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" My parents felt that acting was far too insecure. Don't ask me what made them think that painting would be more secure. "
" I like the physical activity of gardening. It's kind of thrilling. I do a lot of weeding. "
" I was completely crazy and mad when I was young. I was absolutely in love with the dissolute. "
" The things that I've enjoyed most are not really science fiction. They are not much fun to make because there are so many toys involved. They are fun for directors who like toys, like Ridley Scott, but they are not a lot of fun to make. A lot of hanging around, changing this and that. "
" The most difficult thing about painting is the self-discipline. When I finish a job, I give myself a few days, but then I have to discipline myself quite fiercely if I want to do some painting that's worthwhile. Otherwise, you're just doodling. It's much easier when you're just told what you have to do. "
" I never quite understand why we watch the news. There doesn't really seem much point watching somebody tell you what the news is when you could quite easily listen to it on the radio. "
" Nudes are the greatest to paint. Everything you can find in a landscape or a still life or anything else is there: darkness and light, character dimension, texture. I painted heads too, of course. "
" It's an immensely competitive business, and I can tell you the older you get, the parts are fewer, and the people who are proven performers are greater. "
" I've never felt that anger is a very powerful emotion. "
" I've never changed the way I live. I still walk the streets; I don't give a damn. And everyone's very nice to me. But this new idea of being famous for no reason at all? I can't actually get my head round it. "
" I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine. How that process happens, I'm sorry to tell you I can't describe. "
" There's an awful lot of hanging around when you're doing science fiction. Going down and waiting for them to set up, being told to go back to your dressing room while they change the track and the lighting and so on. "
" Pretending to be other people is my game and that to me is the essence of the whole business of acting. "
" I gave up religious thinking a long time ago and am really just an agnostic now. "
" It would be difficult to have any unfulfilled ambitions because I don't have any ambitions. I've never been that kind of performer. "
" I mark a script like an exam, and I try not to do anything under 50 per cent. Similarly with the part. And also film is a peculiar thing, parts don't necessarily read in script form anything like as well as they can do when it comes to materialising. "
" Also the wonderful thing about film, you can see light at the end of the tunnel. You did realise that it is going to come to an end at some stage. "
End Of The Tunnel
" We're all just passing time and occupy our chair very briefly. "
" One thing that is likely to make you lose touch is if you keep in touch with the past too much. "
" If you do an interview in 1960, something it's bound to change by the year 2000. And if it doesn't, then there's something drastically wrong. "
" If I'm in theatre, cinema doesn't even cross my mind. Similarly when I'm making a film, theatre doesn't cross my mind. "
" I am not an enormous believer in research being the be-all and end-all. I get suspicious when I read about actors spending six months in a clinic, say, in order to play someone who is sick. "
" I remember once when I told Lindsay Anderson at a party that acting was just a sophisticated way of playing cowboys and Indians he almost had a fit. "
" Each day, as you get older, there is a new perspective on life. It's a progression of some sort. "
" I don't care about the length of anything I play, as long as it's a good character. "