Actors have given up their clout. Now decision making is in the hands of lighting men, designers, bankers, special-effects people. We need to cut that out and just go with the most able trained actors in the business.
I have unqualified admiration for Brad Pitt.
We were doing it under the most extraordinary circumstances, but the first out of the tent in the morning would be David Lean. He said to me on the very first day of shooting, Pete, this is the beginning of a great adventure.
The common denominator of all my friends is that they're dead.
I put steam on the table by being an actor. That is how I live. The longer I live, the more expensive it becomes. So I do my work. And I can't be immensely picky. How many beautiful scripts come in one's lifetime? I have had more than anybody, practically.
The only thing I've ever been interested in teaching anyone in life is cricket.
I was apprehensive about bringing off this Homer.
We were in the Arabian Desert for nine months. And I was having the time of my life. It could have been an archeological expedition, a military expedition.
A few years back I was asked if I would go and meet a director and his various acolytes, and it occurred to me halfway through the meeting that what I was doing was auditioning. And I thought, 'Well, hang on buddy. I've done half a century of this.'
There are only three indispensable things: the audience, the actor and the author. The rest is dross.
There's always a hunger, when you're young, to go from peak to peak and avoid the valleys.
I tell my children to avoid theatre and go into cinema and TV.