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Actors are the best and the worst of people. They're like kids. When they're good, they're very very good. When they're bad they're very very naughty.
[Actors]
 

Adults are just children who earn money.
[Family]
 

Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.
 

I certainly have been guilty of trying to sweep things under the carpet.
 

I did not make this a long film for its own sake. I wanted to make an entertaining film and offer it out there for those who want to see it. If word of mouth suggests there is an audience out there, hopefully their cinema will show it.
 

I do think that, for instance, we've been very lucky to have theatrical careers and be associated with Shakespeare which sometimes gives you a kind of bogus kudos.
 

I don't know that there is too far, actually. I think there's only too bad. If it's bad you've gone too far.
 

I don't think Hamlet is mad, nor is he predisposed to be a gloomy or tragic figure.
 

I like to cast actors I admire, one's that are talented. Each one will bring something new to the part. This play has been done thousands of times and now certain characters are too familiar.
 

I only really cast people who are desperate to be in it - who were dying to be in it, whose talent I believed in and were dead ready to do the work that was necessary.
 

I think A Midsummer Night's Dream would be terrific because of the transformations that occur. Or The Tempest, things like that. Extraordinary larger than life or supernatural element.
 

I think the best actors are the most generous, the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain, greedy and insecure.
 

If it's good art, it's good.
 

If you've done a brilliant version it becomes something else.
 

In the hands of a great poet, words have ways of affecting us in ways we don't understand.
 

It's quite hard for people to just accept that they're very contradictory.
 

It's very strange that the people you love are often the people you're most cruel to.
 

Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves.
 

My definition of success is control.
 

One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's characters is his courage to face up to the darker elements of his personality.
 


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