Edward II in Christopher Marlowe's Edward II (2001).
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"Well, that's his journey. I know that I might have only got Shakespeare in Love
(1998) because someone else turned it down; it's a very small marketplace. So it would feel weird to say, 'Oh, yeah I could have been there on Oscar night', because the whole chemistry of the film is built around that particular actor. Who knows if it would have had the same effect with a different cast. It's a ...
Was considered to play the role of The Abbe du Coulmier in Quills
(2000), alongside twice co-star and friend Geoffrey Rush
Frequently plays a character who writes. In most of his films, he has played characters who write either novels, plays, poetry or other literary works.