A lot of my best parts I've been the second choice for, so you never get too egotistical about anything.
Alfie was the first time I was above the title; the first time I became a star in America.
Anyone can write. But comedy, you've got to do some writing. You get one comedy script to every 20 dramas.
At 69, I got the girl! And it wasn't a 68-year-old girl, either.
Be like a duck. Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.
Comedy is underrepresented in every actor's life, because it's so bloody difficult to write.
English is clipped in speech. Texas is exactly the opposite.
For all my education, accomplishments, and so called 'wisdom'... I can't fathom my own heart.
Funny things happen to you in movies for silly reasons.
I did everything. I ran my life exactly as I wanted to, all the time. I never listened to anybody. I'm pig-headed.
I felt a tremendous sadness for men who can't deal with a woman of their own age.
I prefer to remake flops. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels was a remake of a flop, and The Quiet American is a remake of a flop.
I read books like mad, but I am careful to to let anything I read influence me.
I see myself as 38, but you don't notice it.
I started with the firm conviction that when I came to the end, I wanted to be regretting the things that I had done, not the things I hadn't.
I wouldn't make an anti-American film. I'm one of the most pro-American foreigners I know. I love America and Americans.
I'll always be there because I'm a skilled professional actor. Whether or not I've any talent is beside the point.
I'm a sort of boy next door. If that boy has a good scriptwriter.
I'm every bourgeois nightmare - a Cockney with intelligence and a million dollars.
I'm the audience's representative on earth.
If you think you're going to be up for an Oscar, you schedule your moviemaking.
If you're a movie actor, you're on your own - you cannot control the stage. The director controls it.
January is the garbage can of movies in America, directly after all the Oscar contenders have been out.
My own mentality is that I've retired. They send me these scripts and if I absolutely have to do it, then I go to work.
Obsession is a young man's game, and my only excuse is that I never grew old.
Oh, what a shock. My career must be slipping. This is the first time I've been available to pick up an award.
Save your money. You're going to need twice as much money in your old age as you think.
The absent are never without fault. Nor the present without excuse.
The best research for playing a drunk is being a British actor for 20 years.
The first actor I ever saw was The Lone Ranger. I thought, That's what I want to do.
The standing ovation threw me... to be held in such regard in a town so full of talent is quite something.
There's quite a lot of bad stuff written about me. My wife even says a lot of bad stuff about me. But she is wonderful.
Things are not quite what they seem always. Don't start me on class, otherwise you'll get a four-hour lecture.
When I'm doing an accent, you shouldn't notice it for a while, if I'm doing it right.
When you reach the top, that's when the climb begins.