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  1. The biggest thing about me, as an actor, is I’m never a finished product, you know? I always want to try something or be in a new genre because, one, it’s much more fun to do that because you’re not doing the same thing over and over.
  2. I know straight away if there are roles I don’t want to do, and I have a lot of arguments with my agents about those.
  3. I want to do something original rather than interpret someone else’s performance, which is always the risk — even if it’s only in a subconscious way. I want to concentrate on giving my own fresh interpretation.
  4. I think, as a generation of British actors, we’re becoming a bit soft and too manipulated by the business.
  5. I wanted to be a stuntman. I’ve done stunts since I was 11, and wanted to be able to do them whatever kind of work I ended up in. I’ve had a horse roll on me, but luckily, everything stayed intact.
  6. I love changing my roles. I think the most important thing that I can do for myself is to keep changing the genres, the periods, the characters themselves.
  7. I love film, but I feeling a bit needy about returning to the stage.
  8. I’ve picked a camera up a few times. I remember buying my first camera when I was about 18 and really going wild with it, as you do as an 18-year-old, especially when you’re in college.
  9. If you have 130 people on set, all with different opinions, sometimes it’s going to kick off. There might be some people who say I’m a big problem to work with — that you couldn’t tell me anything — but hopefully, they don’t.
  10. I like being on a set where you can make decisions and everything is involved and are happy to work together to make the best work. For me, it’s all about making the best work and creative people working together and all being respected and all having their opinions of what gives it the best quality is important.
  11. Personally speaking, tights aren’t too comfortable for a man to wear.
  12. Bond is actually my dream role. Only because it was the film I watched with my grandfathers and father from a very young age, and it would be the only way that I could actually repay them with my art form for what they’ve done for me.
  13. Love every role to be new, and I always like to bring a freshness to every character I play, but that comes down to the script. So, it’s important that it’s a good script with good, truthful characters and truthful subjects.
  14. I came from a very, very small valley in the middle of South Wales. I grew up there with my father, who’s a coal miner, and my mother worked in a normal factory.
  15. Fame isn’t happiness, but success and being respected in your craft is worth fighting for. You’ve got to work hard to be noticed.
  16. I like to portray things as close to the bone as possible.
  17. I was really bored in school because I couldn’t do what I wanted to do, which was act. And then when I was 14, a local TV company came to the youth theater, and they were auditioning kids to be in this new TV series.
  18. I love doing my own stunts. I’d love to do a full-on period sword-fighting piece where I get to show off with fighting and horses — I’m up for it.
  19. That’s acting for you. ‘White Queen’ has English playing Welsh and vice versa.
  20. I do my own stunts; that’s something I’m very passionate about. I spent a lot of time on boats as a kid, so it’s just nice to be able to put that into use in the job that I do.



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