I also like this guy because he's a method actor. A hardcore method actor. I can say as a writer that if I ever decided to stay inside the mind of one of my characters, it probably wouldn't end well. So kudos to those actors who do this and do it really, really well. He takes pretty diverse, selective roles too, which is really great, because that means I can see him in varying roles (from being the president of the United States to a very, very interesting fellow who may or may not kill a man with a bowling pin).
Some quotes of his (again from IMDB):
- "If I weren't allowed this outlet, there wouldn't be a place for me in society."
- "Life comes first. What I see in the characters, I first try to see in life."
- "I am more greatly moved by people who struggle to express themselves. Maybe it's a middle-class British hang-up, but I prefer the abstract concept of incoherence in the face of great feeling to beautiful, full sentences that convey little emotion."
- "My love for American movies was like a secret that I carried around with me. I always knew I could straddle different worlds. I'd grown up in two different worlds and if you can grow up in two different worlds, you can occupy four. Or six. Why put a limit on it?"