Thank you very much, that's incredible. Bill, I just have to tell you that my wife is German and grammatically you were totally wrong. I don't inspire, I con. I think that's pretty good actually, I think that's faire enough, I do con. I think I've conned my entire life, I think the only way you get on in this business is by conning. It's all a con, and any of us who try to take it seriously should try to remember that, but it's a great business and I'm very, very, very lucky to be part of it. I've had a, y'know, good career. I shall always be grateful to Woody Allen 'cause he cast me as an upper-class posh person and only a Brooklyn Jew would do that.
What was great for me as a kid - as you can tell by my accent - I grew up on the east coast of Scotland and spent a lot of my time in the cinema. In fact I conned my aunties for the odd shilling to go to the pictures as we called it and I used to do - that was the world. And it was the world I wanted to inherit. I had a reasonably shitty childhood, it was variable, but it was pretty shitty a lot of the time and the cinema for me was the place where it sort of legitimised my joy and it legitimised my grief.
And when you see Eve-Marie Saint try and get her glove back from Marlon Brando, when you Julie Harris appalled at Jimmy Dean hitting his head against a tree - which was totally unrehearsed - when you see Jerry Lewis light his finger in Rock-a-bye Baby and then ten seconds later go 'Aaaarrgh!' it's brilliant. When you see Tony Curtis being inhibited by Burt Lancaster saying 'Light me Sidney' you realise that's the world for me that I want to be part of. There was no other world that I wanted to be part of and I'm delighted to be part of it. And I'm equally delighted to have the readers and the people who go to the cinema give me this, so thank you very much.