"Scare him? They scared me," says Brian, paling at the memory.
His passport shows that he has spent a great deal of time in Russia. He made two television series there, became the first British actor to teach at the Moscow Arts Theatre and wrote a book, Salem to Moscow, about his experiences while directing there. Brian is considered one of Britain's leading stage actors, but the 1996 stamps in his passport reveal his more than passing interest in Hollywood. Last year Brian flew in and out of America 18 times. You name them, he's worked with them - Geena Davis, Michael Keaton, Andy Garcia, Ashley Judd, Keanu Reeves. And it seems his love affair with America has lasted and he is making a permanent home there. But he hasn't forgotten his roots, and he is now appearing at the Bush Theatre, west London, where he is starring in St Nicholas. He's also found time to do the voice-over for the latest Labour advertisements. He won't be here for the election because he's got to be back in America in April, but he'll still be voting - by post.
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