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As actors, we're all encouraged to feel that each job is the last job. They plant some little electrode in your head at an early stage and you think, 'Be grateful, be grateful, be grateful.'
I come from not just a household but a country where the finesse of language, well-balanced sentence, structure, syntax, these things are driven into us, and my parents, bless them, are great custodians of the English language.
Very often there's this misapprehension about actors being people that need to display themselves, to reveal themselves in public.
Quite honestly, if I were doing work related to a living being or historical being where there was visual or audio recordings available, I would find that extremely difficult because I don't know how you would avoid the process of mimicry. And mimicry, to me at any rate, is a very dull prospect.
I avoid talking about the way I work. But in avoiding it I seem only to have encouraged people to focus their fantasies about me in an ever more fantastical way.
As a member of the audience I don't like it that I can't see what's going on in the eyes and in the face and in the most subtle responses of a performer when I'm more than a few rows back. I find it very frustrating.
When I did make the decision to focus on acting, I think my mother was just relieved for me that I had finally started to focus.
To people who don't know me I'm defined by a number of things that people know about me that are entirely untrue.
My main memories of my father are of his illness.
If you have a certain wildness of spirit, a cabinet maker's workshop is not the place to express it.
I'm not keen on history being tampered with...to any extent.
I'd always felt very strongly in the power of vocation.
It didn't occur to me that it was possible to breathe life into Abraham Lincoln.
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