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Quotes (17)

  • I do take my work seriously and the way to do that is not to take yourself too seriously.
  • [on longtime partner Rima Horton] I think every relationship should be allowed to have its own rules. She's tolerant. She's incredibly tolerant. Unbelievably tolerant. Possibly a candidate for sainthood.
  • Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.
  • I do feel more myself in America. I can regress there, and they have roller-coaster parks.
  • [on not being a father] I love to travel and I don't have children, so there is a certain freedom.
  • If you spend any time in Los Angeles, there's only one topic of conversation.
  • Los Angeles is not a town full of airheads. There's a great deal of wonderful energy there.
  • I love America because whenever I go home -- there's something about England and coming from England -- but as soon as you walk down the steps of the plane, you shrink. And you have to start saying "sorry" and being polite and curtsying and things like that... America just lets me be the klutz I really am.
  • I approach every part I'm asked to do and decide to do from exactly the same angle: who is this person, what does he want, how does he attempt to get it, and what happens to him when he doesn't get it, or if he does?
  • It's a great pleasure to me to work on film now as well as on the stage. But it is no soft option. It isn't easier. It's in many ways more difficult, and it's a different kind of a challenge. You have to think a lot quicker and be a lot more immediate. And watching Bruce [Bruce Willis] and Kevin [Kevin Costner] and Tom Selleck deal with that has been an education.
  • I've learned a lot working with Bruce [Bruce Willis] and Kevin [Kevin Costner]. I mean, I'm the one that's there to learn, actually, in that situation.
  • The job of directing it is absolutely terrifying. But you realise you've learned so much down the line... like Anthony [Anthony Minghella]'s vulnerability on the set of Truly Madly Deeply (1990). He gathered all the actors together on day one and said: "I have one word: help." Ralph [Ralph Fiennes] gave me another piece of advice, which was, "The danger of directing yourself is that you are embarrassed about going for another take." [2015]
  • [on his role in Die Hard (1988)] As far as I'm concerned, I'm not playing the villain. I'm just playing somebody who wants certain things in life, has made certain choices, and goes after them.
  • It will be a wonderful day, the day I can have a dog. I have a love-hate relationship with white silk.
  • I don't play villains, I play very interesting people.
  • I'm not playing a villain, I'm just playing somebody who has a certain checklist of things that he wants in life and he goes after them (about his character Sheriff of Nottingham)
  • Genre is a dangerous word. When I made An Awfully Big Adventure (1995), it was coming hot on the heels of Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994). Because Mike Newell directed it and Hugh Grant was in it, for some reason people thought - I can't think why - that they were going to see Four Weddings and a Funeral again, as if Mike Newell would be interested in doing it twice. That's another film which has acquired its reputation over the years, but at the time people were disaffected by its darkness.