Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports.— Kenneth Branagh
The most astonishing Kenneth Branagh quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
Hamlet and Victor Frankenstein are each obsessed with death.
Hamlet's whole story is a philosophical preparation for death; Victor's is an intellectual refusal to accept it.
We're self obsessed and mad and stupid - not that other people can't be the same way - but the extremes are kind of honest in some mad way. Anyway, I like them.
My definition of success is control.
The glory of 70mm is the sharpness of the image it offers.
I feel more Irish than English. I feel freer than British, more visceral, with a love of language. Shot through with fire in some way. That's why I resist being appropriated as the current repository of Shakespeare on the planet. That would mean I'm part of the English cultural elite, and I am utterly ill-fitted to be.
I don't think Hamlet is mad, nor is he predisposed to be a gloomy or tragic figure.
There is some mysterious thing that goes on whereby, in the process of playing Shakespeare continuously, actors are surprised by the way the language actually acts on them.
The ferocity of passion that is engendered by people when they don't like what you've done is really tremendous. It's intense.
The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary.
In the hands of a great poet, words have ways of affecting us in ways we don't understand.
The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality.
They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness.
So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific invitation to an imaginative animation team.
I only really cast people who are desperate to be in it - who were dying to be in it, whose talent I believed in and were dead ready to do the work that was necessary.
I think the best actors are the most generous, the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain, greedy and insecure.
For all the cynicism that the world contains, people are a little more open to those things that maybe are to do with returning you to some kind of simpler, happier state.
It's quite hard for people to just accept that they're very contradictory.
Aging is the diminishing of early fearlessness.
If you've done a brilliant version it becomes something else.
Even if people are all from the same place, there can be very, very different approaches. It's one of the things I'm fascinated by. It's why I like directing. I like to see how different people approach trying to be truthful, on camera or in the theater, and whether you can make them match up.
I certainly have been guilty of trying to sweep things under the carpet.
Actors are the best and the worst of people.
They're like kids. When they're good, they're very very good. When they're bad they're very very naughty.
Actually I think 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' could sit very very perfectly in the middle of a Disney world I think.
As soon as someone I don’t respect tells me I can’t do something, it just makes me want to do it even more.
It's no accident that Cinderella has been in the culture for thousands of years, and in cross cultures. I've traveled a bit recently, and in Russia, they completely believe they own this tale. And in Italy, they feel it absolutely is part of who they are. There is a timeless web to it.
I was a big admirer of F.D.R. He saved Britain.
I went to Moscow and met some slightly powerful and scary people.
I've always loved the Bond films.
I went to a comprehensive school and didn't go to university.
Two billion people watched the royal wedding.
Clearly, they're interested in that - the outside of what appears to be lives that have a certain amount of privilege. They have gifts, they have history, they have a sort of unusual and separate position, which maybe involves paying a price.
It's very strange that the people you love are often the people you're most cruel to.
I have a pathetic urge at some stage in my life to be able to pull out my wallet and pull out a little card on which it would say, 'Kenneth Branagh, artistic director.'
When you cast someone like Natalie Portman, the character can't just be the love interest.
I come from the theatre; my bones are in the theatre. It's as natural as breathing to want to be in the theatre.
The long version of the play is actually an easier version to follow.
In all of the cut versions the intense speeches are cut too close together for the audience and the actors.
A brother who is unhappy is a dangerous relative to have.
My parents are the reason I wanted to make Shakespeare available to ordinary people.
I think in the wake of the domination of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, everyone is now looking for a grand plan.
I'm involved in Northern Ireland Screen and have been for a long time, so I keep my eyes open and ears to the ground.
I wanted to have a place and a space, and a building, in which to create a season of work I am here because the idea of a theatrical home is very appealing to me
Adults are just children who earn money.
I choose to be inspired by things that have been done well in the past.
So, I don't worry about being compared, because I think that does paralyze you.
What I've found about 'Cinderella' is that what it provokes in an audience is really extraordinary. It appears to be a deceptively simple tale, but I've heard nothing but people drawing all different things out of it.
One of the problems with Shakespeare is that you can never give him a ring.
After Frankenstein, I feel as if I want to make a film about somebody having a nice cup of tea.
I don't find myself so exercised by a desperation to be new.
For what it's worth, I enjoy 'Dexter,' 'Modern Family,' 'True Blood' and 'Breaking Bad.' I've enjoyed the wonderful 'The Pacific.'
I read the final Wallander novel, 'The Troubled Man,' not long after it was published.
You can't live in nostalgia-land.
Sir Derek Jacobi has been an inspiration to so many actors and audiences throughout his brilliant career. To see him in Shakespeare is an event in itself.