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By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Aging is the diminishing of early fearlessness.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I don't think Hamlet is mad, nor is he predisposed to be a gloomy or tragic figure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I feel more Irish than English. I feel freer than British, more visceral, with a love of language. Shot through with fire in some way. That's why I resist being appropriated as the current repository of Shakespeare on the planet. That would mean I'm part of the English cultural elite, and I am utterly ill-fitted to be.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

It's very strange that the people you love are often the people you're most cruel to.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Everything is important, but there is a weight to these big or expected things and then there is the logistics of them and it's trying to find, while you worry about for instance the ballroom scene, how do you get 500 people to go to the loo in corsets and don't cost you an hour and how do you remember while you're organizing all that to take a breath and say, 'Well the scene is about all of that and it's about Prince hand on the small of Cinderella back as well' and we need time to do that properly as well.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Actually I think 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' could sit very very perfectly in the middle of a Disney world I think.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I think the truth is the Marvel fiefdom exists very independently inside the Disney world, inside the Disney universe. They're not resistant to that kind of thing but they have their, you know there is a whole sort of machine energy and momentum that is the sort of creative drive behind the whole universe that has a big impact on the individual films. I'm glad those scenes got out there. And we've got a few interesting deleted scenes on this.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Frankenstein feels like an ancient tale, the kind of traditional story that appears in many other forms. It appeals to something very primal, but it's also about profound things, the very nature of life and death and birth - about, essentially, a man who is resisting the most irresistible fact of all, that we will be shuffling off this mortal coil.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Adults are just children who earn money.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Truth is like most opinions - best unexpressed.

By Anonym 17 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don't get so worked up about things.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Hamlet and Victor Frankenstein are each obsessed with death. Hamlet's whole story is a philosophical preparation for death; Victor's is an intellectual refusal to accept it.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I come from the theatre, my bones are in the theatre; it’s as natural as breathing to want to be in the theatre

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's characters is his courage to face up to the darker elements of his personality.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

In the hands of a great poet, words have ways of affecting us in ways we don't understand.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Somehow I know there was something so right about my doing Frankenstein and taking so long over it that I've probably been laying some ghost inside myself. It was a very necessary job for me to do, but it'll take some time to recover from it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I think the best actors are the most generous, the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain, greedy and insecure.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

If you've done a brilliant version it becomes something else.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I only really cast people who are desperate to be in it - who were dying to be in it, whose talent I believed in and were dead ready to do the work that was necessary.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

It doesn't mean old or younger. I've learned a lot from people much younger than me as well as people much older than me. So I think it's about honesty and generosity.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I noted about Cate Blanchett was her very positive lack of concern for how she turns out in Cinderella. She is happy to be a villainess and very pleased to be encouraged as I did with her to reveal this backstory and feel as though this was very human, that this broken heart of hers, if you might regard it that way, would be visible, but she never played for sympathy and I really admired that about her, so she's just there, she just is and uncompromisingly.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

We're self obsessed and mad and stupid - not that other people can't be the same way - but the extremes are kind of honest in some mad way. Anyway, I like them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

For all the cynicism that the world contains, people are a little more open to those things that maybe are to do with returning you to some kind of simpler, happier state.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

With people in corsets you need, an hour and a half in you have to give somebody something, you have to have those trays with a little bit of fruit going around or something because you get that blood sugar [dropping] thing, so it's curious because that's in your mind at the same time as you're about to say, 'I think it's about the humanity and the depth of feeling and we need to feel [Cinderella] soul expand and by the way, more cheese for the people in the back.'

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

When I'm acting, I'm in the director's hands. I'm very happy to be. I like to be focused on what I'm doing.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Helena Bonham-Carter and I sat down to talk about [Cinderella movie] and she said, 'I really want to do it but only one thing I insist on and that's wings.' She had to have wings and [costume designer] Sandy Powell didn't want wings to begin with but had to be talked around, but that was fun.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

If you've been to Moscow, it's a really exciting and great city, but it still feels like you should be a little careful about which way you're going to step.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Two billion people watched the royal wedding. Clearly, they're interested in that - the outside of what appears to be lives that have a certain amount of privilege. They have gifts, they have history, they have a sort of unusual and separate position, which maybe involves paying a price.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I don't feel one could even remotely touch the idea of intimidating others, but because I've understood the other side of the experience, I will occasionally, if I smell that could even be in the air for a few minutes, say to the director, "Please, you must tell me anything you want. Please say all the things you think might be terribly hurtful like, 'That was boring.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific invitation to an imaginative animation team.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I looked at the 1950 animated film [Cinderella], I read a couple of editions of the fairy tale that I have in my house and all of it seemed to say that there was room for a version that delivered, in this story, which seems to invite a feeling in people and I think that is some version of a classical world.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

After Frankenstein, I feel as if I want to make a film about somebody having a nice cup of tea.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

The ferocity of passion that is engendered by people when they don't like what you've done is really tremendous. It's intense.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I started being interested in acting when I heard the voices of Sir Laurence Olivier and Sir John Gielgud and Sir Alec Guinness. Ive had the great privilege of working with Sir Derek Jacobi and Sir Anthony Hopkins. These are people who inspire the work that I do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

The long version of the play is actually an easier version to follow. In all of the cut versions the intense speeches are cut too close together for the audience and the actors.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I don’t feel in a kind of race or competition with him or anybody else, because that kind of reactive thing isn’t good, or isn’t useful for natural creative instincts

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

It's quite hard for people to just accept that they're very contradictory.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I think that a lot of exciting elements are finding a place where a film is happily, truly about something.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

There are some amazing stories from all over this country, where people's work and contribution has been acknowledged. To be part of that is an absolutely fantastic feeling.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I wanted to have a place and a space, and a building, in which to create a season of work I am here because the idea of a theatrical home is very appealing to me

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Sometimes it comes out in what I call tricksy behavior. That's not always easy to deal with, but it's fascinating. The key thing is to make sure that somebody's tricks don't trip up somebody else.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

There is some mysterious thing that goes on whereby, in the process of playing Shakespeare continuously, actors are surprised by the way the language actually acts on them.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Even when a film is finished, when I direct a film, sometimes it's a dark profession, but it requires a peculiar form of courage that I admire.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Actors are the best and the worst of people. They're like kids. When they're good, they're very very good. When they're bad they're very very naughty.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I've heard from quite a few people, you sense that there is an ownership of the [ Cinderella], it was so personal for so many people, so I was interested in trying to work out why that was.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I certainly have been guilty of trying to sweep things under the carpet.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Kenneth Branagh

I guess I've done a couple of boys-y movies and on the whole you get bracketed into things you've just done, so it was an imaginative surprise from my Disney family to pull me out of the hat, as it were in Cinderella.