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By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I left drama school and went straight into a 10-week film for which I was paid £75 I might say, which for 1962 was one heck of a lot of money.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

It's quite a dangerous career move to go wilfully on making films that may not find a distributor.

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 14 Sep

John Hurt

Society is constantly recalibrating, redefining what it considers to be moral and immoral.

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 13 Sep

John Hurt

I find myself more interested in producing. Not because I'm interested in the financial side of it, but just getting together the right elements to make a film, that side of production. I would not be good on the financial side. It would be a disaster from the beginning.

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 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 13 Sep

John Hurt

By the time I came to do the final ones [Harry Potter's film], I was working on something that was massively successful. There was a huge difference in indulgence and all sorts of stuff. A very big difference in peoples' attitudes. They were very pleased with themselves. In human terms, it was quite interesting to see the difference.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

Anything which retains interest is optimistic. When the characters become disinterested, it's pessimistic. Does that make sense?

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I never quite understand why we watch the news. There doesn't really seem much point watching somebody tell you what the news is when you could quite easily listen to it on the radio...

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

Life is full of ironies and paradoxes.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

My mother's father drank and her mother was an unhappy, neurotic woman, and I think she has lived all her life afraid of anyone who drinks for fear something like that might happen to her.

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 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 15 Sep

John Hurt

The most difficult thing about painting is the self-discipline. When I finish a job, I give myself a few days, but then I have to discipline myself quite fiercely if I want to do some painting that's worthwhile. Otherwise, you're just doodling. It's much easier when you're just told what you have to do.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

If I'm in theatre, cinema doesn't even cross my mind. Similarly when I'm making a film, theatre doesn't cross my mind.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I was keen on sports-that's how my nose got this way. It's not actually broken; the nose was just pushed up a little bit and moved over. It's an aquiline nose, quite Irish.

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 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

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 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 13 Sep

John Hurt

Bong Joon-ho is enormously sensitive to performance. He knows what he needs to see and that's all he needs to shoot. He is so daring. We don't do that in the west. We shoot everything.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

Very, 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. It's a great relief to feel that you're working with someone rather than for someone. You don't feel that you're being tested, as it were.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

On the other hand, you get other films that are spread over a much longer period of time and it's entirely exhausting. But there's always light at the end of the tunnel with a film.

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 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 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

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 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

The big problem with literature is people tend to take the dialogue from the book, forgetting that everything that surrounds it is literate, therefore not knowing quite how to put that on screen.

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

I put everything I can into the mulberry of my mind and hope that it is going to ferment and make a decent wine. How that process happens, I'm sorry to tell you I can't describe.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

By the very nature of being a clergyman's son, people tend to put you slightly apart, which is - you tend to live a life, at some stages, as being - people being suspicious of you and puts you rather on a - I don't mean lonely, particularly. But it does tend to put you apart.

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

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 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 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 15 Sep

John Hurt

We are all racing towards death. No matter how many great, intellectual conclusions we draw during our lives, we know they're all only man-made, like God. I begin to wonder where it all leads. What can you do, except do what you can do as best you know how.

By Anonym 13 Sep

John Hurt

I stopped asking a long time ago, "why would you want me to play that?" I'm an actor. That's what I do.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

I think one of the things that is important, for me, though a lot of people would disagree with me, is that you be founded in theater so that you understand what an audience is, what kind of an animal it is and how to play with it. How to have fun with it, how to sympathize with it, all the things that an audience is. I don't think you're going to find that out unless you do theater.

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

Pretending to be other people is my game and that to me is the essence of the whole business of acting.

By Anonym 15 Sep

John Hurt

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

By Anonym 14 Sep

John Hurt

It would be difficult to have any unfulfilled ambitions because I don't have any ambitions. I've never been that kind of performer.

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 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

Acting is an imaginative leap, really, isn't it? And imaginations prosper in different circumstances. And it's being able - I can't tell you how one does, but one tries to read those circumstances correctly.

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 13 Sep

John Hurt

I loved working with [ Lars Von Trier], but I've done two films before, so I was quite used to him.He's a man of incredible moods of course, but he's also a hugely perceptive man, and there's no getting away from that. And he's able to put that perception into something like film, so we're very lucky.

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!