Actors say they do their own stunts for the integrity of the film but I did them because they looked like a lot of fun.
This isn't the Gulf War, Michael. Which ironically IS like a big petrol station.
And on that bombshell ...
a womb with a view.
It's a post-modern classic written way before there was any modernism to be post about.
[When asked if he] remembered someone called Courtney ... Yes, I do remember someone called Courtney but I'm not prepared to talk about it because I don't talk about those kind of things.
I went on tour and I wouldn't say I was bored with the Perrier show but I started doing this stuff that wasn't as charming as the Perrier show.
I love Sherlock Holmes. I've got all his books, leather-bound. What I thought was great about Sherlock Holmes was that not only was he a supersleuth, he was also a hard worker. Not only did he go out and solve the crimes, he came home and wrote it all down. Fantastic. That's why I admire him.
I've always been drawn to discomfort and that limbo of unease you get between comedy and tragedy. Making people laugh one moment and the next making them feel really uncomfortable.
If you are a great dramatic actor then you often don't know if people are enjoying your stuff at all because they are sitting there in silence. But with comedy it's a simple premise. If it's funny, people laugh. If it's not, they don't.
People regurgitate the same old cliches and it becomes like a photocopy of a photocopy of something that's vaguely interesting.
When you see a crowd of people jumping up and down at a pop concert, all gloriously in the moment, I don't think you'll ever see a comedian there. They'll all be standing at the sides, looking at how it all fits together.
I always find it easier to portray myself as being unlikeable and idiotic; to actually play a character that is likeable and engages the audience is far more difficult. It's a more subtle kind of challenge.
If you start to disrespect the character you're playing, or play it too much for laughs, that can work for a sketch, it will sell some gags, but it's all technique. It's like watching a juggler - you can be impressed by it, but it's not going to touch you in any way.
I did not become successful in my work through embracing or engaging in celebrity culture. I never signed away my privacy in exchange for success.