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Quotes (from various interviews)
Last Update - June 21th, 2003

- About himsels
- About work
- About publicity

About himself

My mother worked in the circus--she was a clown, a dancer, she rode elephants, she was the lady in the sequins who introduced the trapeze act. There were incredibly beautiful women walking around naked all the time. That was the first time I'd seen a naked woman. There I was in the caravans, seven years old, ogling all these incredible women walking around completely naked in front of me. My first kiss was from a young Polish trapeze artist named Barta.

Movieline Magazine, March 1997 read the interview

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If I had nothing to do with the film industry, Id stay in England, but Bournemouth [the city where hes lived for the past five years] isnt exactly the film capital of the world.

Seventeen Magazine, 1992 read the interview

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I did a couple of workshops when I was like 12, but I've been able to work so I just haven't needed to. I thought about going to drama school for a bit. I just started to think, Hmm, this seems to be happening a bit easy. I was in Kenneth Branagh's film Henry V when I was 14, and Kenneth's mentor is Hugh Cruttwell, the ex-head of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. So I spoke with him about it, and he said, "Wait until you're older, because a lot of people, they go along, they don't really have any of their own ideas, and so they come out being identical to each other." When I did Newsies I spoke with Robert Duvall about it as well, and he said essentially the same thing. So that basically decided me.

Detour Magazine, December-January 1996-1997 read the interview

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"I love going to nightclubs, but there are things that should be done anonymously, y' know? The key is to dress like shit, which I always do".

Movieline Magazine, March 1997 read the interview

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"Mostly, though, I was very possessive on the set of the film. You've got Winona, Trini Alvarado, Samantha Mathis, Claire Danes, Kirsten Dunst, Gillian--I was experiencing an incredible male possessiveness. I'd been there a month, and I sort of resented when Eric Stoltz arrived. I'll tell you, I'm in the right profession. I have a jones for actresses. You establish intimacy so easily. When you meet someone for the first time, someone with the guts to be an actress, and your auditioning together, you've already broken that ice. Rehearsals are even better. For European and American girls, my being a fumbling, dribbling English prat seems to be quite charming. As long as it works, I'm in luck."

Movieline Magazine, March 1997 read the interview

About work

I'm not at a point where I get to have a huge amount of choice, but ideally I'd like to do something that is unlike what I've just finished doing and essentially not be a kind of actor where you know what kind of movies he's going to be making.

Zap2it.com, July 2002 read the interview

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I remember people saying that no matter how much work I did later, this was one of the best roles I'd ever have. And that you hardly ever get any roles like that one coming along. But I've really enjoyed doing whatever, small parts, it didn't matter. You can't keep on competing with yourself all the time. It's going to get a bit boring.

Detour Magazine, December-January 1996-1997 read the interview

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At that age [13] you really don't give a shit. 'John Malkovich. Who? Spielberg, so what?' You're fearless, you know? So it was incredibly simple. There was no sense of competition, things which, as you get older, start creeping into your mind and making your performances worse.

The Independent, 1998 read the interview

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I think my approach changes with everything I do. Let alone from film to film, from day to day. I have to change my approach because something that I've been doing one day may have been working, but then the next day I'm in a whole different mood, the atmosphere on the set is completely different, and it just won't work anymore. So you've got to find a different way of approaching it to be comfortable and to make it believable. If I picked it apart and analyzed it I'm sure there would be things that I do every single time to make myself feel comfortable, but I like not analyzing it..

Detour Magazine, December-January 1996-1997 read the interview

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Why did I start acting in the first place? I didn't do it to be mediocre or to please everybody all the time.

Flaunt Magazine, 1998 read the interview

About publicity

"I've never worked more than once a year. In between I've had nothing written about me whatsoever. It was definitely a strategy. I like not being in magazines, not being seen on TV, except when I'm actually in a film. I want to work as much as I can and still go to parties and be the geezer in the corner".

Movieline Magazine, March 1997 read the interview

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Inevitably, I think the more you work as an actor, the harder it becomes to let people believe in what you're doing. It's kind of a Catch-22; the more successful you get, the more choices you get, but at the same time, the more people know you so it's impossible to believe it as much as a newcomer. That's just unavoidable, not matter how private you remain.

Zap2it.com, July 2002 read the interview

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I like to think the reason I have this popularity on the Internet is partly related to the fact that I've never hired a publicist for myself. I've only done interviews when it's for a film, and tend to talk about the film and avoid talking about myself a lot. So there just isn't that much information about me available. I did 'Empire of the Sun' when I was thirteen, and we did this huge international publicity push for it, and I really hated it. That has very much affected my ideas of exposure".

Interview Magazine, February 1998 read the interview

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I'll see the disparity between my media presence and my popularity as problematic only when I lose a part because of it.

USA Today, November 20, 1996 read the article

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It's important for an actor to have a certain amount of mystery. Personally, I love going to see a film when you can really watch a character. If you've just read some article about who the actor is sleeping with, that's gonna be at the back of your mind all the time while you're watching the film.

Interview Magazine, February 1998 read the interview

 


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