"Within our culture, every school has a swimming pool. We lived on the coast. People swam in the surf. It's a very sporty nation and at that particular time anyone who had an artistic bent was very much an outsider. So if you liked reading or ideas or playing the piano then your dad viewed you as a sissy, basically."
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."Geoffrey Rush on Pope John XXIII
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."Geoffrey Rush on Friedrich Nietzsche
"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."Geoffrey Rush on Eminem
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."Geoffrey Rush on Hedy Lamarr
"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."Geoffrey Rush on Friedrich Nietzsche
"I did not want to put myself on the line, as an Australian playing Britain's greatest comic actor. The fans of Sellers are obsessive, possessive - and aggressive. I did not want to risk their anger - or my own reputation."
"I went to England in the '70s, and I was in my early 20s. There was still a residue of that era of being an underclass or colonial. I assume it must have been a more aggressive and prominent attitude 40 years before that, because Australia internationally wasn't regarded as having much cultural value. We were a country full of sheep and convicts."
"You had to be into sport and, sad to say, I'm a traitor to my country because I don't have a sporting bone in my body."
"My kids started school, so having a strong base in Melbourne has been a key priority. I'm not daunted by the travel. People say, 'It's so far to Australia,' and I say, 'You get on the plane, you eat well, you sleep, you wake up - and you're there.'"