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" It's easy enough to plan jobs, to plan a lot of work. "
" It's interesting, the more successful you become the more people want to give you stuff for nothing. "
" It is fun to explore these kick-butt characters. "
" The putting on of vestments and lighting candles, it's a wonderful ritual that never changes from one Mass to another. "
" Queen's University flies the flag for the arts in Northern Ireland and beyond. "
" I'm very much a homebody. "
" But let's just say, I'm Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist. "
" And the Institute sent me a little film footage of Kinsey himself preparing to do an interview for television to talk about his work, so that was quite valuable for me. "
" I will never become a director or a movie producer. I was always looking at picture directing because I didn't know what to do! You can't be a movie director without real preparation. "
" Well, I think I've made 44 films and only like four times I've played real characters I'm just drawn to people who have a pioneer spirit, this extraordinary energy and commitment to their cause. "
" I offer my performance as prayer for someone I've worked with as an actor or someone who has died. The image that comes into my head as I walk to the stage, I offer that performance up for that person. "
" Well I think people think sex is controversial. Not always, but certainly it's something to be discussed. "
" I'm still a proud Irishman, of course, but I've become an American citizen. I'm very, very proud of that. "
" I'm Irish, so I'm used to odd stews. I can take it. Just throw a lot of carrots and onions in there and I'll call it dinner. "
" A sex symbol? A symbol of sex? I don't think that I am a sex symbol, although it's very flattering. I'm 59, now, so I think I'm possibly past my sell-by date. I think I am. "
" I think there must be some other life forms, even if they're microscopic. "
" Getting married and settling down isn't the most important thing in my life. "
" And as the hour approached for the execution, in his own mind, Collins became both the executioner and the victim. He would pace up and down, transformed in almost a kind of exorcism when he knew he was responsible for taking someone's life. "
" There seems to be more opportunities for old guys like me to do a little fighting and running because the lead characters also require a bit of depth and maturity and gravitas that one is likely to acquire doing drama all those years. "
" I'm not the kind of actor that would know what my character had for breakfast last Tuesday. "
" I have no desire to play King Lear or Hamlet. I never had a grand ambition. I just followed my nose. "
" For all of nature's wonder and beauty, it is also hostile and unpredictable. "
" In bed at night, I could be reading some book, and I'll come across a sentence that's totally unrelated to some scene I did years ago. But I'll play the scene back in my mind and think, I did that wrong - I should've opened the door more slowly. "
" Hollywood is throwing action movies at me. "
" If I get rejected for a part, I pick myself up and say, 'OK, not today, maybe tomorrow I'll get this other part or something.' "
" To be honest, I'm scared to death of rollercoaster rides. "
To Be Honest
" I came to water late. I learned to swim at the age of 20. "
" Yeah, well, I finally stopped smoking for good. "
" I was reared a Catholic but I think every day we ask ourselves, not consciously, what are we doing on this planet? What's it all about? "
" Acting is invigorating. But I don't analyse it too much. It's like a dog smelling where it's going to do its toilet in the morning. "
" I was very slow in maths, geometry I actually enjoyed. "