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The reason that most British actors are better than most American actors in the end is that they don't make any money. At the very end of their lives, they get into a space movie and they make a lot of money, but until that happens, basically, they don't have bank accounts. They live from day to day.
I confess I've got a yearning to go to Los Angeles, but I can't work out if it is because a lot of British actors seem to go or because there's this perception that the bottom has fallen out of British drama, so therefore, it's the place to head for.
Richard C. Armitage
When I first did a U.S. pilot season, there were very few British actors schlepping around town trying to get into television. That was 1999.
Some British actors are snobby about telly, and I don't understand that.
Audiences seem to have a limitless appetite for vampires and for fantasy in general. Unlike many other British actors, I haven't been building up my pension appearing in films like 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Harry Potter,' but fantasy has now got a grip on me. I am also appearing in 'Game of Thrones' as the head of the House of Lannister.
British actors used to be scared of the multi-year options that U.S. TV shows demand. That has changed, because the same is now happening in the U.K.
British actors behave like Europeans; they are also extremely well trained.
I had to choose between American and British actors, and it didn't take me more than a second to decide: Russians are Europeans and should be played by other Europeans.
British actors wear wigs a lot. I find it to be a nice ritual at the end of the day, take the wig off, clean the makeup off, go home, leave work behind me.
I think there's a quality of passion to the American actor. I'm certainly attracted to it, and I like to hope that underscoring it is a characteristic of my work. That quality is certainly also present in some British actors, but I tend to feel the mechanical and intellectual process is dominant in the British.
It's often assumed that British actors read Shakespeare and sonnets as we're going to bed at night and we're all very familiar with it.
I'm not Tom Cruise. Very few British actors are. If you look at the body of work I've done it's pretty obvious I'm not going to make a 'Mission: Impossible.'
British actors are renowned for being great villains in movies, like Bond films, all the rest of it.
The British actors I've met and worked with have all been very supportive of each other.
With most British actors, it's amazing. I think they start with the character on the outside and work in.
The public must suffer untold pangs from the stiffness, the deliberate stifling of emotion, on the part of many British actors.
British actors are pretty good, by and large, at turning on at 'action' and off at 'cut.'
Not surprisingly, there is a cultural divide between American and British actors regarding the self-promotion associated with new media.
My first job was a film called 'Storm Damage' for the BBC. I was 16 and working with really respected British actors. I didn't have an agent at the time, and it kind of threw me into real acting.
British actors come at acting from a slightly different angle. Because a lot of the films are cast out there, they are so used to the angle from which the Americans, and certainly the young guys from L.A., are coming at it, that I think it's interesting for them to find these English actors who maybe approach acting from a different place.
Everyone the world over talks about British actors and British talent and I think that's because we were trained - until now - in theatre.
There is a whole bunch of great British actors of my age who aren't film stars or theatre actors; they're very much both.
I think it would be a problem if Hollywood was casting British actors only as villains; if that were the case, then certainly there would be cause for concern.
I don't know why British actors are getting big parts in American TV shows. Maybe it's because we're cheap.
I was offered and accepted a part in 'A Few Best Men,' and then the Australian actor's union argued that there were too many British actors. And the director decided to lose me.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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