Life is difficult for everyone; everyone has bad days. Everyone has trouble in their life, because it doesn’t matter how rich you are: Sickness and trouble and worry and love, these things will mess with you at every level of life.
Going home, spending time with the family, I feel they’re my friends as well, all of them. I look forward to meeting any one of them for a coffee, and when we all get together, I just love it.
Everyone talks about how we’re on our phones all the time, but the fact remains that when I’m away on a film set for two months, I can Skype my family. I remember the phone calls my parents had to make when my dad was away for a while when I was younger – that once-a-week expensive phone call! The time pressure on talking to your father!
I got very lucky with ‘Harry Potter.’ I got that role because I’m a ginger! Red hair was my only qualification!
It was when I was on stage that I realized that acting could be such a brilliant job.
Portraying as human the people you hear about on the news doing bad things is dangerous. But it’s also necessary and important.
Most of the time, I do what I’m offered, but after I worked for it. I think I try much harder for the things that scare me and inspire me. The things that scare and inspire you are things that are different from what you did before.
Doesn’t matter if I’m right or wrong – if I’m hungry or hot, I’m probably arguing with someone about something. Especially if that someone is rude.
Conventionally handsome is not really where I’m at.
There is something wonderful about turning up every day and knowing that not just the character but the whole movie kind of rests on your shoulders. And there’s great satisfaction when you think it’s going well and then real terror when you think it’s not.
I’ve gotten work based on how I look, and I’ve not gotten work based on how I look. It’s all good.
Normally, in a film with lots of twists and turns, half of them don’t make sense; they’re just there for their own sakes.
As an actor, there’s very little you can do if people don’t want to see you. Just getting yourself into the room to audition is tough.
I get asked to give stuff to my dad. I’m, like, ‘I’m not gonna pass your script to him!’ You know? My dad’s my dad. I’m not his agent.
Has anybody seen ‘The Notebook’ and not cried? I don’t know, I don’t know if that’s the case. It sort of hangs around for a while.
Though rom-coms aren’t necessarily my cup of tea, I was a huge fan of ‘Notting Hill.’
I’m pleased to say I grew up in a happy family in Dublin. I feel we’re very close.
my dad have really good taste in movies. My gran would tape them off the TV and write notes about them, rating them.
I’d seen my dad on stage, and that was fine, but the real excitement was – that was my dad. Even now, when I see his films, he’s always my favourite person in the movie.
I’m a little bit all over the place.
‘Punch-Drunk Love’ is my favorite movie.
If there’s one person in the world with whom a chemistry read is unnecessary, it’s Rachel McAdams.
I’d been very certain about not wanting to do the acting thing because of my father. I thought I’d always have the father-son thing of ‘He got you the part.’
The Coen brothers are amazing; they’re special.
I worked with the Coen brothers, which had been a dream of mine.
I did ‘Never Let Me Go,’ and there were amazing people on that. Brilliant writer, director, cast. That was quite special.
I got to work with Cillian Murphy and my dad, Jim Broadbent and Jodie Whittaker on ‘Perrier’s Bounty.’ It was a small part, but it was really special.
I’ve been interested in the writing/directing thing and really fell into acting by complete accident.
There’s so many good comic actors that you just take the best of and try and run with it yourself. Try and bring a little bit of yourself to it, too.
I think the whole thing is: If it makes sense in your head, the audience will go along with it.
Every actor is like, ‘I could direct!’
I was in ‘Harry Potter,’ and nobody on the street recognizes me from that. Nobody on the street has ever stopped me from ‘Harry Potter!’
When I was younger, my father told me not to pigeonhole the way that I perceive myself.
I think everybody’s got their insecurities and hang-ups. Everybody! Unless you’re an idiot.
Really, all I worry about is the work in hand.
When you work with actors, what you’re hoping to absorb is good ways to be an actor as opposed to how to handle being famous.
I’m a pessimist by nature, so it’s always the worst things that come to mind first whenever you make a decision or have a decision to make.
I do feel a wave come over me when I hear those two words, ‘Star’ and ‘Wars,’ said together. I feel tense, shut up, and stare into the middle distance.
The rom-com genre is not something that necessarily lights my jets.
Though rom-coms aren’t necessarily my cup of tea, I was a huge fan of ‘Notting Hill.’ I laughed a lot, and the romance got to me.
I stand to learn more working as an actor with really talented people than I do by directing a feature.
I’m not built like a leading man.