Mark Rylance proud of Steven Spielberg's praise

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 November 2015
Mark Rylance

Mark Rylance

'Bridge of Spies' star Mark Rylance has admitted he warms "in the glow" of Steven Spielberg's praise

Mark Rylance warms "in the glow" of Steven Spielberg's praise.

The 55-year-old actor - who stars in the Spielberg-directed drama-thriller film 'Bridge of Spies' - has previously been called "the greatest actor, anywhere" by the award-winning director, and Mark feels proud to have received such praise.

Asked how he feels about Spielberg's praise, Mark said: "I obviously warm in the glow of it and a large part of me wants to believe it ... but I do think it is important to find out who you are and not what other people want you to be, and not to take anything people say about me - positive or negative - personally, otherwise one is in danger of getting hurt, undone.

"It's like sitting in the glow of a warm fire but the fuel won't last forever - and someone might take your coat."

Meanwhile, Mark also admitted he's eager to play characters that tackle big issues.

He told Radio Times: "I'm drawn towards engagement - I'm an actor but I'm not a bystander; I'm drawn to people's stories. My role is to tell those stories, it isn't to tell people what to do."

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