Kenneth Branagh Quotes

In the hands of a great poet, words have ways of affecting us in ways we don't understand... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

If you've done a brilliant version it becomes something else... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

If it's good art, it's good... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

I think the best actors are the most generous, the kindest, the greatest people and at their worst they are vain, greedy and insecure... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

I think A Midsummer Night's Dream would be terrific because of the transformations that occur. Or The Tempest, things like that. Extraordinary larger than life or supernatural element... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

I only really cast people who are desperate to be in it - who were dying to be in it, whose talent I believed in and were dead ready to do the work that was necessary... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

Friendship is one of the most tangible things in a world which offers fewer and fewer supports... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

I don't think Hamlet is mad, nor is he predisposed to be a gloomy or tragic figure... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

My definition of success is control... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

I don't know that there is too far, actually. I think there's only too bad. If it's bad you've gone too far... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

Actors are the best and the worst of people. They're like kids. When they're good, they're very very good. When they're bad they're very very naughty... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

I do think that, for instance, we've been very lucky to have theatrical careers and be associated with Shakespeare which sometimes gives you a kind of bogus kudos... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

I did not make this a long film for its own sake. I wanted to make an entertaining film and offer it out there for those who want to see it. If word of mouth suggests there is an audience out there, hopefully their cinema will show it... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

I like to cast actors I admire, one's that are talented. Each one will bring something new to the part. This play has been done thousands of times and now certain characters are too familiar... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

The elasticity of Shakespeare is extraordinary... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

We're self obsessed and mad and stupid - not that other people can't be the same way - but the extremes are kind of honest in some mad way. Anyway, I like them... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

There is some mysterious thing that goes on whereby, in the process of playing Shakespeare continuously, actors are surprised by the way the language actually acts on them... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

The long version of the play is actually an easier version to follow. In all of the cut versions the intense speeches are cut too close together for the audience and the actors... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

It's very strange that the people you love are often the people you're most cruel to... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

The glory of 70mm is the sharpness of the image it offers... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

It's quite hard for people to just accept that they're very contradictory... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

The best actors, I think, have a childlike quality. They have a sort of an ability to lose themselves. There's still some silliness... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

So many plays with magic in them that would be a terrific invitation to an imaginative animation team... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

One of the things that makes Hamlet unique among Shakespeare's characters is his courage to face up to the darker elements of his personality... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

Music and language are a vital element. We, as actors and directors, offer it to people who want to experience it. Sometimes the actual meaning is less important than the words themselves... view

By: Kenneth Branagh

I certainly have been guilty of trying to sweep things under the carpet... view

By: Kenneth Branagh