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    • Jeremy Brett: To everyone who has worked on these films of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's stories in the past decade, only one can express how I feel: Bravo! Holmes has finally given me recognition as a real actor, not just an aging pretty face.

    • Jeremy Brett: (On Sherlock Holmes) I no longer feel threatened by Holmes, in fact I really enjoy playing him. Holmes is an upholder of the law, and he has a magnetism and mental genius that have been compulsive for people throughout the last hundred years. I was astounded when I realised how attractive he is to them (women). You'd never suspect it for one moment from the books. Girls long to seduce him.

    • Jeremy Brett: Onward and upward. (His personal motto).

    • Jeremy Brett: I would love to do some comedy. To make people laugh is the greatest gift of all.

    • Jeremy Brett (After his breakdown): Don't be too brave. Bravery is a fine thing on some occasions, but sometimes it can be quite a dangerous thing. The stiff upper lip is not always the best.

    • Jeremy Brett (on his wife, Joan Wilson): We had a once-in-a-lifetime love. She was an incredible person, the best wife a man could have. This was the kind of relationship where I would start a sentence and she would finish it. Sometimes you can see behind somebody's eyes and feel as if you have known them all your life. That's how it was.

    • Jeremy Brett (on working with Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady, 1964): Audrey really is a darling. There's something wonderful about her that no man can explain, but every man can feel.

    • Jeremy Brett (On Mad Dogs and Englishmen, 1995): I was mad to do it, but I wanted to show the world that I was still alive and I could do other things apart from Sherlock Holmes. I hope they don't release it.

    • Jeremy Brett: It's very rare I've been able to get into the 20th century. When I turn from 1899 to 1900 I jump for joy. I did in Rebecca, I got into the '30's then. I have done some modern stuff but I'm so thrilled I over-act like crazy. I've got pockets! I'm so used to wearing tights all the time that when I put my hands in my pockets I nearly fall over. I'm so unused to playing a modern guy. It all started because I was a classical actor, I was trained that way. When I left drama school, I wanted to do Shakespeare, I loved the words, I really fell in love with them, I loved the sound of them. So, most of my training was classical.

    • Jeremy Brett: People living in Hollywood have to stay home if they're in a foul mood; anything outside the home is potential publicity.

    • Jeremy Brett: Maggie Smith used to have excellent skin. Have you seen her face lately? In a few more years, they'll have to unfold it to find out who she used to be.

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