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Born: 1960-12-10
Profession: Actor
Nation: Irish
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I started being interested in acting when I heard the voices of Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud and Sir Alec Guinness. I've had the great privilege of working with Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Anthony Hopkins. These are people who inspire the work that I do.

Tags: Great, Work, Working

I think A Midsummer Night's Dream would be terrific because of the transformations that occur. Or The Tempest, things like that. Extraordinary larger than life or supernatural element.

Tags: Dream, Life, Night

Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves.

Tags: Experience, Music, Words

The long version of the play is actually an easier version to follow. In all of the cut versions the intense speeches are cut too close together for the audience and the actors.

Tags: Actually, Follow, Together

There is some mysterious thing that goes on whereby, in the process of playing Shakespeare continuously, actors are surprised by the way the language actually acts on them.

Tags: Actually, Language, Playing

Variety is very, very good. Going from medium to medium, if you get the chance to do it, from theater to television to film, which are all distinctly different, keeps me sharp. What works in one doesn't work in the other, and you have to be looking for the truth of the performance, whatever way that medium might demand.

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I think the best actors are the most generous, the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain, greedy and insecure.

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Actors are the best and the worst of people. They're like kids. When they're good, they're very very good. When they're bad they're very very naughty.

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It's quite hard for people to just accept that they're very contradictory.

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We're self obsessed and mad and stupid - not that other people can't be the same way - but the extremes are kind of honest in some mad way. Anyway, I like them.

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Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.

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My definition of success is control.

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There are some amazing stories from all over this country, where people's work and contribution has been acknowledged. To be part of that is an absolutely fantastic feeling.

Tags: Amazing, Feeling, Work

I certainly have been guilty of trying to sweep things under the carpet.

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I don't know that there is too far, actually. I think there's only too bad. If it's bad you've gone too far.

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I don't think Hamlet is mad, nor is he predisposed to be a gloomy or tragic figure.

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I'm basically quite a cheerful person.

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If it's good art, it's good.

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If you've done a brilliant version it becomes something else.

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In the hands of a great poet, words have ways of affecting us in ways we don't understand.

Tags: Great, Understand, Words

It's very strange that the people you love are often the people you're most cruel to.

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One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's characters is his courage to face up to the darker elements of his personality.

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So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific invitation to an imaginative animation team.

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The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness.

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The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary.

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The glory of 70mm is the sharpness of the image it offers.

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I did not make this a long film for its own sake. I wanted to make an entertaining film and offer it out there for those who want to see it. If word of mouth suggests there is an audience out there, hopefully their cinema will show it.

Tags: Show, Wanted, Word

I do think that, for instance, we've been very lucky to have theatrical careers and be associated with Shakespeare which sometimes gives you a kind of bogus kudos.

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I feel more Irish than English. I feel freer than British, more visceral, with a love of language. Shot through with fire in some way. That's why I resist being appropriated as the current repository of Shakespeare on the planet. That would mean I'm part of the English cultural elite, and I am utterly ill-fitted to be.

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I like to cast actors I admire, one's that are talented. Each one will bring something new to the part. This play has been done thousands of times and now certain characters are too familiar.

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I only really cast people who are desperate to be in it - who were dying to be in it, whose talent I believed in and were dead ready to do the work that was necessary.

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