I would have loved to have met some former spies, but they don't readily advertise themselves unless they're not living in Moscow, and even then. I'm sure I've met some without realizing it.

— Jeremy Northam

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I read about this hotel that was great, down in the south of the island, not in a touristy area. I had no particular desire ever to go to Jamaica, but I thought, what the hell? Sounds nice. Let's go!

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He has such a patronizing tone and manner, and such a sarcastic sense of humor.

I found him rather brutal, a kind of elegant brutality which appealed. No, I think he came pretty much off the page.

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I don't consider 41 being in prime of life.

Even if I conceived a child tomorrow I'd be 52 by the time it was 10. I'm not sure I'd have the energy, and I find that quite scary.

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All the great novels, all the great films, all the great dramas are fictions that actually tell us the truth about us or about human nature or about human situations without being tied into the minutia of documentary events. Otherwise we might as well just make documentaries.

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The Jungian view of drama would be that it affects all of our imaginations and somehow taps into our hidden, ancient, primordial memories.

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The space and light up there in Norfolk is wonderfully peaceful.

I find myself doing funny things like gardening, and cooking, which I rarely do in London.

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My dad served in the Air Force as ground crew for several years, and doesn't really talk about it. I know that it's there. I think my main thing about direct or indirect experiences as near to home as it were is the idea of self-sacrifice really.

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People will say that it's some kind of evasion, but I would never want to have a kid for me. I'd want to have the child for the child's sake, if that makes sense.

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I was born in 1961. Now I think the 16 years that elapsed between 1961 and the end of the wars is nothing. To a child growing up it felt like an eternity, an entirely different world.

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Surely the job of fiction is to actually tell the truth.

It's a paradox that's at the heart of any kind of storytelling.

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It's taken me longer still to realize what a short span there is between those life experiences and the rest of your life. That's a job for the people who lived through it.

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I did decide that you have to put your name about a bit, and so, although I would have preferred to have never done publicity or an interview or a fashion shoot for a magazine or a chat show.

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About Jeremy Northam

Quotes 27 sayings
Nationality English
Profession Actor
Birthday October 16

I'd always liked the idea that drama acts at its best as a kind of arena for debate, not just about the thing itself, but also producing aesthetic, stylistic, political and moral discussions.

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I'd always liked the idea that drama acts at its best as a kind of arena for debate, not just about the thing itself, but also producing aesthetic, stylistic, political and moral discussions. The Jungian view would be that it affects all of our imaginations and somehow taps into our hidden, ancient, primordial memories.

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There's so much of, it could have been a very critical examination of what happened, and really the emotional lives of the people involved sort of carry the characters forward.

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I've never had a huge circle of friends.

I can't spread myself that thin and go 100 million miles an hour all the time. I choose to give truly of myself, entirely of myself, to the people I choose to do that with, and I can't do that with everyone.

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As an actor, you ask yourself what you can do to put yourself in a position where you can play that role.

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I never want to sort of put all the cards on the table all at once, because that's somehow there's always a journey to go on. There's always something to be revealed, in my mind, about characters.

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I think one probably absorbs things like a sponge and things emerge without your always being aware of it.

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Years and years ago, when everyone knew that Pierce was going to be doing the job, they started selecting new people. I had this bizarre thing when I hadn't done many movies, and of going on for an interview.

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I choose to give truly of myself, entirely of myself, to the people I choose to do that with, and I can't do that with everyone.

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Our attitudes have changed a lot, really, and so there's a certain toughness about it.

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I don't have the energy or the mental security to get involved with all that.

I think it's a good idea to be able to disappear into the story, so that the first thing the audience sees isn't you, but the part.

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I'm just a hired actor who was hired for a particular job, but I think one of the joys of reading the script was the way that the personal and the global are woven together.

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I always want to do things that are different.

I don't want to be doing the same thing, the same performance constantly, and it feels like most people tell you that they are the same. However different you feel might approach them.

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I've never had a desire to be famous. Lots of actors are actually extremely shy. I have shy areas.

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