But let’s just say, I’m Irish. I grew up in the 1950s. Religion had a very tight iron fist.
I offer my performance as prayer for someone I’ve worked with as an actor or someone who has died. The image that comes into my head as I walk to the stage, I offer that performance up for that person.
It’s an extraordinary thing, this tiny little province of Northern Ireland, where carnage happened. And I was part of it. I grew up in it.
I try to stay fit. I try and do something every day but I don’t jog. My body hates jogging.
I love doing my own stunts but it’s hard.
For all of nature’s wonder and beauty, it is also hostile and unpredictable.
Getting married and settling down isn’t the most important thing in my life.
The Irish Catholic side was married to the life of an actor and I found out acting could be a form of prayer.
If I get rejected for a part, I pick myself up and say, ‘OK, not today, maybe tomorrow I’ll get this other part or something.’
I always wanted to be a cowboy, and Jedi Knights are basically cowboys in space, right?
It’s extraordinary to look into a baby’s face and see a piece of your flesh and your spirit. It makes you realize you are a part of the human race.
Yeah, well, I finally stopped smoking for good.
I’m a big believer in acts of kindness, no matter how small.
I’m Irish, so I’m used to odd stews. I can take it. Just throw a lot of carrots and onions in there and I’ll call it dinner.
I’ve had an unbelievable life. I’ve been very lucky. You do create your own luck too, you know? I never forget where I’m from. Whenever I pass a building site or see somebody digging a ditch, I always think, ‘That’s real work.’