Actually what I’d like is to have a reputation as someone who’s been wild and gone straight, but without having to go through the trouble of being bad.
Almost every script that I’ve gotten has been for sort of the generic Hollywood type. I haven’t chosen them. All the ones I have chosen are because I’ve been fascinated with the source material or because of the script.
Half my fan mail comes from Japan.
I actually went to university.
I always looked really young for my age. And once I hit 23, 24 and 25, I was then allowed to play the cool 18-year-olds and stuff.
I am comfortable playing the fool, I think.
I didn’t have any pets growing up.
I don’t believe in that kind of pragmatic career ladder stuff.
I don’t really know who I am as an actor: the best thing would be to experiment with it for the next 30 years and never really find out.
I don’t really see the point in making a film unless you can think of a good reason to do it.
I had two family members involved in World War I: two great-uncles. One of them is on a memorial in France. And the other was a trench runner who survived the war. The average life span of a trench runner was 36 hours, but he survived the whole war.
I have done lots of music projects in my life and some of them I am more proud of than others.
I love music, and I love singing.
I often talk with other actors about that time when you’ve just finished a job, because I think you do take on the characteristics of some of the characters you play. Sometimes it can be a great thing and sometimes it’s a bit haunting because you’re not quite sure how to leave it on set. My dad talks about it as being ‘de-personalised.’
I only remember the end of my dreams, like waking up at a steering wheel, or falling.
I swim a lot. I swim most days.
I think escapism is very important, certainly in my life. I love nothing more than escaping into the world of a film or a novel. To be involved in creating that for other people is a privilege.
I think every film actor secretly wants to be a rock star as well; just that part of the job which requires the extrovert in you. Even if you’ve become an actor because it’s your way of hiding in plain sight, there’s still part of you which has that craving.
I think if actors don’t think of themselves as funny in real life they think they can’t do comedy.
I want to play characters that are interesting to watch.
I want to take advantage of any popularity I have.
I was heavily into sport from 10 to 15, I was in all the teams, and it was everything to me. But I was very young for my school year and when puberty kicked in for my classmates I got left behind.
I went to a very academically competitive high school. So I was always quite studious and quiet, just to keep up with the other geniuses who were in my school.
I would like to work with whoever would like to have me.
I’d rather be shot than be seen falling out of some trendy club.
I’m not really an animal person.
I’m not that kind of Bob Dylan, tortured creative.
I’m probably a little too uninhibited.
I’ve actually, very rarely have I worked in my own voice. I’ve played, I think, Russian, American, Northern from the North of England. All sorts of different accents I’ve worked in.
Jeff Bridges is one of my favorite actors in the history of ever.
Maybe Oliver Stone doesn’t lend himself well to remakes or sequels, because he does them so well the first time.
My dad is a doctor, a professor of psychiatry, and my mum is a psychotherapist.
My mum was raised Jewish, my dad is very scientifically minded, and my school was vaguely Christian. We sang hymns in school. I liked the hymns bit, but apart from that, I can take it or leave it. So I had lots of different influences when I was younger.
Never agree to say or do anything that isn’t you.
No one wants to be with a girl that your mother would pick for you.
People recognize actors that they see regularly, like people they see on the television every week.
Sometimes success comes in ways you don’t expect.
Sword fighting is just as fun as it looks on the screen.
That’s the thing, when you play younger characters they’re always less casual. You’re hungrier or more naive. Those things wane in time.
There are loads of websites devoted to me.
There are plenty of people in the world who have tried to be rock stars and have not gotten there.
We live in a youth-obsessed, aesthetically obsessed culture. That is no more evident than in the film industry.
When I finished school, everyone wanted to go to a good university and become a lawyer or a doctor. My A-levels were sort of chosen for me.
When I was at school, I was in choirs more than anything else, from a very young age, about 9 years old. And then I started taking drum lessons.
When I was younger I didn’t really know what genre of music I’d want to do because I’d always done so many different types, so many impressions.
When you’re doing a film, people are always telling you exactly what to do. Literally, your own decisions are taken away from you.
You still get these waves of doubt that come over you, for example, when you get a bad review or you accept a part and think, ‘Oh, God, what have I just accepted? I can’t do that.’ I don’t think that’s something that will ever go away in me.