Quotes by Welsh authors


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"This industry has been really good to me. It's been a great life. I'm not through yet. I'm ready when you are, Mr. DeMille"
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"I'm most suspicious of scripts that have a lot of stage direction at the top of the page... sunrise over the desert and masses of... a whole essay before you get to the dialogue"
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"I'm always cast in these strange men... that's not me, really"
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"I don't know what acting is, but I enjoy it"
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"I would like to go back to Wales. I'm obsessed with my childhood and at least three times a week dream I am back there"
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"I worked with Steven Spielberg on Amistad... he seemed so very secure in himself that he let me do things"
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"I love life because what more is there"
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"I like the good life too much, I'm not good at going on stage night after night and on wet Wednesday afternoons"
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"I am able to play monsters well. I understand monsters. I understand madmen"
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"Since I was 12 or 13, I have been taking movie meetings finding a project right for me because I wanted to try it. Craig gave us the script - it was set in Wales, it is really British humour. I just loved it"
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"I'm just experimenting with every different type of music you can imagine and seeing where my voice lies and what sounds best. I think when I do finally do the album it will be very eclectic - just loads of different stuff on it. That's what I am hoping"
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"When I try to get work in the US all they say is that I need to lose weight - but I bet they never said that to Mae West"
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"They never were planning to be here. All my family are going to London because they wanted to go to the big one. There was never any showdown - there wouldn't be"
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"It was quite natural - the first day I got to the set I was really nervous, but I loved the whole experience"
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"I love singing - singing is what I'm famous for doing. Now it's turned into things I am famous for doing - like having rows with my mum or about my boyfriend, so it does get irritating"
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"The cast and the crew made me feel really welcome. Towards the end it just got better and better"
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"I would quite like to do a different accent or play something so different from myself because Olivia, the character I play in this film, is similar to me"
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"They used to but not any more. You kind of get used to it - you accept it is part of your job - if you're famous and you want this life, you have got to accept this part of it as well"
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"There are some truths to some of the stories, but a lot of it isn't - you just have got to let it go"
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"My hope is that people will be repulsed by the character's complete lack of ethics and obsession with consumerism - that's what I was saying about the difference between the character's message and the film's message"
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"I never want to turn something down because I'm afraid to do it, because of some idea of image or whatever. That was never anything I set out to do. In fact, the opposite, I always want to confuse people in terms of any kind of image and be unpredictable in any kind of movie I make"
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"I have this theory that, depending on your attitude, your life doesn't have to become this ridiculous charade that it seems so many people end up living"
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"When you are on tour in the UK it takes a few hours to get anywhere. A lot of the time you can have a beer, close your eyes for two minutes, and then you are there. In the U.S. it is much more like a road trip as all the cities are so spread apart"
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"The story behind every song is individual to itself"
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"A performance is only as good as the audience you are playing to. A lot of times you feed off of the audience, and we always try to give them all we've got and sometimes you don't get a lot back, but we've never been dead whenever we've performed"
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"To remain relevant though, I think making great records is the key"
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"The song Dakota was first written in Paris. I was doing a promo trip. It was snowing and the hotel room was really cold and boring and for some reason I just had a go of the guitar and the song came pretty quick"
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