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" Culturally, politically, everywhere you look... Read the newspaper. Go online. Our world has gone to hell. "
" I'm probably a Libertarian, if I had to put myself in any category. But you don't come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons. "
" I was never really that interested in the punk movement. I was a blues guy: I liked Motown, James Brown. "
" Overall I enjoy a certain anonymity. I live a very normal, very ordinary life. "
" Getting sober was one of the three pivotal events in my life, along with becoming an actor and having a child. Of the three, finding my sobriety was the hardest thing. "
" It's a shame about California, and particularly about L.A., where they've demolished so many landmarks. It's a bit of a disease there, where if anything is over 30 years old, they sort of knock it down and replace it. It's a strange town, it's this sprawling suburb, and then there's a city, the old town. "
" As a drama student I got into Thirties and Forties suits. "
" Rather like Batman, I embody the themes of the movie which are the values of family, courage and compassion and a sense of right and wrong, good and bad and justice. "
" People imagine that actors are being offered everything and you are not. So things come in and sometimes there are things that I want and can't get a meeting on, or go to a different actors. "
" Being an actor is a good way to earn a living. And to meet fabulous people. It's great to live very comfortably. I've been lucky, I've had a lot of fun with great roles, but it is true that if I were extremely rich, I would stop and I would go to play football on a beach in the Caribbean with my children. "
" If one could have a wish, or an alternative life, I would've liked to have been John Lennon. "
" I don't go to premieres. I don't go to parties. I don't covet the Oscar. I don't want any of that. I don't go out. I just have dinner at home every night with my kids. Being famous, that's a whole other career. And I haven't got any energy for it. "
" What other people think of me is none of my business. "
" I applaud anything that can take a kid away from a PlayStation or a Gameboy. That is a miracle in itself. "
" I enjoy playing characters where the silence is loud. "
" I have three kids who like Harry Potter so I was sort of aware of it. You can't really move from it: it's on buses, in stores, it's everywhere. One of my kids has read the books; the other two are too small but they like the movies. "
" My big love was the Beatles. I was more into music. "
" I took a bit of a back seat, I had kids and I wanted to focus on them. There's that period in the late '90s, the early 2000s, where I didn't do a great deal. "
" I'm rarely asked to play the smartest man in the room. "
" There's no handbook for parenting. So you walk a very fine line as a parent because you are civilizing these raw things. They will tip the coffee over and finger-paint on the table. At some point, you have to say, 'We're gonna have to clean that up because you don't paint with coffee on a table.' "
" Wanting to be a good actor is not good enough. You must want to be a great actor. You just have to have that. "
Not Good Enough
" I don't think Hollywood knows what to do with me. I would imagine that when it comes to romantic comedies, my name would be pretty low down on the list. "
" When I decided that I might want to do acting for a living - I don't know where it really came from, since there was no school play or any of that - my mom gave me her blessing. I had to get a scholarship - that was the only way I could have gone to drama school. "
" I tend to read non-fiction. "
" Shakespeare doesn't really write subtext, you play the subtext. "
" Political correctness has become a straightjacket. "
" It's becoming increasingly harder and harder; there's no such thing as independent film anymore. There aren't any, they don't exist. In the old days you could go and get a certain amount of the budget with foreign sales, now everybody wants a marketable angle. "
" And of course I've got kids of my own now, and they love me being in the Harry Potter films. I'm now part of a phenomenon. You become incredibly cool to your kids, and you get a young fan base. So you became the cool dad at school. You're suddenly hip. "
" I had what AA calls 'a convincer' - which made me realize that I couldn't do it any more. I went out drinking for about 70 hours here in London. At the end I knew I was done. "
" I still don't have a publicist. If I'm in a film, you have an obligation to promote it, I'll do as much as I can. "
" It's funny: I'm a lifelong musician, but because I principally play the piano it's been a solitary thing. "