Clive Owen Quotes

Clive Owen (born 3 October 1964) is an English actor who first gained recognition in the United Kingdom for playing the lead role in the ITV series Chancer from 1990 to 1991. He then received critical acclaim for his work in the film Close My Eyes (1991) before getting international notice for his performance as a struggling writer in Croupier (1998). In 2005, he won a Golden Globe and a BAFTA Award and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the drama Closer (2004).

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I want to be in movies that stand the test of time.

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The thing about Hemingway that people forget is that all the stuff he did was at a time where people weren't traveling that much. At 19 he travels to Italy. He goes to the Spanish Civil War. He goes to China, he goes to Africa so at that time to travel that much is really incredible.

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Belfast during the Troubles looked like a different world.

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You go back to those films of the '40s and '50s and hear the dialogue, the way the people played off each other, the wordplay. I think we've really lost that in movies.

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I always used to say to myself, I'm going to die of lung cancer. That's the choice I'm making.

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I don't like it when people are trying too hard. That goes for clothes, for acting, for everything. It's just not good when it seems like you're making too much of an effort.

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I really believe you can carry yourself in such a way that people don't notice you.

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I never really look at life and worry about missed opportunities.

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I've done a number of things based on real people or true stories or based on books, and I'm a great believer that you have to be true to the script.

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I think there is a lot of overexplaining both in writing and acting. People don't need to be hit on the head.

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I was at the birth of my two girls.

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I go off and make movies; I come home, and I'm a dad and I hang with my girls.

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I love to mix it up. I love to keep doing different things.

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I do get clocked. But it's not invasive to the point where it's upsetting. It doesn't encroach.

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I'm sort of one of those weird actors who whenever I do a play, I think, 'Oh, we should film this,' as opposed to have to belt it out of ourselves in a theater auditorium.

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