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Alan Bates
February 17, 1934 - December 27, 2003
Nationality: British
Category: Actor
Subcategory: British Actor

I have always tried to work according to what affects me, to a script that I like because it touches me in some way, without deliberately pursuing a commercial career or a particular image.


You can't always go by the book, even in comedy.


An emotional performance is usually more instinctive to an actor.


No film should try to follow a trend, and do what film people think the public wants. There's no such thing as knowing what the public wants.


I think actors are privileged. Acting feeds you.


People ask, how do you cope, and all I can say is that you do.


I do believe in living out your own time, unless it's absolutely impossible, which it is for some people.


I've never believed much in that holding hands kind of love. I've always thought that love is about two different personalities trying to confront life, trying to make sense of their responsibilities, to themselves, to each other, and to the wider society.


You've got to have steel in you somewhere.


Occasionally I do things against my inner voice, but you really should go for the thing that touches you most-even if you don't quite know why it does.


You can time a part perfectly and play it badly. And some people have very individual offbeat timing, which is their own. It works simply because they are who they are.


I think that can happen, that two people can love each other and not be able to get on at all.


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