I learn the lines that JK Rowling or whoever writes them, and say them.
I just play him as myself, I don't ease myself into any role really. I stick a beard on and play me.
Every part I play is just a variant of my own personality. No real character actor, of course, just me.
Yeah, I like causing trouble. It's the teddy boy in me. I used to be a teddy boy. Feeling slightly inferior and wanting to cause a bit of bother and get some action going on in the room rather than get bored stiff.
I am a theatre actor, but the last ten years I've taken parts in movies because it keeps me in money.
I live in fear of being a contented passenger. I'd rather get parts I can't play.
I'm an anorak. I've always been an obsessive collector of things. Richard Briers collects stamps. I collect cars and guns, which are much more expensive, and much more difficult to store.
Richard was in heavy, heavy costume, he could hardly sit, you know, and I turned up and they put me in two layers of silk, so I played him much lighter - you know, floating around in a pair of slippers, a bit of a hippy.
Television has dried up for my generation, so it's plays and films. You get used to being lazy doing films, but classical theatre's going to finish me off.
I belong to quite a lot of learned societies. We collect firearms and discuss them at dinners and clubs and things.
There were no spells at my school, just a smack in the mouth.
A child did approach me in a restaurant in Cornwall, but he thought I was Gandalf.
I'm very flower-like. I love classical music. I go to ballet and I cry. There's nothing so beautiful.
There are more important ways of earning a living, aren't there? Like being a neurosurgeon. But some plays are very important, aren't they?
Maybe that is why kids like Dumbledore: because he is funny rather than a miserable old sod with a long white beard.
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