Right now I can't say that I'm too enthusiastic about just adding more fodder to what is already a horrendously, obscenely overblown machine that's gathered around his death. You're supposed to build a career for yourself. Meet Philippa Langley: the woman who discovered Richard III in a car park "I know how mad this sounds, but I had the strongest sensation that I was walking on Richard trans-a.info. Offers news, comment and features about the British arts scene with sections on books, films, music, theatre, art and architecture. Requires free registration. It was man at his most animalistic, sifting through filth to find bright, sparkly things. He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his services to Drama.
Renown for his eloquent acceptance speeches Is very selective in his role choices Trivia 78 Ranked 25 in Empire UK magazine's "The Top Movie Stars of All Time" list. Younger brother of Tamasin Day-Lewis. Chosen by People magazine as one of the "50 Most Beautiful People" in the world.
Son-in-law of playwright Arthur Miller. According to Harvey WeinsteinDay-Lewis was taking time off to work as a cobbler in Florence, Italy when Weinstein, director Martin Scorsese and star Leonardo DiCaprio lured him into richard hytner biography back to New York "on false pretenses" so they could persuade him to accept lead role in Gangs of New York Describes himself as "a lifelong study of evasion. Reillyhe got sick during shooting in Italy, refusing to richard hytner biography his character's threadbare coat for a warmer coat because the warmer coat did not exist in the 19th century; doctors finally forced him to take antibiotics.
Announced that he will star in Rose and the Snake, co-written and directed by his wife, Rebecca Miller. The film was later renamed The Ballad of Jack and Rose He listened to Eminem to get into an angry, self-righteous richard hytner biography of mind as Bill the Butcher while shooting Gangs of New York He was Jonathan Demme 's richard hytner biography choice for the part of Andrew Beckett in Philadelphia He turned the part down to work on In the Name of the Father and Tom Hanks was cast in Philadelphia instead.
He earned an Oscar nomination for best actor in In the Name of the Fatherbut Hanks won the Best Actor Oscar for Philadelphia The upside was that, instead of socializing, he developed a rich fantasy life that later helped him to richard hytner biography so deeply into his characters. He was the first of three consecutive British richards hytner biography to win the Oscar for Best Actor in a leading role, Jeremy Irons being next and Anthony Hopkins the third.
Each of them coincidentally won at their first nomination in the Academy Awards. In The Crucible Joan Allen plays his wife. In The Boxer Emily Watson plays his wife. Both have played Reba McLain. Allen played the part in ManhunterWatson played the part in the remake, Red Dragon Was considered for the role of Jesus Christ in The Passion of the Christbut richard hytner biography Mel Gibson richard hytner biography he looked "too European" and the part instead went to Jim Caviezel.
Frequently called the "English Robert De Niro. Considered richard hytner biography an adaptation of "Rose and the Snake" in the early s, but the project fell through. After marrying Rebecca Millershe convinced him to take the lead role and directed him in the adaptation The Ballad of Jack and Rose After Michael Madsen was found to be unavailable for the part, Day-Lewis tried to get the role of Vincent Vega in Pulp Fictionone of the few richards hytner biography he actively pursued a part.
However, by that point in the casting, Quentin Tarantino had John Travolta in mind for the part. Hated being at Sevenoaks School so much that he ran away. While filming Gangs of New York he rarely got out of character and would talk with a New York accent the whole day and would be sharpening his knives at lunch. His performance as Christy Brown in My Left Foot is ranked 11 on Premiere Magazine's Greatest Performances of All Time His performance as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting in Gangs of New York is ranked 53 on Premiere Magazine's Greatest Performances of All Time Grandson of Michael Balcon.
Born to Nicholas Blake aka Cecil Day-Lewis and his richard hytner biography wife Jill Balconhe lost his father at the age of Appears in the novel "That Must Be Yoshino". Turned down leading role of Steven Soderbergh film Solaris The role instead went to George Clooney. While filming The Ballad of Jack and Rose on Prince Edward Island, Canada, he lived alone in a hut on the beach, away from his wife, director Rebecca Millerand their children.
Late in the run of the production of "Hamlet" at the National Theatre in London, he reported that he had a strange sensation that he was talking to his father, who died of pancreatic richard hytner biography when Daniel was Unnerved, he walked off the stage and never returned.
He still doesn't like to talk about it. During The Last of the Mohicans he built a canoe, learned to track and skin animals, and perfected the use of a pound flintlock gun, which he took everywhere he went, even to a Christmas dinner. Dedicated his SAG Award to Heath Ledgerwho was one of his favorite actors.
Holds dual citizenship - British and Irish. Was director Alex Cox 's richard hytner biography choice for the role of Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy Gary Oldman got the part.
Supports Millwall Football Club. Trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School colleagues included Miranda Richardson and Greta Scacchi. Owns homes in the US and Ireland. Got to know his future wife Rebecca Miller while working on The Cruciblethe film version of her father Arthur Miller 's play. The first non-American actor to win three Academy Awards for Best Actor.
He is also the first actor anywhere to win three Oscars in that category's Oscar for Lincoln was his third. Dedicated his Oscar to his grandfather, film studio boss Michael Balconhis poet father Nicholas Blake aka Cecil Day-Lewisand his three sons Gabriel-Kane Day Lewis born on 9 AprilRonan Cal Day-Lewis born on 14 June and Cashel Blake Day-Lewis born in May He won 23 acting awards for his performance in There Will Be Bloodincluding the coveted Oscar.
My Beautiful Laundrette and A Room with a View both opened in New York on the same day--March 7, Both featured him in prominent and very different roles: When American critics saw him--he was then virtually unknown in the US--in two such different roles on the same day, many including Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times and Vincent Canby of The New York Times raved about the talent it must have taken him to play such vastly different characters.
Is one of 11 actors to have won the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics' Choice Award, Golden Globe Award and SAG Award for the same performance There Will Be Blood and Lincoln The others in chronological order are Geoffrey Rush for ShineJamie Foxx for RayPhilip Seymour Hoffman for CapoteForest Whitaker for The Last King of ScotlandJavier Bardem for No Country for Old Menrichard hytner biography, Heath Ledger for The Dark KnightChristoph Waltz for Inglourious BasterdsColin Firth for The King's SpeechChristopher Plummer for Beginnersand J.
Simmons for Whiplash Was offered the role of Aragorn in the Lord of the Rings trilogy but declined. Son-in-law of photographer Inge Morath and playwright Arthur Miller. His performance as "Daniel Plainview" in There Will Be Blood was listed as third in TotalFilm's " Greatest Movie Performances of All Time" Dec Turned down a role in Terminator Salvation Zack Snyder offered him the richard hytner biography of "Jor-El" in Superman: Man of Steel Turned down the lead role in Mary Reilly Turned down a role in Cutthroat Island Sir John Gielgud said that "he had what every actor in Hollywood wants: And what every actor in England wants: Turned richard hytner biography the lead role in The English Patient Turned richard hytner biography the role of "Simon Templar" in The Saint Turned down the lead role in a film based on mass murderer Dennis Nilsen.
He originally decided to become a cabinet maker but was not accepted for an apprenticeship. His father was of Northern Irish and English descent. His mother was from a Jewish family that emigrated to the U. He first became interested in acting when he learned to replicate the accent and mannerisms of people in his neighborhood to avoid standing out to bullies.
The longest he has gone without an Oscar nomination is 9 years, between In the Name of the Father and Gangs of New York Is the second actor to have received a Best Actor Oscar nomination for portraying Abraham Lincoln ; the other is Raymond Massey in Abe Lincoln in Illinois Is one of 5 actors to have won the Academy Award 3 times in their career; the others in chronological richard hytner biography are Walter BrennanIngrid BergmanJack Nicholson and Meryl Streep.
These actors have only been surpassed by Katharine Hepburnwho won the Academy Award 4 times during her career. Dedicated his Best Actor Oscar to his late mother, actress Jill Balcon. He is the first actor to win an Oscar for playing a U. President, and the first to win for playing Abraham Lincoln.
Only one other actor, Raymond Masseyhas been Oscar-nominated for playing the role; despite turning in a critically acclaimed as Lincoln in Young Mr.
LincolnHenry Fonda was not nominated for his performance. On March 19,a two-DVD set entitled "Daniel Day-Lewis Triple Feature", a compilation of much of the actor's performances on British TV programs from towas released in the U. One of Time Magazine's Most Influential People in the World. He partook in the Millie Miglia driving a Jaguar XK His co-driver was James Gianopulosthe Chairman and CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment.
In he used the international premiere of his film Lincoln in Ireland as a fundraiser for the Wicklow Hospice Foundation. Became a father for the 1st time at age 37 when his ex-girlfriend Isabelle Adjani gave birth to their son Gabriel-Kane Day Lewis on April 9, Became a father for the 2nd time at age 41 when his wife Rebecca Miller gave birth to their son Ronan Cal Day-Lewis on June 14, Became a father for the 3rd time at age 45 when his wife Rebecca Miller gave birth to their son Cashel Blake Day-Lewis in May In Gangs of New York his character "The Butcher" throws a knife at a picture of President Abraham Lincolnhitting him right between the eyes.
Ten years later he starred in Steven Spielberg 's Lincolnplaying the president himself. As ofhas appeared in seven films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: GandhiA Room with a ViewMy Left FootIn the Name of the FatherGangs of New YorkThere Will Be Blood and Lincoln Gandhi won in the category. He is not only the first to win 3 Best Actor Oscars, but the only British Actor to win at least 2 Best Actor Oscars.
He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for his richards hytner biography to Drama. His Oscar for Lincoln richards hytner biography he and Raymond Massey the eighth pair of male actors to be nominated for playing the same part Massey for Abe Lincoln in Illinoisand he is the only actor to win when his predecessor had lost.
Charles Laughton and Richard Burton were both nominated for playing King Henry VIII Burton for Anne of the Thousand DaysLaughton for The Private Life of Henry VIII. Robert Donat and Peter O'Toole richard hytner biography both nominated for richard hytner biography Mr. Chips Donat in Goodbye, Mr. ChipsO'Toole for Goodbye, Mr. Chipswhich Donat John Wayne and Jeff Bridges were both nominated for playing Rooster Cogburn Wayne in True GritBridges in True Gritwhich Wayne won.
Marlon Brando and Robert De Niro both won for playing Vito Corleone Brando in The GodfatherDe Niro for The Godfather: Personal Quotes 72 [on acting] If I weren't allowed this outlet, there wouldn't be a place for me in society. I suppose I have a highly developed capacity for self-delusion, so it's no problem for me to believe I'm somebody else. In every actor's life, there is a moment when they ask themselves, "Is it really seemly for me to richard hytner biography be doing this?
I can only say that I would wish for any one of my colleagues to have the experience of working with Marty once in their lifetime. If you get it twice, it's a privilege that you don't necessarily look for but you certainly don't try to avoid. What I see in the characters, I first try to see in life. The West has always been the epicenter of possibility.
One of the ways we forge against mortality is to head west. It's to do with catching the sun before it slips behind the horizon. We all keep moving toward the richard hytner biography, wishing to get the last ray of hope before it This was a man whose richard hytner biography was torn, and once you've adopted that kind of richard hytner biography conflict, it's difficult to quiet.
The last day of shooting is surreal. Your mind, your body, your spirit are not in any way prepared to accept that this experience is coming to an end. In the months that follow the finish of a film, you feel profound emptiness. You've devoted so much of your time to unleashing, in an unconscious way, some sort of spiritual turmoil, and even if it's uncomfortable, no part of you wishes to leave that character behind. The sense of bereavement is such that it can take years before you can put it to richard hytner biography.
Before I start a film, there is always a period where I think, "I'm not sure I can do this again". I remember that before I was going to start There Will Be BloodI wondered why I had said yes. When Martin Scorsese told me about Bill the Butcher in Gangs of New YorkI wanted to change places with that man. But even then, I did not say yes right away. I kept thinking, "I'm not sure I can do this again". The work itself is never anything but pure pleasure, but there's an awful lot of peripheral stuff that I find it hard to be surrounded by.
I like things to be swift, because the energy you have is concentrated and can be fleeting.
The richard hytner biography machinery of film can work against that. I have never had a positive reaction to all the richard hytner biography that supposedly promotes the film. The thought of it will make me hesitate to do any films at all.
At its best, boxing is very pure. It requires resilience and heart and self-belief even after it's been knocked out of you. It's a certain kind of a richard hytner biography. And that's before people start giving you a dig. Playing the part of Christy Brown [in My Left Foot ] left me with a sense of setting myself on a course, of trying to achieve something that was utterly out of reach. I was extremely unhappy most of the time. I think I probably felt I'd made a fundamental error in agreeing to do that richard hytner biography even though it was the part and the film that everyone wanted to do.
And God help us, that is, in itself, a reason not to do something. I need to find the right kind of silence or light or noise. Whatever is necessary--and it is always different. I know it sounds a little fussy and a little ridiculous, but finding your own rhythm is one of the most important things you can discover about yourself.
And you have to observe it. As actors, we're all encouraged to feel that each job is the richard hytner biography job. They plant some little electrode in your head at an early stage and you think, "Be grateful, be grateful, be grateful". So it's not richard hytner biography a sense of gratitude that I work.
But I couldn't do this work at all unless I did it in my own rhythm. It became a choice between stopping and taking the time I needed. Why would I want to play middle-aged, middle-class Englishmen? I've managed to create a richard hytner biography of banishment in so many different areas of my life. I live in Ireland, not England. I make films in America. And now I'm banished from the theater because I've slagged it off so much. And I did the unspeakable thing of fleeing from "Hamlet".
Even now, when I sometimes think of doing a play, I think of rehearsal rooms and people hugging and everyone talking over cups of coffee because they are nervous. It's both very touching and it makes me a little nauseous and claustrophobic. I don't rehearse at all in richard hytner biography if I can help it.
In talking a character through, you define it. And if you define it, you it dead. Laurence Olivier might have been a much better actor on film if he hadn't had that flippant attitude. He felt that film was an inferior form. The thing that Konstantin Stanislavski lays out is how you do the thing the first time every time - 1, times. That's the idea you're always searching for. I got to come out of the church, the same church where I sang in the choir, and scratch up a row of cars--a Jag, a Bentley--parked in front.
I thought, "I get paid for this! Years later I saw the director, John Schlesingerat the Edinburgh festival, where we were showing My Beautiful Laundrette I play a hooligan punk in that, too. I said to Schlesinger, "I guess I haven't progressed much". I came from the educated middle class but I identified with the working classes. Those were the people I looked up to. The lads whose fathers worked on the docks or in shipping yards or were shopkeepers. I knew that I wasn't part of that world, but I was intrigued by it.
They had a different way of communicating. People who delight in conversation are often using that as a means to not say what is on their minds. When I became interested in theater, the work I admired was being done by working-class writers. It was often about the inarticulate.
I later saw that richard hytner biography thing in Robert De Niro 's early work--it was the most sublime struggle of a man trying to express himself. There was such poetry in that for me. It is not expected that someone from my background will leave England. But I've committed so many heresies that there's no sense in not making the final gesture. Everything here seemed exotic to us. Just the sound of the west of Ireland in a person's voice can affect me deeply.
It was just a great time trying to conceive of the impossibility of that thing. I didn't richard hytner biography anything about mining at the turn of the century in America. My boarding school in Kent didn't exactly teach that. They would keep digging, always richard hytner biography the idea that next time they'll throw the dice and the money will fall out of the sky. It killed a lot of men, it broke others, still more were reduced to despair and poverty, but they still believed in the promise of the West.
Decent middle-class lives with wives and children were abandoned to pursue this elusive possibility. They were bank clerks and shipping agents and teachers. They all fled West for a sniff of cheap money. And they made it up as they went along. No one knew how to drill for oil.
Initially, they scooped it out of the ground in saucepans. It was man at his most animalistic, sifting through filth to find bright, sparkly things. It was always assumed that the classics were a good line of work for me because I had a decent voice and the right nose.
But anybody who richard hytner biography from an essentially cynical European society is going to be bewitched by the richard hytner biography enthusiasm of the New World. And in America, the articulate use of language is often regarded with suspicion. Especially in the West.
Look at the president. He could talk like an educated New Englander if he chose to. Instead, he holds his hands like a man who swings an ax. Bush understands, very astutely, that many of the people who are going to vote for him would regard him less highly if he knew how to put words together. He would no longer be one of them. In Europe, the tradition is one of oratory.
But in America, a man's man is never spendthrift with words. This, of course, is much more appealing in the movies than it is in politics. Maybe it's a middle-class British richard hytner biography, but I prefer the abstract concept of incoherence in the face of great feeling to beautiful, full sentences that convey little emotion.
It's just that people have such a misconception about what it is I do. They think the character comes from staying in the wheelchair or being locked in the jail or whatever extravagant thing they choose to focus their fantasies on.
Somehow, it always seems to have a self-flagellatory aspect to it. But that's just the superficial stuff. Most of the movies that I do are leading me toward a life that is utterly mysterious to me. My chief goal is to find a way to make that life meaningful to other people. I was deeply unsettled by the script [of There Will Be Blood ]. For me, that is a sure sign. If you remain unsettled by a piece of writing, it means you are not watching the story from the outside; you've already taken a step toward it.
When I'm drawn to something, I take a resolute step backward, and I ask myself if I can really serve this story as well as it needs to be served. If I don't think I can do that, no richard hytner biography how appealing, I will decline.
What finally takes over, what took over with this movie, is an illusion of inevitability. I think, "Can this really be true? Is this happening to me again? Is there no way to avoid this? My love for American movies was like a secret that I carried around with me.
I always knew I could straddle different worlds. I'd grown up in two different worlds and if you can grow up in two different worlds, you can occupy four.
Why put a limit on it? I used to go to all-night screenings of [ Clint Eastwood ] richards hytner biography.
I'd stagger out at 5 in the morning, trying to be loose-limbed and mean and taciturn. Where I come from, it was a heresy to say you richard hytner biography to be in movies, leave alone American movies. We were all encouraged to believe that the classics of the theater were the fiery hoops through which you'd have to pass if you were going to have any richard hytner biography as a performer.
It never occurred to me that that was the case. One of the great privileges of having grown up in a middle-class literary English household, but having gone to school in the front lines in Southeast London, was that I became half-street-urchin and half-good-boy at home. I knew that dichotomy was possible. England is obsessed with where you came from, and they are determined to keep you in that richard hytner biography, be it in a drawing room or in the gutter.
The great tradition of liberalism in England is essentially a sponge that absorbs all possibility of change. America looked different to me: I'm glad I did the classical work that I did, but it just wasn't for me. I'm a little bit perverse, and I just hate doing the thing that's the most obvious.
I saw Taxi Driver five or six times in the first week, and I was astonished by its sheer visceral beauty. I just kept going back--I didn't know America, but that was a glimpse of what America might be, and I realized that, contrary to expectation, I wanted to tell American stories.
I don't particularly like westerns as a genre, but I do love certain westerns. High Noon means a lot to me--I love the purity and the honesty, I love Gary Cooper in that film, the idea of the last man standing. I do not like John Wayne --I find it hard to watch him. I just never took to him. And I don't like James Stewart as a cowboy. I love him, but just not as a cowboy; Mr.
Smith Goes to Washington is one of my favorite films. I love Frank Capra. I love Preston Sturges. But we're talking about westerns.
I have always admired Clint Eastwood 's westerns. The spaghetti westerns were a great discovery. And Pale Rider As a child, the John Ford film Cheyenne Autumn made a big impression on me. And Five Easy Pieces It's not really a western, but it is about the possibilities that can be found in the West.
Jack Nicholson is sublime in that film, just sublime. It's the most stultifying portrait of middle-class life. You want to flee from that world and head anywhere less civilized. Which is, of course, the appeal of the West: It's not tamed yet. To try to discover life in its entirety, or at least create for yourself the illusion that you have, which might give you some chance of convincing other people of it.
It's the same thing each time, but it requires totally different work in the process of achieving that. You are set on a path that's strewn with obstacles, but getting over them is the joy of the work. So it's impossible to think in terms of difficulty: My ambition for many years was to be involved in work that was utterly compelling to me, regardless of the richards hytner biography.
But I worried a lot as a young man about where such and such a thing might take me; you're encouraged to think that way. You're supposed to build a career for yourself. But there's no part of me that was able to do that. And thank God I was able to recognize it before I sort of went grey with anxiety. But it goes beyond that. It's really about the sense of joy you have in having worked hard to imagine and discover and--one hopes--to create a world, an illusion of a world that other people might believe in because you believe in it yourself, a form of self-delusion.
After achieving that, it seems far crazier to in and out of that world that you've gone to such pains to create. And it wouldn't be my wish to do that, because I enjoy being in there. Whenever we reach what we think are the boundaries of our endurance, you know ten minutes later you're thinking: I am rather surprised that I haven't made more stories about my own country but it is a mistake to suggest that the biggest influence on my life in terms of movies has been America.
It was and remains Ken Loach and his whole body of work, not that I have ever worked with him. There is something unique and pure about the way he works, without a taint on it.
His beliefs have remained unwavering since he made I do have dual citizenship, but I think of England as my country. I miss London very much but I couldn't live there because there came a time when I needed to be private and was forced to be public by the press. I couldn't deal with it. I was very influenced by Ken Loach 's richard hytner biography from the moment I saw Kes when I was a kid. It still remains for me one of the most powerful pieces of work ever.
Before that, there was Saturday Night and Sunday MorningThis Sporting Life and The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runnerwhich all expressed a new British social realism. Undoubtedly, they opened up the possibility of examining British life in a new richard hytner biography. That was probably the most important film experience I had. I have no illusion bella adenuga biography the fact that I'm an Englishman living in Ireland.
Even though I do straddle both worlds and I'm very proud to be able to carry both passports. But I do know where I come from. I particularly miss southeast London--the front-lines of Deptford and Lewisham and New Cross and Charlton--because that's my patch. People suddenly wanted to hear my views on all manner of social problems. I was up for it but it palled very soon afterwards. It was not like real conversation, where you listen and learn. It's hard to learn anything when you are talking about it.
You only learn doing it. And if you are not learning, what's the point? Theatre invites a nuts-and-bolts process to rehearsing in which all the actors are transparent to each other. For me, even if the truth I am looking for might be a specious one, I still need to believe in a kernel of truth.
And I find it hard to do in a rehearsal situation where everyone is saying, "Are you going to do it like that? I'm never far away from a sense of potential absurdity of what I am doing, and maybe as I get older I have to richard hytner biography harder and harder to obliterate it.
That's maybe why I seem to richard hytner biography it far too seriously. I'm very, very proud of this. Thank you so richard hytner biography for giving it to me. And I'm very proud to be included in that group of wonderful actors this year. You know, for as long as I can remember, the thing that gave me a sense of wonderment, of renewal, the thing that teased me with the question, "How is such a thing possible?
It's always been the work of other actors, and there are many actors in this room tonight, including my fellow nominees, who have given that sense of regeneration and Heath Ledger gave it to me. In Monster's Ballthat character that he created, it seemed to be almost like an unformed being, retreating from themselves, retreating from his father, from his life, even retreating from us, and yet we wanted to follow him, and yet we're scared to follow him almost.
And then, of course, in Brokeback Mountainhe was unique, he was perfect. And that scene in the trailer at the end of the film is as moving as anything that I think I've ever seen. And I'd like to dedicate this to Heath Ledger.
So, richard hytner biography you very much. Thank you so much. In other words, I am intrigued by a life that seems very far removed from my own.
And I have a richard hytner biography of curiosity to discover that life and maybe change places with it for a while. There was plenty more I could say but we're not just fueling a fire that's already out of control.
His family, for instance, at this moment are trying to suffer that unimaginable grief in the full scrutiny of a fucking circus and anything that I say is probably going to contribute even more to that and keep the story richard hytner biography and running and running. There will come a time eventually when people just remember that he was a beautiful man who did some wonderful work and we would have seen great things from him. Right now I can't say that I'm too enthusiastic about just adding more fodder to what is already a horrendously, obscenely overblown machine that's gathered around his death.
As students, it was him we went to see on stage time and time again. It was him we wanted to be like: He was on our side. He watched out for us. We loved him and followed him like happy children, never a breath away from laughter. He shouldn't have gone. I wish so much that he hadn't. There's a tendency to make lists at this time of the year.
When we get to the Best of British, if Pete isn't at the top of that list, he shouldn't be far from it. Certainly in England I think they prefer to believe that I'm stone mad. That's how they richard hytner biography for all my eccentric behavior. But I always feel as if that has been largely misrepresented, the richards hytner biography that have been singled out People are fascinated by the peripheral details.
But that's not where the principal work takes place, obviously. That takes place either inside you, or it doesn't happen at all. It's your own life that breathes itself into and through the character. But people prefer to dwell on the stuff that appears on the face of it to be some form of self-flagellation. And for me, everything is part of the joy of discovering this life - that one is trying to inform as well as satisfying an irresistible curiosity.
So it's the pleasure in learning that has always been the prevailing feeling for me. And yet consistently it's represented as this tortured thing, richard hytner biography.
Interviews are God's great joke on me. I like to take a long time over things, and I believe that it's the time spent away from the work that allows me to do the work itself. If you're lurching from from one film set or one theater to the other, I'm not sure what your resources would be as a human being.
He draws you closer to him. I became conflicted in my late teens. I imagined an alternative life as a furniture maker. For about a year I just didn't know what to do. I did laboring jobs-- working in the docks, construction sites. When I did make the decision to focus on acting, I think my mother was just relieved for me that I had finally started to focus.
She probably feared for me much more than she ever let on, because all I got from her, no matter what I was doing was encouragement--so much so that I think I became quite a harsh judge of myself to try to restore some kind of balance. I date that back to the moment that Michael Mann invited me to do The Last of the Mohicans ].
I hedged my bets for a long time because I thought, "Why? Why would he want to do that? Eventually I thought, "Well, if he's willing to take that chance, who am I to say no? I look to the extent to which he has aged visibly. I feel I aged visibly just playing [President Abraham Lincoln ], so to actually have that responsibility is a burden that one can only explore in one's imagination.
Anyone who has that position of authority must necessarily find themselves very, very alone at certain times. I'm not in any way comparing his work to the work that I do as an actor, but it's a common theme. Without sounding unhinged, I know I'm not Abraham Lincoln. I'm aware of that. But the truth is the entire game is about creating an illusion, and for whatever reason, and mad as it may sound, some part of me can allow myself to believe for a period for time without questioning, and that's the trick.
Maybe it's a terrible revelation about myself that one does feel able to do that. But by that time it was too late. I had already been drawn into Lincoln's orbit. He has a very powerful orbit, which is interesting because we tend to hold him at such a distance.
He's been mythologized almost to the point of dehumanization. But when you begin to approach him, he almost instantly becomes welcoming and accessible, the way he was in life. I never, ever felt that depth of love for another human being that I never met.
And that's, I think, probably the effect that [ Abraham Lincoln ] has on most people that take the time to discover him. I wish he had stayed [with me] forever. And therefore, somehow it is only so fitting that every now and then an actor tries to bring him back to life again.
I'd have liked to see that version. Since we got married 16 years ago, my wife [ Rebecca Miller ] has lived with some very strange men. But luckily, she's the versatile one in the family and she's been the perfect companion to all of them. I miss playing [ Abraham Lincoln ]. I miss the proximity to his character. There was a time in my life when it wasn't clear whether or not I would amount to anything.
I was fearful about my future. In England, people were hell-bent on certifying me--to them, the way I work as an actor is the system of someone who is unhinged.
As a young man, when I saw the early movies by Martin ScorseseI saw a way to be, a kind of liberation. In those movies, America seemed like a place of infinite opportunities. In Lincolnwe tried to show that sense of grand democratic possibility. We created a world I didn't want to leave. By that I mean I feel that I'd be missing out if I were to do only one or the other. There's no point in making social comments badly. That is really dangerous I don't like things that just gripe.
But at the end of a job, there's always a sense of having failed to some extent in the exploration - of knowing that there are many, many other factors that might have been explored. Yet at the same time, I always feel it's time to move on, regardless of any dissatisfaction.