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Born: 1949-06-14
Profession: Writer
Nation: South African
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When I am on a long run in a play, I'm not sure how I would fill the days if I did not paint or write. On a basic level, it just stops me going crazy.

Tags: Crazy, Days, Write

You don't expect to get the letter saying, Her Majesty would like to appoint you Knight Commander of the British Empire! It was just a completely overwhelming and exciting day.

Tags: Expect, Her, Saying

A lot of good actors tend to be quite introverted as people.

Tags: Good, Quite, Tend

Every play I do, every book I write, every painting I paint, I will struggle with. I don't know what it's like for a project to come easy.

Tags: Book, Easy, Struggle

I believe deeply in therapy. There's no one in the world who wouldn't benefit from it.

Tags: Benefit, Deeply, Therapy

I don't believe in an afterlife.

Tags: Afterlife

I have no cynicism at all.

Tags: Cynicism

I love playing outsiders, I always do.

Tags: Love, Outsiders, Playing

I love the mixture that's in me. It makes me me. And that's why it's such a shame that people waste energy in denying who they are.

Tags: Energy, Love, Why

I was never built to play the hero. Physically or emotionally... And they're not as rewarding to play. At least for me.

Tags: Hero, Physically, Rewarding

I'm a complete technophobe. I can't even email.

Tags: Complete, Email

I'm a huge fan of David Hockney. I love the way he keeps reinventing himself.

Tags: Fan, Himself, Love

I'm always very proud of belonging to three minorities: gay, Jewish, white South African.

Tags: Gay, Proud, Three

If I could write a letter to my teenage self, I'd probably say something like: 'You ain't gonna believe what will become of you.'

Tags: Become, Self, Write

It's good for actors to confront those things we have to act: panic, pain and death.

Tags: Death, Good, Pain

Life is just more comfortable if you're honest and open about everything. I spent so many years being in the closet about one thing or another.

Tags: Another, Honest, Life

My grandparents all came from Lithuania to South Africa.

Tags: Africa, South

The whole of my acting career is a bit of a mystery to me.

Tags: Acting, Career, Whole

We've all got darkness inside us. And I've got quite a lot of darkness.

Tags: Darkness, Inside, Quite

What drew me to acting in the first place was disguise.

Tags: Acting, Disguise, Place

When I'm painting and drawing I only do people. Acting is obviously portraiture - and writing is as well.

Tags: Acting, Painting, Writing

As a gay Jewish white South African, I belong to quite a lot of minority groups. You constantly have to question who you are, what you are and whether you have the courage to be who you are.

Tags: Courage, Gay, Question

I feel so sorry for younger actors who aren't able to have the opportunities that I had, starting out in repertory theatre. It's really tough on young actors now.

Tags: Sorry, Tough, Young

I have a Woody Allen Jewish attitude to life: that it's all going to be disastrous. That it hasn't all been that way is simply down to some random quirk of fate.

Tags: Attitude, Fate, Life

I never regret things. It's a really dangerous thing to say, but for anyone involved in the arts, the bad things that happen make for good material. It's not a comfortable truth, but it is true.

Tags: Good, True, Truth

I was a weak kid, not good at what all the boys at school were good at and I found that by acting, by being other people, I could liberate myself from those inadequacies.

Tags: Acting, Good, School
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Most of my career has been spent with the RSC doing Shakespeare, and the thing you learn from Shakespeare is that his historical plays don't bear anything other than a basic resemblance to history.

Tags: Career, History, Learn

The amount of good luck coming your way depends on your willingness to act.

Tags: Good, Leadership, Luck

Doing is a quantum leap from imagining.

Tags: Leadership, Leap, Quantum

When you play it too safe, you're taking the biggest risk of your life. Time is the only wealth we're given.

Tags: Life, Risk, Time

When you start using senses you've neglected, your reward is to see the world with completely fresh eyes.

Tags: Eyes, Moving On, Start

It's essential to distinguish between events that are really beyond your control and events you caused yourself.

Tags: Between, Control, Yourself

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you're willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.

Tags: Learn, Life, Time

And our dreams are who we are.

Tags: Dreams

Change is not only likely, it's inevitable.

Tags: Change, Inevitable, Likely

Isolation is a dream killer.

Tags: Dream, Isolation

Resentment is weak and lowers your self-esteem.

Tags: Resentment, Weak

Real obstacles don't take you in circles. They can be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.

Tags: Obstacles, Overcome, Real

The cure for sorrow is to learn something.

Tags: Learn, Sorrow, Sympathy

You must go after your wish. As soon as you start to pursue a dream, your life wakes up and everything has meaning.

Tags: After, Life, Wish

Every single one of us can do things that no one else can do - can love things that no one else can love. We are like violins. We can be used for doorstops, or we can make music. You know what to do.

Tags: Love, Music, Single

Imaginary obstacles are insurmountable. Real ones aren't.

Tags: Imaginary, Obstacles, Real

We are like violins. We can be used as doorstops, or we can make music.

Tags: Music, Used, Violins

You don't have to get it right the first time.

Tags: Time
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