(on his determination to succeed as an actor)
Richard: No-one believed it was possible to become a professional actor where I grew up. The more people mocked and knocked me for wanting to do so, the more determined I became to prove them wrong. It is a profession marked by the number of times you get rejected, but my English teacher at school always believed in me, and her belief has been the small voice in my head that has kept me going. Most especially through 1985 when I was unemployed for 11 months and thought I never had a chance. Then I got the lead role in Withnail and I, which changed my life. Never give up.