The Irish Mail on Sunday - TV Week - - REAL LIFE -

1 I don’t be­lieve that men shouldn’t cry. If a per­son feels like cry­ing, then they should do so be­cause it’s the great­est cathar­sis in the world. I prob­a­bly cry more of­ten than most peo­ple. It’s usu­ally for happy rea­sons – I don’t cry for pain. 2 When I was a young ac­tor at Univer­sal Stu­dios, the sec­re­taries used to call me Coop, af­ter Gary Cooper, be­cause, like him, I was very tall. I liked Gary Cooper but my real idol was Jimmy Cag­ney — but no­body ever called me af­ter him. 3 If I ever see a woman in a green dress, I think of my mother. She had a par­tic­u­lar green dress that she wore in the 1930s — the colour suited her and she looked good in it. So the sight of a woman in a green dress is very ap­peal­ing to me. 4 Much of my youth was spent fight­ing bul­lies. I moved schools a lot while my dad looked for work, and as I was tall, the bul­lies al­ways thought, ‘Here’s this big gan­gly guy. We gotta take him on.’ You know how kids are. 5 I have never been ac­cused of spend­ing too much money on my wardrobe, and I don’t re­ally care very much what I wear, but I am ex­tremely picky about my shoes. If I’m wear­ing shoes that are un­com­fort­able, then I just can’t re­lax.

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