Well, obviously, as soon as I’d finished the script I read a lot of books on Winston Churchill, and started to gain weight and really prepare emotionally, mentally and physically for the role.
I’m blown away by the graphical detail of today’s games. I can’t imagine that it’s going to get any better, but it’s just going to continually progress and soon we’ll be living in that world.
There was a time when I felt I should do everything that was offered to me, you know, ride the wave.
There’s something about doing theatre in London – it sinks a little bit deeper into your soul as an actor. It’s something about the tradition of theatre, about performing on the West End stage.
The guys from Atari that are making the next Alone in the Dark game came and we had a great meeting. I’d love to do that. I’m a fan of videogames. I like them. And to get to be part of one of them would be a fun and exciting thing.
It’s almost like these games are the modern day comic books, especially when you play Alone in the Dark. There’s a real story that goes along with it and a movie seemed like the right kind of transition to make.
I have brought a PS2 on set with me before. But games can be really addicting, and that’s dangerous. So I tend to keep it fairly limited on a certain level.
This is what Hollywood tends to do. It tends to disregard tradition, history and anything factual, twisting it and turning it and making it all okay regardless of what the English may think of it.
Art does imitate life, it has to come from somewhere. To put boundaries and limitations on it doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
The movies I’ve made at a certain time of my life were exactly right for the stage of my life, the frame of mind I was in at the time. Each character I’ve had to play has been me in that time in my life.
I was a shy, quiet kid. I was happiest playing by myself with my toys, rather than hanging around people.
I took a lot of time off after Mobsters and although I did something I had never done before, which was to direct a play, The Laughter Epidemic, it felt like a vacation.
As you get older you learn some balance and mediation in your life – that’s where I am right now. I feel pretty comfortable about things.
I had such a good time working with John Woo and John Travolta, and it was so professional. I want to work with people who are real professionals.
I’ve been taking my time now between projects looking for stuff that has a little bit more substance, that isn’t surface. Some of the films that I’ve done in the past really were surface.
If I make a move, like raise my eyebrows, some critic says I’m doing Nicholson. What am I supposed to do, cut off my eyebrows?
After I did Untamed Heart I wanted to do a film that was outrageous. I really wanted to do, you know, a performance. I don’t want to allow my image to rule the choices that I make.
I think games are starting to branch out. It’s not just guys sitting at their computer stations. Games are so fun, that everybody gets into them a little bit.
I don’t think of myself as offbeat and weird. As a kid, I saw myself as the type of guy who would run into a burning building to save the baby.