Ralph Fiennes Quotes

I veer away from trying to understand why I act. I just know I need to do it.

When you get to over 40 and people are killing each other still around the world and blowing each other up, it gets a bit sort of depressing.

Gardeners are good at nurturing, and they have a great quality of patience, they`re tender. They have to be persistent.

I can`t go and shoot people in the back of the head because It`s a kids` movie, which is actually quite a good test because you haven`t got the overt threat of a knife in the face.

Within the process of filming, unexpected situations occur.

I tried not to play Voldemort over the top, and then I realized there`s no other way.

There`s a challenge to playing these fantasy figures because they are fantasy figures. You have to enter into this sort of imaginative world of the writer.

As an actor, a part of you expects to be looked at. A part of you wants to be looked at. But when I`m playing a part, in my imagined world, I feel I`m not me. I may be using bits of me, but I love the sense that I`m being someone else.

There`s a lot of people who feel there`s a tabloid journalist who had it coming.

I respond to a part just intuitively when I read a script.

I was only interested in my scene, and I had to go through thousands and thousands of other scenes. I got my scene and I read it many, many, many, many, many times. That was my research.

I`m sure acting is a deeply neurotic thing to do.

I think it`s a badge of honor to have a real flop on your resume - about The Avengers

You want to have a critical success and you want people to go see it. It`s disappointing if something`s well reviewed and no one goes to see it.

I certainly gained a lot by reading about Shanghai.

It`s `Rafe`, actually.

I was grateful to have two weeks to shoot this one scene in Harry Potter. It`s a big, big scene, but they have to deliver. And they have high expectations.

A Merchant Ivory film, It`s quite hard to finance this kind of film, so there`s a sort of pressure to move through the day and get it done.

There`s only one day to shoot one scene, you don`t get a second chance. You`ve got to say, This is what I feel. Could I try this?

The process of making a film is a mad lottery. Whenever you get the feeling that you`re making something special, you have to quickly squash it because you are so often proved wrong.

Most films are rooted in a book or a comic strip, but I don`t go out there saying I want to do adaptations.

I don`t feel particularly comfortable about actors using whatever power they may have to push their beliefs, unless they`re extremely well informed.

There are those moments when you shake someone`s hand, have a conversation with someone, and suddenly your all bound together because you share your humanity in one simple moment.

I couldn`t get as big as a bodybuilder. I tried to put on as much weight in the right places as I could. My weightlifting was impressive for me, but not for some of the guys I see down at the gym.

I have a lot of stuff I want to talk about and offer up. It would be odd not to have ideas about something.

I veer away from trying to understand why I act. I just know I need to do it.

I got to read some writings by serial killers, and they got inside my head. They were quite disturbing. I read disturbing stuff about that very detached way of manipulating people to do things.

We`d all like to believe that perhaps people could stop killing each other.

One of the things that binds us as a family is a shared sense of humor.

It was just two energies between two people, you can`t prescribe that.

Awards are like applause, and every actor likes to hear applause.

I admire the world of the books and the characters that she`s created, but I`m not an addict of Harry Potter. I don`t feel possessive about it.

In the best material, you always should be able to somehow make a case for a story to be transposed to any other time.

You`re meant to be playing the distillation of evil, which can be anything.

The film depends on the audience`s belief in this relationship.

In the studio system, things are expected of a film. By the first, second, third act, there`s a generic language that comes out of the more commercial system.

The sets were fantastic. The Harry Potter sets are brilliant. You do get transported for a second.

I like to keep fit, but I never lift very heavy weights.

When children were introduced to Lord Voldemort, they looked suitably terrified. Which gave me great gratification.

I went out to Mount Kilimanjaro, which I thought was very beautiful, but there were a lot of people there.

When she was younger, my mother was quite committed to Roman Catholicism. But she got disillusioned with it and moved closer to something like Buddhist beliefs near the end of her life.

I don`t plan a career. That doesn`t work for me. I just have to go with my gut.

When you go to areas that have poverty of that level, you`re ready to feel shocked and some degree of shame, coming in as a rich westerner.

You feel yourself working to show something. I`ve learned to distrust that feeling.

As an actor, there`s a bit of you that`s decided you want to be looked at and watched, but there`s a paradoxical bit that wants to run away.

Little moments can have a feeling and a texture that is very real.

The people I consider successful are so because of how they handle their responsibilities to other people, how they approach the future, people who have a full sense of the value of their life and what they want to do with it. I call people successful not because they have money or their business is doing well but because, as human beings, they have a fully developed sense of being alive and engaged in a lifetime task of collaboration with other human beings -- their mothers and fathers, their family, their friends, their loved ones, the friends who are dying, the friends who are being born. Success.. is all about being able to extend love to people... not in a big, capital letter sense but in the everyday. Little by little, task by task, gesture by gesture, word by word.

Kenya doesn`t have much of an infrastructure for hosting a film.

You have to just dive over the edge. You haven`t got time to mess about.

Kenya doesn`t have much of an infrastructure for hosting a film of this scale. Our producer decided that for the film to really work it had to be in Kenya.

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