Bruce Robinson

  • English director
  • Born May 2, 1946

Bruce Robinson (born 2 May 1946) is an English director, screenwriter, novelist and actor. He wrote and directed the cult classic Withnail and I (1987), a film with comic and tragic elements set in London in the 1960s, which drew on his experiences as a struggling actor, living in poverty in Camden Town.As an actor, he has worked with Franco Zeffirelli (on whom he based the character of Uncle Monty in Withnail and I) playing Benvolio in Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, Ken Russell and François Truffaut.

If you are a junkyard dog, you assume that that's what life is: chained up, barking all day.

I read 'The Rum Diary,' and I didn't really like it very much.

My problem with being an actor was that I was far too shy to actually do it.

I'm not a religious person, but I prefer God to money.

I've always been that contemptible thing, a luxury communist.

I like situational comedy when people are being completely serious and yet you can find something extremely funny, not jokes.

My early life has given me a great deal to draw on, certainly - but would I have swapped a happy childhood for the writing? Yes.

I wake up most days with a vague feeling of doom - 'Dear God. Here I am again.' Then, when I read about politicians in the newspaper, the vengefulness starts. By mid-morning, the anxiety is kicking in.

Isn't that the definition of a star? Someone who can get a film made?

Well, I had the most appalling childhood.

When I was writing 'Withnail,' I was so busted flat that I had one lightbulb that I would carry around the house with me. I mean, really. No furniture, no money, and I was hoping to be an actor, but I could never get a job.

Mostly in movies an actor has to come to a mark, an X, and deliver his line - but that's so artificial, that's not how people really behave.

Bernard Shaw said that when you copy yourself, you know you've got style. And I feel that if you can write like you write, then you are true to yourself. And it's not an easy thing to do - it's a disgustingly difficult thing to do.

I've always felt that in a comedy script the stage directions should also have a comedic value.

I think you're a good person or a todd by the age of eight.