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Born Friday 21 March 1958

Professions: Actor, Musician

Nationality: English

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Filter author quotes by word: kids (7), want (5), get (8), one (7), good (6), things (6), people (5), really (5), just (5), Potter (3)

At 23 it was all about acting. Today it's getting my kids to school, making sure that they've done their homework. I'm in my fifties, and I'm turning into a square. I saw a kid walk into a restaurant the other day and his belt was below his backside. I would have turned him away.

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I'm still a member of the Empire! Although I sometimes feel like an American with a British accent - you get contaminated after so long.

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I had what AA calls 'a convincer' - which made me realize that I couldn't do it any more. I went out drinking for about 70 hours here in London. At the end I knew I was done.

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I didn't do drugs. It wasn't my thing. But the drink was terrible. Today when I look back, it's like I was another person. You could call it a coping mechanism, but that would be an excuse. I just drank too much.

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'Nil By Mouth' was a bit autobiographical, but as I always pointed out at the time, that's not my dad.

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There will always be spies. We have to have them. Without them we wouldn't have got Osama bin Laden - it took us years, but it happened.

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I don't go to premieres. I don't go to parties. I don't covet the Oscar. I don't want any of that. I don't go out. I just have dinner at home every night with my kids. Being famous, that's a whole other career. And I haven't got any energy for it.

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And of course I've got kids of my own now, and they love me being in the Harry Potter films. I'm now part of a phenomenon. You become incredibly cool to your kids, and you get a young fan base. So you became the cool dad at school. You're suddenly hip.

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I drank for about 25 years getting over the loss of my father and I took the anger out on myself. I did a good job at beating myself up at sometimes. I don't drink anymore but my alcoholic head occasionally says different. 'Nil By Mouth' was a love letter to my father because I needed to resolve some issues in order to be able to forgive him.

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I want my weekends off and I want to put my kids to bed. Those are good reasons to want to be in 'Batman 2'.

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My passion and energy get mistaken for anger.

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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.

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What's fascinating is that when you write a script, it's almost a stream of consciousness. You have an idea that it means something, but you're not always sure what. Then when you get on the set, the actors teach you.

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Wanting to be a good actor is not good enough. You must want to be a great actor. You just have to have that.

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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.

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Shakespeare doesn't really write subtext, you play the subtext.

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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.

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People imagine that actors are being offered everything and you are not. So things come in and sometimes there are things that I want and can't get a meeting on, or go to a different actors.

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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.

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My big love was the Beatles. I was more into music.

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