The 5-minute Interview: Crispin Glover, Actor and film-maker

'People think I'm insane, they mix my roles up with reality'


Glover, 43, is best known for his eccentric starring roles in a number of films including 'Back to the Future', 'Charlie's Angels' and, most recently, 'Beowulf'. The director's cut of 'Beowulf' is out now on DVD

If I weren't talking to you right now I'd be...

I'm currently touring my films that I've been working on for a few years. All things in my life are related to my film productions so I'd be doing something to do with that.

A phrase I use far too often...

I try to avoid overusing phrases as much as I can.

I wish people would take more notice of...

My work. I'm constantly working on my films right now, so when I'm doing publicity I stay to that track.

The most surprising thing to happen to me was...

Seeing people doing illegal things with my work. I'm very diligent but piracy is rampant and I release slowly so have to be particularly careful.

A common misconception of me is...

That I'm insane. I've played a lot of characters and people mix things up with reality. It's understandable.

I am not a politician but...

If I were, I wouldn't like my job. That's not to say there aren't some admirable politicians but a lot of actors now have public opinions about politics. I try to avoid that.

I'm good at...

Making films. I started out as an actor but now I act to fund my own productions. I've managed to separate my mindset.

I'm very bad at...

Giving short answers.

The ideal night out is...

Going to a post-Beethoven, Romantic-era concert. I recently purchased a 17th-century chateau near Prague and when I'm there I'll often go see a performance.

In moments of weakness I...

I like to eat and the only thing I've ever been addicted to in my life is sugar.

You know me as an actor and film-maker but in a truer life I'd have been...

It's hard to know because my father's an actor and my mother's a retired actress. My parents didn't try to get me into the business but it made sense.

The best age to be is...

I like getting older. When you're in your twenties you're really forging for your future. Things take shape later on.

In a nutshell, my philosophy is this:

A good thing to live by is to go after what truly interests you.

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