I just like to keep challenging myself, keep it varied. It's a craft, and I'm constantly trying to learn and get better at it.— Clive Owen
The most valuable Clive Owen quotes that will inspire your inner self
Parenthood and family come first for me, and when I'm not working I'm cool with the Teletubbies.
The sexiest part of the body is the eyes. That's what I believe.
You won't find a better young actor than Jaeden Lieberher.
I ended up having one of the best times with him, really. Going to work with him every day was a treat.
A huge part of acting in movies is appetite.
You do your best work when you've got a lot of appetite and you really want to embrace something. When you get tired, you don't have that hunger.
I have a problem with a lot of men's fragrances because they are very strong.
Somebody somewhere thinks that masculine means powerful smells, and I find them overbearing and not very pleasant.
I always used to say to myself, I'm going to die of lung cancer. That's the choice I'm making.
I'm not the kind of actor who goes into exhaustive research for each role.
I had to ride a horse once. In 'King Arthur.' I said I could ride, but I had to call for lessons on the day the deal was signed. I started out on this little chunky thing and slowly moved up. It was months of work.
As a teenager I was crazy about David Bowie.
He was a huge inspiration for me. I dressed a little bit crazily in school and dyed my hair every colour under the sun.
I've got an age that I do think of myself.
I watch a film and the most important thing to me is what I think of the movie.
I certainly am not a great believer in over-rehearsing between actors, and certainly not doing the dialogue too much.
I'm always very aware of the physical challenges of work.
I train much more than I did when I was in my twenties, and I've done some very physical films, and I always get properly prepared for them and get as fit as I can.
I find sometimes that if you do too many takes, it starts to become meaningless to me. It is hard to sustain it for me. I don't want to do too many.
Acting is all about likability.
I believe that we live in a time of fractured families where maybe fathers aren't getting enough time to see their kids because life's complications and hardships get in the way of those things.
You're always dealing with emotions as an actor.
I've got actor friends who didn't get breaks, who struggle and worry about things that I'm fortunate not to have to worry about.
I don't like being consumed by work all the time.
I consume myself so much when I do a part that I like to step away from it.
I treat any scene the same - dialogue, action - you're still creating something in character. It's all acting, fighting.
I do a lot better if I sit around and think about a character for a couple of months.
I don't do facials or any of that stuff, but my workout regime does tend to depend on whether I have to take my top off in my next film because otherwise I know I'm too heavy.
I don’t mind looking like I need a good wash and a good meal.
.. Any actor who starts taking ‘sex symbol’ seriously or thinks of themselves as a sex symbol has got some serious problems.
I go off and make movies; I come home, and I'm a dad and I hang with my girls.
It's important to me that everyone is treated with respect.
Very often on films, even without a producer credit, I'll be involved, very early on. I want to be there as the thing is taking shape.
I'm English and I'm used to coming from a world of period dramas, where there's a very polite restraint to everything. Everybody's sort of sitting in drawing rooms.
One of the things I love, more than anything, is jumping around and playing lots of different parts. I love the variety of playing different characters.
When you're doing those operation scenes, you not only have to be on top of the dialogue and the rhythm of the dialogue and what's happening dramatically, but you've got to technically get the rhythm right, so that everything is fitting with the dialogue at the right time. And you're performing the operation to the audience that's watching it. Thackery has to present it, as well. In some ways, that's the most challenging.
The medical operations are so challenging because they're so technical, as well.
I assumed before we started that we would do the classic thing, when it comes to the operations, that we would do all of these inserts with real doctors.
You go back to those films of the '40s and '50s and hear the dialogue, the way the people played off each other - the wordplay. I think we've really lost that in movies.
I've done a number of things based on real people or true stories or based on books, and I'm a great believer that you have to be true to the script.
Movies are certainly a director's medium, so getting the opportunity to work with really good directors is everything to me.
I want to go anywhere and everywhere and explore as much as I can.
Good dialogue is very important.
For an actor, it's very important to get a clear idea of what a director wants, and their intention for what they want to get out of a scene and how they want to shoot it. Having that knowledge is really valuable, for an actor. It means you can deliver more.
There's not a big gun culture in England at all still.
The further you run from your sins, the more exhausted you are when they catch up to you.
I never aspired to be anything. What I've done is beyond my wildest.
I'm sort of one of those weird actors who whenever I do a play, I think, "Oh, we should film this." As opposed to have to belt it out of ourselves in a theater auditorium.
America's been very, very good to me.
I've been very lucky and worked a lot there, and appreciate and love the work that I've done.
Death frees the beast.
There's certainly a huge element of luck in me ending up where I've ended up.
I did it for the money. But its not worth much if you cant face yourself in the mirror. Respect is the ultimate currency.
The idea of goodies and baddies has always fascinated me, and what people consider to be a goodie or a baddie, because I've never seen any of my characters as baddies.
Sometimes you find your destiny on the road you took to avoid it.
I'm one of those actors where usually I'll read a script, and then I'll have a flurry of notes. I'll ask a hundred questions about things, and really get in there and examine it.
A lot of the projects that I do, I like to be involved with earlier.
I just feel that, certainly from an acting point of view, it's easier to do my job, if I'm included in what the intentions are, for why people are doing what they're doing, especially with a director.
One of the views of the [actor's] job is that whatever age you are, there's a role that's about who you are and where you are. There are parts for that age that you can bring things to.