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Born: 1939-10-27
Profession: Actor
Nation: English
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The Americans all love 'The Holy Grail', and the English all love 'Life Of Brian', and I'm afraid on this one, I side with the English.

Tags: Afraid, Life, Love

The thrill I got discovering Buster Keaton when I was growing up was so exciting. He was one of the greats.

Tags: Exciting, Growing, Thrill

Well, the only way I can get a leading-man role is if I write it.

Tags: Role, Write

Who's ever going to write a film in which I get the girl? Me!

Tags: Film, Girl, Write

Wine is wonderful stuff. But so many people are put off by the snobbery of it.

Tags: Put, Wine, Wonderful

If I can get you to laugh with me, you like me better, which makes you more open to my ideas. And if I can persuade you to laugh at the particular point I make, by laughing at it you acknowledge its truth.

Tags: Laugh, Makes, Truth

For me, the great problem growing up in England was that I had a very narrow concept of what God can be, and it was damn close to an old man with a beard.

Tags: God, Great, Problem

I can't tell you how scary it can be walking onto a movie and suddenly joining this family, it's like going to somebody else's Christmas dinner, everyone knows everyone, and you're there and you're not quite sure what you're supposed to be doing.

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I was very sad to hear of the death of Ronnie Barker, who was such a warm, friendly and encouraging presence to have when I started in television. He was also a great comic actor to learn from.

Tags: Death, Great, Sad

When the target audience is American teenage kids, you can have problems. My generation prized really fine acting and writing. Sometimes you have to go back to the basic principles which underpin great visual comedy.

Tags: Great, Sometimes, Writing

Filming takes a lot out of you. It really does. It's immensely demanding, and you have to put the rest of your life in the icebox until you do your final shot.

Tags: Life, Put, Until

I had a very, very difficult relationship with my mother, who was supremely self-centred. She was hilariously self-centred. She did not really take interest in anything that didn't immediately affect her.

Tags: Difficult, Her, Mother

I just think that sometimes we hang onto people or relationships long after they've ceased to be of any use to either of you. I'm always meeting new people, and my list of friends seems to change quite a bit.

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I tend to have an odd split in my mind: I tend to look at it as a writer and when the writing thing is OK and I'm happy with it, then I put on my actor's hat.

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I think it's because in America you always get the sense that if you fail, you can just pack up your things and go somewhere else and try again. But in England, it's so geographically small that if somebody succeeds here, it reduces your chances of succeeding.

Tags: America, Small, Try

I think that sometimes you do something that makes a small group of people laugh, which is all we were trying to do; we were just trying to make each other laugh.

Tags: Laugh, Small, Trying

I was always a sports nut but I've lost interest now in whether one bunch of mercenaries in north London is going to beat another bunch of mercenaries from west London.

Tags: Another, Lost, Sports

I would say that I began with a very edgy, very driven personality and after a sufficient amount of therapy over many, many years, I managed to become rather relaxed and happy.

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It seems astounding to me now that the video games are perhaps as important as the movie themselves. And people will spend 2 or 3 years obsessing about the video game in exactly the same way that they'd be obsessing about the movie if they were working on that.

Tags: Game, Themselves, Working

My compulsion to always be working has become less strong and my current business is purely down to this enormous alimony. If I wasn't doing this I'd be making documentaries about wildlife and other subjects that interest me.

Tags: Business, Strong, Working
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If God did not intend for us to eat animals, then why did he make them out of meat?

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You don't have to be the Dalai Lama to tell people that life's about change.

Tags: Change, Life, Tell

If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play.

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I used to desire many, many things, but now I have just one desire, and that's to get rid of all my other desires.

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The really good idea is always traceable back quite a long way, often to a not very good idea which sparked off another idea that was only slightly better, which somebody else misunderstood in such a way that they then said something which was really rather interesting.

Tags: Else, Good, Said

A wonderful thing about true laughter is that it just destroys any kind of system of dividing people.

Tags: Laughter, True, Wonderful

But then acting is all about faking. We're all very good at faking things that we have no competence with.

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He who laughs most, learns best.

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A man will give up almost anything except his suffering.

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I find it rather easy to portray a businessman. Being bland, rather cruel and incompetent comes naturally to me.

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God was treated like this powerful, erratic, rather punitive father who has to be pacified and praised. You know, flattered.

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The English contribution to world cuisine - the chip.

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I think that money spoils most things, once it becomes the primary motivating force.

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Sci-fi has never really been my bag. But I do believe in a lot of weird things these days, such as synchronicity. Quantum physics suggests it's possible, so why not?

Tags: Days, Possible, Why

Comedy always works best when it is mean-spirited.

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Don't let anyone tell you what you ought to like... Some wines that some experts think are absolutely exquisite don't appeal to me at all.

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If life were fair, Dan Quayle would be making a living asking 'Do you want fries with that?'

Tags: Life, Living, Making

Most of the bad taste I've been accused of has been generic bad taste; it's been making fun of an idea as opposed to a person.

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The most creative people have this childlike facility to play.

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England is a fairly envious little country and it's embodied in the press. They don't like anyone being more distinguished than they are.

Tags: Anyone, Country, Press

I can never do better than Fawlty Towers whatever I do. Now I very much want to teach young talent some rules of the game.

Tags: Game, Whatever, Young

I don't miss London much. I find it crowded, vast and difficult to get around. Cabs are incredibly expensive.

Tags: Difficult, London, Miss

I want to write a book which is the history of comedy.

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In Britain, girls seem to be either bright or attractive. In America, that's not the case. They're both.

Tags: America, Both, Either

Michael Palin decided to give up on his considerable comedy talents to make those dreadfully tedious travel shows. Have you ever tried to watch one?

Tags: Comedy, Give, Travel