Robert Carlyle Quotes


People in Scotland appreciate homegrown talent but it's getting harder and harder to get films made in Britain.

I never go anywhere without my iPod.

Biologically I'm lucky - an angular face and dark colouring which shows up well on camera.

I want to keep audiences off balance so they don't know who I am or how to take me. If I duck and weave as Frank Bruno might say I'll have a longer shelf life.

I'd totally be attracted to a geek girl!

Acting the arts in general is a magnet for the wounded of society.

My first love is art and I see a lot of things in an artistic way.

My dad was rubbish at all other aspects of his financial life but he's pretty good at paying the rent.

I rant and rave about noise pollution.

Acting is a really insular thing.

I often have scripts sent to me with allegedly Scottish characters where I end up telling them 'You're going to have to rethink this whole thing!'

The quality of TV drama nowadays is getting better and better. They've had to invent a new term for it: 'high-end television.'

At times of the severest depression humor is what binds people together.

Most of the time you find that the smaller the budget the more the project is about something substantive.

Bullying is a terrible terrible thing.

Anyone that knows me knows what I'm about and I'm very much a British actor a European actor.

When I look back at my past and the way I grew up I grew up on communes. That was meant to be.

When I look back at it now my past and the way I grew up I grew up on communes.

I owe my father everything.

My wife was a make-up artist and she's a total product junkie. Our bathroom is packed full of lotions and potions so I end up trying them out.

Hunger's a great spur.

So many of my friends old friends I haven't seen in years made their way out there and got lost then found their way back. That seems believable to me.

I'm not someone who believes in wasting my vote.

I think you should only wear jewellery if it has a story behind it.

Vancouver's a very child friendly city there's... no doubt about that.

I do tend to divide my childhood into darkness and light and the first seven years were certainly the darkness.

I've always taken my love of children from my father. He was a children magnet. Suddenly having my first child hit home what my dad went through.

I loved cinema while growing up and for the longest time wanted to be a director.

A lot of Scots have settled in Canada over the years and it's a very easy place for Scots - they understand us we understand them.

The more people know about an actor the less convincing they become. A bit of mystery's a good thing.

We met in Cracker. I played a maniac fan who murders a policeman and she did my makeup. I thought anyone interested in me looking like that must have genuinely liked me.

I used to be a rabid reader but now it's scripts or nothing - network television is quite relentless and you can't drop the ball.

My understanding of zombie movies is people rising from the dead from their graves stuff like that and walking very slowly.

I just don't like the whole Hollywood thing.

The darker the character the more interesting.

I've really enjoyed my work in television but the problem for me is the turnover of directors every week.

It depends who the director is you know I mean Ken Loach for instance. I've done up to 32 takes with him.

I'd love to do a Columbo-type detective character in a series.

I'd work with Danny Boyle every day of the week. No matter what he was doing I would do that.

Each performance and each film is what it is. It's right and belongs within that moment. You look at it and try to make it fit your particular part of your character and your particular film.

A lot of my work is with children and there's a reason for that because they really level you.

The thing I miss the most about Scotland is the football.

It's much more fun to be ugly.

I'm in four different films this year and I have four different accents. I sound different in every film. You have to love a character to play it well and change in my work is what I want.

I don't take a great deal of interest in party politics. Social politics interests me a great deal more.

Guys particularly in the West go to the gym and train for hours and hours to pick up something that is heavier than them. Why would you want to do that?

I played a maniac fan who murders a policeman and she did my makeup. I thought anyone interested in me looking like that must have genuinely liked me.

In troubled times the last thing you want to do is to stick your money into a film. It's such a gamble.

I hate the word 'hippy.'

Early days I was a bit racked particularly when I did Hitler for CBS . That was hellish. That stayed with me for quite a long time.

I feel like I'm the luckiest man on the planet.

I never rehearse. Never! I think it's a waste of time.

I love sci-fi because it leads in the imagination and I always say it has the most intelligent fans in the world.

I have a reputation for being an improvisational actor which is true but I also know what I'm doing so that if the improvisational strand doesn't work I can go back to what I know's already there.

I like to be working and moving - the worst thing you can do to me is stick me in a room all day while you're lighting a shot. That just kills me.

Of course I love chats with various actors about the process and how they do it. To me if it's not on the camera if it's not there it's not worth it. It really just isn't worth it.

I think I have a natural if I can say that got a kind of natural ability in comedy.

Anyone who knows anything about me knows that I am a very patriotic guy in terms of my Scottishness and my roots.

I was 16 when I was in a band for about 10 minutes. I went off and did acting after that. So it was a wee moment for me when I sang.

I've always believed that as an actor anything you're asked to do is within you. You just have to try and find it.

In the late '70s maybe just before I started there was still an attitude that if you did film you didn't do TV and vice versa but that's gone now.