The 5-minute Interview: Crispin Glover, Actor and film-maker
'People think I'm insane, they mix my roles up with reality'
Friday 21 March 2008
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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