I'd have described myself as a Tolkien reader before this, but now I'd describe myself as a Tolkien geek.— Richard Armitage
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I feel like my imagination was crafted by Tolkien.
He seemed to tap into that childhood intrigue of secret doors and hidden worlds.
It's hilarious to be considered a sex symbol.
In school I was a beanpole with a nose I hadn't grown into. Being thought of as sexy makes one employable, but it's not going to last forever, so I try not to think about it. It's like something that exists outside of me.
The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight.
We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war - diplomacy, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and of course, military power - and we are developing new tools as we go along.
I'm not interested in building wealth, which is kind of naive and probably frowned on, living in America. It's something that people don't necessarily understand, but if I die poor, I die poor.
I have a bit of pride, which is always my downfall.
I think if I had come out of drama school and been an instant Hollywood superstar, I would be taking long, leisurely holidays.
Ive never been that cute kid that was forgiven for being naughty.
The problem with me is I read everything, but it's only the bad stuff that stays with me. It's weird, you only need to be told something once and it stays with you.
Unfortunately, my love life is nil. I'm working too much - but I would like to settle down at some point.
Since real spies are so good, you never really know what actual spying is.
But I do think spying is a lot more dangerous than we are led to believe.
It fills me with dismay sometimes when you look at the scripts that do come to you that are primarily focused on violence. There are so many other things to play around with.
I think there was a pretty smooth hand-off from the administration of President Clinton to the administration of President Bush, particularly in the counterterrorism area. The reason I say that is because there was, for transitions, I think a stunning continuity.
What could be better in al-Qaeda's mind than to have India and Pakistan going at each other? What more to further their aims?
U.S. assistance provides the Jordanian government needed flexibility to pursue policies that are of critical importance to U.S. national security and to foreign policy objectives in the Middle East.
You have to remove your human sentiment when it comes to greed and the accumulation of wealth.
I have an accountant, obviously, because I'm self employed, and I use an independent financial adviser. I trust my accountant because we have worked together for a long time now.
I think insanity is the hardest thing to play.
You can spend a bit of yourself when you give yourself to a character.
At the end of a job, you have to remind yourself who and what you are.
I'd say that, to be a good deal maker, you have to have three basic characteristics - timing, timing, and timing.
Diplomacy is much more than just talking to your friends.
.. You've got to talk to people who aren't our friends, and even people you dislike.
I think most conflicts do end with negotiated settlements; some don't, but most do.
The bad guys have all the fun!
Well, the United States has said that the disarmament of Iraq is the top priority, but we have also noted that there are many other United Nations Security Council Resolutions which are on the books, including the necessity to respect the human rights of all the citizens of Iraq that we're very interested in.
Well, I think finding the weapons of mass destruction is going to be quite time consuming. I know we've uncovered some documents, we'll have to exploit them, and we're going to have to blanket a country the size of California and search, I think, quite rigorously, but we'll come up with them.
Once you don't smile on film, they say, 'Let's have that bloke who doesn't smile.'
You can have your beliefs, but if you're not devout, you can't quite believe that something which grows out of a story, a book or a piece of literature can rise to dominate and make entire nations go to war with each other. I think that's endlessly fascinating, and it's a human construct. It's something that's constructed to occupy the mind and occupy society, and some people would say to control society.
Iran has interest in seeing that the Shia population of Iraq basically adhere to a line that comes from Iran.
Well, first of all, I have to say that Iraq has already used weapons of mass destruction against her own people and against Iranians during their long war, so we know that weapons of mass destruction are existent with the Iraqis.
Our President feels, and apparently many in the United Nations Security Council feel, that it is necessary to disarm Iraq before Iraq can again use weapons of mass destruction on her neighbors or she makes some liaison with terrorists who will use these weapons either against Iraq's neighbors or ourselves.
As far as this citizen is concerned, the decision to commit men and women, who are also sons and daughters, to combat is an extraordinarily important one, and not to be done to just feel good; to be done to absolutely accomplish a mission.
I come from very conservative parents, and we weren't particularly wealthy, but we were comfortable.
What we said publicly is that we know that Saddam Hussein has chemical weapons, he's used them; we know about his biological weapons programs; and in the nuclear equation, left to his own devices, with no fissile material, by the end of the decade, he'll have a nuclear weapon. But if fissile material is provided to Saddam Hussein, he'll have a nuclear weapon within a year, so I'd say the year is the outside timetable.
Sometimes I hate the job that I do as an actor.
I feel like I'm just of no importance in the world, but sometimes you get a real thrill out of the diversity of the work.
I think understanding or comprehension is probably the strongest emotion that you feel, or at least some kind of empathy.
I value my ability to keep state secrets.
Tolkien was, I believe, writing about his experience in the First and Second World Wars, where he would have spent a lot of time without any female contact. He was part of the fellowship of men who went to war, and I think, really, that's what he's writing about.
I did mega-training with ex-military men.
I'd be in the gym for two hours after a 12-hour day on Spooks, and it was so hardcore I'd throw up. I stuffed myself with food and drank protein shakes to bulk up. I used to be a dancer, but I had to strap my weak ankles every day and strengthen my wrists so I could hold a machine gun. My body just wasn't up to it.
Let's face it, the Obama administration was handed a pretty poor deal from the previous administration.
I can't bear shopping. I can choose clothes for my characters, but not for myself. I've got no dress sense. Or I've lost it.
Do people really think that about my nose? I spent my whole life hating it, so its amusing that people like it!
I'm the only honest person in Washington.
According to the United Nations Special Commission [UNSCOM], which carried out inspections in Iraq for the better part of a decade, Iraq possesses some 25,000 liters of anthrax. This is, for the record, more than 5 million teaspoons of anthrax. And we have no idea where any of it is. Saddam Hussein has never accounted for one grain of it.
I'm probably more of a new man. I'm not particularly alpha. 'Nourish and nurture' are my watchwords as opposed to 'search and destroy'.
I can work hard and be disciplined like a soldier, but I could never reach their level of fitness. I have a whole new appreciation of soldiers. I saw myself on screen and thought, 'That body is so not hard enough to be a soldier.'
Today, Iraq is an immediate danger to our nation.
This time, we cannot wait. We cannot wait for Saddam Hussein to take a devastating action or to transfer a weapon of mass destruction to someone else who will. After September 11th, it is simply no longer an option to sit back and contemplate an enemy - one with a stated intent to harm us, a track record and the means, and just wait for him to strike in order to protect ourselves.
I don't know if, at the end of the day, how brave Saddam Hussein would be if he were stripped of his bodyguards and everything else.
I'm not a massive fan of 3D. I've seen some good 3D, and I've seen quite a lot of bad 3D. I think if a film is created for the shock effect of 3D, then it's a certain type of film that I'm not massively bothered about.
I never like to go out of character when filming starts.
I fear that if I do, I might not be able to pick it up again.