Does art make a difference?
Yes. To me, most of the time. In fact, all of the time. It allows me to say what I feel, what I think. Everything that needs to be said. For some in oppressed or deprived countries it is the only way they can express themselves.
Should politics and art mix?
Yes, they should. In fact, for me they always do. Of course, not all my work as an artist is political, but I think I am a political artist.
Is good art a product of inspiration or perspiration?
This is a good question. Not that I always feel inspired – although I hope to be – but when I work hard I do perspire!
Does money corrupt an artist?
In my career, unfortunately, I have never been paid sufficiently to imagine that I have been corrupted. I wish I had been. I should like to be, always.
Is your work for the many or for the few?
Both. I have done films and television which undoubtedly were seen by larger audiences. I have done plays which have been seen in tiny theatres by very small audiences or, for that matter, sometimes even in larger theatres.
Which artist do you most admire?
My sister, Vanessa. Because she always loves her work and puts herself completely into it.
Which artist do you least admire?
Myself. I don’t think there is anything particularly admirable about my work.
What inspires you?
An artist whose work has changed the world and allowed us to understand it better.
Where do you work best?
In theatres such as the National Theatre.
If you weren’t an artist, what would you be?
I would be a teacher, I think.
If you were world leader, what would be your first law?
Abolish all destructive weapons.
Who would be your top advisers?
My family, or just people I meet in the street every day, in pubs or restaurants.
What would you censor?
Nothing at all.
What would you legalise?
Anything that needed the help of the law to make it really disreputable.
Who would you banish?
Our present Prime Minister.
What are the rules that you live by?
I don’t live by any rules but if there were one it would be to enjoy myself. I should live by that.
What couldn’t you live without?
What would you like your legacy to be?
I would give a lot of money to help people enjoy themselves.
Do you love your country?
Yes, I do. But not, of course, more than any other country.
Are we all doomed?
No, not all of us. Not even myself.