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Stephen Rea

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Born Thursday 31 October 1946

Occupation: Actor

Nationality: Irish

The Butcher Boy is a very great novel indeed and a very important Irish novel. The ambiguity of that is, he's writing a book about an appalling situation and he does it in a hilarious way.

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That was the beginning of modern acting for me. You don't have to tell a camera everything. It gets bored if you do and wants to look elsewhere.

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People often refer to my career before The Crying Game as something which led up to that point. But I was very fulfilled in what I was doing.

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People ask me to smile for the camera, but somehow it always comes out gloomy.

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My kids act all the time and it's exactly what I used to do.

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I've never been in a bad play. There might have been bad productions and I might have been bad in them, but I've never been in a play that wasn't interesting or worthwhile doing on some level.

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I've been worked over by the English press because there's an assumption that my politics are identical with my wife's, and for that matter that my wife's politics are identical with her politics of 20 years ago.

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I think great art is always ambiguous and can't be pinned down.

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I have never been to a brothel. I don't think I could go into one.

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I don't feel ashamed of my wife's political background, and I don't think she should either. I feel that the people who administered the North of Ireland for the last 20 years should be ashamed. There you are.

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I didn't want to be seen as just a guy on a list. I'm interested in good scripts, scripts that are about something, scripts that move your acting along.

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I believe some people in this business suffer from fame because they behave in a famous fashion.

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At this moment, when Ireland seems about to break into something new, we thought it was worth looking back at a time when people seemed to have found a way out of the sectarian division of the country.

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Angel was the first Irish feature film. Neil's first movie and my first movie.

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Acting is way of making yourself exist.

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You have to know who you are, if you don't you have nightmares.

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The worst thing for an actor is a director that gets on your nerves and says things that actually confuse you.

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I'm enjoying it, but I still don't know why I'm hooked on acting.

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I am afraid of death, scared by it. I already don't know whether I exist or not. So dying really terrifies me.

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At least when you're acting you can be someone. In front of the camera you have to be yourself. And who am I?

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