Top 18 Adam Rayner Quotes

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“So my character on ‘Tyrant’ is a chap called Barry Al Fayeed, and he is the second son of a fictional Middle Eastern dictator. But, he has grown up since he was young in America. He’s trained as a doctor. He’s married a beautiful American girl, had two kids, so he’s very much an American.”

― Adam Rayner

“Everyone working on ‘Tyrant’ wants to present the world and the issues in it in an intelligent, open, fair, non-reductive kind of way. For the actors, we have to try and make these stories as truthful and compelling as possible.”

― Adam Rayner

“We rarely just hate people or love people. Normally, the people we have moments of the most impassioned hate for, it’s because we love them so much.”

― Adam Rayner

“We shot a bit of ‘Hunted’ in Tangier, and you are in a very, very different world. It’s very difficult to blend in over there.”

― Adam Rayner

“I’m actually half Brit and half American. I have a British father and an American mother, but as far as I’m aware, no Middle Eastern blood.”

― Adam Rayner

“Obviously, ‘Homeland’ is not just a spy thriller. It’s more than that, but ‘Tyrant’ will be a bit more of a palace drama. It’ll be about the families, but there will be political intrigue as well.”

― Adam Rayner

“I’ve done shows that aired on American TV, but none of them proved to be successful, so yes, no one here knows who I am.”

― Adam Rayner

“To be honest, unless you rocket straight to stardom as a gorgeous young vampire, you can spend a lot of time working behind a bar.”

― Adam Rayner

“Who knows – I would like to think that I’d be a fantastic president, and I’d be extremely levelheaded, and I’d be very fair, and I wouldn’t persecute people, and I’d listen to the people that disagreed with me and all the rest of it, but who knows.”

― Adam Rayner

“I was always interested in it when I was younger, but it was when I was at university, getting together with other like-minded theatrically inclined types, that I admitted to myself that I wanted to be an actor.”

― Adam Rayner

“That’s the great thing about university: you’ve got people around you who are taking a risk and trying things out themselves. It gives you the confidence to try and take it to the next step, which was drama school.”

― Adam Rayner

“My mother is American. I first went to school in America, and we came back when I was about six to rural Norfolk. In primary school, I was teased immediately and mercilessly. I probably dropped that accent within about 10 days.”

― Adam Rayner

“I certainly have a sliver of me, which is definitely American, and feels a great pull towards where I spent time when I was very young, which is in California.”

― Adam Rayner

“’Homeland’ is a thriller with a lot of cloak and dagger spy stuff, which is one of the things that makes it so much fun.”

― Adam Rayner

“People have to respond to the characters and respond to the situations that they’re in. That said, it still has to be a compelling narrative that drives along and keeps people coming back week after week. So really, with any successful show you could name, there has to be a mysterious blend of both of those.”

― Adam Rayner

“British audiences tend to want to see their own lives reflected on TV, whereas American audiences are quite aspirational and enjoy high-concept shows that show them lives that are perhaps slightly more exciting than they aspire to.”

― Adam Rayner

“I had some great high points and thought: ‘This is fantastic. I’m going to be a huge star.’ Then something happens, and you can’t get a job to save your life.”

― Adam Rayner

“I don’t devour huge amounts of television. I’m more naturally inclined to watch movies, but given my job, I need to have an understanding of what’s on TV.”

― Adam Rayner
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