I think England has served me very well. I like living in London for the reasons I gave. I have absolutely no intentions of cutting those ties. There is absolutely no reason to do so. Certainly not, so that I can have a swimming pool and a palm tree.
Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air.
I try to stay focused on my life and do try not to be brought into the Hollywood fantasy.
A monoculture is not only Hollywood, but Americans trying to export democracy.
I think the bottom of the totem pole is African-American women, or women of colour. I think they get the least opportunities in Hollywood.
Water for me is so essential, like swimming.
The great thing about the business is how Darwinian it is. We have to swim or die - if you are found wanting over a period of time, you've either got to change what you're doing or find something else to do.
I have often wanted to drown my troubles, but I can't get my wife to go swimming.
Even on a personal note, my dressing table downstairs is crowded with things, like a mini landscape. It's a city with buildings and towers and roads. There's a pool and a little park. When I move something around it becomes a different tableau.
I want to test my maximum and see how much I can do. And I want to change the world of swimming.
For drink, there was beer which was very strong when not mingled with water, but was agreeable to those who were used to it. They drank this with a reed, out of the vessel that held the beer, upon which they saw the barley swim.
I've chosen not to live in Hollywood, and instead I live in Brooklyn, New York. It's how I like to live. I'd rather hang out with my kids and family when I'm not working. Going to premieres is not my idea of a fun night out.
I think that I used to love Hollywood movies. I remember great phases and moments. But, unfortunately, now is not the moment.
So, no, I'm not trying to crack into Hollywood, although I'll make films there if they're good scripts.
Also, in Hollywood you get pigeon holed.
I wanted to do another movie that could make us laugh and cry and feel good about the world. I wanted to do something else that could make us smile. This is a time when we need to smile more and Hollywood movies are supposed to do that for people in difficult times.
In the past I have never thought about loneliness when working, and I don't think about it now. Yet there must be a reason for the fact that so many people talk about it.
I don't think the money people in Hollywood have ever thought I was normal, but I am dedicated to my work and that's what counts.
If I didn't swim my best, I'd think about it at school, at dinner, with my friends. It would drive me crazy.
What you have now is a Hollywood that is pure poison. Hollywood was a central place in the history of art in the 20th century: it was human idealism preserved. And then, like any great place, it collapsed, and it collapsed into the most awful machinery in the world. Why don't I see a Frank Capra today? Because people aren't like this anymore? People haven't changed that much in 60 years.
I like travelling and if I have to come to Hollywood to make a movie I will, but otherwise I'd never move there. It's very much an industry town and that doesn't really interest me.
I truly believe that all power corrupts. Such is probably the thinking behind every political film ever made in Hollywood.
Awards were made in Hollywood, in whatever the time it was created. They're to promote each other's movies. You give me an award, I give you an award and people will believe that we are great movies and they'll go to see them. It's still the same.
I remember just lying in the grass, staring at the clouds, wondering where they drifted off to after they floated over Texas. I never would have imagined that one day I would follow one of those clouds and find myself in Hollywood.
Life is full of misery, loneliness, and suffering - and it's all over much too soon.