There's a myth about actors saying, 'Oh no, that's not me on screen at all. I'm just acting.' OK, if I were to say to you that's not me, that's fine. And I would tell you that I don't behave like a villain everyday, and that's true, I don't. But to say there's absolutely none of me in there is ridiculous.

Cary Elwes

I got a massive overdose of gamma radiation from the Xerox machine and just printing call sheets, you know? By the time I stepped in front of the camera, I was very comfortable. It was great.

Cary Elwes

No one is black and white or good or bad or happy or sad or what have you. [All have] particular idiosyncrasies that make them fascinating and that's how I tend to approach a character.

Cary Elwes

I feel like if a film is well-written, then the character's arc is complete. There really is very little room to expand on that afterwards.

Cary Elwes

The things that you know intellectually when you're young become internalized as you get older. You realize all those clichés.

Cary Elwes

I think that's all you can hope for as an actor when you read a script; that after the first thirty pages it has some meaning to it.

Cary Elwes

My stepfather was a producer. I'd always wanted to be in show business. And so when he came into my life and he told my brothers and myself, he said, look, if you want to be in this business, you're all going to have to start at the bottom.

Cary Elwes

It's true in life, as in the movies, that the greatest highs are often followed by the lowest lows.

Cary Elwes

I like historical pieces. History was my favorite subject in school, it was the only subject I excelled in. I love the idea of history and the idea that we may have the opportunity to learn from our past mistakes.

Cary Elwes

The visceral experience of seeing a movie in three dimensions, coming at you in the theater, is obviously here to stay, because it is a unique experience. I think that kind of format is only appropriate for some genres, but I'm all for it.

Cary Elwes

The experience you have making the movie is all you have; when the movie's finished, that's for other people. But while you're doing it, that's your time on the planet, so you want it to be good.

Cary Elwes

I think that two-dimensional film will always be here to stay because it always has its place, but 3D does too.

Cary Elwes

I was blessed enough to meet Pope John Paul when I was about 19 or 20 years old in the Vatican; I had that privilege, .. My mother took me to visit him and I remember distinctly his incredible charisma and personal charm and his warmth and compassion. You felt it immediately the minute you met him, and that spirit I came away with, having met the man, is something that I've been constantly working on to infuse the character with, so that we can have his spirit and his love and his compassion, because that's really the essence of the man.

Cary Elwes