Antony Sher

(Sir Antony Sher)

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  • Born: June 14, 1949
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Actor, Writer Theatre Director

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A lot of good actors tend to be quite introverted as people.
As a gay Jewish white South African, I belong to quite a lot of minority groups. You constantly have to question who you are, what you are and whether you have the courage to be who you are.
Every play I do, every book I write, every painting I paint, I will struggle with. I don't know what it's like for a project to come easy.
I believe deeply in therapy. There's no one in the world who wouldn't benefit from it.
I don't believe in an afterlife.
I feel so sorry for younger actors who aren't able to have the opportunities that I had, starting out in repertory theatre. It's really tough on young actors now.
I have a Woody Allen Jewish attitude to life: that it's all going to be disastrous. That it hasn't all been that way is simply down to some random quirk of fate. Life
I have no cynicism at all.
I love playing outsiders, I always do. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I love the mixture that's in me. It makes me me. And that's why it's such a shame that people waste energy in denying who they are. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I never regret things. It's a really dangerous thing to say, but for anyone involved in the arts, the bad things that happen make for good material. It's not a comfortable truth, but it is true. Truth
I was a weak kid, not good at what all the boys at school were good at and I found that by acting, by being other people, I could liberate myself from those inadequacies.
I was never built to play the hero. Physically or emotionally... And they're not as rewarding to play. At least for me.
If I could write a letter to my teenage self, I'd probably say something like: 'You ain't gonna believe what will become of you.'
I'm a complete technophobe. I can't even email.
I'm a huge fan of David Hockney. I love the way he keeps reinventing himself. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I'm always very proud of belonging to three minorities: gay, Jewish, white South African.
It's good for actors to confront those things we have to act: panic, pain and death. Death
Life is just more comfortable if you're honest and open about everything. I spent so many years being in the closet about one thing or another. Life
Most of my career has been spent with the RSC doing Shakespeare, and the thing you learn from Shakespeare is that his historical plays don't bear anything other than a basic resemblance to history. History
My grandparents all came from Lithuania to South Africa.
The whole of my acting career is a bit of a mystery to me.
We've all got darkness inside us. And I've got quite a lot of darkness.
What drew me to acting in the first place was disguise.
When I am on a long run in a play, I'm not sure how I would fill the days if I did not paint or write. On a basic level, it just stops me going crazy.
When I'm painting and drawing I only do people. Acting is obviously portraiture - and writing is as well.
You don't expect to get the letter saying, Her Majesty would like to appoint you Knight Commander of the British Empire! It was just a completely overwhelming and exciting day.

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