You’d have to have one hell of an imagination to completely make up a story, but historians are very anal about what they think should be portrayed on screen. Thankfully they don’t make movies; we do.
You grow up a lot in terms of your understanding of the industry and how to deal with the corporate things.
You’re making a movie, not a documentary. If you made a film like the historians would like you to make, you’re not going to go and see it. I’d rather see paint dry.
I got involved in script development from the beginning. It was nice to see how a film gets made right from the beginning. It was quite hands-on for me.
I’m doing a Dylan Thomas film, Map of Love, with Mick Jagger producing again. It’s a wonderful script.
With the situation now, people might be intrigued to see how a country coped with war all those years ago.
Sometimes people say to you that you should try to be in a bigger film, but it’s the way it pans out.
I just love jumping into someone else’s life. It is a relatively cheap way to experience things you would be too scared to contemplate in your own life.
What was the reason for invading Iraq’ Was it a humanitarian crusade or an economic one’ I would be inclined to say the latter. It was the same with the Civil War, because the landed gentry’s money was being stolen by the king.
I tend to do golf charity things because it’s much safer and you don’t get much chance of a broken arm or leg.
Being a salesman and an actor were not that dissimilar: It is a good lesson in covering up your feelings. No one wants to buy from someone who looks depressed.
When I’m playing a character like Jonathan in Ripley’s Game I want to be in the moment when he’s feeling pain; this very ordinary person who finds himself in extraordinary circumstances.
In terms of jumping into a character’s skin, I try to immerse myself in the role as much as possible to bring me closer to them. All I do is what’s required to achieve what I want to achieve.
You should be careful what you wish for, as the reasons for war get confused. One person can be very clear in their motives, but others can have different agendas.
It quite often happens that they attach a name to a project and it doesn’t get all the financing it needs.