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Seeing a man praying to Allah is enough for some people to assume he is a terrorist.
It's certainly true that I was brought up in that British amateur tradition, the one which always held that if you were reasonably good at cricket, knew one or two Latin texts and a few zingy Oscar Wilde quotes for dinner parties, you were pretty much ready to go and run some outpost in Hindustan.
For me the rehearsal period is the part I most enjoy. It's the creating of the story.
I've always had a 'Work hard, play hard' attitude to life - I still do - but sometimes you get involved in something that needs a calm, methodical approach.
A cricket ball broke my nose when I was a kid so I couldn't breath through it. Before I had it operated on I used to stand on stage with my mouth slightly open.
In England we burnt redheads at the stake, because we thought they were witches. There are still young redheads in Britain getting ripped for having red hair. 'Oy, Ginger!'
I think people like to be scared. I think people like tension and suspense in a movie.
Of course the lower classes have always felt downtrodden and aspired to a better life. But there is this theory that people respond to a class structure in England - there was a time when people knew who they were and knew whom they served and as long as management wasn't abusive, it was a good life for people.
You know, this idea of going around the world imposing democracy by growing a middle-class, a trading merchant class that is independent of your faith, is a good notion, but we're all partially different - it's no good imposing systems on people that it doesn't suit.
People need revelation, and then they need resolution.
I was, if you like, a successful schoolboy in that I had a degree of talent in all the required things that make you a success at school.
I'm a slow starter.
The lesson I learned is that sometimes the task you have at hand needs all of your concentration and focus.
You know what it's like to feel anxious - it's horrible feeling anxious. It's stressful having that feeling, having butterflies in your stomach, even for a day, and you don't sleep at night.
You can't do something that is morally vacuous or dysfunctional and then write it off saying, 'It wasn't my film, I was just doing a job in it.'
You just have to take control of your own performance.
I guess I'm just good at playing repressed individuals. I'm lucky because those are often the roles that catch people's eyes.
I'd feel guilty just doing gags.
I'm no more or less antisocial than the next person.
I'm not very good at strategizing.
I've always been a narcissist.
My parents were incredibly inclusive.
You know, I think I am faintly spiritual.
In the end, there's something of the puritan work ethic about me that roles really must sustain me on an intellectual level.
No Western government has ever played the long-term in terms of foreign policy.
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