to these kind of mafia families. They wield an incredible power. They choose our governments, they choose our prime ministers, and they live above the law. "
" I wasn't aware I was trading on my good name; I've never had a good name. "
" My whole history of being an actor is unusual and slightly disgraceful because it should be something you burn to do. "
" I certainly hated actors and, more importantly, they hated me. "
" Brexit was a fantastic example of a nation shooting itself full in the face. "
" I have no doubt that I'd be a marvelous father. Maybe not when they're tiny, but when they're a little bit older, I think I'd be rather good. "
" Japanese women have always loved my films, even when no one else did. Ever since I made 'Maurice' in the 1980s, I've been getting hundreds of letter from Japanese girls. They definitely have a special place in my heart. "
" Love scenes are extremely difficult. You're always within a millimeter of sentimentality and 'yuck.' "
" For any new technology there is always controversy and there always some fear associated with it. I think that's just the price of being first sometimes. "
" And film acting is incredibly tedious, just by its nature. It's incredibly, mind numbingly slow. "
" You know everyone loves to be the villain. "
" I've certainly had a bad attitude to my job on many occasions. Not since 'Four Weddings and a Funeral'. I've been rather a good boy and really given it everything when I've accepted a part since then, because I've been given much better parts in films. "
" I think marriage is only necessary if you've got children. It's quite nice for them. "
" I quite like Pilates now. I have a Pilates girl in every city. "
" I'm horrible in the mornings. I'm grumpy. "
" I get very annoyed when people think I'm nice or diffident or a polite English gentleman. I'm a nasty piece of work, and people should know that. "
" I used to pre-rehearse everything and then bring my pre-rehearsed performance to the set. Now, I'm learning to let it happen in the moment. American actors are much better at that than British actors. If I knew how to trust myself, I would have been much more relaxed. "
" Well, you know I have an office, my film offices. So I know that syndrome. I fancy offices, so there must be something wrong with me. Even the window cleaner intrigues me. It's a very sexy environment. "
" For a few years, I thought I was putting show business behind me. I was busy doing other things in life, particularly with politics. I was not out looking for films, really. I lost interest. "
" Broadly speaking, there are two kinds of acting: character acting and lead acting. And in my life, to begin with, in the 1980s, it was all character acting. And then when, by fluke, through 'Four Weddings', I got into doing lead parts, it's a completely different thing. "
" I have this absurd syndrome where I get these out-of-the-blue, pathetic panic attacks. It'll be in a very easy, simple scene when everything is going swimmingly, and then suddenly, bang, I'm shvitzing and can't remember my lines. "
" Theater has always been much more fun. You get a laugh, and it's really encouraging. "
" Frankly, I think I'm marvelous in rehearsal! Then you turn the camera on, and it gets stiff and tight. And then you trudge back to your trailer feeling sad. That's been my experience of film acting. "
" All I know is for a number of years, if someone like me called police for a burglary, a mugging, or something happened to me, chances are that a photographer or reporter would turn up before a policeman. "
" My contemporary art collection began with just needing to put things on the wall. I was looking around my Victorian house thinking, 'What would be the coolest is contemporary art - it will make me look young and interesting.' I'm more than 80 percent skeptical of the whole thing. "