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" It's difficult for me to say, but I don't think the sex scenes are particularly erotic. "
" You know, I don't think you need to be educated to be a great actor. "
" Great actors try to dismiss all ideas from their conscious mind in order to provide an experience that is real. "
" I have great mood swings, maybe because of playing lots of different characters as I do. I'm like a gymnast whose muscles get too stretched. I've got better at it, but I have a lot of emotional energy. "
" It's an awful thing to be aware of your own corruption. I think a lot of people are bound by the particular economic system we work in to serve companies and masters who aren't really telling people what they're doing. "
" There have been more books alone written about Hamlet than have been written about the Bible. "
" Our job is to make manifest the story, to be it. In a sense, the theatre is such a big star itself, bigger than any Shakespearean actor I could hire, that we should take the opportunity to fill it with voice and verse and movement, not interpretation. "
" My understanding is that we are generally a very philanthropic and compassionate people - that when there are disasters in the world, individual citizens send loads of money into appeals for different things. We're a bloody violent people, football fans, and we've been successful at wars, and we sell far too many weapons. "
" It's strange how the mind works while you're acting, because you have all sorts of quick thoughts going on as well as the motivations with the character. "
" I can't believe, even in 'The Guardian,' people ask the questions, 'Where did ISIS come from?' 'How did this happen?' 'Why do young Muslim women go off to join them?' Maybe because we've been degrading their people since 1917. Maybe their teenage years are a little bit more stressed than that of Christianity. "
" Pretty much all children are helpful to act with; they lack any guile when they act. "
" Burleigh, absolutely; and a lot about Elizabeth. I mean I found when I play Henry V a lot of connections with the hidden history of the connection between Francis Bacon and Elizabeth. "
" It's an intuitive exercise to do a Shakespeare play and to go through a Shakespeare play. "
" But I don't sit down at dinner and have clever ideas. "
" But I find with Francis Bacon, some of the things were in the place, and someone who was connected with these schools of thought, and someone who had a motivation that equals the scope of the comedy and the tragedy in the plays. "
" I think the idea that life ends when we physically die is as painful as the idea in Cromwell's time that there's some awful purgatory, and you have to give money to the Catholic church to get your loved ones out. I certainly have experienced a lot of evidence that there's a consciousness that isn't physical. "
" And people do enjoy the plays at completely different levels. And, likewise, they enjoy the authorship question... at completely different levels. "
" I didn't particularly aim to be a Shakespeare actor, but I suppose I had a certain gift or it; I certainly got offered lots of it. I liked Complicite and Shared Experience and Kick Theatre, and all the small theatre companies that were getting going. I wanted to be like that, making original theatre. "
" As a leader, you get a pat on the back when you make a hard choice. "
" I think that was very important to Bacon... personally. I think he went to great efforts to get a house for the Stratford man, to make it so difficult for us to prove that it was Francis Bacon, because it is very difficult to prove. "
" Well, my wife always says to me, and I think it's true, it's very difficult for us to understand the Elizabethan understanding and enjoyment and perception of form as it is to say... it would be for them to understand computers or going to the moon or something. "
" So there's a lot of people tied into believing that the traditional response to the authorship question. In terms of actors, some people get very angry about it. "
" And it is a very beautiful idea, and possibly true, that a common man from Stratford with a common education was able to write these plays. "
" Every great filmmaker at some moment makes a war film. "
" Moments are incredible, but in my fantasy mind I see a Globe company which is renowned throughout the world for what it does with pure storytelling. So that people come and say: it's not just the building, it's the only place you can hear this kind of work. "