London has influenced me a lot . I have played football and rugby a lot. I was going to London to see theater at the Hippodrome and I would go to all the concerts I could. It was the 80s, but I didn't catch the Culture Club and Duran Duran bandwagon. I was more into hard rock so I went to see Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. My very first gig was Foreigner, backed by American rock band Gamma, at Wembley in 1982. I saw the Stones at Wembley. We had a piano at home in Walton and our piano tuner knew Def Leppard because he tuned their pianos. So I got all my Def Leppard vinyls signed, which was a big deal. Also, the house we lived in was rented out by Eric Clapton 's mother.
After London we moved toSydney. I went to school one day and said: not at all. So I did my correspondence school and my mother was my teacher. I have never seen a diploma. I don't even know if I really finished high school. Then we moved to Hawaii, France and Switzerland. My parents eventually moved to Israel, Stockholm and Munich and I moved to New York to become an actor.
Pink Floyd saved my life. They got me through the girls and the rejection of my awkward teenage years. Only a few guys take the guitar to another level. I recorded Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii from TV to VCR and watched it over and over again. I was fascinated by the way David Gilmour combines his guitar playing with the voice of Roger Waters. Slash transcends the guitar. His I n Guns N 'Roses guitar playing is beyond riffs. There you parle and complete Axl Rose with such humility. The same goes for Eddie Van Halen . Gilmour, Slash and Van Halen are my guitar heroes.
I was also trying to play guitar. I wanted to be a songwriter all my teenage years so all I did while in England was try to write songs and play guitar all day. I was a decent songwriter, but eventually my shyness and awkwardness got the better of me. I just didn't have the confidence to thrive, so I turned to acting.
I arrived in England in the early 1980s when there were still only three TV channels. I used to watch Emmerdale Farm and Yes Minister. Then The Young came and simply blew me away. I loved the irreverence. I loved that they share this house, but they are all so different. I loved the way they hit each other. It would just go from one thing to another. It was totally ready to use.
I was watching it with my family or school friends and recording it on our VCRs so that we can memorize the lines. Even today, 30 or 40 years later, I will see Vyv [Adrian Edmondson] or Neil [ Nigel Planer ] in something and think: "It's Vyv! " or: "It's Neil! " I can always quote the lines.
People in America know The Young Ones. He had a life here too. We also have The Comic Strip Presents… with that guy [ Alexei Sayle ] who did this song on this car [Ullo John! Do I have a new engine?]. I especially remember the episode Didn 't kill my brother? where he plays the gangster twins.
The acting is very cathartic. You are always analyzing yourself. People say, "What is so hard to play? Most of the movies are about murder and betrayal. Look at Shakespeare. Shakespeare writes about all that is bad in life. It takes a lot of soul-searching to be an actor.
Macbeth has been a huge play in my life. The idea of blood on your hands, of betrayal, of killing your friends for power and moneyt… it's still so powerful. I see Macbeth in everything that is going on today. People sell their souls. And I see Lady Macbeth everywhere, causing their husbands to commit murder and betrayal. You look at the woman and say: "She has blood on her hands.