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The Four Speeds

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The Four Rates of speed, a studio-only project, made one little-known hot rod single in past due 1962 (“My Sting Ray” B/W “RPM”) appealing to Seaside Boys completists because of the presence of Dennis Wilson on drums. Gary Usher sang business lead on both edges, in addition to co-producing and composing the music with Mike Borchetta. The tracks are fair sizzling rod songs within the mold from the Seaside Kids’ “TURN OFF” plus some of the reduced hot pole filler on early Seaside Kids albums. Both paths had been reissued on Surfin’, a 2000 Compact disc compilation that also included the Seaside Kids’ pre-Capitol recordings for Candix and an Usher-produced solitary (from the Tri-Fives) which Dennis Wilson performed drums and Carl Wilson performed business lead guitar.

Quick Facts


Full Name The Four Speeds
Music Songs Four On The Floor, Cheater Slicks, R.P.M.'s, Barefoot Adventure, My Stingray, R.P.M.
Albums The Four Speeds' R.P.M.


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#Fact
1 Accepted the villain role in The Incredible Hulk (2008) to please his sons.
2 Bears a strong physical resemblance to stunt actor and martial artist Ray Park.
3 Developed his trademark Cockney accent when in school to fit in with classmates and avoid being bullied.
4 Has no formal acting training.
5 Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bruce Payne, and Paul McGann were all part of a group of actors in the mid 1980's dubbed ''The Brit pack'' by the media, a reference to the American ''Brat Pack''.
6 Adores the cover of "Postcards from a Young Man", the 2010 album by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers.
7 Was considered for the role of McStarley in The Condemned (2007).
8 Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 59th Cannes International Film Festival in 2006.
9 A former art student himself, Tim has played an artist in at least three roles: Vincent Van Gogh in Vincent & Theo (1990), Jack Craig in Tales from the Crypt (1989) (episode "Easel Kill Ya") and Joey, an ex-con with a gift for drawing in No Way Home (1996).
10 Ranked #16 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
11 President of the 'Camera d'Or' jury at the 57th Cannes International Film Festival in 2004.
12 Was considered as a replacement for Anthony Hopkins, when Hopkins was reluctant to return to play Hannibal Lector in Hannibal (2001). However, in the end, Hopkins accepted the role.
13 Turned down the role of Johnny Rotten in Sid and Nancy (1986), because he felt the film depicted history that was "too recent."
14 Was considered for the role of Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), but dropped out to star in Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes (1968). The role was then given to Alan Rickman.
15 His father was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to a British immigrant family of Irish ancestry. His mother was English. Tim's father changed the family name from the British/American sounding "Smith" to "Roth" after World War II, because he was a journalist who traveled in countries that disliked the British and Americans.
16 His middle name is Simon.
17 One of the first actor/models to get the trendy "thorny tribal" tattoo around his arm.
18 Two sons, with Butler, Timothy (b. 1995) and Cormac (b. 1996)
19 He has a son named Jack (b. 1983), with Lori Baker.
20 Even with his reputation as an actor firmly established, Tim Roth still tends bar from time to time.
21 He bears tattoos on his right arm for significant events in his life. He has 8 such tattoos, as of 2010.
22 He and Gary Oldman are very good friends from back in the days of when they worked in London theater.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover 1989 Mitchel
Theatre Night 1989 TV Series Curly Delafield
A Fine Romance 1989 TV Series The Jaguar
Twice Upon a Time 1988
Coppers 1988 TV Movie Graham
To Kill a Priest 1988 Feliks
A World Apart 1988 Harold
Ten Great Writers of the Modern World 1988 TV Mini-Series documentary Franz Kafka Joseph K.
Metamorphosis 1987 TV Series Gregor Samsa
King of the Ghetto 1986 TV Series Matthew Long
Summer Season 1985 TV Series Tristan Hanley
TV Eye 1985 TV Series Mehmet Ali Agca
Murder with Mirrors 1985 TV Movie Edgar Lawson
Return to Waterloo 1984 Boy Punk
A Class of His Own 1984 TV Movie Phil
The Hit 1984 Myron
Driving Ambition 1984 TV Series Baz
Meantime 1984 TV Movie Colin
Not Necessarily the News 1983 TV Series Gay Man
Made in Britain 1982 TV Movie Trevor
The Padre 2018 filming The Padre
The Brits Are Coming 2017 post-production Peter
The Jesuit post-production
1 Mile to You 2017 Jarhead
Tin Star 2017 TV Series
Rillington Place 2016 TV Mini-Series Reg Christie John Christie
Reg 2016 TV Movie Reg Keys
The Hateful Eight 2015 Oswaldo Mobray
Mr. Right 2015/I Hopper / Reynolds
Hardcore Henry 2015 Henry's Father
Chronic 2015 David
600 Miles 2015 Hank Harris
Selma 2014 Gov. George Wallace
October Gale 2014 Tom
Robot Chicken 2014 TV Series Doctor Who / Frank / Police Officer
United Passions 2014 Sepp Blatter
Grace of Monaco 2014 Prince Rainier
Klondike 2014 TV Mini-Series The Count
Möbius 2013 Ivan Rostovsky
The Liability 2012 Roy
Broken 2012/IV Archie
Arbitrage 2012 Det. Michael Bryer
Lie to Me 2009-2011 TV Series Dr. Cal Lightman
Pete Smalls Is Dead 2010 Pete Smalls
Brostitute 2010 Video short
King Conqueror 2009 King Pedro II of Aragon
Sea Wolf 2009 TV Mini-Series Death Larsen
Lie to Me: In Character with Tim Roth 2009 Video
Skellig: The Owl Man 2009 TV Movie Skellig
The Incredible Hulk 2008 Video Game Emil Blonsky (voice)
The Incredible Hulk 2008 Emil Blonsky
Virgin Territory 2007 Gerbino
Funny Games 2007 George
Youth Without Youth 2007 Dominic Matei
Even Money 2006/I Victor
Tsunami: The Aftermath 2006 TV Mini-Series Nick Fraser
Dark Water 2005 Jeff Platzer
Don't Come Knocking 2005 Sutter
The Last Sign 2005 Jeremy Macfarlane
Battle of the Brave 2004 William Pitt
Silver City 2004 Mitch Paine
With It 2004 Short "Chicken Louis" Farnatelli
Late Night Shorts 2004 TV Short Presenter
The Beautiful Country 2004 Captain Oh
To Kill a King 2003 Oliver Cromwell
Whatever We Do 2003 Short Joe
Emmett's Mark 2002 John Harrett / Frank Dwyer
The Musketeer 2001 Febre the Man in Black
Invincible 2001 Herschel Steinschneider / Erik Jan Hanussen
Planet of the Apes 2001 Thade
Lucky Numbers 2000 Gig
Vatel 2000 Marquis de Lauzun
The Million Dollar Hotel 2000 Izzy Goldkiss (uncredited)
La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano 1998 Danny Boodmann T.D. Lemon Nineteen Hundred '1900'
Animals with the Tollkeeper 1998 Henry
Deceiver 1997 Wayland
Hoodlum 1997 Dutch Schultz
Gridlock'd 1997 Alexander 'Stretch' Rawland
Mocking the Cosmos 1996 Short Myrodemnon / Myron
Everyone Says I Love You 1996 Charles Ferry
No Way Home 1996 Joey
Four Rooms 1995 Ted the Bellhop
Rob Roy 1995 Cunningham
Captives 1994 Philip Chaney
Little Odessa 1994 Joshua Shapira
Pulp Fiction 1994 Pumpkin
Heart of Darkness 1993 TV Movie Marlow
El marido perfecto 1993 Milan
Bodies, Rest & Motion 1993 Nick
Murder in the Heartland 1993 TV Mini-Series Charles Starkweather
Screen Two 1992 TV Series Nick Finchley
Backsliding 1992 Tom Whitton
Reservoir Dogs 1992 Mr. Orange - Freddy Newandyke
Jumpin' at the Boneyard 1991 Manny
Tales from the Crypt 1991 TV Series Jack Craig
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead 1990 Guildenstern
The Play on One 1990 TV Series Peter Pike
Farendj 1990 Anton
Vincent & Theo 1990 Vincent Van Gogh

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chronic 2015 executive producer
600 Miles 2015 executive producer
Lie to Me 2010-2011 TV Series producer - 13 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The War Zone 1999

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano 1998 performer: "Silent Night, Holy Night" 1818 - uncredited
Everyone Says I Love You 1996 performer: "If I Had You" 1929, "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me" 1926

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Desde allá 2015 thanks
Finding Vivian Maier 2013 Documentary thanks: Kickstarter Donors
A Backyard Story 2010 grateful acknowledgment
Paris, je t'aime 2006 personal thanks
Bread and Roses 2000 special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
21 Years: Quentin Tarantino 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
French Open Live 2016 2016 TV Mini-Series Himself - Spectator
The Late Late Show with James Corden 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Made in Hollywood 2014-2016 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Seth Meyers 2016 TV Series Himself - Guest
Rotten Tomatoes 2015 TV Series Himself
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2005-2015 TV Series Himself - Guest
MTV News 2015 TV Series Himself
Entertainment Tonight 2008-2015 TV Series Himself
71st Venice Film Festival Awards Ceremony 2014 TV Movie Himself - Jury Member
Rencontres de cinéma 2014 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2006-2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Il était une fois... 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
Gold Rush: The Dirt 2014 TV Series Himself
Finding Vivian Maier 2013 Documentary Himself - Actor
A Fuller Life 2013 Documentary Himself - Reader (segment "D-Day - an Invitation to Hell")
Good Day L.A. 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Jonathan Ross Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Guest
Giuseppe Tornatore: Ogni film un'opera prima 2012 Documentary Himself
The Secret Policeman's Ball 2012 TV Movie Himself
Kingdom Come 2011 Documentary Himself
These Amazing Shadows 2011 Documentary Himself
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards 2011 TV Special documentary Himself - Presenter
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day 2010 TV Series documentary Himself
Chelsea Lately 2010 TV Series Himself - Guest
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut 2009 TV Mini-Series Himself
Last Call with Carson Daly 2009 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Incredible Hulk: An Incredible Evolution 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Incredible Hulk: Becoming the Abomination 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Incredible Hulk: Becoming the Hulk 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Incredible Hulk: Creating Hulk Comic Books 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Incredible Hulk: Hulking Out in Harlem 2008 Documentary short Himself
The Incredible Hulk: Hulking Out in the Bottling Plant 2008 Documentary short Himself
The Incredible Hulk: Hulking Out on Campus 2008 Documentary short Himself
The Incredible Hulk: Scene Explorer 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Incredible Hulk: The Hulk That Wasn't There 2008 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'The Incredible Hulk' 2008 Video short Himself
HBO First Look 2001-2008 TV Series documentary short Himself
TCM Guest Programmer 2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Up Close with Carrie Keagan 2007 TV Series Himself - Guest
Coda: Thirty Years Later 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Shootout 2007 TV Series Himself
British Film Forever 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Cannes, la alfombra roja 2006 Video documentary short Himself
Corazón de... 2006 TV Series Himself
Dark Water: Extraordinary Ensemble 2005 Video documentary short Himself
Tavis Smiley 2005 TV Series Himself - Guest
Banned 2005 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
From Hollywood to Borehamwood 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Hyper show 2002 TV Series documentary Himself
Planet of the Apes: Face Like a Monkey 2001 Video documentary short Himself
Planet of the Apes: On Location - Lake Powell 2001 Video documentary short Himself
The Making of 'Planet of the Apes' 2001 TV Short documentary Himself / Thade
Troldspejlet 2001 TV Series Himself - Actor / Thade
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 2001 TV Series Himself - Guest
Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet 2001 TV Short documentary Himself (uncredited)
We Know Where You Live 2001 TV Movie Himself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2001 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
Alan Clarke: His Own Man 2000 TV Movie documentary Himself
Tim Roth: Made in Britain 2000 Short Himself
Bread and Roses 2000 Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 1 - Sundance 1999 Video documentary Himself
Where Music Meets Film: Live from Sundance 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
Siskel & Ebert 1998 TV Series Himself
Festival international de Cannes 1998 TV Series Himself
The 50th British Academy Film Awards 1998 TV Special Himself - Presenter; Best Original Screenplay
Good Stuff 1997 TV Series documentary Himself
The 49th Bafta Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture and Presenter: Best British Film
The 68th Annual Academy Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 TV Special Himself
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 TV Special Himself - Nominee
Late Show with David Letterman 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
Today 1995 TV Series Himself - Guest
Violence and the Censors 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
The South Bank Show 1990 TV Series documentary Himself - Interviewee

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement 2016 TV Series Guildenstern
Microexpresiones, en 3 minutos 2010 Video short Himself
Comedy Lab 2010 TV Series Himself
Lie to Me Season 1: The Truth About 'Lie to Me' 2009 Video short Dr. Cal Lightman
Manufacturing Dissent 2007 Documentary Himself - at 2004 Cannes Film Festival (uncredited)
Cannes 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero 2006 TV Movie Himself
Cinema mil 2005 TV Series Himself
Film as Fine Art 2005 Video documentary short Himself
'Pulp Fiction' on a Dime: A 10th Anniversary Retrospect 2004 TV Short documentary
The N Word 2004 Documentary
Tupac: Resurrection 2003 Documentary Himself
Pulp Fiction: The Facts 2002 Video documentary short Himself
Empire of the Censors 1995 TV Movie documentary Himself
Who Do You Think You're Fooling? 1994 Short documentary Mr. Orange / Chow

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015 Hollywood Film Award Hollywood Film Awards Ensemble of the Year The Hateful Eight (2015) · Samuel L. Jackson
· Kurt Russell
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Walton Goggins
· Demián Bichir
· Michael Madsen
· Bruce Dern
· James Parks
· Channing Tatum
2014 BFCC Award Black Film Critics Circle Awards Best Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Lakeith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Oprah Winfrey
2012 Aluminum Horse Stockholm Film Festival Best Actor Broken (2012)
2011 People's Choice Award People's Choice Awards, USA Favorite TV Crime Fighter Lie to Me (2009)
2008 François Truffaut Award Giffoni Film Festival
1999 C.I.C.A.E. Award Berlin International Film Festival Panorama The War Zone (1999)
1999 Best New British Feature Edinburgh International Film Festival The War Zone (1999)
1999 European Discovery of the Year European Film Awards The War Zone (1999)
1999 Tróia Award - First Works Section Festróia - Tróia International Film Festival The War Zone (1999)
1999 Jury Award Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Best First Feature The War Zone (1999)
1999 Jury Award Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival Best Director The War Zone (1999)
1999 Silver Spike Valladolid International Film Festival The War Zone (1999)
1996 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role Rob Roy (1995)
1995 KCFCC Award Kansas City Film Critics Circle Awards Best Supporting Actor Rob Roy (1995)
1995 Piper-Heidsieck Award San Francisco International Film Festival
1994 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble Pulp Fiction (1994) · John Travolta
· Samuel L. Jackson
· Uma Thurman
· Harvey Keitel
· Ving Rhames
· Amanda Plummer
· Bruce Willis
· Eric Stoltz
· Rosanna Arquette
1985 Evening Standard British Film Award Evening Standard British Film Awards Most Promising Newcomer
1984 Best Actor Mystfest The Hit (1984) · Terence Stamp
· John Hurt

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Chronic (2015)
2016 Silver Ariel Ariel Awards, Mexico Best Actor (Mejor Actuación Masculina) 600 Millas (2015)
2016 Gold Derby Award Gold Derby Awards Ensemble Cast The Hateful Eight (2015) · Demián Bichir
· Bruce Dern
· Walton Goggins
· Samuel L. Jackson
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Michael Madsen
· Kurt Russell
· Channing Tatum
2015 ACCA Awards Circuit Community Awards Best Cast Ensemble The Hateful Eight (2015) · Samuel L. Jackson
· Kurt Russell
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Walton Goggins
· Bruce Dern
· Michael Madsen
· Demián Bichir
· James Park
· Zoë Bell
· Dana Gourrier
· Gene Jones
2015 GFCA Award Georgia Film Critics Association (GFCA) Best Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Lakeith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Oprah Winfrey
2014 SDFCS Award San Diego Film Critics Society Awards Best Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Lakeith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Oprah Winfrey
2014 WAFCA Award Washington DC Area Film Critics Association Awards Best Acting Ensemble Selma (2014) · David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Lakeith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Oprah Winfrey
2012 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Actor Broken (2012)
2007 Golden Nymph Monte-Carlo TV Festival Mini-Series - Best Performance by an Actor Tsunami: The Aftermath (2006)
2003 DVDX Award DVD Exclusive Awards Best Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere Movie Emmett's Mark (2002)
2002 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Planet of the Apes (2001)
2002 Empire Award Empire Awards, UK Best British Actor Planet of the Apes (2001)
2002 MTV Movie Award MTV Movie Awards Best Villain Planet of the Apes (2001)
2001 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Foreign Film The War Zone (1999)
2000 Bodil Bodil Awards Best Non-American Film (Bedste ikke amerikanske film) The War Zone (1999)
1999 British Independent Film Award British Independent Film Awards Best Director The War Zone (1999)
1999 Golden Spike Valladolid International Film Festival The War Zone (1999)
1996 Oscar Academy Awards, USA Best Actor in a Supporting Role Rob Roy (1995)
1996 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture Rob Roy (1995)
1996 Saturn Award Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA Best Supporting Actor Rob Roy (1995)
1996 Independent Spirit Award Independent Spirit Awards Best Male Lead Little Odessa (1994)
1985 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Most Outstanding Newcomer to Film The Hit (1984)

TitleSalary
Lie to Me (2009) $250,000 /episode (2009-10)

#Quote
1 [on Tim Burton] He creates this bizarre, twisted, odd, nuts kind of worlds and you can't put your finger on them. They're always kind of glorious and enduring as well. You just want to be a part of it.
2 [on acting in ape makeup in Planet of the Apes (2001)] In a sense, it does work for you. You can take on the problems of the makeup and use them to your advantage. I was always working against the costume, it was compressing me all the time, so I used it to make my movements a little more liquid. The process became depressing and exhausting. It was quite a long shoot. Although I wasn't on every day, it still takes it out of you. But once you're in the role and the cameras start rolling, it's fun. I forget about the makeup. The makeup and costumes actually help me.
3 [on Planet of the Apes (2001)] I kept working on being an ape all the way through. I just kept pushing it and trying to invent new movements. One of the guys who worked at the Ape School became my stunt double so we just kept working on different things and just play around.
4 [on the Planet of the Apes (1968) films] I was too young to grasp what the series meant to a lot of people. Certainly coming to America has been extraordinary. People have been a bit leery of [the 2001 version.] People take [the 1968 version] seriously and people are very fond of it so they want to make sure that you did a good job.
5 [on General Thade's temper in Planet of the Apes (2001)] I remember that from a documentary series. When they charge you, when they fight, they go insane. And then you're gone. It's over. They are very vicious at times.
6 People remember villians. Sometimes in an action movie or sci-fi movie, being a villain is actually kind of interesting.
7 [on working with Charlton Heston] I was contracted so I couldn't get out of it. I feel very strongly about that monster. I made my feelings clear on set but got myself in make-up and put my gear on - including rubber hands so I wouldn't be infected if I touched him - and went in. We did the scene and I promptly left.
8 [on working with Charlton Heston] It was very difficult for me. On one level, there's the man and he's my dad. But on the other level, the whole NRA thing is what it is now. I'm so against it, very vocally so. But it was inappropriate for the workplace. If I'm going to talk to him, I'll talk to him outside the workplace. So it was just two guys in makeup doing a scene.
9 [on Planet of the Apes (2001)] They gave me a script after I said yes. It took me about 10 seconds. I answered the phone and was like, "Tim Burton? Yes." Then they gave me script and I read it. I didn't think the character was going to have any balls in the end. So I talked to Tim and asked him, "Can I do this kind of stuff?" I would get the pages in the morning and just learn them then. Then I would work with Tim [on the direction].
10 [on the ending of Planet of the Apes (2001)] I cannot explain that ending. I have seen it twice and I don't understand anything.
11 I have incredible stage fright. It's awful. Filming holds no fear for me. It's just where I live.
12 Bring back dueling, I say. Drive-by sword fight.
13 There is less pressure on a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to be a rich and famous person. That would be pretty boring.
14 I think every director has a different take. Some are good, some are bad. The directors you get on best with sometimes don't make the best films. So who's to say who is right?
15 Americans have bought - lock, stock and barrel - the Jeremy Irons - Kenneth Branagh England. And it's fake. It's an absolute con. Merchant-Ivory? Bollocks!
16 [on what drew him to Lie to Me (2009)] It's like an experiment for me. I've done telly before. I've done films for TV, and miniseries. But I've never done anything like this. When they first came to me, I thought the character was really interesting, and I thought we could go in different directions, and it wouldn't be just a procedural. The character I thought was potentially quite wild and fun. But I wasn't sure if I wanted to settle into something like this, so I walked away from it initially, until [creator] Sam Baum came back to me for another run, and I took him more seriously. My kids were all about to hit the teen age, and I'd heard that as much as you're not around when you're doing TV, you do get to go home. You're there at the weekend. You get to see your guys growing up. It was a chance to be around for that last chunk of childhood. So I got into it. Then we got picked up, which was great, but I wasn't sure it would succeed, if it would engage an audience on the kind of scale network television requires. But it seems to be working. And I've really started to enjoy it. It's a very interesting experience, being involved in television. American television is very, very odd. And it will go on for as long as it goes on, but from my end, it's been this grand and bizarre experiment. I like playing the guy, and he's changing all the time. And they're writing good character stuff now this season. So hopefully he'll evolve and become even more mad. I think American TV is probably some of the best TV out there at the moment. But network TV is a whole different animal. Basically, we have to turn in, every eight or nine days, a little 43-minute film with a certain amount of twists in it, and it's quite a beast. You are completely in the hands of your writers and the talent of the people at the top. For me, it really was this weird test to see if I could find my way through it. It's a very strange world, but it's quite nice being a part of it.
17 Funny Games (2007) was one of the toughest things I've ever done, on many levels. Firstly, the director [Michael Haneke], I thought was wonderful. He's a fantastic man. But we were remaking a film that had already been done, and he wanted to remake it shot-for-shot. There was no real room for maneuvering, and for playing with or experimenting with the character. You pretty much had to be where the other actor sat or stood and not play around with the lines at all. That was part of this weird experiment he was doing. And it was shot in sequence. So you started in the morning distressed, and you ended your day even more distressed, and then you got up in the morning and you started more distressed and you ended up even more distressed, on-and-on for five and a half weeks. It was absolutely brutal, but it was a hell of a journey.
18 [on making Youth Without Youth (2007)] All in all, it was an extraordinary journey. It was 90 days, I think, pretty much in Romania. I think I had one day off. And I think I made sure I switched my phone off so no one could get to me. It was very, very difficult, but incredibly worthwhile. We made it for a very small amount of money. It was a very low-budget movie.
19 [on how his relationship with Quentin Tarantino came to be] Well, he came to me. He'd seen Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) and Vincent & Theo (1990), which are films he really liked. My agent sent me the script, and wrote a little note saying I should look at the role of Pink or Blonde. And I read it and I said "No, I like that guy Orange, because he's a liar. I'll be an Englishman playing an American playing a cop who's playing a villain." And I liked that combination, because it seemed incredibly difficult to do. So then I met with Quentin and we got along very well, but they wanted me to read, and I wouldn't do it. I don't like auditioning in that way, because I'm not very good at it. But we all got drunk, and eventually I did. We became very fast friends. We worked very hard and very closely together, and then he wrote Honey Bunny and Pumpkin for me and Amanda [Amanda Plummer] to do together in [Pulp Fiction (1994)]. And then Four Rooms (1995) came about because Steve Buscemi couldn't do it, I think. They came to me and asked, "Would you fancy having a crack at this guy?" And I thought, "Yeah, I'll have a go, wild." And from there we did talk for a long time about Inglourious Basterds (2009), but with the TV show, the schedule just got in the way in the end, so I couldn't do it. I was ready, though, to go out to Germany with him. Working with Quentin, you just hit the ground running. It's a hell of a ride, but it's always phenomenal. Really, I owe him, because I suppose he's the guy who got me noticed in the States, which is where I've been living now for the best part of 20 years.
20 There's stuff I'm really scared of doing that I think I *should* do. I *should* do some Shakespeare but it terrifies me. I want to... Harold Pinter adapted King Lear for me - into a film - and I want to try and make that at some point, but, you know, it's damned hard finding money for Shakespeare if you're not Kenneth Branagh, you know?
21 I'm not a method actor. I don't really have to go live in a hut in the tundra to play an accountant. People tell you that's what you should do because it's what De Niro does. It never worked for me. I've always been able to learn what I need to learn from the script.
22 Every film you make as an actor, it's not yours, it's the director's.
23 I remember watching The Sex Pistols on TV when I came home from school - I think it was Johnny Rotten and Siouxsie Sioux from the Banshees - and they started swearing and the guy interviewing them got fired for provoking them. It was a wonderful time. It was like saying, 'Ugly is beautiful, everything you're taught us is wrong.'
24 I've never really played a goody in the traditional sense. Anyway, I don't think that I look the part of a heroic character, especially not in Hollywood, so they never really come up. On a childish level, villains are just more fun.
25 [on Gridlock'd (1997) co-star Tupac Shakur] I found him to be incredibly talented. I used to call him "New Money" because he had a massive Bentley and a different model sat in the car each day, and he used to call me "Free Shit" because I always used to get loads of free stuff from companies. It's a shame what happened - I think he could have gone on to be quite something as an actor.
26 [on Reservoir Dogs (1992)] There's a lot of blood in that film. I think there's only nine pints in a body; we had about four gallons.
27 [on attending the Academy Awards ceremony] Like going to Liberace's house on acid.
28 I have a bad time between jobs because I'm always convinced I'll never work again. I think it may be an English thing, this fear of unemployment.

#Trademark
1 Green-blue eyes
2 London accent
3 Often works with director Quentin Tarantino.
4 Blonde hair is almost always slicked back.
5 Famous for playing sleazy, contemptible villains.
6 Often plays characters who are twisted.
7 Often works with European and American auteur directors.

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