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And realising that humour is the most powerful way to make a political statement and say the things that you want to say. And it’s not used enough, at least not in the U.S.
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When I look in the mirror, I am slightly reminded of self-portraits by Durer and by Rembrandt, because they both show a degree of introspection. I see some element of disappointment; I see a sense of humour, but also something that is faintly ridiculous; and I see somebody who is frightened of being found out and thought lightweight.
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I don’t think comedy is necessarily an attack. It’s finding humour in life. I don’t think if you’re making a joke about something you’re automatically demeaning it.
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I like Roy Orbison’s video for ‘I Drove All Night’ because it’s so literal. It is just a man driving throughout the night. I like that silliness. To be in a video is a ridiculous thing. It’s almost impossible to do it without any humour.
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One of my great regrets, and I don’t have many, is that I spent too long putting people’s status and reputation ahead of their more important qualities. I learned far too late in life that a long list of letters after someone’s name is no guarantee of compassion, kindness, humour, all the far more relevant stuff.
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I don’t mock things, which makes me more vulnerable to mockery myself. If you’re cynical, you’re protected from mockery. But I have to be nice. I don’t think I have irony. A sense of humour, yes, but not irony.
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But I think our humour is exactly the same today. Only, we’ve made rules now. We’ve said we are not going to do prosthetic make-up scenes, because when they take it off half your face comes off.
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If you’re an athlete and you completely focus on the body, you’re missing other components. Similarly, if you’re trying to broaden your mind but not also being attentive to your sense of humour and your spirit, then you’re not going to grow and develop so fast.
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As a kid, I was school swot, but I used to hang around the billiard halls, learning that Geordie sense of humour, mixing with low-lifes. They were the sort who’d pick your pocket and then say ‘Here you are lad, here’s tuppence, get yourself some chips’. I was a good rugby player, a good runner, so I fitted in at Cambridge quite easily.
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It’s difficult to say what attracts one person to another. It’s always a combination, isn’t it? I’ve always found people interesting because of the way they think, and a sense of humour is irresistible.
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