Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.
I remember my first scene with Alan Rickman, and I was anxious because he is a slight 'method' actor; as soon as he is in his cloak, he walks and talks like Snape - it is quite terrifying. But I really wanted to talk to him because 'Robin Hood' was one of my favourite films.
It's true to say that once I've got the bare bones of a story, I often get ideas from my own research trips to faraway places.
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