Top 41 Lennie James Quotes

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“If you look in real life, it is very hard to describe people as good people, bad people, heroes or villains. People aren’t bad people. They all have their justifications.”

― Lennie James

“The Internet links me to friends and family around the world. Skype rocks!”

― Lennie James

“I’m not a broad comic, but I think I can be funny and I think I make people laugh.”

― Lennie James

“I’m part of that generation that grew up watching TV, and being an actor was all about being on TV or being in films.”

― Lennie James

“I became politicised in my mid teens, at the time of ska and 2 Tone and the Anti-Nazi League, when I’d get dressed up for a night out in my white socks and loafers, and the last thing I’d hear is, ‘Have a good night – be careful of the police.’”

― Lennie James

“Partners and mothers allow men to get away with too much.”

― Lennie James

“One of the things I liked about playing Tony Gates in ‘Line of Duty’ was that I don’t think he gave much thought to justifying his actions until he was under investigation.”

― Lennie James

“I owe ‘Jericho’ my whole time in America, really. It was a fantastic group of people to work with.”

― Lennie James

“I was dreading all of the ghost stories of working on American television, not in the least, the length. In Britain, a series is six episodes of an hour drama, maybe sometimes eight, but never twenty-two, so I was petrified of that.”

― Lennie James

“I’m not setting ‘Jericho’ up to be anything other than what it is, which is, you know, a piece of good, well thought-out, well put-together TV and entertainment.”

― Lennie James

“My thing is, I like playing guys who have a really interesting internal monologue.”

― Lennie James

“I don’t usually like talking about acting or what my process is, and all those kinds of things, because I don’t necessarily think it’s helpful to talk about how I do my job.”

― Lennie James

“I’ve worked in the theater, television, and films. A five-hour TV series is certainly more time than a character I’d be playing in a film.”

― Lennie James

“I will say that when I first came out to the States to work on ‘Jericho,’ that was the only time that I’ve ever been frightened about a job, because in America they tell stories over such a long time, and I was petrified that I’d get bored.”

― Lennie James

“My favorite television show of all time is ‘Hill Street Blues.’ I think it’s the show that is to television what Pele was to football or Muhammad Ali was to boxing.”

― Lennie James

“I’ve written virtually as long as I’ve acted, it wasn’t a sudden transition. I acted in my first play when I was 16 and I wrote my first play when I was 17.”

― Lennie James

“I went to an all boys’ school in South London and the only god was sport.”

― Lennie James

“One of the things I learnt over the years is that there is a craft to writing, like there is a craft to acting. I hadn’t done my apprenticeship as a writer. I did try to be a writer for hire but I’m not any good at it.”

― Lennie James

“When I was growing up and watching ‘The Sweeney,’ the notion of police officers being an inch away from the villains that they’re chasing was commonplace.”

― Lennie James

“The death penalty in the U.S. has become a political tool – and it should never be that.”

― Lennie James

“’The State Within’ demands a certain intelligence from its audience. It doesn’t just wash over you – it asks for commitment. And that’s a really good thing.”

― Lennie James

“I like arriving somewhere and taking a left when someone tells you to go right. When all the tourist signs are pointing one way, it’s exciting to go the other.”

― Lennie James

“I particular enjoy the crime writer, Walter Ellis Mosley. He does a series of Chandler-esque detective stories.”

― Lennie James

“I did a film once in the Sahara. It was pretty awe-inspiring. I remember sitting up on the roof of our hotel, watching the sun go down, and all around me, for 360 degrees, was nothing but sand. It took your breath away but also made you feel tiny.”

― Lennie James

“I’d really like to go Sydney. I’ve been to Australia a few times, but I have never been there.”

― Lennie James

“I was focused on either being a social worker or physiotherapist. That was the direction I was going until I met a girl who wanted to be an actress, and I wanted to be close to the girl, so I followed her into an audition.”

― Lennie James

“The fact that I lost my mum was horrible, and if I could change anything, I would definitely change that.”

― Lennie James

“In the kids’ home I was in, there was very little change of staff. People stuck around, and they stuck around because they were being paid enough to stay there and raise their families. If you’re not supporting the people looking after the kids, you’re not supporting the kids, and you might as well chuck them all in the bin.”

― Lennie James

“They shut down kids’ homes, for a number of reasons, and I was part of that transition into foster care. That’s all well and good if it’s populated by people who feel their work is paid decently and supported.”

― Lennie James

“I don’t remember when I didn’t know about Martin Luther King.”

― Lennie James

“I read the ‘Guardian,’ because it’s a bit like having an argument with a mate. We mostly have the same sensibilities, but where we disagree, it’s infuriating.”

― Lennie James

“I’m pretty much a London boy, and it was a big enough city to try and conquer.”

― Lennie James

“All the great shows owe a lot to ‘Hill Street Blues.’”

― Lennie James

“We did four months on ‘Line of Duty’ from beginning to end, and that would be a long theater run.”

― Lennie James

“When I’m playing an American, I don’t play Lennie with an American accent. They’re American characters who look like me, but they have different voices.”

― Lennie James

“My foster mother wanted to create a family home. For me, she had made a place that I felt I could always go back to, and that was what she was trying to do for these kids.”

― Lennie James

“I love writing but don’t get a huge amount of time to do it.”

― Lennie James

“There was a point when I thought I would primarily be a writer, but the acting seems to have got in the way. So when I do get a chance, I jump at it.”

― Lennie James

“Doors being closed or made harder to open is something I’m very familiar with – and I don’t like it.”

― Lennie James

“I like to come home regularly and, when I do, I need something to do on Saturdays. I can’t think of anything better than the mighty Tottenham Hotspur.”

― Lennie James

“The breadth of work that’s possible is wider and deeper for someone who looks like me in the States than it is in the U.K.”

― Lennie James
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