The closest thing I`ve got to baseball is playing rounders at school or my brothers using me as a cricket stump and throwing cricket balls at me!
Why movies are so powerful is because you are right in there and you stay in there until they want you to come out, and then you`ve really gone somewhere.
We`ve got our football where no one wears anything and the guys are in little shorts and they beat the crap out of each other, and they can catch it and they can kick it, and it`s the only place it`s played in the world.
The filmmaker`s got to make it his story and the actors have got to make it their story.
I`m quite intuitive about what I pick. Often it`s to do with what I`ve just done and how I`m feeling.
In Britain, people thought I was British and for a long time, I`d do one movie or another and they wouldn`t even know it was the same person.
I get paid to move people, and in this as a supporting actor to support Dennis - I kind of explore the part of the story that`s not about baseball.
I`m developing some screenplays at the moment with my Australian producer.
I think family movies have gotten so rich in this country.
People going into the cities for the opportunities and the towns are getting older, no young people.
I just don`t see where I could possibly fit in directing a feature.
There`s a good sense of fun and lack of sarcasm in the Texans, maybe a little earnestness which is kind of why I found it quite Australian.
I think baseball - the baseball genre - is this mitt, to use a double pun there, to catch a whole bunch of themes.
And I grew up watching all the British ones so when you hear that from an early age, it makes it much easier than you guys who don`t grow up with Australian television or British television.
Acting is like playing, while directing is really fun, sort of like an orgy.
We grew up as kids watching those movies and we were exposed to themes of civil rights, unfairness, bigotry and fathers struggling against the kind of mob of the town, so you remember how you felt as a kid being taken seriously, that you are part of the human drama.
It was a lovely opportunity for the first time in my whole career to stand up and thank people who are really responsible for me getting to realize my dreams.
I`m pretty ruthless about that; I think when you sign over your story, you sign over your story.
I grew up on cricket and I think Australian kids are getting so Americanized, you know?
I had a fear of being away from Australia so I`ve gotten home four times this year, during this season, which is basically every seven weeks.
I`m so motivated to collaborate with people and help them realize the kind of collective vision.
I found it an interesting portrait of a marriage in exploring notions of how one partner supports the other, whilst not jeopardizing the greater good - which is the family.
There`s nothing as exciting as a comeback - seeing someone with dreams, watching them fail, and then getting a second chance.
But just playing the partner of someone famous, I had a lot more freedom.
I think a big part of our attraction to sport movies are the stories contained within the sports.
You know Texas is - even more now that Enron has bit the dust - it`s held up on the back of small businesses.
A Golden Globe is a mood-altering substance, there`s no doubt about that.