(About Robert De Niro) We know each other`s minds. We have shared some things that are personal to us, such as our roles. I know Bobby through his roles. But, then, I don`t think we actually talked about the actual work of actors.
Sharpe is my favorite role of all that I’ve played. He’s a very complex character. He knows that he’s a good soldier, but he will always have to fight the prejudice of aristocratic officers because of his rough working-class upbringing. On the battlefield, he’s full of confidence – but off it, he is unsure, a bit shy and ill at ease.
I’m proud of Lord of the Rings. I think it’s a once in a lifetime role, and a once in a lifetime film. It was made with so much care and passion and meticulous detail and everybody was so behind it.
Ever since I don’t know for how long, people have come to me and said, ‘You have to do Hedda Gabler; that’s a role that’s made for you.’ I’m not sure how much of an insult that is.
In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility — I welcome it.
Change is vital to any actor. If you keep playing lead after lead, you’re really gonna dry up. Because all those vehicles wean you away from the truths of human behaviour.