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It was extremely important to show that Wilde's sexuality was not just some intellectual idea. It was real, and it was about the human body. To just have mentioned it and not shown it would have been, I think, peculiar and wrong.
It only takes a room of Americans for the English and Australians to realise how much we have in common.
It is a cliche that most cliches are true, but then like most cliches, that cliche is untrue.
I've always had great respect for Paddington because he is amusingly English and eccentric. He is a great British institution and my generation grew up with the books and then Michael Horden's animations.
I'd probably want to teach at university, because children would drive me insane. I suspect it would be English literature, Shakespeare and so forth. I've always been deeply, deeply in love with that kind of thing.
I think we have all experienced passion that is not in any sense reasonable.
I think the fact that I'm so well known to be gay makes it very difficult to have a convincing relationship with a woman on screen. It wouldn't be at all difficult for me to kiss a woman - I'll kiss a frog if you like.
I think my view is that whenever you project into the future you're never likely to be accurate in the details, or the paraphernalia and style.
I shouldn't be saying this - high treason, really - but I sometimes wonder if Americans aren't fooled by our accent into detecting brilliance that may not really be there.
I like to think of myself at home in the armchair, writing, smoking and occasionally wandering down the shop.
I have pushed the boat out as far as I should in terms of taking on too many things. I'm getting older and I just could not take it any more. I am now monitoring myself very closely and I'm just trying not to get into that sort of state again.
I get an urge, like a pregnant elephant, to go away and give birth to a book.
I am a lover of truth, a worshipper of freedom, a celebrant at the altar of language and purity and tolerance.
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