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Produced in Dulwich, London, England, Tim Roth was initially focused on becoming a sculptor and attended the Camberwell College of Art. The sculptor made the shift to acting in the early 80s, appearing in the television movie, “Made in Britain”. From there, he went on to more television movies and miniseries, before earning an “Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer”, for his work in the film, “The Hit”. From 2009 to 2011, he starred in the series, “Lie to Me”.

Tim Roth Net Worth $7 Million Dollars


Tim Roth information

Tim Roth information

Birth date: May 14, 1961
Birth place: Dulwich, United Kingdom
Height:1.7 m
Profession:Actor
Education:Camberwell College of Arts
Nationality:British
Spouse:Niki Butler
Children:Jack Roth, Michael Cormac Roth, Timothy Hunter Roth
Parents:Ann Roth, Ernie Roth
Awards:BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, People's Choice Award for Favorite TV Crime Fighter, European Film Award for European Discovery of the Year, The Edinburgh International Film Festival Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film
Music groups:Into Eternity
Nominations:Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, British Independent Film Award for Best British Independent Film, Ariel Award for Best Actor, MTV Movie Award for Best Villain, British Independent Film Award for Best Director, British Independent Film Award for Best Actor, Independent Spirit Award for Best Male Lead, BAFTA Award for Most Promising Newcomer to Leading Film Roles, Independent Spirit Award for Best International Film, Bodil Award for Best Non-American Film
Movies:The Hateful Eight, Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, The Incredible Hulk, Four Rooms, Planet of the Apes, Rob Roy, The Legend of 1900, Funny Games, Grace of Monaco, Gridlock'd, Made in Britain, Youth Without Youth, Vincent & Theo, The Hit, Mr. Right, Selma, Everyone Says I Love You, 600 Miles, The War Zone, Little Odessa, United Passions, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Arbitrage, The Musketeer, Dark Water, Hoodlum, Captives, Vatel, The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover, Don't Come Knocking, Chronic, No Way Home, Even Money, Virgin Territory, October Gale, To Kill a King, Deceiver, Lucky Numbers, Emmett's Mark, Bodies, Rest & Motion, A World Apart, The Beautiful Country, To Kill a Priest, Invincible, Silver City, Jumpin' at the Boneyard, Animals with the Tollkeeper, The Last Sign, Pete Smalls Is Dead, Broken
TV shows:Lie to Me, Murder in the Heartland, A Fine Romance, Theatre Night

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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Grace of Monaco2014Prince Rainier
Klondike2014TV Mini-SeriesThe Count
Möbius2013Ivan Rostovsky
The Liability2012Roy
Broken2012/IVArchie
Arbitrage2012Det. Michael Bryer
Lie to Me2009-2011TV SeriesDr. Cal Lightman
Pete Smalls Is Dead2010Pete Smalls
Brostitute2010Video short
King Conqueror2009King Pedro II of Aragon
Sea Wolf2009TV Mini-SeriesDeath Larsen
Lie to Me: In Character with Tim Roth2009Video
Skellig: The Owl Man2009TV MovieSkellig
The Incredible Hulk2008Video GameEmil Blonsky (voice)
The Incredible Hulk2008Emil Blonsky
Virgin Territory2007Gerbino
Funny Games2007George
Youth Without Youth2007Dominic Matei
Even Money2006/IVictor
Tsunami: The Aftermath2006TV Mini-SeriesNick Fraser
Dark Water2005Jeff Platzer
Don't Come Knocking2005Sutter
The Last Sign2005Jeremy Macfarlane
Battle of the Brave2004William Pitt
Silver City2004Mitch Paine
With It2004Short"Chicken Louis" Farnatelli
Late Night Shorts2004TV ShortPresenter
The Beautiful Country2004Captain Oh
To Kill a King2003Oliver Cromwell
Whatever We Do2003ShortJoe
Emmett's Mark2002John Harrett / Frank Dwyer
The Musketeer2001Febre the Man in Black
Invincible2001Herschel Steinschneider / Erik Jan Hanussen
Planet of the Apes2001Thade
Lucky Numbers2000Gig
Vatel2000Marquis de Lauzun
The Million Dollar Hotel2000Izzy Goldkiss (uncredited)
La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano1998Danny Boodmann T.D. Lemon Nineteen Hundred '1900'
Animals with the Tollkeeper1998Henry
Deceiver1997Wayland
Hoodlum1997Dutch Schultz
Gridlock'd1997Alexander 'Stretch' Rawland
Mocking the Cosmos1996ShortMyrodemnon / Myron
Everyone Says I Love You1996Charles Ferry
No Way Home1996Joey
Four Rooms1995Ted the Bellhop
Rob Roy1995Cunningham
Captives1994Philip Chaney
Little Odessa1994Joshua Shapira
Pulp Fiction1994Pumpkin
Heart of Darkness1993TV MovieMarlow
El marido perfecto1993Milan
Bodies, Rest & Motion1993Nick
Murder in the Heartland1993TV Mini-SeriesCharles Starkweather
Screen Two1992TV SeriesNick Finchley
Backsliding1992Tom Whitton
Reservoir Dogs1992Mr. Orange - Freddy Newandyke
Jumpin' at the Boneyard1991Manny
Tales from the Crypt1991TV SeriesJack Craig
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead1990Guildenstern
The Play on One1990TV SeriesPeter Pike
Farendj1990Anton
Vincent & Theo1990Vincent Van Gogh
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover1989Mitchel
Theatre Night1989TV SeriesCurly Delafield
A Fine Romance1989TV SeriesThe Jaguar
Twice Upon a Time1988
Coppers1988TV MovieGraham
To Kill a Priest1988Feliks
A World Apart1988Harold
Ten Great Writers of the Modern World1988TV Mini-Series documentaryFranz Kafka Joseph K.
Metamorphosis1987TV SeriesGregor Samsa
King of the Ghetto1986TV SeriesMatthew Long
Summer Season1985TV SeriesTristan Hanley
TV Eye1985TV SeriesMehmet Ali Agca
Murder with Mirrors1985TV MovieEdgar Lawson
Return to Waterloo1984Boy Punk
A Class of His Own1984TV MoviePhil
The Hit1984Myron
Driving Ambition1984TV SeriesBaz
Meantime1984TV MovieColin
Not Necessarily the News1983TV SeriesGay Man
Made in Britain1982TV MovieTrevor
Twin Peaks2017TV Series post-production
1 Mile to You2017completedJarhead
The Brits Are Coming2017post-productionPeter
The Jesuitpost-production
Tin Star2017TV Series
Rillington Place2016TV Mini-SeriesReg Christie John Christie
Reg2016TV MovieReg Keys
The Hateful Eight2015Oswaldo Mobray
Mr. Right2015/IHopper / Reynolds
Hardcore Henry2015Henry's Father
Chronic2015David
600 Miles2015Hank Harris
Selma2014Gov. George Wallace
October Gale2014Tom
Robot Chicken2014TV SeriesDoctor Who / Frank / Police Officer
United Passions2014Sepp Blatter

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Lie to Me2010-2011TV Series producer - 13 episodes

Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The War Zone1999

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano1998performer: "Silent Night, Holy Night" 1818 - uncredited
Everyone Says I Love You1996performer: "If I Had You" 1929, "I Can't Believe That You're In Love With Me" 1926

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Desde allá2015thanks
Finding Vivian Maier2013Documentary thanks: Kickstarter Donors
A Backyard Story2010grateful acknowledgment
Paris, je t'aime2006personal thanks
Bread and Roses2000special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
21 Years: Quentin Tarantino2016Documentary post-productionHimself
French Open Live 20162016TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Spectator
The Late Late Show with James Corden2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Made in Hollywood2014-2016TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Seth Meyers2016TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Rotten Tomatoes2015TV SeriesHimself
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2005-2015TV SeriesHimself - Guest
MTV News2015TV SeriesHimself
Entertainment Tonight2008-2015TV SeriesHimself
71st Venice Film Festival Awards Ceremony2014TV MovieHimself - Jury Member
Rencontres de cinéma2014TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2006-2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Il était une fois...2014TV Series documentaryHimself
Gold Rush: The Dirt2014TV SeriesHimself
Finding Vivian Maier2013DocumentaryHimself - Actor
A Fuller Life2013DocumentaryHimself - Reader (segment "D-Day - an Invitation to Hell")
Good Day L.A.2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Jonathan Ross Show2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Giuseppe Tornatore: Ogni film un'opera prima2012DocumentaryHimself
The Secret Policeman's Ball2012TV MovieHimself
Kingdom Come2011DocumentaryHimself
These Amazing Shadows2011DocumentaryHimself
16th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards2011TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Chelsea Lately2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Monty Python: Almost the Truth - The Lawyer's Cut2009TV Mini-SeriesHimself
Last Call with Carson Daly2009TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Incredible Hulk: An Incredible Evolution2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Incredible Hulk: Becoming the Abomination2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Incredible Hulk: Becoming the Hulk2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Incredible Hulk: Creating Hulk Comic Books2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Incredible Hulk: Hulking Out in Harlem2008Documentary shortHimself
The Incredible Hulk: Hulking Out in the Bottling Plant2008Documentary shortHimself
The Incredible Hulk: Hulking Out on Campus2008Documentary shortHimself
The Incredible Hulk: Scene Explorer2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Incredible Hulk: The Hulk That Wasn't There2008Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'The Incredible Hulk'2008Video shortHimself
HBO First Look2001-2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Up Close with Carrie Keagan2007TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Coda: Thirty Years Later2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Shootout2007TV SeriesHimself
British Film Forever2007TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
Cannes, la alfombra roja2006Video documentary shortHimself
Corazón de...2006TV SeriesHimself
Dark Water: Extraordinary Ensemble2005Video documentary shortHimself
Tavis Smiley2005TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Banned2005TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
From Hollywood to Borehamwood2003TV Series documentaryHimself
Hyper show2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Planet of the Apes: Face Like a Monkey2001Video documentary shortHimself
Planet of the Apes: On Location - Lake Powell2001Video documentary shortHimself
The Making of 'Planet of the Apes'2001TV Short documentaryHimself / Thade
Troldspejlet2001TV SeriesHimself - Actor / Thade
The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Planet of the Apes: Rule the Planet2001TV Short documentaryHimself (uncredited)
We Know Where You Live2001TV MovieHimself
The 2001 IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards2001TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
Alan Clarke: His Own Man2000TV Movie documentaryHimself
Tim Roth: Made in Britain2000ShortHimself
Bread and Roses2000Himself - Party Guest (uncredited)
Film-Fest DVD: Issue 1 - Sundance1999Video documentaryHimself
Where Music Meets Film: Live from Sundance1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
Siskel & Ebert1998TV SeriesHimself
The 50th British Academy Film Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter; Best Original Screenplay
Good Stuff1997TV Series documentaryHimself
The 49th Bafta Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture and Presenter: Best British Film
The 68th Annual Academy Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2nd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards1996TV SpecialHimself
The 53rd Annual Golden Globe Awards1996TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Late Show with David Letterman1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Today1995TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Violence and the Censors1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
The South Bank Show1990TV Series documentaryHimself - Interviewee

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Welcome to the Basement2016TV SeriesGuildenstern
Comedy Lab2010TV SeriesHimself
Lie to Me Season 1: The Truth About 'Lie to Me'2009Video shortDr. Cal Lightman
Manufacturing Dissent2007DocumentaryHimself - at 2004 Cannes Film Festival (uncredited)
Cannes 2006: Crónica de Carlos Boyero2006TV MovieHimself
Cinema mil2005TV SeriesHimself
Film as Fine Art2005Video documentary shortHimself
'Pulp Fiction' on a Dime: A 10th Anniversary Retrospect2004TV Short documentary
The N Word2004Documentary
Tupac: Resurrection2003DocumentaryHimself
Pulp Fiction: The Facts2002Video documentary shortHimself
Empire of the Censors1995TV Movie documentaryHimself
Who Do You Think You're Fooling?1994Short documentaryMr. Orange / Chow

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2015Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearThe Hateful Eight (2015)· Samuel L. Jackson
· Kurt Russell
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Walton Goggins
· Demián Bichir
· Michael Madsen
· Bruce Dern
· James Parks
· Channing Tatum
2014BFCC AwardBlack Film Critics Circle AwardsBest EnsembleSelma (2014)· David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Lakeith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Oprah Winfrey
2012Aluminum HorseStockholm Film FestivalBest ActorBroken (2012)
2011People's Choice AwardPeople's Choice Awards, USAFavorite TV Crime FighterLie to Me (2009)
2008François Truffaut AwardGiffoni Film Festival
1999C.I.C.A.E. AwardBerlin International Film FestivalPanoramaThe War Zone (1999)
1999Best New British FeatureEdinburgh International Film FestivalThe War Zone (1999)
1999European Discovery of the YearEuropean Film AwardsThe War Zone (1999)
1999Tróia Award - First Works SectionFestróia - Tróia International Film FestivalThe War Zone (1999)
1999Jury AwardFt. Lauderdale International Film FestivalBest First FeatureThe War Zone (1999)
1999Jury AwardFt. Lauderdale International Film FestivalBest DirectorThe War Zone (1999)
1999Silver SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalThe War Zone (1999)
1996BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting RoleRob Roy (1995)
1995KCFCC AwardKansas City Film Critics Circle AwardsBest Supporting ActorRob Roy (1995)
1995Piper-Heidsieck AwardSan Francisco International Film Festival
1994ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsemblePulp Fiction (1994)· John Travolta
· Samuel L. Jackson
· Uma Thurman
· Harvey Keitel
· Ving Rhames
· Amanda Plummer
· Bruce Willis
· Eric Stoltz
· Rosanna Arquette
1985Evening Standard British Film AwardEvening Standard British Film AwardsMost Promising Newcomer
1984Best ActorMystfestThe Hit (1984)· Terence Stamp
· John Hurt

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2017Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadChronic (2015)
2016Silver ArielAriel Awards, MexicoBest Actor (Mejor Actuación Masculina)600 Millas (2015)
2016Gold Derby AwardGold Derby AwardsEnsemble CastThe Hateful Eight (2015)· Demián Bichir
· Bruce Dern
· Walton Goggins
· Samuel L. Jackson
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Michael Madsen
· Kurt Russell
· Channing Tatum
2015ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Hateful Eight (2015)· Samuel L. Jackson
· Kurt Russell
· Jennifer Jason Leigh
· Walton Goggins
· Bruce Dern
· Michael Madsen
· Demián Bichir
· James Park
· Zoë Bell
· Dana Gourrier
· Gene Jones
2015GFCA AwardGeorgia Film Critics Association (GFCA)Best EnsembleSelma (2014)· David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Lakeith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Oprah Winfrey
2014SDFCS AwardSan Diego Film Critics Society AwardsBest EnsembleSelma (2014)· David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Lakeith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Oprah Winfrey
2014WAFCA AwardWashington DC Area Film Critics Association AwardsBest Acting EnsembleSelma (2014)· David Oyelowo
· Tom Wilkinson
· Carmen Ejogo
· André Holland
· Giovanni Ribisi
· Lorraine Toussaint
· Stephan James
· Wendell Pierce
· Common
· Alessandro Nivola
· Lakeith Stanfield
· Cuba Gooding Jr.
· Dylan Baker
· Oprah Winfrey
2012British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest ActorBroken (2012)
2007Golden NymphMonte-Carlo TV FestivalMini-Series - Best Performance by an ActorTsunami: The Aftermath (2006)
2003DVDX AwardDVD Exclusive AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a DVD Premiere MovieEmmett's Mark (2002)
2002Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorPlanet of the Apes (2001)
2002Empire AwardEmpire Awards, UKBest British ActorPlanet of the Apes (2001)
2002MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest VillainPlanet of the Apes (2001)
2001Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Foreign FilmThe War Zone (1999)
2000BodilBodil AwardsBest Non-American Film (Bedste ikke amerikanske film)The War Zone (1999)
1999British Independent Film AwardBritish Independent Film AwardsBest DirectorThe War Zone (1999)
1999Golden SpikeValladolid International Film FestivalThe War Zone (1999)
1996OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Actor in a Supporting RoleRob Roy (1995)
1996Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion PictureRob Roy (1995)
1996Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Supporting ActorRob Roy (1995)
1996Independent Spirit AwardIndependent Spirit AwardsBest Male LeadLittle Odessa (1994)
1985BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsMost Outstanding Newcomer to FilmThe Hit (1984)

TitleSalary
Lie to Me (2009)$250,000 /episode (2009-10)

#Fact
1Accepted the villain role in The Incredible Hulk (2008) to please his sons.
2Bears a strong physical resemblance to stunt actor and martial artist Ray Park.
3Developed his trademark Cockney accent when in school to fit in with classmates and avoid being bullied.
4Has no formal acting training.
5Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Daniel Day-Lewis, Bruce Payne, and Paul McGann were all part of a group of actors in the mid 1980's dubbed ''The Brit pack'' by the media, a reference to the American ''Brat Pack''.
6Adores the cover of "Postcards from a Young Man", the 2010 album by the Welsh rock band Manic Street Preachers.
7Was considered for the role of McStarley in The Condemned (2007).
8Member of the 'Official Competition' jury at the 59th Cannes International Film Festival in 2006.
9A former art student himself, Tim has played an artist in at least three roles: Vincent Van Gogh in Vincent & Theo (1990), Jack Craig in Tales from the Crypt (1989) (episode "Easel Kill Ya") and Joey, an ex-con with a gift for drawing in No Way Home (1996).
10Ranked #16 on Tropopkin's Top 25 Most Intriguing People [Issue #100]
11President of the 'Camera d'Or' jury at the 57th Cannes International Film Festival in 2004.
12Was considered as a replacement for Anthony Hopkins, when Hopkins was reluctant to return to play Hannibal Lector in Hannibal (2001). However, in the end, Hopkins accepted the role.
13Turned down the role of Johnny Rotten in Sid and Nancy (1986), because he felt the film depicted history that was "too recent."
14Was considered for the role of Severus Snape in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001), but dropped out to star in Tim Burton's remake of Planet of the Apes (1968). The role was then given to Alan Rickman.
15His father was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to a British immigrant family of Irish ancestry. His mother was English. Tim's father changed the family name from the British/American sounding "Smith" to "Roth" after World War II, because he was a journalist who traveled in countries that disliked the British and Americans.
16His middle name is Simon.
17One of the first actor/models to get the trendy "thorny tribal" tattoo around his arm.
18Two sons, with Butler, Timothy (b. 1995) and Cormac (b. 1996)
19He has a son named Jack (b. 1983), with Lori Baker.
20Even with his reputation as an actor firmly established, Tim Roth still tends bar from time to time.
21He bears tattoos on his right arm for significant events in his life. He has 8 such tattoos, as of 2010.
22He and Gary Oldman are very good friends from back in the days of when they worked in London theater.

#Quote
1[on Tim Burton] He creates this bizarre, twisted, odd, nuts kind of worlds and you can't put your finger on them. They're always kind of glorious and enduring as well. You just want to be a part of it.
2[on acting in ape makeup in Planet of the Apes (2001)] In a sense, it does work for you. You can take on the problems of the makeup and use them to your advantage. I was always working against the costume, it was compressing me all the time, so I used it to make my movements a little more liquid. The process became depressing and exhausting. It was quite a long shoot. Although I wasn't on every day, it still takes it out of you. But once you're in the role and the cameras start rolling, it's fun. I forget about the makeup. The makeup and costumes actually help me.
3[on Planet of the Apes (2001)] I kept working on being an ape all the way through. I just kept pushing it and trying to invent new movements. One of the guys who worked at the Ape School became my stunt double so we just kept working on different things and just play around.
4[on the Planet of the Apes (1968) films] I was too young to grasp what the series meant to a lot of people. Certainly coming to America has been extraordinary. People have been a bit leery of [the 2001 version.] People take [the 1968 version] seriously and people are very fond of it so they want to make sure that you did a good job.
5[on General Thade's temper in Planet of the Apes (2001)] I remember that from a documentary series. When they charge you, when they fight, they go insane. And then you're gone. It's over. They are very vicious at times.
6People remember villians. Sometimes in an action movie or sci-fi movie, being a villain is actually kind of interesting.
7[on working with Charlton Heston] I was contracted so I couldn't get out of it. I feel very strongly about that monster. I made my feelings clear on set but got myself in make-up and put my gear on - including rubber hands so I wouldn't be infected if I touched him - and went in. We did the scene and I promptly left.
8[on working with Charlton Heston] It was very difficult for me. On one level, there's the man and he's my dad. But on the other level, the whole NRA thing is what it is now. I'm so against it, very vocally so. But it was inappropriate for the workplace. If I'm going to talk to him, I'll talk to him outside the workplace. So it was just two guys in makeup doing a scene.
9[on Planet of the Apes (2001)] They gave me a script after I said yes. It took me about 10 seconds. I answered the phone and was like, "Tim Burton? Yes." Then they gave me script and I read it. I didn't think the character was going to have any balls in the end. So I talked to Tim and asked him, "Can I do this kind of stuff?" I would get the pages in the morning and just learn them then. Then I would work with Tim [on the direction].
10[on the ending of Planet of the Apes (2001)] I cannot explain that ending. I have seen it twice and I don't understand anything.
11I have incredible stage fright. It's awful. Filming holds no fear for me. It's just where I live.
12Bring back dueling, I say. Drive-by sword fight.
13There is less pressure on a character actor. It generally means that you will be acting for all of your life, which is my intention. It is not my intention to be a rich and famous person. That would be pretty boring.
14I think every director has a different take. Some are good, some are bad. The directors you get on best with sometimes don't make the best films. So who's to say who is right?
15Americans have bought - lock, stock and barrel - the Jeremy Irons - Kenneth Branagh England. And it's fake. It's an absolute con. Merchant-Ivory? Bollocks!
16[on what drew him to Lie to Me (2009)] It's like an experiment for me. I've done telly before. I've done films for TV, and miniseries. But I've never done anything like this. When they first came to me, I thought the character was really interesting, and I thought we could go in different directions, and it wouldn't be just a procedural. The character I thought was potentially quite wild and fun. But I wasn't sure if I wanted to settle into something like this, so I walked away from it initially, until [creator] Sam Baum came back to me for another run, and I took him more seriously. My kids were all about to hit the teen age, and I'd heard that as much as you're not around when you're doing TV, you do get to go home. You're there at the weekend. You get to see your guys growing up. It was a chance to be around for that last chunk of childhood. So I got into it. Then we got picked up, which was great, but I wasn't sure it would succeed, if it would engage an audience on the kind of scale network television requires. But it seems to be working. And I've really started to enjoy it. It's a very interesting experience, being involved in television. American television is very, very odd. And it will go on for as long as it goes on, but from my end, it's been this grand and bizarre experiment. I like playing the guy, and he's changing all the time. And they're writing good character stuff now this season. So hopefully he'll evolve and become even more mad. I think American TV is probably some of the best TV out there at the moment. But network TV is a whole different animal. Basically, we have to turn in, every eight or nine days, a little 43-minute film with a certain amount of twists in it, and it's quite a beast. You are completely in the hands of your writers and the talent of the people at the top. For me, it really was this weird test to see if I could find my way through it. It's a very strange world, but it's quite nice being a part of it.
17Funny Games (2007) was one of the toughest things I've ever done, on many levels. Firstly, the director [Michael Haneke], I thought was wonderful. He's a fantastic man. But we were remaking a film that had already been done, and he wanted to remake it shot-for-shot. There was no real room for maneuvering, and for playing with or experimenting with the character. You pretty much had to be where the other actor sat or stood and not play around with the lines at all. That was part of this weird experiment he was doing. And it was shot in sequence. So you started in the morning distressed, and you ended your day even more distressed, and then you got up in the morning and you started more distressed and you ended up even more distressed, on-and-on for five and a half weeks. It was absolutely brutal, but it was a hell of a journey.
18[on making Youth Without Youth (2007)] All in all, it was an extraordinary journey. It was 90 days, I think, pretty much in Romania. I think I had one day off. And I think I made sure I switched my phone off so no one could get to me. It was very, very difficult, but incredibly worthwhile. We made it for a very small amount of money. It was a very low-budget movie.
19[on how his relationship with Quentin Tarantino came to be] Well, he came to me. He'd seen Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (1990) and Vincent & Theo (1990), which are films he really liked. My agent sent me the script, and wrote a little note saying I should look at the role of Pink or Blonde. And I read it and I said "No, I like that guy Orange, because he's a liar. I'll be an Englishman playing an American playing a cop who's playing a villain." And I liked that combination, because it seemed incredibly difficult to do. So then I met with Quentin and we got along very well, but they wanted me to read, and I wouldn't do it. I don't like auditioning in that way, because I'm not very good at it. But we all got drunk, and eventually I did. We became very fast friends. We worked very hard and very closely together, and then he wrote Honey Bunny and Pumpkin for me and Amanda [Amanda Plummer] to do together in [Pulp Fiction (1994)]. And then Four Rooms (1995) came about because Steve Buscemi couldn't do it, I think. They came to me and asked, "Would you fancy having a crack at this guy?" And I thought, "Yeah, I'll have a go, wild." And from there we did talk for a long time about Inglourious Basterds (2009), but with the TV show, the schedule just got in the way in the end, so I couldn't do it. I was ready, though, to go out to Germany with him. Working with Quentin, you just hit the ground running. It's a hell of a ride, but it's always phenomenal. Really, I owe him, because I suppose he's the guy who got me noticed in the States, which is where I've been living now for the best part of 20 years.
20There's stuff I'm really scared of doing that I think I *should* do. I *should* do some Shakespeare but it terrifies me. I want to... Harold Pinter adapted King Lear for me - into a film - and I want to try and make that at some point, but, you know, it's damned hard finding money for Shakespeare if you're not Kenneth Branagh, you know?
21I'm not a method actor. I don't really have to go live in a hut in the tundra to play an accountant. People tell you that's what you should do because it's what De Niro does. It never worked for me. I've always been able to learn what I need to learn from the script.
22Every film you make as an actor, it's not yours, it's the director's.
23I remember watching The Sex Pistols on TV when I came home from school - I think it was Johnny Rotten and Siouxsie Sioux from the Banshees - and they started swearing and the guy interviewing them got fired for provoking them. It was a wonderful time. It was like saying, 'Ugly is beautiful, everything you're taught us is wrong.'
24I've never really played a goody in the traditional sense. Anyway, I don't think that I look the part of a heroic character, especially not in Hollywood, so they never really come up. On a childish level, villains are just more fun.
25[on Gridlock'd (1997) co-star Tupac Shakur] I found him to be incredibly talented. I used to call him "New Money" because he had a massive Bentley and a different model sat in the car each day, and he used to call me "Free Shit" because I always used to get loads of free stuff from companies. It's a shame what happened - I think he could have gone on to be quite something as an actor.
26[on Reservoir Dogs (1992)] There's a lot of blood in that film. I think there's only nine pints in a body; we had about four gallons.
27[on attending the Academy Awards ceremony] Like going to Liberace's house on acid.
28I have a bad time between jobs because I'm always convinced I'll never work again. I think it may be an English thing, this fear of unemployment.

#Trademark
1Green-blue eyes
2London accent
3Often works with director Quentin Tarantino.
4Blonde hair is almost always slicked back.
5Famous for playing sleazy, contemptible villains.
6Often plays characters who are twisted.
7Often works with European and American auteur directors.

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