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Hamlet is an astonishing intelligence.


There's so much crap talked about acting.


If I were to play somebody who ran a fish and chip shop, I would not work in a fish and chip shop for three months. Staring at chips is not going to help me in my performance.


Being a leading man on a film set under the direction of somebody like Dickie Attenborough (Richard Attenborough, director of Gandhi (1982)) is very empowering, and you have to be extremely careful how you use that power.


As an actor there's no autonomy, unless you're prepared to risk the possibility of starving.


I've never had to turn my hand to anything for monetary gain, other than pretending to be somebody else. I'm deeply fortunate.


I don't honestly think people know what acting is.


Fifteen years before I became a screen actor, I was in the theatre. A lot of my work was comedy, which I loved doing. It's harder.


I'm very in love with the fact that the camera is revolted by acting and loves behaviour.


Hopefully, as I get older in the business, I make my choices more accurately, and I perhaps know from either the script or the first meeting that it isn't going to work.


I do remember, as a child, that I always imagined, when I was maybe 6 or 7, my fantasy was that everywhere I went I was being followed by an invisible film crew.


I think the cinema you like has more to do with silence, and the theater you like has more to do with language.


I have a rather naive approach, I think, to my job.


All the great writers root their characters in true human behaviour.


I'm convinced that had I not changed my name, I don't think I would have had quite the same career curve that I eventually had.


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