You know you are in a good film when it affects the audience.

You look at any culture, and prohibition has invariably been an unmitigated failure. It is just idiotic to criminalise any substance, I think.

A pub can be a magical place.

We're in an age of enlightenment, and we have a choice as a society which path to take.

I'm becoming more indulgent and less giving as an actor as I get older. I'm immersing myself more in roles emotionally.

People say: 'Oh, it's only acting,' but it's not ever just acting. At least not with me.

I'm Welsh. We didn't do 'Peter Pan.' We have far more ancient legends to be put to sleep with.

Don't be late. Learn your lines. Be good to people. Treat people nice.

Whereas Superman is a godlike guy from another planet and Batman is this mysterious, unknowable billionaire, everyone in 'Spider-Man' is human and flawed.

Shyness is invariably a suppression of something. It's almost a fear of what you're capable of.

As a Welsh speaker, I'm very conscious of how activism can effect real change.

In Wales, singing and storytelling are party skills, not professions.

If I'd been a rock star, I'd probably now be dead.

Welsh women aren't the most tactile unless they're your relatives. And then you don't want them to be.

The older I get, I'm really reminded how important the arts are to our wellbeing as a society.

My work is my way of expressing myself without being arrested.

I just don't buy the tabloids.

I think Liverpool generates generosity which rubs off - it's a good place to work and to party.

I'm a sporadic reader. I have moments when I can't stop... then I kind of forget that I can read. But then I go, 'Oh God, yeah, books!'

As an actor, our very palette is one of imagination. So it is a walk onto an empty space and then imagine the world beyond it is what we do.

I think that all great art never strives to answer any questions; it just asks the appropriate ones at the appropriate time.

When I was taught Shakespeare in school, it was such an alien, sanitized puzzle, it made no sense.

Film and stage are very different; I don't necessarily prefer one over the other. Every few years, I get a big itch to go back to the theater. To learn humility, to learn bravery and to remind yourself that the pistons that drive your craft are working on full power. And to remind yourself how badly paid actors can be.

For me, 'Come and See' is, by a million miles, the best film about war that has ever been made. I would highly recommend, encourage and enforce anyone to watch it.

If it is not scary, it is not worth doing.

In a sense, I feel a lot more an outsider in Los Angeles than I did in Newfoundland.

There's two kinds of rock n' roll casualty: the one that has huge success and adoration, and then suddenly it stops. Or there's when you're in a band: it is all-consuming, so then you have the dream of that, and then the dream's taken away from you even before it happens.

Edward Curtis was a photographer in the late 19th century who tried to document the rapidly disappearing Native Americans. He assembled a canon of work which, today, is exemplary and invaluable.

The war on drugs is being lost on a daily basis.

I freely admit that I am a bit of a misfit.

Being on tour is a giggle.

I've had the longest mid-life crisis ever.

I don't do celebrity.

The whole film genre is one of deceit. It is the suspension of disbelief. That's what all theater and all film is based on.

I never thought I would be in a film.

There aren't many odysseys in cinema for characters.

I come from a culture where the pub is the centre of the community. The pub is the Internet. It's where information is gathered, collated and addressed.

Acting is not an intellectual process for me. It comes from my heart. It's this strange netherworld of osmosis where I simply become.

I never think career.

Club DJs don't talk to the crowd.

If you had to find a period in history that would equate to what the Internet has presented us with now, it would be Elizabethan England. It was a world in flux.

Acting is a tough, difficult job with long unsociable hours, although it can be a brilliant job, too. I don't want to complain too much, as nurses, farmers and teachers are out working long hours.

It is joyous for any actor to enter other grounds of consciousness and thought. At the end of the day, we just all like dressing up and playing around.

Very often, actors have to face being rejected time and again, and we must remember that the red carpet lasts just a minute.

More than any other super-hero, 'Spider-Man' presents us with something very local in its ethics. It's not messianic. It's far more tangible.

I went to the Guilford School of Music and Drama, which was affiliated with the Royal Shakespeare Company. I was lucky enough to be taught by a beautiful, wonderful teacher called Patsy Rodenberg, who works a lot with the Royal Shakespeare Company as a voice coach and technician.

It's every boy's dream to play Captain Hook.

I just don't take myself as seriously anymore. But as a result of that, I am taking myself more seriously. My ego has gone on holiday, and it can't get a flight back home.

Villains are fun. I think the important thing in playing them is that they don't see themselves as villains. It lets you be a little more expansive.