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" I don't think Hamlet is mad, nor is he predisposed to be a gloomy or tragic figure. "
" At the end of every stage performance, the audience all applaud me for doing my job, but I have friends who work in offices who don't get that. "
" Shakespeare is rhythmic; he is musical in the sense that he likes poetry, and he's musical because he constantly refers to settings where there's singing and dancing. "
" 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. "
" 'Jack Ryan' is a very fast-paced, very contemporary, very action-driven thriller. "
" 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. "
" I only really cast people who are desperate to be in it - who were dying to be in it, whose talent I believed in and were dead ready to do the work that was necessary. "
" It's very strange that the people you love are often the people you're most cruel to. "
" I've always loved pure, silly slapstick comedy. It always makes me laugh. "
" The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary. "
" 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. "
" Life is surreal and beautiful. "
" I'm interested in creating new work. "
" It's quite hard for people to just accept that they're very contradictory. "
" What happens is that with difficult processes on a film, they get very intensely compressed because a clock is ticking. "
" 'Frankenstein' feels like an ancient tale, the kind of traditional story that appears in many other forms. "
" I read the final Wallander novel, 'The Troubled Man,' not long after it was published. "
" Certainly, I'm excited by epic subjects. It doesn't particularly frighten me. "
" I have a pathetic urge at some stage in my life to be able to pull out my wallet and pull out a little card on which it would say, 'Kenneth Branagh, artistic director.' "
" 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?' "
" 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. "
" My definition of success is control. "
" What you want is the opportunity to work and an audience. Prizes after that are just a great big bonus. "
" I think in the wake of the domination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everyone is now looking for a grand plan. "
" In the hands of a great poet, words have ways of affecting us in ways we don't understand. "
" I certainly have been guilty of trying to sweep things under the carpet. "
" In the case of 'Jack Ryan,' it was a huge collaboration, and I enjoyed it very much, and most of all, I want the audience to enjoy it, too. I want them to feel immersed in this world. "
" I don't know that there is too far, actually. I think there's only too bad. If it's bad you've gone too far. "
" I do think that, for instance, we've been very lucky to have theatrical careers and be associated with Shakespeare which sometimes gives you a kind of bogus kudos. "
" I went to Moscow and met some slightly powerful and scary people. "
" The long version of the play is actually an easier version to follow. In all of the cut versions the intense speeches are cut too close together for the audience and the actors. "