Your own barometer is all you have to go by, and often what makes a good director is knowing when not to say something. On occasions you can find yourself on a film set where the person who is wearing the director's hat is only trying to justify his position.
Wanting to be a good actor is not good enough. You must want to be a great actor. You just have to have that.
Shakespeare doesn't really write subtext, you play the subtext.
It's becoming increasingly harder and harder there's no such thing as independent film anymore. There aren't any, they don't exist. In the old days you could go and get a certain amount of the budget with foreign sales, now everybody wants a marketable angle.
If one could have a wish, or an alternative life, I would've liked to have been John Lennon.
I wasn't ever a huge fan of comics. Just not one of those kids, you know
I never told my father I loved him before he died, and I have a lot of issues about that. They're all swimming around in my head, in my heart, unresolved, and in a way it felt fitting to dedicate the film to him.
I had a guitar when I was 6 or 7, a plastic guitar with the Beatles' faces on it. It would be a collector's item now. It would fetch a hefty sum, I imagine.
But you see, I have played more good guys than I have played villains.
The film follows very much in the tradition of social realism, because I wanted to see a subject like this tackled with honesty.
Interesting things come your way but as you get older, your lifestyle changes. I don't want to travel I don't want to be in a hotel room away from my family.
Speaking very generally, I find that women are spiritually, emotionally, and often physically stronger than men.
I hadn't worked for a couple of years so I thought it would be nice to earn some money and pay the bills.
My big love was the Beatles. I was more into music.
I have three kids who like Harry Potter so I was sort of aware of it. You can't really move from it it's on buses, in stores, it's everywhere. One of my kids has read the books the other two are too small but they like the movies.
How many movies do you see when you can say this director really knew what film he wanted to make I can count them on the fingers of one hand.
I was brought up by my mother and my two sisters, although they're older than me and fled the nest very young, so I was technically raised as an only child, but I was very much loved.
I applaud anything that can take a kid away from a PlayStation or a Gameboy - that is a miracle in itself.
So Harry Potter came in and it is nice that I have kids of the right age. I took them to London and they walked around the set and met Harry Potter and that is thrilling.
We're given a code to live our lives by. We don't always follow it, but it's still there.
I got obsessed with classical music, I got obsessed with Chopin, with playing the piano.
When I directed, it was in a bubble, a creative bubble and I was very spoilt there. I'd like to do it again but it would have to be under my method.
People have an idea that one is in control of a career, a lot more than you really are. You can engineer things to an extent. But you are at the mercy of what comes in across the desk.
Rather like Batman, I embody the themes of the movie which are the values of family, courage and compassion and a sense of right and wrong, good and bad and justice.
To be honest, I'm a little tired of playing bad guys. I long to do a comedy. But it was fun knocking Indiana Jones around.