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The English people, a lot of them, would not be able to understand a word of spoken Shakespeare. There are people who do and I'm not denying they exist. But it's a far more philistine country than people think.


"And I always thought the biggest failing of Americans was their lack of irony. They are very serious there! Naturally, there are exceptions...the Jewish, Italian, and Irish humor of the East Coast." (Italian Vogue)


(Talking about his success in playing the two Mr. Darcy roles) "I was delighted to become a popular-culture reference point. I'm still delighted about it actually, and I still find it to be weird."


Forget "trying" to be sexy. That's just gruesome.


"Well it doesn't exactly have a ring to it, does it? It's more the sort of name you'd give to your goldfish for a joke." (about his first name)


I have a kind of neutrality, physically, which has helped me. I have a face that can be made to look a lot better or a lot worse, depending on how I want it to look.


The first actor who really blew me away was Paul Scofield in (the movie) A Man for All Seasons (1966). I'd never seen such integrity in acting, and it struck me as a fascinating paradox because acting is artifice. It can be argued to be entirely false. I thought, how can an actor suggest such truth?


I like playing strange characters. Some people might say it has something to do with a hidden part of myself, but I think it's a lot simpler than that: normal people are just not very interesting.


I feel quite strongly about anti-Americanism. I share people's grievances about the current Administration but I remember my father and I watching the Watergate hearings. Here was a country arraigning its own leaders. America has a fantastic history of dissent. (Sept. 2007)


(On the appeal he has to older female fans) I find I'm increasingly lusted after by people beyond pensionable age. I was told of a woman in hospital, diagnosed with high blood pressure, who was told not to watch any more 'Pride and Prejudice'. She was 103.


My grandmother was a minister as well, which was not that common in the 1930s.


Bridget Jones is part of literary lore now and actually to be a part of it is enormously flattering.


I think England has served me very well. I like living in London for the reasons I gave. I have absolutely no intentions of cutting those ties. There is absolutely no reason to do so. Certainly not, so that I can have a swimming pool and a palm tree.


It used to be that I was always paranoid or a loser or something so there's usually something that you seem to associate yourself with at one time or another.


If I want my career to go on, I'm going to have to find some more Fiennes brothers! However, any similarity between them basically stops at their last name. I was in no way reminded of Ralph by working with Joe. I got on fantastically with both of them. I have huge admiration for them as actors but I couldn't compare them. (on losing the girl to both Ralph and Joe Fiennes)


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