Films were never in my budget. Didn’t occur to me till much later. I hoped for a long, good life, which I’ve had and I’m having as an actor. I didn’t expect the rest.
I have no memories I’m prepared to share with you.
I love working with young people, which is to me a big kick.
I loved doing My Favorite Year, which was great fun, and The Ruling Class, which I made with all my chums.
I tell my children to avoid theatre and go into cinema and TV.
I was apprehensive about bringing off this Homer.
I wouldn’t mind being a lord.
I’m a working stiff, baby, just like everybody else.
I’m the most gregarious of men and love good company, but never less alone when alone.
If I’m not at my study by 10:00, 10:30, forget it, I can’t write a word.
It’s my job, it’s what I do, it’s what I’m on earth to do and it’s who I am.
It’s very inconvenient because every time I finish, let’s say, a chapter of a book, I think I’m going to ring Richard and then realize: Oh, Christ, I’ve buried him. I buried him last year.
Life turned out much better than I thought. I knew after a little while that I could act.
My dear sir, it haunted me for the rest of my life.
My own favorite is something called Rogue Male.
The good parts are the people who don’t make do. They’re the interesting people. Lear doesn’t make do.
There is a legend. And to protest is daft.
We were doing it under the most extraordinary circumstances, but the first out of the tent in the morning would be David Lean. He said to me on the very first day of shooting, Pete, this is the beginning of a great adventure.
We were in the Arabian Desert for nine months. And I was having the time of my life. It could have been an archeological expedition, a military expedition.
When did I realize I was God? Well, I was praying and I suddenly realized I was talking to myself.
Where do I begin? I loved working with Kate Hepburn, which was one of the highlights of my life; Working with Richard Burton in Beckett was another great joy.
Writing is a kind of performing art, and I can’t sit down to write unless I’m dressed. I don’t mean dressed in a suit, but dressed well and comfortably and I have to be shaved and bathed.