Ralph Fiennes Quotes


Awards are like applause and every actor likes to hear applause.

News reports can overwhelm us. We can be appalled we can sympathise. But what is hard to grasp is the sense that at this moment people are working organising...

We are now living in a jungle where the strong eats the weak we are not better than the Arabs to despise them.

The tensions between authority and the people need to be heard especially when they are suffering and they can't eat.

There is a tension in relationships between wanting to return to the womb but also wanting to be free. Because sometimes the woman's attentions can be overly maternal and you want to go 'Ahhhh!'

In Shakespeare keep it simple. Don't over-inflect. The speech needs to be naturalistic and simple and accessible as much as possible.

When I first filmed things they were always slightly awkward.

There is a humanitarian impulse that one aspires to and there are days when one doesn't do it very well.

I'm sure acting is a deeply neurotic thing to do.

I admire the world of the books and the characters that she's created but I'm not an addict of Harry Potter. I don't feel possessive about it.

Most films are rooted in a book or a comic strip but I don't go out there saying I want to do adaptations.

The film depends on the audience's belief in this relationship.

I don't feel I'm playing villains all the time.

I loved doing Harry Potter. I had a great time on that. And I think it's good to have a mix. I think you're learning all the time.

I couldn't get as big as a bodybuilder. I tried to put on as much weight in the right places as I could. My weightlifting was impressive for me but not for some of the guys I see down at the gym.

In the best material you always should be able to somehow make a case for a story to be transposed to any other time.

One of the things that binds us as a family is a shared sense of humor.

Going to the movies was a big event in my youth. My father would be the initiator - he'd have me put on a jacket to see a film.

I was grateful to have two weeks to shoot this one scene in Harry Potter. It's a big big scene but they have to deliver. And they have high expectations.

When she was younger my mother was quite committed to Roman Catholicism. But she got disillusioned with it and moved closer to something like Buddhist beliefs near the end of her life.

The sets were fantastic. The Harry Potter sets are brilliant. You do get transported for a second.

Voldemort? That might be real.

I went out to Mount Kilimanjaro which I thought was very beautiful but there were a lot of people there.

I don't plan a career. That doesn't work for me. I just have to go with my gut.

I certainly gained a lot by reading about Shanghai.

There's a challenge to playing these fantasy figures because they are fantasy figures. You have to enter into this sort of imaginative world of the writer.

I'm not very good at being domesticated. I've tried. The domestic life I find claustrophobic - the rituals and habits and patterns.

Ridicule is also a weapon against forces of evil. Really clever intelligent ridicule.

In the studio system things are expected of a film. By the first second third act there's a generic language that comes out of the more commercial system.

I learned a lot about acting - watching not just myself but other actors and learning how to distinguish between two great takes. It's also about one's own taste in performance.

You feel yourself working to show something. I've learned to distrust that feeling.

You have to just dive over the edge. You haven't got time to mess about.

You're meant to be playing the distillation of evil which can be anything.

You dread that there will be real problems during filming.

I got to read some writings by serial killers and they got inside my head. They were quite disturbing. I read disturbing stuff about that very detached way of manipulating people to do things.

Success...Is all about being able to extend love to people...not in a big capital-letter sense but in the everyday; little by little task by task gesture by gesture word by word

Education awareness and prevention are the key but stigmatisation and exclusion from family is what makes people suffer most

I'm more relaxed about how the editing process will create a performance and that in a way gives me a sense of freedom.

When you get into the edit you'll understand what making a film is. You'll see all the things you missed and all the possibilities you have from what you shot.

Unicef wants to encourage a sense of stability for a child.

It was just two energies between two people you can't prescribe that.

God is not anything human. God is a force God is chaos God is unknown. God is terror and enlightenment at the same time.

I've never felt fallow in the sense that there's been no work.

Little moments can have a feeling and a texture that is very real.

People fear they won't get what they want.

I like to keep fit but I never lift very heavy weights.

Within the process of filming unexpected situations occur.

Kenya doesn't have much of an infrastructure for hosting a film.

If I had a gun to my head and I had to choose between theater and film I'd choose theater.

I guess I'd love to be surprised by something I had never thought of.

I have grown up loving Shakespeare.

Gardeners are good at nurturing and they have a great quality of patience they're tender. They have to be persistent.

Kenya doesn't have much of an infrastructure for hosting a film of this scale. Our producer decided that for the film to really work it had to be in Kenya.

I don't feel particularly comfortable about actors using whatever power they may have to push their beliefs unless they're extremely well informed.

So much of movie acting is in the lighting. And in loving your characters. I try to know them and with that intimacy comes love. And now I love Voldemort.

I respond to a part just intuitively when I read a script.

I tried to play rugby but was never very good.

There's a lot of people who feel there's a tabloid journalist who had it coming.

I veer away from trying to understand why I act. I just know I need to do it.

We'd all like to believe that perhaps people could stop killing each other.

I can't go and shoot people in the back of the head because It's a kids' movie which is actually quite a good test because you haven't got the overt threat of a knife in the face.

What moves me in art is how we question who we are as people.

And although I've been very fortunate in the film work that's come my way I need to get back to the stage. If I'm away for a maximum of two years I feel something's wrong.

When theater becomes a soothing middle-class thing when it's packaged as the Night Out then that's the death of it.

When you meet women don't pretend to be anything that you're not.

I have a lot of stuff I want to talk about and offer up. It would be odd not to have ideas about something.

As an actor there's a bit of you that's decided you want to be looked at and watched but there's a paradoxical bit that wants to run away.

There are those moments when you shake someone's hand have a conversation with someone and suddenly your all bound together because you share your humanity in one simple moment.