Jim Broadbent: 'Acting isn't measurable'

Jim Broadbent can next been in The Sense of an Ending and Game of Thrones.

Jim Broadbent believes acting cannot be measured and he only achieved awards success because he was in "eye-catching performances".

The veteran British actor scored the Volpi Cup for Best Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in 1999 movie Topsy-Turvy and followed it up with an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Iris and a BAFTA in the same category for Moulin Rouge! in 2002.

However, he called this successful period “utterly surprising and sort of meaningless” because he doesn't see how one performance can be measured against another.

“It’s not measurable, acting – there have been some beautiful performances that are not eye-catching because they’re not meant to be. I had three sort of eye-catching performances in a row," he explained to Britain's Daily Telegraph.

“Oh! So then you get spotted. And then people think, ‘That must be acting’.”

He added that during that two to three-year period he received a bunch of "odd, spiky statuettes", many that "you've never heard of", which he houses on a shelf in his home office in Lincolnshire, England.

He also also turned down the offer of an OBE medal in 2002, shortly after his awards success, because he felt actors should keep their distance from the establishment.

The 67-year-old can next be seen in The Sense of an Ending, a film adaptation of Julian Barnes' 2011 novel of the same name, in which he plays an elderly divorcee who receives a letter which unlocks memories of a prior relationship.

He read the novel after he had been cast in the role, much like he did for his upcoming role in season seven on fantasy TV series Game of Thrones.

When asked what appealed to him about the show, he said, “Goodies and baddies! A misshapen Great Britain! History in miniature. And, just, narratives. People love narratives! Broad, but also subtle.”

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