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There is a dark side in all of us. And for us 'bad' people, the bad side dominates. I think there is a great sadness in villains, and I have tried to put that across. We cannot stop ourselves doing what we are doing.
'The Impossible Dream' is, in my opinion, one of the greatest songs ever written. Here is a man, an old man, a very old man full of daring, bravery, courage, determination, romanticism and dreams.
My favourite country is Finland because once you get to a certain point, you can drive for hours without seeing a single person. I love peace and quiet - something I don't get very often.
Every actor has to make terrible films from time to time, but the trick is never to be terrible in them.
The most important film I made, in terms of its subject and the great responsibility I had as an actor, was a film I did about the founder of Pakistan called 'Jinnah.'
If I had any deadly secrets, I wouldn't still be alive.
I don't really like long flights any more - I find them too tiring. Flying always involves the same things these days - huge crowds at airports, waiting around, late take-offs, weather problems, and so on. I don't really enjoy travelling. I don't imagine anyone does except young children.
I associate heavy metal with fantasy because of the tremendous power that the music delivers.
Let's just say I was in Special Forces and leave it at that. People can read into that what they like.
I wasn't a spy. I'd have been spotted in five seconds. Yes, I was in intelligence, but that covered a multitude of things.
The song 'My Way' is a very remarkable song. It is also difficult to sing because you've got to convince people that what you're singing about is the truth. It's a man who is very proud of having achieved everything that he's achieved his way.
We don't always get the kind of work we want, but we always have a choice of whether to do it with good grace or not.
On the Italian side, we can trace the family back 2,000 years. I have a cousin in Rome, a famous archaeologist, Count Andrea Carandini, who was in Lombardy and came across some pottery with the original name of the family, Carandinus, painted on it.
I turn to the 'Telegraph's' obituaries page with trepidation.
The saddest country I went to was Romania, years ago, during Ceausescu's rule.
What's really important for me is, as an old man, I'm known by my own generation and the next generation know me, too.
I'm much softer than people think. I don't present to the world an emotional face. I'm pretty good at self-control, but I am easily moved.
As far as I am concerned, Don Quixote is the most metal fictional character that I know. Single handed, he is trying to change the world, regardless of any personal consequences.
I've done a lot of films that have become iconic, not necessarily because of me.
When I first read 'Lord of the Rings,' I wanted to see a film of it. But at that time, the technology wasn't there; there was no such thing as CGI.
I was always interested in enchantment and magicians and still am.
I've always acknowledged my debt to Hammer. I've always said I'm very grateful to them. They gave me this great opportunity, made me a well known face all over the world for which I am profoundly grateful.
There was a gap of seven years between the first and second Dracula movies. In the second one as everybody knows, I didn't speak, because I said I couldn't say the lines.
I thought that people should know about the dangers of Satanism, and diabolism does exist - there's no question about it.
I did play Ramses II once, who lived to be 91 and had 120 children, but he died 4,000 years ago.
Peter Jackson's instincts are extraordinary, as is his stamina.
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