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No, no, I was only funny on st...

No, no, I was only funny on stage, really. I, I, think I was funny as a person toward my classmates when I was very young. You know, when I was a child, up to about the age of 12.

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In the modern media age we are...

In the modern media age we are rarely surprised by what we see. Whether it's on television or film or in the theatre, everything is so advertised, so trailed, that most entertainment is merely what you thought it was going to be like.

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I enjoy racing historic motorc...

I enjoy racing historic motorcars from the '50s and '60s. The seed of my interest was planted when I was about 12 years old and took over my mother's Morris Minor. I drove it around my father's farm. But my favorite car is still a McLaren F1, which I have had for 10 years.

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To criticize a person for thei...

To criticize a person for their race is manifestly irrational and ridiculous, but to criticize their religion, that is a right. That is a freedom.

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I think I have an inner confid...

I think I have an inner confidence that my tastes are pretty simple, that what I find funny finds a wide audience. I'm not particularly intellectual or clever or minority-focused in my creative instincts. And I'm certainly not aware of suppressing more sophisticated ambitions.

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Funny things tend not to happe...

Funny things tend not to happen to me. I am not a natural comic. I need to think about things a lot before I can be even remotely amusing.

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Mr. Bean is at his best when h...

Mr. Bean is at his best when he is not using words, but I am equally at home in both verbal and nonverbal expression.

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Confronting a stadium audience...

Confronting a stadium audience, you can't see the whites of their eyes. It's just an amorphous mass of noise and, of course, you can't see the alleged billions watching at home either, so the degree to which you are intimidated is quite low.

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Apart from the fact that your ...

Apart from the fact that your physical ability starts to decline, I also think someone in their fifties being childlike becomes a little sad. You've got to be careful.

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But, actually, so many of the ...

But, actually, so many of the clerics that I've met, particularly the Church of England clerics, are people of such extraordinary smugness and arrogance and conceitedness who are extraordinarily presumptuous about the significance of their position in society.

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Quite a nasty piece of work. N...

Quite a nasty piece of work. Not the sort of person you'd want to have dinner with. [On the subject of Mr. Bean].

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I, on the other hand, am a ful...

I, on the other hand, am a fully-rounded human being, with a degree from the University of Life, a diploma from the School of Hard Knocks, and three gold stars from the Kindergarten of Getting the Shit Kicked Out of Me

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As I was leaving this morning,...

As I was leaving this morning, I said to myself 'the last thing you must do is forget your speech.' And sure enough, as I left the house this morning, the last thing I did was to forget my speech.

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Quite a nasty piece of work. N...

Quite a nasty piece of work. Not the sort of person you'd want to have dinner with. [On the subject of Mr. Bean]

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And that sort of reinforces to...

And that sort of reinforces to me that fact that he causes so much trouble, and never really pays a price for it, which I think he should.

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And what's interesting about h...

And what's interesting about him as a comic character is that the custard pie hardly ever ends up on his face.

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"Танец будущего" Айседоры Дункан

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Как снимали "Приключения Буратино"

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Почему Фаина Раневская отказалась от роли черепахи Тортиллы, что больше всего пугало на съемках исполнителя главной роли Диму Иосифова, как страдал Пьеро и почему режиссер не мог подобрать актера на р...