Many of us live in dysfunctional families, and so even if it's in a fairy tale, or perhaps because it's in a fairy tale, we have a chance to look at that side of our reflected lives differently.
Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.
The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness.
The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary.
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.
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.
It's very strange that the people you love are often the people you're most cruel to.
So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific invitation to an imaginative animation team.
If it's good art, it's good.
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.
I certainly have been guilty of trying to sweep things under the carpet.
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.
My definition of success is control.
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.
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.
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