I’ve had two experiences in my life where I said, ‘If I can get through this, I can get through anything’. One was when I had to sing [in the musical adaptation of American Psycho] and the other was when I did Doctor Who.
You understand, the titles, the… dukedom. They’re not the job. She is the job. She is the essence of your duty. Loving her. Protecting her. Of course, you’ll miss your career. But doing this for her, doing this for me… there may be no greater act of patriotism. Or love.
“…But to me, Van Gogh is the finest painter of them all… The most beloved…He transformed the pain of his tormented life into ecstatic beauty. Pain is easy to portray but to use your passion and pain to portray the ecstasy and joy and magnificence of our world. No one had ever done it before. Perhaps no one ever will again. To my mind, that strange wild man who roamed the fields of Provence, was not only the world’s greatest artist but also one of the greatest men who ever lived.”