After seeing his performances in Alien, The Fifth Element, and The Madness of King George, Ian Holm’s fans may be surprised to hear that, after 47 years of acting, he is only now feeling he is “getting any good at it.”
Ian Holm insists he’s a late bloomer.
“I’ve been at this acting thing for 47 years and it’s only been in the past 10 years that I felt I was getting any good at it,” says Holm, who stars as a priest in Bless the Child and as the title character in Joe Gould’s Secret.
Holm has starred in more than 50 films and has received numerous stage, TV and film accolades and awards. He was knighted in 1998.
“The awards and praise never convinced me I was any good. I’ve always had a horrible inferiority complex.”
Holm began as a stage actor in 1954 and it wasn’t until 1968 that he made his film debut in John Frankenheimer’s The Fixer.
“I hated the experience. After The Fixer, I never wanted to make another movie, but often finances dictate what you do in this business.
“I’m at home now in movies and acting has become like a drug for me. I couldn’t not act any more.
“I’m just really fortunate that for the past four years, I’ve been getting some incredible offers.”
Holm, whose recent films include The Sweet Hereafter, Big Night, The Madness of King George and eXistenZ, will be seen soon in the Lord of the Rings trilogy that is filming in New Zealand and Australia.