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  • I was the lead in 'Interview With The Vampire', until Tom Cruise decided he was interested. I was in 'The Wings Of The Dove' with Uma Thurman, until that got cancelled. I was in 'Shakespeare In Love' with Julia Roberts, until that fell apart.

  • I no longer have a style to maintain. I rent a little flat in Los Angeles, I don't take holidays, I don't dine out and I take cheap flights.

  • People talk about opportunity knocking, but the gate was always swinging in the breeze before I got to the door.

  • Billy is a funny, cheeky, lovely boy and I love being with him. Parenthood is terrifying though. I can barely walk past a building without panicking that it's going to collapse on his head.

  • I've gone through long periods without being with someone and got a bit lonely, but not for a while.

  • If my British film career was a girl, then I'd been hanging around outside her apartment a little bit too long.

  • I'm very, very happy with my recognition/lack of recognition in England in terms of my life. In terms of household name-age. The public's memory is very short, luckily.

  • When I left drama school, my fear was that I'd get pigeon holed into comic acting and I did so much to counter it that I got stuck in the opposite.

  • I recognize myself to a lesser or greater extent in everything I read, good and bad, and that's part of being a human being if you're honest enough. And obviously the darker parts are the things you don't let control you.

  • As a person I'm perfectly vain, I'm just vainer as an actor about my ability. My acting vanity trumps my human vanity.

  • Yes, years of compromise and disappointment have added depth to my acting.

  • People talk about me in Arcadia and I think I was okay in it but Ive given better performances in other productions that didnt have the same impact. But I knew Arcadia was going to be an event and I wanted to be part of it.

  • Don't die with a bottle of champagne in your fridge.

  • Lazy journalists, they'll read stuff and get a quote then ask the same question again hoping I'll say a similar thing; it's very tiresome.

  • I think if a character appeals to you, there are certain parts of yourself will come to the fore and other parts that will play down.

  • People talk about me in 'Arcadia' and I think I was okay in it but I've given better performances in other productions that didn't have the same impact. But I knew 'Arcadia' was going to be an event and I wanted to be part of it.

  • I'm hoping that a lifetime of compromise and disappointment will read as extra depth and layers in my work.

  • I wasn't a model schoolboy. Of course, I was forced to sit through Shakespeare and I really got into some of it, though it depended on who was reading it out.

  • My career has suddenly started to be the one that I'd always wanted, not in terms of level of success, but in terms of - and this is what I've been banging on about - playing different parts in different media.

  • Well, thing is, after they cancelled 'Zen', I didn't work for eight months. And in that case, it was not my choice. After I've done something that I'm really proud of and I think changes the way I'm perceived, the immediate reaction is: nothing.

  • Hollywood is my domestic idyll.

  • It's important to me to be in a relationship when I'm in one, but I'm not someone who needs to be in a relationship.

  • I was a very undisciplined person but acting was something that actually motivated me to get up in the morning. I hadn't experienced that before, but it was something that really excited me. I think I could be quite self-conscious and it gave me a release.

  • I do as much comedy as I possibly can, but I'm basically limited by the imagination of the secretaries who make the decisions.

  • I think I was a bit frightened of having to be a grownup and tried to put that off for as long as I could.

  • I'm in a position where I'm being continually knocked back for the kind of independent films I want to be in because people don't know who I am.

  • I want to be able to do anything. I know it's probably not reasonable to expect, but that's what I'd like to do.

  • The reason I am unemployed for six months out of every year is because I have to turn down most of the films I'm offered. If I didn't, I'd only ever play a dark, satanic count on a horse.

  • I'd like an omelet named after me.

  • Given the choice between someone saying I was handsome in a role or ugly but good, I know which I'd choose.

  • I do as much comedy as I possibly can but I'm basically limited by the imagination of the secretaries who make the decisions,

  • I think the only thing I've got going for me as an actor specifically is the fact that I can change.

  • I wasnt a model schoolboy. Of course, I was forced to sit through Shakespeare and I really got into some of it, though it depended on who was reading it out.

  • Id like an omelet named after me.

  • Im hoping that a lifetime of compromise and disappointment will read as extra depth and layers in my work.

  • Ive always believed very, very strongly that the way you treat people is more important than anything, professionally or otherwise.

  • Ive gone through long periods without being with someone and got a bit lonely, but not for a while.

  • My career has suddenly started to be the one that I'd always wanted, not in terms of level of success, but in terms of - and this is what I've been banging on about - playing different parts in different media. I was very frustrated, in a physical sense, by people seeing me in a way that I wasn't. And I was beginning to find myself boxed into a corner. Hopefully things have loosed up a bit, and I've gotten better and become more relaxed as an actor.

  • My favourite things are just wandering from place to place, going to caf├ęs, taking photographs. My favourite day is a happy accident.

  • My feelings about my mortality are less selfish than they used to be. I used to affect a cavalier attitude to death; now I see it from my son's perspective.

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