Some people are drawn naturally – there are natural guitarists and there are natural piano players and I think guitar implies travel a sort of footloose gypsy existence. You grab your bag and you go to the next town.
Seems to me that this business for actors anyway is not so much about whether or not you do good work. It’s about whether or not you get the chance to do good work.
My dad gave me my first bike at 16. I soon fell off and was in a wheelchair for weeks. I haven’t fallen since.
I just read an 800-page history of the Scottish Enlightenment and honestly I may as well just start it again now because I cannot remember a single thing. I can barely remember where Scotland is.
I hate menus I hate choosing food. I just want to be brought. Bring me dinner!
I feel like a hostage to fortune. Not that I am complaining. I wanted to play the role. But in truth I didn’t think the show would be such a success. OK I thought it would fail. Not because it was bad. I was confident it was good but plenty of good things just sort of wither on the vine.
I feel like I’m working on an oil rig right now. I’m away from home a lot.
As a real person he wouldn’t last a minute would he? But drama is about imperfection. And we’ve moved away from the aspirational hero. We got tired of it it was dull. If I was House’s friend I would hate it. How he so resolutely refuses to be happy or take the kind-hearted road. But we don’t always like morally good people do we?
One of the principal goals in my life has been to avoid embarrassing my children by doing the job I do. I hope I’ve managed to do that and I hope that with the job I’m in now they are if not proud at least unembarrassed by it. I must say my three are most agreeable children who do nothing but delight me.
You hope that your teenage self would like and forgive your 50-year-old self.
I admit I can’t shake the idea that there is virtue in suffering that there is a sort of psychic economy whereby if you embrace success happiness and comfort these things have to be paid for.
I have my moments. Ever since I was a boy I never was someone who was at ease with happiness. Too often I embrace introspection and self-doubt. I wish I could embrace the good things.
I never was someone who was at ease with happiness.
People will survive and they will find happiness. Happiness only comes when you’re not looking for it.