At the end of the day, I remain a country boy inside.
I recall the first time my agent told me to wear clothes specifically chosen for me, I would try and find excuses not to do it.
With 'Eagle of the Ninth,' every shot was extremely planned and organized. The director was like, 'Do this!' And I say, 'How was it?' and he says, 'Good.' It was very odd. I would never know where he was headed, or even if he was shooting me at a close-up or from a distance.
I learned to walk on my own legs, to dive so deeply into a role to forget that I'm acting.
It's not about 'succeeding,' but sometimes on a film, you know you've captured something.
We need prisons because there are some hardcore criminals, but I never met a guy who has been in jail that came out with a smile on his face thinking, 'Right, that's it - now I am going to be good!'
I simply can't wear an outfit if I don't feel that is right for me.
I sometimes feel that racism is getting worse.
I'd rather have one good scene in a movie by a great director than a small role in a mediocre movie.
I'm looking for challenges, and as always, what matters is the script, the character and the director.
We're seeing TV series that are as good as movies were in the '70s and '80s - shows like 'The Wire,' 'The Sopranos' and 'Breaking Bad.'
What is art? Art talks about life; it's subversive.
I'm an actor, full stop. Not an Arab actor. Not an actor of Algerian origin. Just an actor.
The mud is cold when you're in the north of Scotland!
Everybody is not completely traumatised by their life.
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