Acting is reacting, and it's always easier to react when someone is doing a good job.

Coming back from doing 'The Hobbit,' you think 'Sherlock' is realistic, but of course, it's not that realistic.

Like any friendship or marriage, familiarity breeds more contempt, and love, and everything.

I love eating. I mean, I really, really love eating.

The design of 'Love Actually,' the typeface, the basic line of that poster and that DVD cover has been ripped off so many times.

If you're alive for more than five minutes, you're going to be disappointed.

If you are a plumber, you can work on a shed, or you can work on a mansion. It's just scale.

Most actors are either a shower of bloody scruffs or think they should dress like Hamlet off stage.

I don't think anyone looks into their family tree and expects it to come up smelling of roses.

I like talky scenes.

If you want your film to be instantly green-lit, your first approach is not to go to a relatively unknown English actor. They're not going to throw millions of dollars at you for that.

If everyone's just saying what they feel and doing whatever they want, there's no drama in the world. And there's also no truth to it, 'cause that's just not the truth.

Whenever someone says to my mum: 'How's your son doing?' she says: 'Which one?' If you're a parent, you're not going to go: 'Oh I'll concentrate on the famous one.'

My idea of a good night out is staying in.

To be honest, if people thought my performance in 'The Office' was the same as my performance in 'The Hobbit,' it would tell me everything I needed to know about what they know about acting.

I hate the fact that so much of our life is computerised rather than mechanised.

I think acting is all about the other people. Sounds like a worthy thing to say, but it's true.

I have played nasty people, but not everyone has seen that stuff. Before 'The Office,' I mainly got cast as little toe-rags.

I want to inspire children to be obsessed over jewellery.

I'm very proud of 'The Office' - it was one of the best things I'll ever do. But you do become a slight victim of your own success in the sense that people think that's you, that's what you are, and that's what you'll play forever.

I like life to surprise me.

My main priority in any job is when is the soonest I can get back to the three people I love most in the world.

I like the idea of not everything happening between two human beings to be everyone's property.

All my life, I've felt people are looking at me. So, when I became known, it was like, 'I'm not imagining this any more. People genuinely are staring at me. Oh, Christ, now they're coming over!'

I'm always interested with other actors in what their process is, and are they still interested in acting, as opposed to being a star.

Michael Caine, Tom Courtenay and Al Pacino made me want to act. I've always been interested in men with a vulnerable side.

I hope I inspire children to make films.

The Marx Brothers isn't subtle, and that's hilarious.

I've got an overly developed sense of what selling out is, and I of course worry about it too much.

I was on record before I did 'The Hobbit,' saying I don't care at all about 3D. And I suppose I should now say I care a lot about 3D. I've always loved 3D, I think everything should be 3D, and I think it's just a shame 'The Godfather' wasn't in 3D.

I'm not a writer, director or producer.

If I could get bands to come and play in my house, I'd like that.

I don't want to be poor, of course. But I try not to make that the guiding force behind whether I choose to do something or not.

When I was at youth theatre and drama school, I never thought people would mistake me for a stand-up.

Americans assume all British people have at least one servant.

This isn't meant to make me sound interesting and rock 'n' roll, but I wouldn't want to live with me a lot of the time.

Comedy can't be about continuous success.

I'm not particularly affable in real life, I have to tell you. I've got that side to me, of course, but that's not all I am.

I can live without endless television programmes and films just centered around computers. I can sort of live without that.

Why does everyone have to pretend to be stupid and not know long words?