I think it’s dangerous to get into ideas of planning careers.
– Clive Owen
The worst piece of advice I’ve gotten in my whole career is from somebody who said, ‘Remember, it’s all about likeability.’
Every journalist who is not too stupid or too full of himself to notice what is going on knows that what he does is morally indefensible.
Rudeness can make me angry.
Audiences can be very judgmental.
For me, London is and always will be home.
I do a lot better if I sit around and think about a character for a couple of months.
There’s something to play if there’s conflict going on. Whatever that conflict is, that’s where drama is; if the character is grappling with something you’ve got something to play, there’s layers to it.
I’m interested in playing all kinds of parts.
I just love playing good guys.
I just like to keep challenging myself, keep it varied. It’s a craft, and I’m constantly trying to learn and get better at it.
I never really look at life and worry about missed opportunities.
I always want my options to be open.
I’m sort of one of those weird actors who whenever I do a play, I think, ‘Oh, we should film this,’ as opposed to have to belt it out of ourselves in a theater auditorium.
I’d like to do a film which is funny.
I don’t do facials or any of that stuff, but my workout regime does tend to depend on whether I have to take my top off in my next film because otherwise I know I’m too heavy.
The idea of goodies and baddies has always fascinated me, and what people consider to be a goodie or a baddie, because I’ve never seen any of my characters as baddies.
The sexiest part of the body is the eyes. That’s what I believe.
I watch a film and the most important thing to me is what I think of the movie.
I’m a huge fan of ‘The Exorcist.’
Outside of being home with my family, I prefer a crowd.
I come from a very working-class background.
After writing a page, Hemingway would let it float to the ground. He never crumpled pages – he believed that if you crumpled them, you’d be insane in a year.
One of the things I’m most proud of about my career is the fact I’ve managed to keep options open.
I’ve been very fortunate with the scripts I’ve had and the people I worked with.
It’s just lovely to be involved in a movie that does go back to the basics – characters and great writing.
I’ve had some great times with actresses, but that’s in a movie.
When you are shooting action, there is a satisfying thing because your objectives are very clear.
I couldn’t bear a marriage in which one partner hinges on the other.
I’m not the kind of actor who goes into exhaustive research for each role.