Aidan Gillen

It's always more interesting to take on someone that's going to have hidden sides or a fatal flaw, because there's going to be more to play with - more conflict, internally or in and around them - but it's probably the thing of finding the positive in there.Aidan Gillen

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There's no way the writing staff of 'Game of Thrones' haven't read 'The Art of War.' There's definitely an influence on 'Game of Thrones' from this book in both a general way and on the character of Lord Baelish and his strategies.Aidan Gillen

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I hope it's not all I'll ever do, but I know I've played enigmatic characters. For me, the good characters are people who get places, are devious, are cunning and tricky and hard to pin down. Obviously, if you play one and you do an okay job of it, that'll be on people's minds.Aidan Gillen

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Both 'The Wire' and 'Queer as Folk' had a big scope. They were panoramas, telling ambitious stories about two cities, Baltimore and Manchester, for the first time.Aidan Gillen

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Everything's borne out of human experience, of course - rejection, humiliation, poverty, whatever. People aren't born bad, no matter how harsh the circumstances. There is a person in there, and that person is not made of ice.Aidan Gillen

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'You're Ugly Too' isn't a comedy, but it has a lightness of touch with a hard edge. But it's essentially a warm story tinged with a bit of melancholy in the great Irish tradition. I'm very proud of that film.Aidan Gillen

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I heat myself up over the fact that I am never going to be as good as I want to be.Aidan Gillen

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I do what I can, but I'll always give it a shot. You're not going to see me playing a Welsh character any time soon, not because I wouldn't love to. I went up to Wales once and read for a film with Rhys Ifans, and haven't been asked back since. We did have a nice time on the train on the way back.Aidan Gillen

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I like the Edinburgh Film Festival, and I've liked what I've experienced of Glasgow's Film Festival too.Aidan Gillen

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I don't do a lot of reflecting. I'm usually about getting on with it.Aidan Gillen

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I hate it when people tell you you're good when you know that you're not.Aidan Gillen

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Every couple of years - no, that's every couple of weeks - I think I'm going to give up acting.Aidan Gillen

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I've made a point of trying not to play the same part, and of moving between theatre and film and TV. The idea is that by the time you come back, you have been away for a year and people have forgotten you. If you like having time off, which I do, that's a good career strategy.Aidan Gillen

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For me, now, working and children is it. There's nothing more to life.Aidan Gillen

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It seems to me that most characters, in anything, are flawed in some way, just like most people. You look for the good in the flawed people and vice versa, and then try and make them appealing in some way.Aidan Gillen

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There was a year between school and getting going as an actor when I basically just watched films. Video shops were the new thing, and there was a good one round the corner and me and my brother just watched everything, from the horror to the European art-house.Aidan Gillen

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I find still photographs make me quite self-conscious.Aidan Gillen

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It's always a good idea to let the audience make up their own minds.Aidan Gillen

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When I was a teenager, the actors I was really into were Mickey Rourke and Sean Penn. I saw 'Rumble Fish' on my 16th birthday, and around the same time, it was 'Falcon and the Snowman' and 'Bad Boys' from Sean Penn.Aidan Gillen

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To start, I wasn't really interested in acting at all, and I didn't make much impact. The first play I was in was on for five nights and I didn't show up for two of them and nobody noticed. But I stayed because that's where my friends were, and after a while I found myself wanting to inhabit other people's worlds and lives.Aidan Gillen

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I don't really differentiate between different genres: if there's a good part going, I'll go after it, and it's preferable to me if it's something I haven't done before.Aidan Gillen

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I have Googled myself, yeah, I think everybody has. I try not to make a habit of it - in fact I made a rule once never to Google myself, which made me happy.Aidan Gillen

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I have been in control of what I've been doing, of the career I've put together.Aidan Gillen

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I didn't want to go to college or work in an office or have a nine-to-five job. I knew that quite clearly before I left school.Aidan Gillen

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I'd quite like to do a musical. I'd probably have to develop that myself.Aidan Gillen

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'Heroes', 'Desperate Housewives', 'The Sopranos' - they're all very stylised. 'The Wire' is much more rooted in realism and honesty. In American television, I can't think of anything I'd rather have been in because it has got something to say and that is the kind of thing I want to do.Aidan Gillen

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