My family thought the fascination with acting was just another fad.
If you have a very good concept of your character, you can snap into it.
I think that you always have something left, that you take something of the character with you.
I'm still Sean that me mates went to school with, not Sean the film star. And that's the way I prefer to be.
I had no intention of being an actor. I was quite good at it. I was pretty capable at other things but never any good at anything.
Listen to people and treat people as you find them. There's an inherent goodness in most people. Don't pre-judge people - that was me Mam's advice anyway.
I'd been trying for a while to get parts that weren't just the English bad guy, so it was quite refreshing to be playing someone who was a compassionate, decent guy.
Lord of the Rings was just so much enjoyment. It was over about the space of a year that I was filming. It's one of the most enjoyable things I've ever done, so emotional.
006 was such an interesting character and the film really explored his friendship with Bond and how it all went wrong, so it was a very personal journey for both characters.
I sometimes find that playing the bad guy, or villains, or psychopaths tend to be much more psychologically rewarding. And you can really push it, you can push the limits, and get away with it.