Tom Wilkinson
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"Thomas Geoffrey "Tom" Wilkinson", is an English actor. He has twice been nominated for an Academy Award, for his roles in In the Bedroom and Michael Clayton (film)/Michael Clayton. In 2009, he won Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Film for playing Benjamin Franklin in John Adams (miniseries)/John Adams.

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When I very first started acting, at university, I thought I could do anything. Because you are so ignorant, you don't know what a good production should be. You don't know what the rules are. And then, when you start doing it professionally, you learn the rules and become more intimidated.

I'm temperamentally suited to the business of acting. I'm quite fatalistic. If it's not happening, it's not happening, and there's very little you can do.

One of the characteristics of plays that are made into films is that they can be very talky.

It's a very simple and rather sort of a primitive feeling when you read a script.

When you're an actor you don't really know what you have to do until you see what you look like.

It is the first time I've ever been in a dress. And it's terrible, well, it's first of all, you kind of, you look at it, and you think, who do I look like? There is a moment of recognition. And it's not quite, and it's, who do I look like? And you think, I got it after, you know, looking at a photograph of me, and I thought, it's my mother. I look like my mother.

There's only one shot you have at a movie, and that's your best shot. If you can't give it that, don't go. They're paying you! You gotta do a job for them.

I would recommend it to everybody, every now and again you just put a dress on, see what it feels like, because it's, its interesting. A whole complex series of thoughts and feelings assail you as you look at yourself.

I have talent. I know it. I've been doing this for 30 years. But at the same time, you not only have to be good; you have to be good in hits.