"I don't feel like a romantic lead I guess I feel more like a character actor."
"Good night, good night! Parting is such sweet sorrow, that I shall say good night till it be morrow."Matthew Macfadyen on William Shakespeare
"Deceiving others. That is what the world calls a romance."Matthew Macfadyen on Oscar Wilde
"The word 'romance,' according to the dictionary, means excitement, adventure, and something extremely real. Romance should last a lifetime."Matthew Macfadyen on Billy Graham
"A tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow, always hopeful of romance and adventure."Matthew Macfadyen on Charlie Chaplin
"Romantic love is mental illness. But it's a pleasurable one. It's a drug. It distorts reality, and that's the point of it. It would be impossible to fall in love with someone that you really saw."Matthew Macfadyen on Fran Lebowitz
"As much as I long for a sort of security and consistency sometimes, I do enjoy sort of being busted around. I really don't know what's happening sometimes next week, let alone this year."
"I was quite a shy child. I would get terribly nervous and throw up before my birthday party. And then I would be fine. I feel the same now. I get nervous, then it's fine."
"My vanity is I'm terribly romantic! But being married is lovely."
"The security comes, as an actor, in knowing that you're not in control. If you try to control your career, or how people perceive you, you'll make yourself unhappy, because life doesn't work like that. So much is luck. It's much better to let yourself off, to think, 'There's nothing I can do.'"