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    • (on the difficulty of audtioning for RADA)
      John: Even a few years before I tried to get in, I wouldn't have made it. Albert Finney and O'Toole were there before me, breaking the mould of the 'anyone for tennis?' actors, but I was still working- class and northern. I had the wrong clothes, I was dressed like a teddy boy and most of them were scared of me. I felt dreadfully out of place and have since never wholly mastered the inferiority complex. That insecurity stops you getting complacent, but it has also stopped me enjoying my success as much as I should have done.

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