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Born: 1969-04-03
Profession: Actor
Nation: Australian
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Acting is a bit of a heart and soul exercise with me. It's kind of all I've got.

Tags: Acting, Heart, Soul

As an outsider in America, you do see the kind of hypocrisy that's rampant there.

Tags: America, Hypocrisy, Outsider

I've spent various periods of my career being thought of as various things, various degrees of substance and ideas.

Tags: Career, Ideas, Thought

There's very little different between the way the government operates in America and the way criminals do.

Tags: America, Between, Government

You can certainly extend your adolescence. There's people that are very good at extending it indefinitely.

Tags: Extend, Extending, Good

At 15 I had moved out of my parents' place, and my options were looking pretty narrow. But I had this acting thing and I just wanted to be able to keep going because it was really good. That was all I wanted.

Tags: Good, Parents, Pretty

I mean, there's a sense wherein you skip a part of childhood, too, when you start working at that age I did; I was out working and out of home at 15, paying my own way in the world.

Tags: Age, Home, Mean

I think now there's much more of a confessional culture. That's not my bag. I come from a slightly older school of thought: 'give 'em nothin.' You don't plead guilty.

Tags: Give, School, Thought

I think there's a lot of mythos about what's required in acting. The way that actors talk about acting is generally quite punishing, and I think actors want to put forward the idea that they do all of this work because, you know, it's a post-De Niro world, when, largely, in fact, it's almost never true.

Tags: Forward, True, Work

One of the things that I found very confronting in my early working life was that people thought I was some sensitive doe-eyed lovelorn boy, because they'd seen me do that a couple of times. What tends to happen is you get a run of similar roles.

Tags: Happen, Life, Thought

The people I've encountered who are really dangerous in my life don't go around with their fangs drawn - they are dangerous because of the way they interpret what's going on.

Tags: Dangerous, Drawn, Life

I myself love getting cookbooks and novels that some congenial person has already tried and liked.

Tags: Getting, Love, Tried

I listen to lots of music, especially Bach, opera (all periods), German lieder, chamber music, and rock, old and new. I can't listen to music while I write. It's too absorbing.

Tags: Music, Old, Rock

I published only in academic journals in philosophy until I was in my 40s, but I had been writing fiction and poetry my whole adult life - without ever once trying to publish it, and rarely letting anyone read it.

Tags: Life, Poetry, Writing

Many books have mattered enormously to my life and work. 'David Copperfield' by Charles Dickens would be one of several contenders for 'most influential.' I first read it at 13 and have reread it dozens of times since.

Tags: Life, Times, Work

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