Human beings, we have dark sides; we have dark issues in our lives. To progress anywhere in life, you have to face your demons.
There's a certain pattern that exists with geniuses - an eccentricity, a lack of social graces and an inability to really communicate with mere mortals.
Over the last 25 years, since a lot of science writing became accessible to layman, I've become quite a consumer of science. As a child, I wasn't streamed into science, and I regret that now.
As actors, you don't actually need to know the future of the character. You just need to know the backgrounds.
I was a theater man, so I was never in the situation of being a handsome Hollywood leading man, and then having to age.
I could go anywhere in the world and people would stop me in the street and talk about 'Fringe' and how much they adored it and asked questions about it.
'Lord Of The Rings' fandom was massive, worldwide, entrenched. Generally it had been part of the fans' life all their life, because they had it read to them as children; they'd become Tolkien students.