You don’t learn charm. It’s not something that you can acquire. I have used it much in my life with great success, but it’s not necessarily what makes me an actor. It became a very easy label to attach to me. It also feels a bit dismissive. People go, ‘You’re so lovely and charming’, but...
I’m not an actor who is often asked to be in period things.
Several years ago, I began losing my hair, and like a lot of men, it was a major concern to me, in fact it was practically an obsession. But, also I’m an actor, so I’m in the public eye a lot and I really felt that my hair loss could affect my career prospects.
I spend an awful lot of time by myself and enjoy that.
I’ve heard some duff Irish accents. The worst must be Mickey Rourke.
My preference is for good writing. It doesn’t matter if it’s for film or TV. Whatever. It starts with the writing. Even though I’ve had problems with writers, it doesn’t matter how great of an actor you are. If the writing is bad, you’re going to struggle.
Unification is less important than the fact Ireland is now conflict-free.
Drama asks some uncomfortable questions at times… It goes to pretty dark places.
As I flew back from New Zealand to bury my mother, it occurred to me that no matter how harrowing her loss was and how keenly it will always be felt, there was, nevertheless, a sense of relief that my father, sisters and I could say a final goodbye after the longest goodbye and relief...
When I went to university, I was already working professionally with the Ulster Actors.
I thought I was God’s gift to mankind and the greatest Irishman since George Best.
Before I read the ‘Bloody Sunday’ script, I have to admit I hadn’t thought about it that much. There was probably even part of me which assumed there was no smoke without fire. That the Catholics who were shot must have done something to provoke such a response from the army. I was extremely ignorant...
I do commercials, but I also go to Sudan as an ambassador for UNICEF.
Brain surgeons are dealing with the very last thread of life, and they have to be very confident, but I think they tend to remember their failures rather than their successes, and that must be very hard. Who do you share that failure with? That’s why their personal lives are often disastrous.