Charles Dance - Quotes

There are 46 quotes by Charles Dance at 95quotes.com. Find your favorite quotations and top quotes by Charles Dance from this hand-picked collection about time. Feel free to share these quotes and sayings on Facebook, Pinterest, Tumblr & Twitter or any of your favorite social networking sites.

Politics is the most corrupt profession on Earth, no matter where you are.

Politics is the most corrupt profession on Earth, no matter where you are.

A while ago, I did a television adaptation of 'Bleak House,' and the character I played, as far as I was concerned, had no redeeming features whatsoever. I wasn't about to try to find any; I didn't need to. ---->>>

It's a question of keeping one's eyes and ears open and watching how other people play the game. They're watching me too, to see what my attitude is like.

It's a question of keeping one's eyes and ears open and watching how other people play the game. They're watching me too, to see what my attitude is like.

If I was to put a little flag in everywhere I've been in the world, there'd be a lot of little flags. ---->>>

We had five goats, two dogs, a cat and racks of commentaries on Shakespeare. ---->>>

You have to be selfish to be an actor. ---->>>

I mostly play old period songs, as they suit a ukulele more. I bought it when I saw the tribute concert to George Harrison. Joe Brown came on and sang 'I'll See You In My Dreams,' and there wasn't a dry eye in the house. ---->>>

I've never been one for late nights, which is why I have always preferred making films to theatre. A play takes over your life: you start to feel sick at lunchtime, and by mid-afternoon, you're wishing for a bomb scare so the whole thing will be called off. Of course, if the evening goes well and you get the applause, then it's wonderful. ---->>>

People think I have the benefit of a public school education. I have this suave and debonair label, but really, I'm as common as muck. ---->>>

A handful of older, romantic leading men, like Sean Connery, Jack Nicholson, and Robert Redford are still landing parts. ---->>>

I phoned this number and said, Please, sir, I want to be an actor. ---->>>

Most films are written and made with a hero around 35, or even 25. ---->>>

You have to attempt to be objective about yourself. ---->>>

I'm playing one of the principal roles, which gives you more clout and more confidence. ---->>>

When you get to a certain age, the work begins to thin out. ---->>>

Actors can't retire. If actors retired, there would be nobody left to play old, wrinkly people. You have to keep going, darling - don't you? ---->>>

I like approbation. Any actor who tells you they don't is lying. ---->>>

I like to keep up with London theatre, but it is a question of time. ---->>>

I love the Restoration. It's a bit like coming out of the John Major era into the optimism of Tony Blair. ---->>>

I think it's counterproductive for actors to come to the set with well-thumbed copies of the book their film is adapted from. ---->>>

I'm riddled with cynicism. Whenever anyone says 'trust me,' the hairs go up on the back of my neck. ---->>>

I would have liked to have worked with Ralph Richardson and Paul Scofield, but they're dead now. ---->>>

I've got a range as an actor! There was a time I played dramatic leading men. ---->>>

Most feature films are 35-40 shooting days.

Most feature films are 35-40 shooting days.

Power is always a corrupting influence. ---->>>

We have to take risks in British television. It has to stop playing to the lowest common denominator and patronising people. ---->>>

A car to pick me up every day, a chair with my name on it, everybody being very polite... what can you do except sit back and watch it all, try to take it all in? ---->>>

Audiences seem to have a limitless appetite for vampires and for fantasy in general. Unlike many other British actors, I haven't been building up my pension appearing in films like 'The Lord of the Rings' and 'Harry Potter,' but fantasy has now got a grip on me. I am also appearing in 'Game of Thrones' as the head of the House of Lannister. ---->>>

I don't like watching television too much; it tires me out for some reason. But I saw a fair bit of 'Game of Thrones' because it was so good. I mostly watched episodes that I wasn't in. ---->>>

I got a lot of energy from directing the film 'Ladies In Lavender.' You wonder if you have the stamina because as an actor you can lounge around the trailer during the scenes you're not in, but as a director, you're there from first thing in the morning to last thing at night every day of the week. I found it incredibly energising. ---->>>

I had a stammer through adolescence. Any fun I'd had performing in school plays disappeared and only came back at 18, when the stammer started to go. Then I thought: 'Well, perhaps I can show off now.' ---->>>

I like to be busy. I once shared an agent with the late Sir John Gielgud, who, at 96, was apparently still ringing up, saying, 'Hello, Gielgud here, any work?' Good on him. We've got to keep working. If we retire, there'll be nobody to play the old wrinklies, and that would be a dreadful shame. ---->>>

I was a window dresser for Burton's once. What really put me off was the area manager coming round and saying, Charles, I think you're a natch at this. ---->>>

I've done maybe twelve of Shakespeare's plays. I was with the Royal Shakespeare Company for years. Whatever influence that has never leaves you. If you learn to drive a car, and you learn the right way if there is ever a right way. You learn the good aspects, you learn to drive properly. And that never leaves you. ---->>>

If I talk about Charles Dance I am talking about something else, something I operate and wind up and have to make an impression with and use to transmit someone else's screenplay. ---->>>

If you get a bad script, then you start expending energy trying to make a silk purse of a sow's ear. When the script's as good as those on 'Game of Thrones,' say, I don't think there was a single occasion where any of us thought there was a bad scene. ---->>>

In my home, I listen to music; I play music: I play guitar and I play ukelele. And I swim and I ride a bike and I do all the things that everybody else does. ---->>>

My face lends itself to austere characters, and unless they're two-dimensional, I will do them. Any actor will tell you that an interesting villain is much more interesting to play. ---->>>

My mother was a waitress in a Lyons Corner House, but she married up. She was keen on bettering herself. She taught me how to use the right knives and forks and behave properly. ---->>>

Runners are the lowest of the low in film units. They're paid very, very minimal wages - probably below the national average. And runners are now being asked to drive actors about, as well as their runner duties. It's kind of the same as taking advantage of nurses - it's appalling. ---->>>

The quality of writing attracts me to films, also who the other actors are, who the director is, where it's being shot. Any or all of those things. But if the writing is really appalling, then the money had better be really good. Sometimes you say yes to something you wouldn't always do because you need the money. ---->>>

There is a huge fan base; they're very knowledgeable and very loyal. I was astonished - before I started working on the series, I didn't know anything about 'Game of Thrones.' I hadn't heard of the books. ---->>>

We need to look to our laurels a bit with television in this country. I don't think enough risks are being taken in drama television in the U.K., and I think a lot of programme makers are underestimating the intelligence of the viewing public, basing it all on ratings. ---->>>

When you have a label stuck on you, people tend to believe it. If someone calls you suave and debonair, you only get offered parts in a suit and a collar and tie. It just so happens I wear them reasonably well. ---->>>

You should encourage a child to show off. You can say to a child, 'Stop being rude,' 'Stop shouting,' 'Stop jumping around on the furniture.' But 'Stop showing off'? That's awful. ---->>>

Your senses are reeling all the time. Finally you find something to write and the very next day you go out and see something else which totally contradicts what you've written and every conclusion you've come to. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: English
Born: 10-10, 1946
Birthplace: Redditch, Worcestershire, England
Die:
Occupation: Actor
Website:

Walter Charles Dance, OBE (born 10 October 1946) is an English actor, screenwriter, and film director. Dance typically plays assertive bureaucrats or villains. Some of his most high-profile roles are Tywin Lannister in HBO's Game of Thrones, Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986), Jonathan Clemens in Alien 3 (1992), Benedict in Last Action Hero (1993), the Master Vampire in Dracula Untold (2014), Lord Havelock Vetinari in Terry Pratchett's Going Postal (2010) and Alastair Denniston in The Imitation Game (2014) (wikipedia)