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It’s very difficult to make comedy work; I think it’s a very underrated genre.
– Andrew Scott
I’m not a big guy for research. You’ve got to take a risk.
It’s a thrilling world, and people really like stories about secrets, which is the essence of a spy drama.
Life’s too short.
I had a really fantastic dialect coach that I worked very well with, and I was constantly surprised by the different intonations that the Russian dialect has.
The kind of actors I admire move through different characters and genres.
‘Serious acting’ is the kind of acting that I don’t ever respond to.
I can totally understand why people say: ‘I’m going to do this T.V. series so that I can buy a flat’. But you’ve got to see what’s of value to you as an actor.
I find any sort of acting that doesn’t have any humor in it is mind-numbingly boring.
Never, ever wear three-quarter length trousers. Even in the summer.
It sounds maybe a little old fashioned, but the parts I want to play and I do play, you don’t want to inject too much of your own personality. What you sacrifice then is a slight mystery.
I find any sort of acting that doesn’t have any humor in it is mind-numbingly boring. ‘Serious acting’ is the kind of acting that I don’t ever respond to.
I like clothes.
I am a private person; I think that’s important if you’re an actor. But there’s a difference between privacy and secrecy, and I’m not a secretive person.
One of my favourite parts of acting is the clothes that you get to wear, because it’s very important.
I have to write in sequence and only in sequence.
The goal is always just trying to stretch yourself as an actor.
I do sometimes play characters that are a bit ambiguous. You’ve got to be brave about that sort of stuff. I like the sense of people not feeling too secure, not immediately knowing what they have in front of them.
Really I just want to get on with my job, which is to pretend to be lots of different people. Simple as that.
If one story becomes too hot, then you can’t forget it. As an actor, you want to remain fluid.
I’ve played all these extreme guys, but playing an everyman type has its own challenges.
I think in my job, it’s quite difficult to find work on television… you don’t necessarily want to get a profile for something that you don’t fully believe in.
I want to keep everything balanced. That’s why it’s important not to have too much fanfare.
I don’t like it when people ask actors to work for free – on the fringe – as if it’s some kind of virtue. That annoys me – actors should be paid well.
People get distracted by box-office figures and take jobs because they think it will advance their careers.
Audiences like to be challenged and to be actively involved and try to guess an outcome.