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By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

It's amazing how quickly human beings adapt, isn't it? It was such a great crew, and David [Lynch] was wonderful to work with [on 'The Elephant Man']. It was a very thrilling time, actually.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

Elephant Man [movie] was much more difficult physically. This had a couple of days. It was quite tricky. I had my leg strapped up behind me and I am a little older now. It was all marvelous, though. He [Bong Joon-ho] is one of the most fabulous directors in the world.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I wanted to work with those boys (producers Andy and Larry Wachowski) because they're so eccentric and peculiar. Larry, of course, is halfway towards being a woman now. It's a crazy world.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

The only concession you can make is to what you believe is right.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

Each day, as you get older, there is a new perspective on life. It's a progression of some sort.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I think, you have to forget about intellect, to a degree. Intuition is very important when you're working with a lens, I believe, for what the lens is doing, too.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

You can see areas where maybe you got a bit lazy, perhaps, or you see when you were really on form. I think an actor is very like a sportsman in that respect. You have periods where you're in terrific form.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

Be true to what you want to say, or whatever style it is that you've chosen or genre you've chosen. Do it well! My criteria always has been that the piece must stand the chance of succeeding on the level it's intended to succeed on.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I think you can fan the flames, but I think in the same way that a mathematician is a mathematician - He's not taught to be a mathematician. He either has a feeling for equations and an understanding and delight in it, not only in the purity of it, but in its beauty as well.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

The great joke is that a realist is an optimistic pessimist. That's very witty. Whether it's truthful or not, that I don't know.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I do what interests me when I'm invited and do it as well as I know how and try to get better. That's all.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

In the States it's more and more difficult to get an independent film off the ground, and you certainly wont get the opportunity to play something like that in a studio movie.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I think it's interesting to see how things come into and go out of fashion.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

Films don't take as long as people think. 'Harry Potter,' people always used to say, 'Well, my God, do you ever get any time to yourself?' I think I did, in 'Harry Potter,' over a 12 year period I did five days. So it's not exactly exhausting.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

Film has changed vastly in the time that I've been an actor, and it's, I think, very much for the better. I think there are just magnificent films now, and they're blossoming in the way that the novel did years ago.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

You collect as much information as you can and then you put it into the mulberry of your mind and hope that you come up with a decent wine. Sometimes you do; sometimes you don't.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I've got plenty of train memories. I was sent to school when I was eight years old in 1948 in Kent. So I had to go through London in 1948, just after the war. Many ,many strange experiences.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I think you can get better in mathematics on a school level, but when you're talking about being a mathematician, I think that's definitely a gift of genes or whatever.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

Often I don't read novels. The script is more important, that's the springboard to your imagination, really. Peripheral information can be interesting to read but you can't use it when it's not in the script.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I love working with Lars [von Trier]! I've worked with him three times. I did the narration of Dogville and Manderlay.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I am not an enormous believer in research being the be-all and end-all. I get suspicious when I read about actors spending six months in a clinic, say, in order to play someone who is sick.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

There may be arrangements to have me retired but I don't know. Things happen that I enjoy doing, and as long as I enjoy doing them I'll go about doing them, I guess.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

In the end, the game is the same. Football is still football. Now, they may play with different formations, they may have a different idea of training, but the game doesn't alter. I don't mind how any performer - indeed, why should I? How arrogant of me if I did? - manages to get to what they have to get to. It doesn't matter how you get there, as long as it isn't going to destroy other people on the way.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I think I'd rather do [acting] in the real place. It requires different things, working with green screen, but its an imaginative exercise anyway, the whole business of acting, so it just gives you a bit more to feed the imagination. Unless it's really silly, just two of you stuck in a space with nothing but green screen that's got to be pretty difficult.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

The common misconception is that we create films for ourselves. And I really don't do it for myself. I get stopped in the street by people saying, "Do you mind if I say this about your work?" Do I mind? I'm delighted. I do it for you. It's not for me. It's my living, yes, sure.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

One wonders sometimes, looking at the world, how it's dealing with itself. There are days when you wake up and you feel very optimistic and there are days when you feel pessimistic.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I loathed school. I don't have an academic mind, and besides I was so bored by my teachers! How teachers can take a child's inventiveness and say yes, yes, in that pontifical way of theirs, and smother everything!

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I have lots of favourite memories but I can't say that I have a favourite film.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

People say you never retire in this [film] business and I say, well, not until they retire you.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I've never done a [Berthold] Brecht. In the 1960s when the Berliner Ensemble came over [to England] with Helene Weigel [Brecht's second wife], I saw all the Berlin actors. It was an amazing time, very exciting early 1960s.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

My fathers a clergyman, and he was in the mission field for a certain amount of time in British Honduras, which is now Belize.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I think it would be very difficult to play somebody if they didn't think they had any virtues or redeeming characteristics.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I never had any ambition to be a star, or whatever it is called, and I'm still embarrassed at the word.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

A very, very impressive director, Tomas Alfredson. It's only his second film [ 'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'], but he's a real find.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I remember once when I told Lindsay Anderson at a party that acting was just a sophisticated way of playing cowboys and Indians he almost had a fit.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

Nudes are the greatest to paint. Everything you can find in a landscape or a still life or anything else is there: darkness and light, character dimension, texture. I painted heads too, of course.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

In anything really, it's finding the reality. You can't be 'real,' but you can create a reality. And that created reality is what the audience believes in. And that's essential. Because if the audience doesn't believe that, they're never going to trust you. And if they don't trust you, you can't lead them up the mountain.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

If you've got a great crew it's intense, but its quite short. 'The Elephant Man' was longer than most, for an independent film. That was a 14 week film. But it was because of the intrinsic difficulties. We had to invent a different way of filming, because the makeup was so long. A working day for me with a full makeup on was nineteen hours. So obviously you couldn't do that twice running.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

Very broadly speaking, you can put directors into two areas: One for whom you work, and the other with whom you work. And I prefer the latter, for obvious reasons.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I often say, with something like 'The Elephant Man,' had it been an American series for television, where you have to sign your life away for seven years...well, maybe I would never have made 'Sailcloth.'

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

Some directors involve waiting, and if you want to work with that particular director you're going to have to hang around.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I'm really the addition of other peoples' imagination, quite honestly. It's what they see me as, and I'm very happy to comply. I find things are more varied that way.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

If it's a low-brow bawdy comedy, it's got to stand the chance of succeeding as such. If it's an intellectual piece, a drama, and so forth. And of course, once you've determined the level of the piece, do it the best you know how. And then don't make concessions. To audiences, or to pursestrings, or whatever.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

We shot ['Sailcloth'] five days down in Cornwall, and you couldn't have asked for a more beautiful place. It was a couple of tough days at sea, but when I say tough it was still enjoyable.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

You carry that through and adapt it to a camera lens, but you're quite right, you cannot be sure of what an audience is going to do. You don't know what's going to happen to the piece you're doing anyway. You don't know how it's going to be edited. There are a lot more unknowns in cinema. But that you have to readily accept. That's when, I think, you have to forget about intellect, to a degree. Intuition is very important when you're working with a lens, I believe, for what the lens is doing, too.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

What I like about [Berthold] Brecht, it's very interesting. When Helene Weigel came over and somebody talked about Lotte Lenya and said "well, she wasn't alienating." And Weigel said "No, no, no. Why, Lotte Lenya was so true - who cares?" She said: "Berti only developed the theory of alienation in order to stop bad acting." I heard her say that. Now that's brilliant.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

Obviously, the arrogance of my own nature in regards to other people's work would suggest that I think I'm talented.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

When you're really working well with a director then you can be as outrageous as you like and so can he. And there's no worry about it.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

'The Elephant Man' was hugely enjoyable to do. I thought the one stage, when Chris Tucker did the first makeup and it took 12 hours, I thought they'd actually found a way for me not to enjoy filming.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I find it difficult to say, like "which child do you prefer the most", and its a sort of surface choice. I've never known how to quite answer that one adequately.