The elderly are all someone's flesh and blood and we cannot just shut them in a cupboard and hand over the responsibility for taking care of them to the state.
Childhood didn't have a big influence on me, really - in fact I spent most of it plotting how to escape.
My mother wanted me to be a teacher. She had this vision of me walking across the quadrangle in an Oxford college wearing my academic gown.
When children have grieving parents it's also common for them to feel an obligation to cheer them up and make them happy.
Many actors have protested about mobile phones going off in theatres, but the real menace now is people texting during a show. It may only disturb a few people around them, but for me, as an actor, when I spot them answering their emails, I am outraged.
Shakespeare wrote all there is that we need to know about dementia in 'King Lear.'
Artists probably should have some impenetrable aspects of themselves.
Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work. There's huge, visionary poetry in it.
I actually wanted to be a writer long before I wanted to be an actor.
You could say Shakespeare is so extraordinary precisely because he was so ordinary. He had all the usual anxieties and understandings of what it is to have children, lose children, get married, struggle to make a living and so on.
Everything that we have gone through, are going through, and will go through is there in Shakespeare. It is all of human life.
Having caught a glimpse of what I might be able to do with my talent, I feel a tremendous obligation to try to fulfill it.
He spent hours and hours and hours practising these conjuring tricks. It's just such a curious thing.
I don't have any big regrets.
I don't practise any religion but I am deeply interested in the answers that mankind has come up with to explain the human situation.
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