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" My parents are the reason I wanted to make Shakespeare available to ordinary people. "
" I feel more Irish than English. I feel freer than British, more visceral, with a love of language. Shot through with fire in some way. That's why I resist being appropriated as the current repository of Shakespeare on the planet. That would mean I'm part of the English cultural elite, and I am utterly ill-fitted to be. "
" Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don't get so worked up about things. "
" Shakespeare's always on my dance card if it can be. "
" Certainly, I'm excited by epic subjects. It doesn't particularly frighten me. "
" A lot of the films I've done have links to other movies that I've directed in the past. "
In The Past
" I was a big admirer of F.D.R. He saved Britain. "
" When you cast someone like Natalie Portman, the character can't just be the love interest. "
" If it's good art, it's good. "
" I read the final Wallander novel, 'The Troubled Man,' not long after it was published. "
" You can't live in nostalgia-land. "
" In Northern Ireland, I truly, effortlessly, knew who I was. I knew where I belonged. I felt completely and utterly secure. "
" I come from the theatre; my bones are in the theatre. It's as natural as breathing to want to be in the theatre. "
" One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's characters is his courage to face up to the darker elements of his personality. "
" What happens is that with difficult processes on a film, they get very intensely compressed because a clock is ticking. "
" I only got 'War and Peace' on the third attempt. "
" I went to Moscow and met some slightly powerful and scary people. "
" It's funny to be in rooms where you were originally referred to as 'The Shakespeare Guy' and to suddenly be in the position where you're 'The Blockbuster Guy.' That's a pretty unusual turnabout, I must say. "
" Sir Derek Jacobi has been an inspiration to so many actors and audiences throughout his brilliant career. To see him in Shakespeare is an event in itself. "
" 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. "
" Variety is very, very good. Going from medium to medium, if you get the chance to do it, from theater to television to film, which are all distinctly different, keeps me sharp. "
" I did 'Celebrity' by Woody Allen. I did 'The Gingerbread Man' with Robert Altman. These were big talents. "
" Do you know what I feel about Dr. Who's? I feel the same way as I do about the Bonds. I love them all. I love them all! I don't have favorites. "
" Life is about making plans from which you deviate, almost always. If you are lucky, you do come up with a plan. "
" I was stuck in a wheelchair playing this deranged villain. I felt this mass amount of rage at being so confined. I thought, 'What can I do that is the direct opposite of this situation?' The only thing I could think of was that I could sing and dance. "
" I don't find myself so exercised by a desperation to be new. "
" The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary. "
" I don't think Hamlet is mad, nor is he predisposed to be a gloomy or tragic figure. "
" The Chinese say, 'It's good to live in interesting times.' "
" For what it's worth, I enjoy 'Dexter,' 'Modern Family,' 'True Blood' and 'Breaking Bad.' I've enjoyed the wonderful 'The Pacific.' "
" A creative and artistic home is what I've been looking for in the theatre. "