The BAFTA-winning actor and director in conversation with broadcaster Emma Freud. Recorded at Latitude Festival 2011.
Ralph Fiennes started out on screen in 1992, playing Heathcliffe in Wuthering Heights, before winning a BAFTA for Actor in a Supporting Role the following year for his performance as Amon Göth in Schindler's List. Over the last two decades he has starred in a diverse range of films, from 1994's The English Patient to 2005's The Constant Gardener. He recently reprised his role as Voldemort in the final Harry Potter film, and his directorial début - a version of Shakespeare's Coriolanus, starring himself, Brian Cox and Vanessa Redgrave - is in cinemas in January 2012.
The actor talks to Emma Freud about his attraction to 'ambivalent' characters and how he tries to find the 'totality of the person' he's playing. He discusses the dynamics of sexual chemistry on screen ("you can't make it happen..."), and explains why period settings have a tendency to romanticise what they're depicting. The conversation focuses on the literary adaptations in Fiennes' oeuvre.
I don't have a specific method that there's a label for. Different projects require a different way in.