actor. He is well known for his starring role as paleontologist Dr Alan Grant in Jurassic Park
and Jurassic Park III
He has also had a number of high-profile roles including: the lead in Reilly, Ace of Spies
, the adult Damien in Omen III: The Final Conflict
in the miniseries Merlin
, Captain Vasily Borodin in The Hunt for Red October
, Colonel Geofferey Brydon in Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, and Alisdair Stewart in The Piano
As much as possible, I try to encourage people to use stunt men because that is really their job.
I can tell you where I was when John_F_Kennedy|Kennedy was shot - which was in the common room at school. I heard about it on the old valve Radio|radio. At the time of Armstrong's landing, I was at university rehearsing a play.
I don't think I really have the insight or the inquiring to be an Astronomer|astronomer, and I don't think I have the wherewithal to be an Astronaut|astronaut. But if I had to choose which one I'd like to be, it would be the astronaut. I think it would be a wonderful thing to try.
I enjoy some physical stuff. But if I had a choice between playing a scene where it's raining, it's terribly cold, I'm wet and I'm being drowned and playing a scene with Dinosaur|dinosaur eggs in a laboratory, I'd probably take the latter. It's warmer and generally more comfortable!
I go by the role pretty much. And I think the only genre I haven't gotten to do but I'd love to is a Western_%28genre%29|western, but no one has ever asked me to do that. Unfortunately they are very few and far between these days, but that is one type of film I'd love to do.
I love the fact that you can't tell Pinot_Noir|pinot noir what to do; it has to express itself. And it's always just beyond your grasp. If you do manage to get a hold of it, it's only for a fleeting moment.
I'm not big on Champagne_%28beverage%29|champagne, but I'd take along a bottle of Cristal to pop for when the boat comes to the rescue.
I'm playing a cat burglar. I've made it. This is the high point of my career. I'm really chuffed.
It's fairly hard to find Gay|gay Drug_Dealer|drug dealers that aren't locked up or dead, or 23, so it's fairly oblique research. But I have some good contacts, not in the gay drug world but in the legal world, who spun me in the right direction.