I may return to the stage, but not in the foreseeable future.
I've met holocaust survivor victims, through other films, and I know what survivor guilt is like.
I enjoy this status so much, feeling that I'm close to the heart of the tribe as an actor, a storyteller, a troubadour, but socially quite distant because I don't fit into any particular comfortable slot.
House of Sand and Fog.
I knew India not at all. I mean, I had never been before in my life.
If people are generous with their information, then the actor can use that information lovingly and respectfully.
There's always a part of me that's migrating. That's so much part of my attempt to portray all these different men. The sense of being displaced from my home, homeland and language is a very real part of my working life.
When I choose a role it's either because I recognise the man, or that I'm very curious to know him. If I neither recognise nor know him, then it is better that I don't play him.
The camera does not like acting. The camera is only interested in filming behaviour. So you damn well learn your lines until you know them inside out, while standing on your head
That hunger of the flesh, that longing for ease, that terror of incarceration, that insistence on tribal honour being obeyed all of that exists, and it exists everywhere.
I'm very in love with the fact that the camera is revolted by acting and loves behaviour.
I think Romeo and Juliet is uplifting. That's how much a son wishes to avenge his father. That is how much two young people can love each other.
I honestly have no strategy whatsoever. I'm waiting for that script to pop through the letterbox and completely surprise me.
All the great writers root their characters in true human behaviour.
As a singer, I might have fallen among thieves. I wonder if I'd still be alive by now.
I have a rather naive approach, I think, to my job.
I always try to find something I admire about every character I play.
When you drop your guard in films, the acting process compensates. You get lazy and you start acting.
In England, it's now Sir Ben. Mister has just disappeared. It's not even on my passport anymore. They've taken Mister away from me.
I think that all of us either lose touch with the child inside us or try and hold onto it because it so precious to us and it's such an extraordinary part of our lives.
Somewhere in your career, your work changes. It becomes less anal, less careful and more spontaneous, more to do with the information that your soul carries.
The many many imponderables come together when a film opens and for all sorts of reasons it may or may not succeed.
I have never felt bereft of anything.
As an actor there's no autonomy, unless you're prepared to risk the possibility of starving.
I don't honestly think people know what acting is.