One of the best things that ever happened to me was Rocky Horror being a total flop in New York as a play. I mean, it was a disaster, and it was the night of the long knives as far as the critics were concerned.
My interests and obsessions have always been so wide-ranging that I keep popping my head out of different boxes as much as possible.
I think that if you get too close to the character, if you do too much historical research, you may find yourself defending your view of a character against the author's view, and I think that's terribly dangerous.
I remember candy rationing until I was, like, 7.
Any part that makes you world famous has got to be a blessing, hasn't it?
Don't dream it, be it.
Um, musicians are funnier you know, than actors on the whole.
In most careers, you find something you do well, and you tie an increasingly larger bow on the package.
I find there is something very intimate about being the voice in someone's ear when they're driving.
I'm not a conventional leading man at all and have no wish to be.
I've turned down a lot of roles to make time to record and tour.
I still find it quite easy to find my way into a child's imagination. We're all Peter Pan ourselves in some respects. Everybody should keep some grip on childhood, even as a grownup.
Contrary to popular belief, I don't just play dreadful old villains.
I like dangerous directors who like dangerous actors and dangerous productions.
I like risky parts - abrasive characters the audience won't necessarily like.
I was a huge J.M. Barrie fan as a kid, as most English children are.
My great hero is Billie Holiday, and I've always wanted to do an album of standards with a piano-led quartet.
The way the world is, I think a silly evening in the theatre is a good thing, to take our minds off terror.
But we live in a modern world, you know, and, and also it does seem to me that if you - that whatever talents you have, it... I mean it may sound a bit absurd but I, I think it's your, absolutely your duty to resolve them, you know?
Well, you know... I grew up in postwar Britain, when you were lucky to get anything to eat. People in America have absolutely no conception of how austere England was after the war. While you were all sort of eating butter and eggs, we were eating rabbit. That's what there was in the butcher shop.